Bournville have appointed local contractors Logmoor to build its new £4 million permanent home at Sandon Road in Edgbaston.
The appointment of Logmoor follows the decision of Birmingham City Council to grant a revised planning consent last month.
Construction work has already started with completion scheduled for summer 2018 to enable the facility to open ahead of the 2018/19 rugby season.
The 14-acre site was formerly Avery Berkel’s recreation ground and has lain unused for around 30 years. It will now be brought back into use as a state-of-the art community rugby facility to serve as the new home of Bournville RFC.
The land was owned by Persimmon Homes and linked to a Section 106 Agreement with Birmingham City Council and Sport England which protected the site for community sports use and allowed for it to be gifted to Bournville alongside a capital contribution to help towards redevelopment costs.
The new facility will comprise a floodlit all weather artificial grass pitch, two full-size grass pitches plus the 7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse. The building will accommodate four en-suite team changing rooms, two referee changing rooms plus a physiotherapy treatment room at ground floor level. The first floor will provide an office, cafe bar and restaurant area that will also double up as large community function space which will be available for hire.
Mick Palmer, Chairman of Bournville , said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Bournville Rugby.”
“In recent years the club has enjoyed a phenomenal run of success on the field, twice winning the prestigious North Midlands Cup and currently playing in the Midlands Premier league.”
“When the new development is completed next summer, the club will be able to build on that success still further, bringing all sections of the club together on a single site for the first time in recent years, in new purpose-built facilities.”
“With 3 senior men’s teams, a veterans’ team, a women’s team and some 400 minis and juniors ranging in age from under 6s to under 17s, the club has never been stronger.”
Charlie Hemmings, Chairman of the North Midlands Rugby Football Union said,“We are delighted that work on Bournville’s new home is progressing so well.”
“This is a major boost for rugby in Birmingham and for the community in and around Bournville’s new home.”
“We look forward to seeing the state-of-the-art facilities which will regenerate a sports ground that has been dormant for many years and be a catalyst to attract new and returning players to the Game.”
“Despite leading a nomadic existence for many years, Bournville has continued to prosper at all levels. This exciting development will allow them to put down roots and prosper on and off the pitch.”
Tom Bartram, RFU Area Facilities Manager added, “We’re delighted to see that the construction of the Sandon Road Sports site is now under way.”
“This site had been earmarked to be brought back into sporting use in the late 2000s and since that time the RFU has worked alongside our partners at Birmingham City Council, Sport England and more latterly Bournville RFC to bring this site back into sporting use for the benefit of the local community.”
“The Sandon Road site will act as a hub for the development of rugby union in the City and will help establish a home for one of Birmingham’s largest rugby clubs.”
“We’re excited about the future role that this site will play in helping to develop rugby union in Birmingham City and we are also hopeful that this site will help Bournville RFC to go from strength to strength.”