Have your say on new Archway Centre

The illustration shows the proposed Archway Centre.

Residents and community representatives are being invited to share their ideas for the proposed new Archway Centre in Bath.

Some of the vaults that would be opened to the public.
Some of the vaults that would be opened to the public.

An open meeting to hear about and discuss this innovative project is being held at 7pm on Tuesday June 16, at The Pump Room, Abbey Church Yard, Bath.

Members of the project team will explain Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to create a state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre above the former city laundry in Swallow Street and a World Heritage Site Visitor Centre in 10 York Street.

The Laconicum - which could be on permanent display.
The Laconicum – which could be on permanent display.

The project would also create an ‘Investigation Zone’ in the undercroft beneath York Street, and expose more Roman remains to public view.

The Learning Centre will allow the Roman Baths to develop formal and informal learning programmes and for a wide range of communities and audiences.

Roman monumental stones 'scattered' on the floor. An area the public would get to see.
Roman monumental stones ‘scattered’ on the floor. An area the public would get to see.

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “It is important that anyone who might want to use the Learning Centre or World Heritage Visitor Centre can contribute to the Council’s vision for the Archway Centre.

I hope that individuals and representatives of local organisations will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to ask questions of members of the project team, discuss the project with others, contribute their own ideas, and find out how to become involved in the project.

The Council submitted a successful round one development grant application* to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £168,100 in 2014. Council staff will work with the project team over the next nine months to prepare a round two application to the HLF early in 2016 for capital funding for the Archway Centre. The project is expected to cost around £5 million.

To find out more or reserve a place at the meeting please call 01225 477773 during office hours. Entrance to the meeting will be via Abbey Church Yard.

1. * Heritage Grants (HG) applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

2. From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. http://www.hlf.org.uk.

3. For further information about the Archway Centre see www.romanbaths.co.uk/archwaycentre
4. For further information about the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site see http://www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/