New use for old city laundry.

The arch in York Street.
The arch in York Street.

The Archway Centre. That’s the name of a new city-centre project you will be hearing a lot about in the future. B&NES have been running an on-line advertisement for a Project Officer to work on the development phase of an application for Heritage Lottery Funding to help provide a major new learning, information and access facility in the heart of Bath.

It will include a World Heritage Interpretation Centre and a Roman Baths Learning Centre with associated ‘investigate zone’, and will open up new areas of the Baths to public view.

The ornate laundry chimney.
The ornate laundry chimney.

The Archway Centre will be developed out of the former Bath City Laundry (1887-8) and takes it’s name from the elliptical-arched bridge over York Street through which hot water was piped from the thermal spring into the laundry.

Its other familiar landmark is the massive ornate fluted ashlar chimney.

Closing date for entries is Monday, September 15th.