Ross Batty Hangs Up His Boots for Life on Site

At the end of the 2020/21 season, former Bath Rugby Hooker, Ross Batty hung up his boots and prepared for life after rugby on site with Stonewood Builders. We took CEO, Matt Aitkenhead down to South Wiltshire to have a catch-up up with Ross about he how he is adjusting to life on site. 

Ross is currently working on a very unusual project with us, so has been thrown into the deep end with the unique ‘rammed earth’ build type. Ross discusses this method explaining that the method doesn’t include ‘your standard bricks and mortar’ or ‘cement and lime’. Clay is dug out of the ground, dried and milled and then layer by layer is placed between two pans and compressed to a certain depth by a pneumatic tamper. This is then left to set before adding another layer to the structure, this process is repeated until the full wall size is completed.

We have a close relationship with Bath Rugby, sponsoring Fly Half Orlando Bailey, so we are delighted to be able to support Ross in his sporting retirement. Matt ‘recognised in him someone that has a great interest in what we do’ as well as being extremely driven and it is ‘that kind of drive and demand to make the best of himself that we see and try and develop in our guys’.

We all look forward to seeing Ross develop through the ranks of Stonewood as he recognises that if he works hard and gets stuck in, his progression is in his own hands.