Manchester-based design consultancy Mather & Co. has been appointed to design the World Rugby Hall of Fame in the sport’s birthplace.
The museum will be situated at Rugby’s art gallery and museum and feature an interactive museum and a gallery with a rich video archive showcasing the sport’s past and present.
World Rugby Chief Executive, Brett Gosper, said:
“We are thrilled to have a permanent destination for the World Rugby Hall of Fame that will allow visitors to relive rugby’s greatest moments throughout the game’s long and fascinating history. We will be working closely with Mather & Co. in order to bring our vision to life and ensure the Hall of Fame becomes a popular attraction for millions of people to enjoy for generations to come.”
Chris Mather, Managing Director at Mather & Co., said:
“It’s great to be working with another iconic sporting association in realising the designs for such a unique attraction. We hope that the project will further concrete Rugby’s ties with the sport and encourage visitors from around the UK and the world to get a real feel for the game.”
The “immersive” Hall of Fame will celebrate 120 personalities who have defined the game, including founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, England’s World Cup winning Coach, Clive Woodward, and the South African Legend Danie Craven.
As well as commending the rich history of the game, the attraction will feature a gallery focussing on rugby’s current events and the expanding game including rugby sevens, women’s rugby & Junior Leagues.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame is scheduled to welcome visitors in late 2016.