MP gets preview of new business facility

While we await news of the opening of the new pedestrian/cycle bridge at The Quays, and while members of the press await a new date for their cancelled tour of the regeneration project, l hear at least our MP has been able to have a sneak preview of what is going on.

Wera Hobhouse has toured Bath’s new creative campus, Newark Works (part of the old Stothert and Pitt complex) which has been restored by regeneration specialists TCN. Her tour was with TCN’s founder, Richard Pearce, to see how this site will positively impact the Bath community. 

Newark Works has been designed as a creative campus with characterful work and club space for entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises. The building is already 50% occupied, with all of the units benefiting from breakout and meeting spaces, an on-site bakery and various community events. 

The space is steeped in history, occupying the original Stothert & Pitt buildings constructed for the Bath-based engineering firm in 1857. The building has been regenerated with sustainability at the forefront.

Located close to the train station, the site has been constructed with an emphasis on access by pedestrians and cyclists with amenities that support a healthy lifestyle and positive environmental impact. 

Mr Pearce, TCN’s founder, commented:

“With her artistic background and enthusiasm for the creative industries, it was a joy to show Bath’s MP, Wera Hobhouse, round our latest campus of entrepreneurs and innovators.

“Wera will be a key ally in helping grow creativity and innovation at Newark Works and across the Bath business ecosystem.”

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, commented:

“I was delighted to visit Newark Works, the former industrial site of Stothert & Pitt’s engineering works on Bath’s South Quays.

“It has been reworked into a dynamic workspace that is home to a growing number of businesses. The staff and tenants there have brought this proud structure back to life. It is becoming a thriving creative centre once again.

“Bath was once a hive of industry. It is fantastic to see our local history being regenerated for current use. Newark Works will help attract a wide range of businesses to our city that will further diversify our economy.”