Dings Rugby Club
Getting state-of-the-art facilities over the line
In 2014 it was announced that Dings Crusaders RFC would be moving from Lockleaze to Shaftesbury Park, in Frenchay. The new ground would be part of an £8 million pound sports facility with a main stand and club house, a gym and two court sports hall, eight changing rooms, two full size floodlight pitches, parking for up to 220 cars and multiple junior pitches.
South Gloucestershire Council planning officers had said the £8million plan to relocate the Dings Crusaders Rugby Club from Lockleaze to Frenchay Park Road should be refused because the site is within the Green Belt. However, at a crunch meeting, rugby club bosses persuaded councilors that the benefit of building a new clubhouse and gym, two full size rugby pitches and junior pitches would outweigh any harm to the countryside.
We were engaged by Beard Construction as part of their bid and construction team and were integral in the value engineering and risk mitigation works. Our work involved the technical design and construction information for all Civil and Structural Engineering.
- Location Frenchay, Bristol
- Client Dings Crusaders RFC
- Completion 2017
- Value £8m
A key value engineering task was reducing the excavation of the building to limit tanking and retaining walls. We also reduced the overall project risk and interface with the Metrobus by re-designing the offsite drainage works to minimise highway disruption.