The RFU Centre for Athletic Development

Situated within the grounds of Pennyhill Park Hotel this project involved a new 29,000 square foot training centre including a 3G indoor pitch, professional gymnasium, changing rooms and showers.

Built next to an existing training pitch in the grounds of the fully operational five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel, our key project challenge was to mitigate disruption and maximise safety.

The construction solution used a pile foundation and steel frame superstructure and built-up roof system with over-pitch roof lights. The envelope combines traditional brickwork with contemporary Trespa panelling with feature corner windows.

The new facility is designed to remain cool without the need for a comfort cooling system. To manage the impact on acoustics, a perforated soundproofed liner was fixed internally. Security measures included fixed mesh screens to the undercroft areas and plant room plus roller shutters and sliding doors throughout.


Rugby Football Union (RFU)




Bagshot, Surrey


Forge Deisgn Studio


Volker Fitzpatrick