Saturday 10 December 2016

RDS submit plans for €26m redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand

Published 03/08/2016 | 14:54

A general view of the RDS Arena. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
A general view of the RDS Arena. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The RDS has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council today for a €26m redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand at the venue.

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The redevelopment, if approved, will increase the capacity at the RDS Arena from 18,500 to 21,000.

Since completing the international architectural competition for the redevelopment of the RDS Main Area, won by the consortium of Grimshaw / Newenham Mulligan Architects, the RDS has been working with the design team to develop the detail of the initial design concept.

The final redevelopment design has to meet the specific requirements of Leinster Rugby, the Dublin Horse Show and other commercial considerations of the RDS, all contained on a tight building footprint and in a busy working environment.

Speaking about today's application for planning permission, Michael Duffy, CEO of the RDS, said: "Designing a stadium to meet the unique design requirements of the RDS Main Arena is a complex and challenging task.

"We have today submitted a planning application for a redeveloped Anglesea Stand which will create a top class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events held in the Main Arena."

Mick Dawson, CEO of Leinster Rugby said: "This has taken a huge amount of work from all concerned and the RDS have gone about it the right way.

"It is great to be able to take that next step. It is welcome news for all involved with Leinster Rugby but in particular for our season ticket holders who continue to support us in great numbers but are eager to see how this all develops.

"I think this is a very positive step as we look towards developing the RDS Arena into the best in class offering that we all know it can be."

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