Bath Rugby have unveiled the updated design of Recreation Ground Stadium which will see a reduction of structure height more than five metres.
The decision was taken following extensive consultation with residents and representatives of the City regarding its proposals to regenerate the riverside between Pulteney Bridge and North Parade and create a new, world-class community and sporting stadium at the Rec.
The stadium which has a capacity of 18,000 will have a 550-space underground public car park along with enhancements to West, East and North stands which maintain views to local landmarks including St Mary’s Church, Bathwick and the hills beyond and state of the art hybrid playing surface available for use all year round.
"For 125 years we have played our rugby at the Rec. This project is about the next 125 years and beyond," said Bath Rugby Chief Executive Tarquin McDonald.
“Keeping sport in the heart of the city is the catalyst for this project, but we are also incredibly proud of the opportunity to regenerate the riverside creating an amazing place for everyone to enjoy; of the significant social legacy we will build through the delivery of education and employment programmes being run on the site every day of the year and of the opportunity to promote grass roots community sport.
“We are passionate about the potential to support electric vehicle take-up in Bath; and of the significant boost Stadium for Bath will bring to our local economy".
The new stadium will also see the electric vehicle charging points in the city centre doubled. Bath and North East Somerset Council, Historic England, the Environment Agency and Bath Preservation Trust were also consulted on the revamp of the plans for the Rec which has been the home for Bath Rugby since 1894.