Bath Western Riverside

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Bath Western Riverside comprises one of the most important regeneration projects in the UK. Permitted in 2010, proposals for the regeneration of this high-profile riverside site at the heart of the historic city include over 2,000 homes and a wealth of community, education and retail resources plus cafes, restaurants, a doctor’s surgery, cycle paths, new pedestrian and vehicular bridges and a substantial riverside public park.

 

The 17.5 hectares’ site, comprising former industrial land and buildings to the west of the city centre (on the banks of the River Avon), had been derelict for 25 years prior to promotion by our client, Crest Nicholson. Against a backdrop of failing planning initiatives and controversy, EDP worked with the developer (Crest Nicholson), architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and the Local Planning Authority to devise a scheme that would address the significant inherent sensitivities of Bath, deliver a new residential quarter to the City, and provide the investment required to resolve the polluting after effects of 200 years of heavy industry.

 

EDP was involved throughout the preparation of the planning application, contributing professional advice and technical assessments in respect of archaeology/heritage, townscape and visual amenity to address issues in this extremely sensitive setting. Challenges facing the project included addressing the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, conservation area and listed building issues, and the site’s close proximity to some of the nation’s finest and most celebrated architecture, including the Royal Crescent and Lansdown Crescent looking down on it from the north. The scale of the proposals and the topography of the city meant that the scheme would be highly visible.

 

EDP’s work was not only critical in shaping the emerging proposals and demonstrating that a modern architectural scheme could integrate with the character of the wider city, whilst also representing a modern, contemporary addition to its fabric, but also in securing a successful outcome from Bath and North East Somerset Council, the Local Planning Authority.

 

The scheme commenced construction in 2010, with the first occupant taking up residence in 2011.

 

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