So now we know, the partial demolition of the multi-storey car park in Avon Street is set to start in early September, as part of the wider Bath Quays regeneration project.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has appointed Wring Demolition to dismantle the upper levels of the car park, after extensive structural deterioration made the cost of remedial work unrealistic.
Demolition is scheduled to take three months and is expected to be completed in November.
It is hoped that removing the upper levels will also help to reduce anti-social behaviour on-site and improve the appearance of the area.
Councillor Kevin Guy, leader of council, said: “We’re moving ahead with the partial demolition of the Avon Street multi-story car park as part of the wider Bath Quays project. We know there’s a level of anti-social behaviour in and around the car park and removing the upper storeys will be another positive step in the regeneration of the area.”
During the work, 140 parking spaces will remain available at Avon Street and alternative short-stay parking will be provided in the newly constructed Green Park Road temporary car park on the former Riverside Coach Park. Long-stay parking will be available in nearby Charlotte Street and Manvers Street car parks.
The adjacent footpath and part of the car park will be closed temporarily during demolition as a precaution.
After demolition of the upper two storeys, the ground floor level of the car park will be re-furbished with 88 parking spaces. When the work is completed, Avon Street car park will re-open with a total of 291 parking spaces.
Work on the construction of a safer, two-storey underground car park will start in 2023 as part of the Bath Quays regeneration scheme. It will include up to 320 public parking spaces.
For more information on Bath Quays visit: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathquays