Vanguardia’s role for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) at Twickenham Stadium encompasses a wide range of the stadium operation and the acoustic design of the south stand redevelopment. Vanguardia has provided operational assistance with the stadium sound system for both rugby and concert events. Our role on the design and construction of the south stand enabled us to utilise our expertise and knowledge of the clients requirements to assist the architects and the contractors to provide an integrated stadium, this gives us, we believe, a powerful skill set to bring to stadium design.


Twickenham Stadium has been home to the RFU since 1907. The new stadium has been developed since 1988 and the final phase of the works has been the redevelopment of the sound stand. The redeveloped stand adds 20,000 seats bringing the capacity of the bowl to 82,000. The south stand also contains a significant development including a 156 bedroom Marriot hotel, a Virgin Active health club, conference banqueting, hospitality facilities, a stadium shop, museum and RFU offices.

The south stand has been seamlessly integrated into the architecture of the stadium for match-day events. As part of these works, Vanguardia designed an upgrade to the complete bowl sound system to provide an integrated entertainment and evacuation system for the stadium. The stadium bowl and roof have been extended to form a continuous architectural style that completely encloses the pitch providing an incredible atmosphere for the multiple uses on the development.

Vanguardia has also provided architectural acoustic design for all the tenants within the development. The hotel requirements have been integrated with the need for the Health club to operate below. Planning advice has been provided for the multiple uses on the development.

The stadium has also hosted several concerts including The Police, REM, The Rolling Stones and the Eagles. Vanguardia has provided licensing services and concert noise control for the stadium for all live music events.

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