Bruton Knowles has helped secure the future of a Birmingham rugby club after it was granted conditional planning permission to build a new ground in Water Orton.
North Warwickshire Borough Council has given Old Saltleians (‘Old Salts’) Rugby Football Club the go ahead to construct the new ground and clubhouse on a 16-acre site off Coleshill Road, a short distance from its existing ground on Watton Lane.
Old Salts, which plays in the Midlands 2 West (North) Division, has been based at Watton Lane since 1954. The club applied for planning permission in December 2016 in anticipation of having to relocate due to the planned route of the new High Speed rail (HS2) line, which will intersect the site of its current ground.
Bruton Knowles has been working closely with the club to secure the new site, advising it on land acquisition.
Old Salts’ new ground will enable it to provide new facilities for players, fans and the local community, with a 9,000 sq ft clubhouse, including a bar, clubroom and lounge, men’s and women’s changing rooms, three full size senior pitches, (one floodlit), three junior pitches and a mini pitch, as well as 177 car parking spaces.
Phased construction of the new development is scheduled to start in May 2018 with completion in August 2019. Rugby at the new ground should commence during the 2018/19 season.
Ian Mercer, partner and head of development at Bruton Knowles in Birmingham, said: “The project has had its challenges and doubtless others remain to be resolved. However, it has been a real privilege to work with the club on such an important project, which will bring a great many benefits to the local community.”
Julian Harradence, a director of Old Saltleians RFC, said: “After many years pursuing the case for relocation, the club is pleased to have achieved a significant stage forward in achieving its objective. We’re grateful to Bruton Knowles for all the help and advice it has provided throughout the process.”