Urban spaces

I spend a lot of time in Bath’s urban spaces and – unfortunately – am often critical of their upkeep or layout.

I have to praise the early stages of humanising the Southgate Shopping area – starting with the new Brunel Square by the railway station.

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Yes – this works!

The trees – and surrounding circular benches – look wonderful. It is an area now where people can rest – or wait for incoming or outgoing trains – instead of a space one just crosses on your way to somewhere else.

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Inspiring isn’t it?!

 

Contrast that with the hideous re-defining of the Saw Close with its clumsy steps, bike stands, plastic shrubs and bus-station-styled benches.

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l love bikes but NOT here!

If we were having a competition for Bath’s worst public spaces it would be top of my list!

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Where shall we go first?

Briefly, back to Brunel Square. I have a dreadful habit of checking public signage for spelling mistakes.

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Grand Pump Room?

I am pleased to say there are none on the newly-installed stone bench which – on either side – celebrates many of the city’s attractions.

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Nothing is spelt incorrectly but ‘Grand’ Pump Room isn’t quite right. The bronze plaque on the front of this fine Georgian edifice says ‘Great Pump Room.’

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