Quayside views

Want to know what’s due to replace the crumbling Avon Street car park?

Spend some time this weekend looking over the development plans that make up proposals for the Bath Quays North development and which are now available to view online.

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The project will transform the Avon Street Car Park site with 176,292 sq ft of modern office space as well as restaurant and retail units, 92 new homes, a hotel and huge improvements to car parking and public spaces.

Site owner Bath & North East Somerset Council has entered into a joint-venture with Legal & General and Bell Hammer to bring forward the most significant office-led development in Bath for a generation, with the potential to deliver a wealth of benefits to the local business community, residents and visitors to the city.

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Outline planning permission for the development was granted by B&NES Council in 2019. The new detailed proposals will show the public how the site will be redeveloped into a mixed-use scheme including up to seven new buildings comprising workspace, homes, retail units and a hotel, with a new promenade providing riverside restaurants, landscaped public spaces and a basement car park.

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the public consultation will be held exclusively online at www.bathquaysnorth.com.

Alexandra Brown, Senior Development Manager at Legal & General Capital said, “It’s essential that even during this period of economic uncertainty, institutions continue to invest in Britain’s towns and cities, driving economic growth and creating jobs for local people.

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“These mixed-use proposals will transform the site, creating a bustling new riverside destination with homes and workspace, green open spaces, pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as views of, and links across the River Avon.

“Whilst current circumstances prevent us from holding a physical exhibition, the details of our proposals will be readily available to all. We would like to hear the views of the people of Bath, so please visit the Bath Quays North website and leave your feedback.

Ian Bell, Executive Director of Bath Chamber of Commerce and the Initiative in B&NES, added, “Our members are delighted to see progress on this site. It will be a game-changer for the local economy, allowing existing businesses to grow and attracting fresh inward investment, bringing jobs for the future. I hope as many people as possible participate in this important consultation.”

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Councillor Tim Ball Cabinet Member of Housing, Development and Economic Development at B&NES said:

“This is another piece of the jigsaw in revitalising the centre of Bath enhancing the offer that Bath has across the region and further afield.”   

Patrick Davis, Director of Bell Hammer said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Legal and General and B&NES on this flagship project.  We are a property development company delivering best in class office buildings and high-quality places.We provide investors and occupiers with inspired design and certainty on delivery. We are committed to developing low energy buildings and ensuring both landlords and occupiers minimise environmental impacts.

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“To have the chance to develop on such a scale in Bath occurs once in a generation. The size and quality of the office element will enable local companies to grow as well as attract regional, national and international occupiers for whom Bath has never previously been an option, due to the lack of suitable space. With retail, restaurants, hotel and residential uses complementing the business space, Bath Quays North will create an attractive and vibrant addition to the city.”

To take part in the consultation and fill in an online feedback form please visit www.bathquaysnorth.com.

The consultation will close on 22ndJune 2020. If you are unable to access the consultation materials online and would like a hard copy sent, please call 01225 423400.