Hydrock is supporting leading real estate advisers, CBRE with technical advice as part of the RFU’s Rugby 365 Artificial Grass Pitches (AGP) programme.
Rugby 365 AGP is part of the RFU’s investment to create more access to the sport – the use of artificial pitches in addition to turf grounds will ensure more matches and training can take place, and more players from all age groups and backgrounds can be involved in the sport.
To help modernise existing facilities and upgrade pitches, Hydrock’s transport and infrastructure teams are providing specialist advice to CBRE to support planning submissions.
Our transport specialists are delivering Transport Statements to provide a full description of the existing conditions of each site and its surrounding area, supporting the planning submission by demonstrating that there are no anticipated transport implications from the proposed scheme given the intended increase in usage of the facilities.
Our infrastructure specialists are providing a full drainage strategy for each site based on a detailed analysis of the existing development, any infrastructure constraints and the potential impact on the site’s layout.
To date, our teams have supported CBRE on a wide range of grounds from the south coast, through south London and into the Midlands.
The RFU estimates that the installation of the pitches will create over 50,000 more playing hours for clubs across the UK, generating over 16,000 participants playing at least once every two weeks, with 58,000 players introduced to rugby for the first time each year.