The Empire is back!

The scaffolding is finally beginning to come down from the Empire Hotel – a metal embrace – reaching the heights – that’s been ongoing for many months.


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Bath builders – Emery Brothers Ltd – were tasked with the ‘heady’ work. Director Richard Waldron told Bath Newseum:

 ‘We have been given practical completion for our contract and SN scaffolding will be stripping the remaining scaffold over the next two weeks.
You need a head for heights on this job.
We refurbished and renewed the roof coverings, repaired any defected ashlar or iron work and redecorated all woodwork. I hope you see a difference!’
The scaffolding is beginning to come down.
The Empire was built by the City Architect Major C E Davies in 1908 to cash in on the re-discovered and excavated Roman Baths. Taken over by the Admiralty during the war it was – more recently – converted into luxury retirement flats.
Garfunkel’s and its plastic flower filled window boxes.
Loved and loathed – it’s quite a city landmark. Here’s hoping – with the scaffolding cleared – restaurant owners Garfunkel will finally get rid of those horrible plastic flowers in front of their business.
Garfunkel’s and its plastic flower-filled window boxes.
In a city famous for the real thing – artificial stalks just doesn’t cut it.