The historical analysis of the city context provides the basis for considering the siting of the stadium on The Rec.
Mapping the city’s evolution through its Roman, Medieval and Georgian phases reveals key city geometries; buildings and set pieces; areas planned but never built.
Centring the pitch on the Johnstone Street axis provides the ’setting out point’ for the stadium. The grey shaded blocks show the current stands. The pink blocks show the new proposed stands. Individual stands formed as pavilions which allow glimpses through and views beyond.
A low, uncovered stand comprising seats and terraces similar to current at the north end by Johnstone Street protects views out to Prior Park. New West and East stands with a cantilever roof accommodate the majority of spectators with prime hospitality facilities in the riverside West stand.
The South stand is refurbished and extended – recycled, renovated and recreated as new. The existing structure contains significant embodied carbon; “recycling” the stand is a sustainable approach to the current design proposals which also enables consideration to be given to future potential change if and when the Leisure Centre is demolished in the future.
The eighteenth century street level, where the great ensembles, parades and promenading of the Georgians took place is a key datum.
The top floor hospitality level of the West stand sits at the eighteenth century street level, allowing glimpses beyond a carefully angled ‘floating roof’.
The stadium sits respectfully within its context, iconic in its unique setting, respecting its Georgian context and protecting the views from Laura Place and Johnstone Street to Prior Park. The gable ends of Johnstone Street, towering over the north end of the stadium provide an iconic image for broadcast.