Bristol Bears rugby club training facility

Our multi-disciplinary engineering services are supporting the delivery of an energy efficient, world-class training facility for Bristol Bears, one of England’s top professional rugby clubs.

Bristol Bears - credit Diane Auckland Fotohaus

Professional rugby club, Bristol Bears is investing in a new state-of-the-art training facility on land at Kingcott Farm, between Failand and Abbots Leigh on the edge of Bristol.

The new facility will include a two-storey steel-framed training pavilion containing a gym, changing rooms, two hybrid grass pitches (one of which is floodlit), S&C and medical facilities, and office accommodation for the club’s staff. The project also includes a 4,000m² indoor training barn.

With completion scheduled for Spring 2020, the ambition is to create a world-class facility that enables Bristol Bears to recruit the game’s top talent, attracted by the dedicated facilities, whilst also accommodating on site all its teams.

Hydrock has delivered the detailed design and assisted with closing out reserved matters following the successful planning submission. Our multi-disciplinary approach has included the delivery of geo-environmental investigations, civil and structural engineering of the foundations and the steel framed barn, a wide range of M&E and building services engineering, and a technical advisory role performed by another dedicated team within our national structural engineering business.

Situated on a former landfill site, part of our initial role was to conduct a range of site investigations to help de-risk the site and inform the subsequent foundation design.

Working closely with KKA, the scheme’s architects, and project manager Capita, our Building Performance Engineering team has designed the M&E for the facility with a focus on energy efficiency and the aesthetics of the architectural design.

Bristol Bears Rugby Club has placed a strong emphasis on the sustainability of the facility to match the high-specification of the training facilities for the players. Our M&E design ensures that the controls for services are based on strategic zones and work on-demand to minimise unnecessary running costs. The pavilion building will also be fitted with a dedicated PV array to further reduce the consumption of electricity as part of the focus on reducing the CO₂ from the building and achieving a low running cost.

In addition, during the early stages of design we advised on the acoustics for the new facility.

Image courtesy of Diane Auckland/Fotohaus.