Design and delivery for the relocation of the Dings Crusaders Rugby Club to a 26-acre greenfield site on the northern fringes of Bristol.

Ferguson Mann Architects were appointed to design a site-wide masterplan and concept design for the relocation of the rugby club that incorporated a new floodlit artificial rugby pitch, other grass pitches, spectator stand and a clubhouse for the Dings Crusaders.

We approached the design for the clubhouse with care to meet the considerations of the residential neighbourhood nearby, whilst also designing a building that would meet with orientation guidelines. The two-storey clubhouse hosts function rooms and club rooms on the upper floor where visitors can benefit from the views across the pitches whilst also maintaining easy access to the spectator stand. On the ground floor, the changing rooms, weights room and physio rooms all have direct access to the pitches and the other support facilities.

The slightly sloping site which lay adjacent to the M32 motorway, had previously been used for agriculture for many years and needed significant civil works to enable the ground to be suitable for playing sport. In order to accommodate the rugby pitches, significant new drainage, SUDs measures and ground works were required that would enable all the existing soil to be kept on site. As part of a strategy to minimise the scheme’s impact on the openness of the greenbelt, a buffer zone was created adjacent to the motorway, to prevent the need for high ball catch netting which can have negative visual impact.

The broader landscaping works included the 3G first team pitch, floodlighting and five other grass pitches as well as car parking, landscaping and services infrastructure.

The pitch forming and site infrastructure were completed in 2016. The new clubhouse, sports hall, stand and 3G pitch following in 2017.