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Since publishing the scheme in early August, we've been inundated with messages of support for our scheme from locals and non-locals alike. We are truly grateful for all the feedback and advice we've received and we make an effort to respond to each and every one. If you'd like to add your voice to the discussion, you can fill out the feedback form at the bottom of the page.


We feature a selection of the messages here:

I have lived in Bath for eleven years and in that time several proposals have been put forward for a new stadium, all of them hideous including this last one. I love the Apollodorus stadium - something for the city to be proud of. At last!

- Jennifer - 

I love Bath as a city - It is one of my favourite cities in the UK. I absolutely love great stadium design. Stade de France, Twickenham, MCG & Stadium Australia, in the US Soldier Field, and the old RFK Stadium in Washington are examples of where I love to spend my time. Your alternative Romanesque Coliseum excites me. It would be another reason to return to Bath more regularly to watch club rugby and to take my family to meet our Bath friends. Please do everything in your power to not let the Rec be wrecked with a poor rectangular design.

- Thomas - 

I am 100% behind the development of the Rec and always have been. However, I am in agreement with your statements and comments that the current design is a poor attempt at improving the current stadium. The coliseum idea is fantastic! It adds a real narrative to the stadium and I would support and encourage you to push this as much as you can. Great work.

- Phil -

I just wanted to write to say that this project is absolutely stunning. I first saw it on your instagram page only 3 days ago and have seen it shared and re-posted on many other pages since. It would be such a shame to see these plans rejected in favour of the original ugly proposal. 

- James Mitchell - 

I think the circular design you have envisaged would be a wonderful addition to our city. The current Bath Rugby design is mediocre by comparison.

- Sue Dray - 

As a Bath resident for more than forty years, I totally agree that the schemes proposed by Bath Rugby for a new stadium on the present recreation ground are totally out of keeping with their surroundings and that more investigation is needed along the lines you propose.

- Bath Resident - 

Your design engages with the city way more than the one Bath Rugby are proposing. Generally I prefer modern over pastiche, but your design is a much better solution, and, actually, I like the style.

- Dom Jenkins - 

I’ve recently come across your incredible Counter Project to Bath Rugby’s proposed development of the Rec grounds. So I wanted to email to say thank you for going to the effort of putting together such a perfect response to their concept. 
I feel like you’ve really pointed out the flaws of their ideas and provided a hugely better design that fits perfectly within the landscape of the city and its people. 

I’m not from Bath myself, but moved here 3 years ago and have seen so many opportunities for development around the city in the same classical styles that you champion. Whilst I haven’t studied architecture formally, I’ve always been in love with it and after Bath Rugby revealed their design, I had many ideas of what could be built; all of which were somewhat strangely in the exact style you’ve put forward! 

- Alexander Frow - 

Totally agree with all your comments. Proposed design could be anywhere in the Premiership, safe, modern, functional and boring. I thought we were going to have an iconic World rugby ground? Replacing the sports centre is an excellent idea, take out the Pavilion as well. I think the big issue is finance, how much will it cost to gain 3500 seats in the current design, 25,000 seats is a minimum.

- Martin Gorsuch - 

Absolutely superb design but obviously requires a JV with a bankrupt council. Too much isolated planning from BR and BANES

- Dan Dando -

Think the Colosseum idea looks really in keeping with the area compared with the traditional shape

- Grant Rose - 

I fully support the proposed new design and all aspect points. It is beautiful. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make something for bath that will stand the test of time. It is a modern day icon.

- John Mason - 

I agree with every detail of your critique of the Bath Rugby scheme. Your counter proposal would be wonderful, I sincerely hope you get the chance to build it.

- Nadia - 

You make some really clear points of how poor the current proposal is and how the images they have produced are misrepresenting the scale, impact and materiality of the design, which will not be easy for the public to spot when assessing the scheme. It is truly awful and I hope this has some impact to improve the ambitions of the stakeholders and public.


After the uncomfortable pastiche of the Southgate shopping centre, I am weary of the style which your proposal is rendered in. However, as I have looked at it more I think you have done a fantastic job in some of the key moves, which seem obvious and are missed opportunities with the current proposals. I think the public spaces you scheme offers would be great additions to the city. I can not believe how awful the proposal is, I know it will look even worse if they build it - what on earth is going on with those green walls? Lipstick on a pig! 

- Lucas - 

Such ambition. The Dilapidome - a dreary modern stadium that pales in comparison to the awe-inspiring majesty of the contemporary Bath Colosseum.

- nameorusername - 
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I personally love the “Colosseum” proposal - ties in with Bath’s Roman history and looks beautiful rather than simply utilitarian

- Liz Matthews - 
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We would love to hear your opinion - positive, negative or anywhere in-between - on both our scheme and the official one put forward by Bath Rugby. 


Such is the importance of the Rec and its environs that it deserves proposals, counter proposals and real debate.

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