Good to see work proceeding a pace on the north side of the nave of Bath Abbey where the trial excavation and void filling exercise comes nearer to completion. An insulating scree is currently being […]
Well l knew Keynsham had an illustrious Roman and Mediaeval past but had no idea it was a centre for automobiles. Just yesterday l asked any Virtual Museum visitors whether they could tell me more […]
Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery is currently staging a stunning loan exhibition of more than 50 paintings and drawings to mark the centenary of the birth of an artist who is reckoned to be the city’s […]
Bath and North East Somerset councillors meet this Wednesday – September 25th – to consider a planning application from Taylor Wimpey Uk which – if approved – will transform the old Cadbury’s Factory site at […]
Seems visitor numbers to the City’s Roman Baths have reached their highest level for a generation with foot-fall up seven per cent on January to August last year. The good news was passed on to […]
A new sculpture which will commemorate the links between Bath and the British sailor who led the First Fleet to Australia is to be commissioned this week. It will provide an attractive new art […]
The people of Keynsham are being offered a chance to hear and comment upon plans for the regeneration of the River Avon in their area. Keynsham Town Council has invited The River Regeneration Trust to […]
Well this was a new one for me. On one edge of the village green at Wick in South Gloucestershire. The remains of the first open-air skittle alley l have ever seen! I would not […]
Millions being spent clearing away the last visual reminder of Bath’s industrial past. A familiar landmark being erased from the city skyline.
Of course, it frees up more land – once cleansed of any chemical pollution – on which to build high density housing. I have no argument with brown-field development.
If only economics were more tilted in its favour and away from the grass-covered tracks of open countryside that are so much cheaper to desecrate in the name of industrial rejuvenation and vote-catching politics.
I am one of those silly aesthetics who saw the old gas tower – the last of a clutch of three down at Midland Road – as a means of creating just one special piece amongst all the ‘regeneration’ in this Bath Enterprise Area. Something to show that we really can ‘add’ to our city’s heritage.
A Bath ‘Albert Hall‘ – which used its shape and structure to create a concert venue for the city – was my wistful dream.
We do not – however – live in an age where anyone is going to be generous enough with their money to ‘waste’ it on such fanciful architecture. Functional and cheap is how we see modern construction. Homes and jobs and boosting our sluggish economy is our only vision for the future.
Little bits of Bath’s industrial do still remain. Empty factories – but generally unloved and begrudgingly set aside for inclusion in whatever commercial scheme is finally agreed for their incorporation as a nod to the past.
I cannot see there will be much for a tourist guide of the future to point out to visitors keen to see what architecture – beside even more ancient classical Georgian or ‘buried’ Roman – is still standing proud in space and time to be photographed and appreciated.
We have been as thorough as those 18th century developers we now so admire in wiping out all traces of a previous land use which had a culture and social history all its own. The odd Pitmans or Pitt Street may leave an echo of the past – but that is all.
Architectural relics are but blots on this new economic landscape. Blockages that must be removed or neutralised.