10.0 Heritage Potential and Impact Assessment
10.1.1 There will be an impact on the Listed Memorial Gates at the entrance to the stadium. Due to their
Grade II Listed status the gates are considered to be of high value. The gates will be retained and
no alterations are proposed to the structure itself. The context of the gates will be substantially
altered as the stadium to which they were designed to provide an entrance will no longer be
present. Although the nature of the context has altered through history with the rebuilding of much
of the stadium and terraces and through the changing emphasis away from rugby and towards
football after Bristol Rovers moved to the site in 1996.
10.1.2 The development design includes for the provision of a memorial square in the north-west of the
site adjacent to the memorial gates. The design will seek to place the gates within an appropriate
setting and will secure their long term maintenance. As part of the design, consideration will be
given to undertaking remedial repair works to the gates where they have been damaged in the past.
This is subject to obtaining Listed Building Consent.
10.1.3 The gates will form one of two pedestrian access points from the area, the other being from
Strathmore Road. The detailed design for the memorial square is included in Appendix A. This
includes the landscape masterplan for the memorial square and a schedule of hard landscape
materials. The square will be a raised platform with steps down to the store level and level access
from Filton Avenue and the pedestrian entrance on Strathmore Road. The square incorporates high
quality hard landscape materials and proposed planting. This design will transition into the urban
realm to the west which includes paved paths and terraced beds. This square will provide a dual
purpose as an area of landscaped public realm at the pedestrian entrance to the site and as a focus
for remembrance activities.
10.1.4 It is expected that acts of remembrance will then take place within the memorial square, rather than
on the road outside the memorial gates as currently happens. Sainsbury’s have indicated a
willingness to support remembrance activities at the gates and the memorial square. The two
minute silence on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day is normally observed within their
foodstores and the memorial square would provide an additional focus for remembrance. Sainsbury’s
have worked with the local community, the rugby club and other organisations such as the Royal
British Legion to identify the appropriate form and scope of the commemoration.
10.1.5 As part of the memorial square detailed design the opportunities for public interpretation of the
gates and the history of the site have been explored. It is proposed that interpretation boards will be
placed to the east of the memorial square and the emblem of the Bristol Rugby Club will be
incorporated into the detailed design. This will help to mitigate the effects of disassociation from the
sports ground through continued acknowledgement of the gates former context.
10.1.6 Due to the demolition of the stadium there will be a marked change to the key characteristics that
contribute to the setting and context of the memorial gates. In this instance the magnitude of
change upon the gates would have been considered substantial negative, however a number of
measures are proposed to be implemented as an integral part of the design which will reduce the
magnitude of change. The memorial square, which incorporates high quality materials and design
will be located around the gates. This will provide a pleasant environment within which to appreciate
the memorial gates. The loss of context resulting from the demolition of the stadium will also be
mitigated by the provision of interpretation boards and club emblem to explain the context of the
gates. Acts of remembrance are anticipated to continue within the memorial square in an improved
10.1.7 Overall the ability to understand the context will not have been wholly removed and the current
environment around the gates will be improved. The development will also secure the long term
future maintenance of the gates as part of the maintained boundaries and entrances to the site. On
balance the magnitude of change is therefore considered to be moderate negative as there is partial
loss to the key characteristics and features associated with the memorial gates and there is an
adverse effect on the context of the gates. Due to the high value of the gates the significance of
effect is therefore considered to be intermediate adverse.
11.1.2 The entrance gates to the stadium are a Grade II Listed Building to reflect their status as a memorial
to the rugby players of the town who died in the First World War and commemorating the building
of the stadium. Whilst the demolition of the stadium will affect the context of the gates this has
been mitigated through a number of design measures.
11.1.3 These measures include the creation of a memorial square around the gates which will provide a
high quality design setting for the structure. The square will also provide a focal point for
remembrance activities which currently take place on the road outside of the gates. Interpretation
panels and the emblem of the rugby club will be included within the design of the square to explain
the history of the site and the context of the gates. As part of the design, consideration will be given
to undertaking remedial repair works to the gates where they have been damaged in the past,
subject to obtaining Listed Building Consent.