Ivybridge Rugby Football Club gains planning permission for new clubhouse extension and grandstand

Ivybridge Rugby Football Club Gains Planning Permission

Ivybridge Rugby Football Club gains planning permission for clubhouse extension and improved grandstand.


Plans to extend the Ivybridge Rugby Football Club’s clubhouse, changing facilities, and grandstand have moved one-step closer to reality after gaining planning permission from South Hams District Council.


Ivybridge Rugby Football Club was founded in 1975 and from humble beginnings has grown and developed to hold a substantial presence in rugby in the Southwest and beyond with the first XV now competing in the South West Premiership. Over the years the club’s membership has increased substantially in particular in the Mini & Junior Sections, where membership currently totals at around 400 members. Add this to the substantial number of adults, colts, girls, social members, and parents, it puts the total membership to a figure more than 800 people.


The extension will largely be enhancing and increasing the facilities which already exist at the club. The extension will mean the club can better support the needs of its members and allow the club to further develop their team development programme for juniors and women. The additional changing facilities will provide the flexibility needed to accommodate different groups of activity, age groups, and genders, by providing four large changing rooms with associated shower areas and toilets. Theses spaces along with a separate referees room, first aid room, and equipment store, will all have direct access out onto pitch level.


Ivybridge Rugby Football Club gains planning permission for new clubhouse extension and grandstand


In keeping with the original design strategy for the building, the first-floor function spaces of the new extension continue to be accessed directly from the existing car park area. A new lobbied access allows greater flexibility to sublet the internal areas as required without disrupting other areas.


The social space is the heart of Ivybridge Rugby Football Club and is one of the most consistent sources of income for the club. As part of the proposals the function room is effectively doubling in size and extends the full height southern glazing across the entire width of the building to maximise the visual connection with the pitches. Having a larger space available would mean the club could accommodate large parties, weddings, gala dinners, and prize giving events.


The layout has been designed to enable the function space to be easily divided in two using a flexible partition system. This ability to sub-divide the space gives the club maximum flexibility to hold events, meetings, or classes simultaneously if required. New improved toilets, office, club shop and a team meeting room, are all accessed from a new shared circulation space. To support this, both sides of the clubhouse have its own separate bar area. A new kitchen has been positioned centrally in plan so that catering can be easily provided to both function areas separately.


Ivybridge Rugby Football Club gains planning permission for new clubhouse extension and grandstand


The clubhouse is effectively doubling in size, but we believe this amount of development on site, that is largely underdeveloped, is suitable though especially given its sympathetic design which is in keeping with the scale and mass of the existing clubhouse and that the land to the west of the clubhouse is presently underutilised.


The main function space is directly linked on the south façade to an external balcony that overlooks the pitch. This enlarged balcony will provide access to the lower level changing rooms at pitch side via a wide staircase and an external platform lift allows wheelchair users to access pitch side.


The proposals incorporate the use of green technologies such as a photovoltaic array on the roof, improved U-values to the new building fabric, efficient LED lighting, natural ventilation, and electric vehicular charging points to name just a few.


Ivybridge Rugby Football Club gains planning permission for new clubhouse extension and grandstand


In conclusion, Ivybridge’s population is ever-increasing, and is therefore essential its residents continue to have quality spaces available to them that provide team sports, not only for the physical benefits but its social and mental health benefits. These proposals have been developed closely with Ivybridge Rugby Football Club who have been long standing cornerstone of the community for many years. The design reflects the club’s commitment to building sustainably and considerately. Improvements to the club will help them to offer more sport facilities to people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, and abilities whilst bringing the club up to date with current standards. The proposed improvements to the function space will potentially strengthen its ties with the local business and residential communities whilst also providing an additional revenue stream which will help secure the club’s future for many years to come.

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