Good news for Leinster rugby as RDS arena to get €26m revamp
Planning permission sought to redevelop Anglesea Stand as a ‘world-class arena’
Architect image of the proposed new RDS arena, which will “create at top-class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events”.
Architect image of the proposed new RDS arena, designed by Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Architects, which would increase capacity for rugby games from 18,500 to 21,000.
The project would increase the capacity for Leinster Rugby from 18,500 to 21,000 and provide new facilities for concerts and other events, the RDS said.
The plans involve the demolition of the existing Anglesea stand and Anglesea terrace and a “lean-to” open-fronted shed bounding Simmonscourt Road as well as the removal of a terrace area surrounding the clock tower, which is a protected structure.
A floodlit grandstand with three levels up to 21.3m tall would be built along with a two-storey “pocket building” just under 10m tall, which would be connected to the grandstand by a glazed bridge at first-storey level. The pocket building would house a club shop and hospitality services including players’, officials’ and media facilities.
It had hoped to begin work earlier this year but, it said, developing the detail of the design had required it to meet the specific requirements of Leinster Rugby, the Dublin Horse Show and other commercial considerations of the venue, “all contained on a tight building footprint and in a busy working environment”.
Speaking on lodging the planning application, Michael Duffy, chief executive 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.”
Best in classMick Dawson
“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.”