Partial demolition of the multi-storey car park at Avon Street has got underway as part of the wider Bath Quays regeneration project.
The upper levels of the car park are to be removed after extensive structural deterioration made the cost of remedial work unrealistic.
After demolition of the upper two storeys, the ground floor level of the car park will be re-furbished with 88 parking spaces.
The adjacent footpath and part of the car park will be closed temporarily as a precaution and the construction site will be surrounded by hoarding. During demolition there will be increased levels of noise and dust, but the council has agreed dampening requirements with the contractors and will be monitoring levels as the works proceed.
Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: “This is another step in our flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant quarter in the heart of Bath. Once the upper levels of the car park are removed it will improve the appearance of the car park and it’s hoped there will be less anti-social behaviour around the site.”
During the work, 140 parking spaces will remain available at Avon Street and alternative short-stay parking will be provided in 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.
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
The council website includes information on all car parks in Bath and the Park & Ride site