THE NEW WEST STAND
A ‘focal point for the community’. A vibrant sporting and community hub for Barnet, further enhancing the centre for sporting excellence that has been established at the home of Saracens.
The £23 million redevelopment project will include:
- A fully accessible, weatherproof facility for 3000 spectators
- First-class hospitality experience
- A centre of excellence for Middlesex University’s London Sport Institute and Health Faculty that includes a purpose built simulation suite
- A dedicated education centre operated by the award-winning Saracens Sport Foundation
- Improved training, medical and competition facilities for all users including athletics, rugby and community sport
- The creation of a community garden designed by local school children
- A new media facility
Saracens chief executive officer, Mitesh Velani, said: “We have been working closely with Barnet Council and our community partners developing plans for the West Stand that we can all be proud of. I am delighted we have made positive strides forward.
“The West Stand redevelopment project demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the best environment for our teams to thrive, a modern home where our fans create memories together and extending community initiatives that improve the lives of people in North London.”
James Kennedy, Middlesex University’s Chief Financial Officer, commented: “Middlesex University has been working with Saracens on this project for several years. Together we have developed an exciting proposal for the West Stand and we are very pleased that London Borough of Barnet have been able to support us. The three organisations working together offer an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to Copthall and the Borough.”
EXISITNG WEST STAND
Built in 1964 and refurbished in 2012 the current West Stand has now reached the end of its lifespan. Even with further alterations and refurbishment it will still not meet modern design standards. Saracens will therefore replace the stand with a new modern and inspirational building, that will be a positive addition and improve the vibrant multi-purpose sport & community hub that the Saracens home stadium has now become.
NEW WEST STAND
The proposed replacement West Stand will provide …
- improved club management and competition facilities for our athletics clubs including meeting rooms, clubroom, and a new latest technology timing facility.
- increased and improved sports changing facilities that will help deliver a further increase in use of the sporting facilities.
- new sports medical facilities to support elite and community athletes.
The proposals will build upon the success of the home of Saracens as a community hub and deliver a unique collaboration of elite and community sport and education; a centre of sporting, community and educational excellence within a modern sports stand designed to complement its green surroundings.
The Saracens Sport Foundation uses the power of sport to bring about real personal and social change. The proposals will enable the charity to expand its community programme, and specifically create …
- a Sport for Change Centre – outside of Saracens match days the Media Centre will be used by the Saracens Sport Foundation as a Sport for Change Centre. This facility will enable the charity to expand its award winning work and help change the lives of more local people through the power of sport.
- a Community Garden – through the work of the Saracens Sport Foundation, a Community Garden will be developed providing a platform to bring about positive change amongst specific target groups within our community. These groups will include adults suffering mental illness, young people with learning disabilities and local school children.
Designed to comply with both the standards required by the Rugby Football Union and Sport England for Rugby and Athletics, it will be of similar size and scale to the existing East Stand and will be designed to be sympathetic to its Greenbelt setting. Timber cladding, green walls, bronze coloured cladding and glazing have been selected to provide a natural colour palette that allows the building to blend in with its stunning parkland environment.
The existing hedge will be protected and enhanced with wildflower meadow planting either side. All specimen trees will be kept and protected and a new avenue of trees will be planted. A new central pedestrian approach, framed by semi-mature trees and contemporary bench seating has been designed to create a dramatic avenue effect for all visitors to the stadium. The ecology of the site will be enhanced by the introduction of large scale living green walls, roofs, additional wildflower meadow planting and planting of spring time bulbs which will also further enhance the parkland setting of the stand.
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The existing East Stand currently houses part of the London Sport Institute (LSI), a Department of Middlesex University’s School of Science and Technology. LSI at the home of Saracens provides a real working environment and a close and unique relationship which supports their academic programmes.
The opportunity to expand the LSI’s capability within the new West Stand will provide space to increase student numbers and to create a Centre of Excellence. In parallel with the expanded LSI, the University also wishes to establish a modern, purpose-built practice simulation suite for its School of Health and Education. The School currently works with a wide range of healthcare commissioners and providers throughout Central and North East London and the proposed facility would enable the University to develop its simulation-based training, enhance the student experience, and deliver better-trained practitioners, many of whom work in London and the local area.
ELITE SPORTS EXPERIENCE
The replacement West Stand will provide high quality covered seating and excellent viewing for both rugby and athletics spectators. The raised concourses will provide good quality food and beverage outlets as well as the required spectator toilets.
Hospitality facilities, a state of the art Media Centre and enhanced TV and commentary facilities will ensure that the replacement West Stand will become more befitting of a modern sports stadium and an elite environment.