Burton Rugby Football Club’s New Clubhouse
Founded in 1870, Burton Rugby Football Club is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. The team, known as “Crofters”, moved from their long-term home at Peel Croft, Burton on Trent to their new facility called Battlestead Croft on Branston Road, Tatenhill, which is designed by bi Design Architecture.
Working in partnership with Burton Rugby Football Club to deliver their bespoke new home, bi Design created a striking and contemporary clubhouse, comprising of a grandstand, function room, bar and changing rooms.
Reflecting the strong history of the club, it was important to include elements that reflected the branding, history and prestige of the club. Including design features such as the club’s red and blue corporate colours and crest on the outside blockwork. ‘1870’ – their date of incorporation stands proud at the front of the building.
Working to guidelines outlined by the RFC, the team at bi Design were keen to enhance the steel portal frame, creating an eye-catching asymmetrical design which is an interesting and prominent alternative to a more traditional square-shaped building. Thoughtful features like the tunnel lining up with the centre line of the pitch, create a point of interest on match day.
The involvement and collaboration from committee members was a key part of the successful delivery of the project. To bring the design to life, using bi Design’s virtual reality tool, committee members were able to walk through the design of the building, removing any uncertainties and unknowns.
No doubt many more successful years await the team, committee and fans in their new home at Battlestead Croft.
A virtual reality walk through of the club house can be found on the below link
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