Planning Approved for Bath Quays North development

An outline planning application has been granted consent by Bath & North East Somerset Council for the development of Bath Quays North.

The site, near Churchill Bridge, is a major part of the Bath Quays redevelopment which spans both sides of the River Avon in the centre of Bath.  It is the Council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant quarter for Bath’s flourishing businesses in the heart of the city and is the most significant development opportunity in a generation. 

The Bath Quays North site will deliver in the region of 20,000 sq m of new Grade A office space, creating up to 1,900 new jobs, a minimum of 70 new homes and a new, modern basement car park. 

 Bath Quays North – illustrative view from Churchill Bridge. Artist’s impression of how a future scheme could look

Bath Quays North – illustrative view from Churchill Bridge. Artist’s impression of how a future scheme could look

Cllr Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration, said: “Outline planning at Bath Quays North is a hugely significant step forward for Bath. Bath Quays will meet the needs of Bath’s successful local business community who wish to expand, as well as encourage others to move to the area, bringing with them higher-wage jobs, investment and economic growth.

The development will enhance the city’s and region’s reputation as a home for business and will enable the provision of more opportunities for our residents and young people, especially in Bath’s successful high tech, creative, financial and professional sectors. 

Bath Quays aims to enrich life, work, leisure, our local economy and our world-renowned city”.

In addition to offices, the development will create a vibrant destination for all to enjoy with homes and attractive waterfront spaces for the community. The proposed layout of the site reinstates the historic street pattern that was destroyed with the construction of the multi-storey carpark and reconnects the river to the city centre with high quality pedestrianised squares and shared cycle routes.  Waterfront cafes and restaurants will also help create a lively location accessible to all. The recently completed south-facing riverside park was the first step to improve this area of the city.

Homes England have committed grant support through the recently announced Accelerated Construction Programme, to accelerate the delivery of new homes within Bath Quays and ensure affordable housing is part of a mix of accommodation aimed towards young local workers.

Cllr Myers added: “I welcome Homes England’s support that will allow Bath & North East Somerset Council to deliver affordable homes and employment space to  benefit residents”.

Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land at Homes England, said: “We’re supporting ambitious local authorities to develop their land more quickly to get more homes built for local people. Meeting the demand for housing requires different approaches and our funding will see local partners using new technologies."

The outline planning consent will ensure a detailed design comes forward that is befitting a UNESCO World Heritage City and is of exceptional design quality.

The Council is in the process of selecting a development partner for the Bath Quays North scheme. An announcement on the successful partner will be made early next year and construction is likely to commence in early 2020.

Bath Quays is being developed by Bath & North East Somerset Council working in partnership with and part-funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and administered by the West of England Combined Authority. 

For further information about the Bath Quays development visit: www.bathquays.co.uk

 

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The Bath Quays project will contribute to the Council’s commitment to deliver up to 3,500 new homes, 9,000 new jobs and will also help diversify the authority’s estate for the benefit of future generations. It will also increase the amount of revenue the Council receives in rent and business rates income and, in line with the Council’s Financial Plan, this income will be earmarked to protect frontline services, including the provision of adult social care, children’s services and environmental services.

Homes England brings together land, money, expertise, and planning and compulsory purchase powers, with a clear remit to facilitate delivery of sufficient new homes, where they are most needed, to deliver a sustained improvement in affordability.

Homes England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

Homes England are helping local authorities to speed up housing delivery through a new £450 million Accelerated Construction Programme, announced by the Ministry for Housing and Communities in July.

The programme will support local authorities to get housing schemes built more quickly, encourage innovative construction methods and a wider range of builders, in particular small and medium sized companies that are often locally-based.

Bath Quays sponsor one of Minerva’s Owls

Minerva's Owls of Bath 2018 is a major public art sculpture trail featuring a giant flock of 85 individually decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across Bath and the surrounding region from 25 June–10 September 2018. 

The high profile, interactive sculpture trail will celebrate the Roman heritage of Bath and mark the 10th anniversary of the highly successful King Bladud’s Pigs sculpture trail.  All profits from the auction event will be donated to local charities which include Bath and North East Somerset Young Carers and the new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital.

The Bath Quays DigitOwl, will be located at the top of Bath Quays Waterside park steps, on the bank of the River Avon near Avon Street carpark.  It has been created by local artist John Gould and is a fusion of a beautiful bird with robotic/artificial intelligence elements.  The owl aims to highlight that Bath is not only beautiful, it is a centre of innovation especially for technology and digital industries which will be attracted to the new workspace at Bath Quays. 

To make the owl more exciting and interactive, visitors to DigitOwl will be able to scan a QR code or enter a web link into their mobile browser and be transported to the future in Virtual Reality.  They will be able to see a fictional illustration of how the space could be used in a 360 degree panorama with two versions to experience; one during the day and one at night, each of which will be visible at different times of the day.  Since the owl will be situated in Bath Quays Waterside park near the cycle track, it is important to ensure it is visible at night, so reflective strips and solar lights have been incorporated into the design. 

John Gould said “I wanted the sculpture to not just be a piece of art but to perhaps look like it could be a movie prop, something fun  that would appeal to children”.  Bath Quays is intended to be a space for all to enjoy and the addition of one of Minerva’s Owls will reinforce this waterside location as an area for play and entertainment. 

Sponsoring an owl builds upon existing brand awareness initiatives and will put Bath Quays on the map.  Many residents and visitors have already been enjoying the wildflowers and riverbank at Bath Quays and with thousands expected to view the owls over the next few months, it will further highlight the transformation of the riverside by the Council.

The Owls of Bath trail maps will be available from outlets across Bath from 25th June when the trail starts.  The Map page of the website will go live the weekend before the event.

The free Owls of Bath interactive app will be available from Monday 25th June, with links available via the website and there will be QR codes to download the Owls of Bath app on every Owl's plinth.  https://minervasowls.org/

 DigitOwl in Bath Quays Waterside park

DigitOwl in Bath Quays Waterside park

Outline plans submitted for Bath Quays North development

An outline planning application has been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council for the development of Bath Quays North, following public consultation towards the end of last year.

Bath Quays is the Council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant commercial quarter for Bath’s flourishing businesses in the heart of the city. Bath Quays North, near Churchill Bridge, is a major part of the scheme.

A Bath Quays North Masterplan has been developed and plans for the site include the delivery of up to 25,000 sqm of new office space, creating up to 1,900 new jobs, a minimum of 70 new homes for local people and a new, modern basement car park. 

The Bath Quays North application is an important step forward in the Council’s economic strategy to create jobs and opportunities for local people. 

The Council gathered feedback on the scheme prior to the submission of the outline planning application, through a series of public events and an online consultation during November 2017.  

Cllr Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration), said: “The Bath Quays project is a key part of our wider vision of creating a vibrant, prosperous city with flourishing local businesses, job opportunities for our residents, and new homes for people to live.

“Bath Quays would meet the needs of Bath’s successful local business community who wish to expand, as well as encourage others to move to the area, bringing with them higher-wage jobs, investment and economic growth for the city. This would help to provide more opportunities for our residents and young people, especially in Bath’s successful high tech, creative, financial and professional sectors. In addition, an increase in business rates income would support frontline Council services.”

Planning for the future

 

As part of the proposed scheme, the old multi-storey car park would be replaced with a new and safer basement carpark with up to 485 spaces, of which 320 will be public spaces.

 

The scheme is in accordance with the aspiration to encouraging greater use of sustainable transport such as bikes, buses and trains and Park and ride sites to reduce traffic levels and improve air quality. The strategic location of the Bath Quays North site close to the bus and train stations and on the cycle path would maximise the opportunity for sustainable travel. Cycling would be encouraged further with cycle storage and changing facilities being provided for occupiers living and working at Bath Quays North.  

 

New spaces for public life

 

The proposed layout of the site is intended to reinstate the historic street pattern and create space for public life with pedestrianised squares and shared cycle routes linking the new Bath Quays Bridge and river path to the rest of the city.  The addition of waterfront cafes and restaurants would also help create a lively location accessible to all. The recently completed south-facing riverside park was the firststep to improve this area of the city.

 

Construction of a new high quality office block at Bath Quays South alongside the Newark Works building, which received planning consent last May, will begin in early 2018, as will a new pedestrian and cycle bridge located in-between Churchill Bridge and Green Park.

 

For further information about the Bath Quays North development visit www.bathquays.co.uk.

To view the outline planning application, go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningapplications.

Expiry date for consultation - 10th February 2018

 

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Notes

 

The Bath Quays development is divided into Bath Quays North which is currently home to Avon Street car park and coach park on the north side of the river; and Bath Quays South, the derelict Newark Works buildings on the south side of the river and adjacent to A36/Lower Bristol Road.

 

The Council is seeking outline planning consent at Bath Quays North for a total of 38,000 sqm comprising:

 

  • Up to 25,000 sqm of Grade A office space

  • Minimum of 70 residential dwellings

  • Up to 4,500 sqm of retail/food outlets

  • Basement car park with at least 320 public spaces and additional parking for business/residents

 

 

FREE EVENT: How do we build on Bath's assets? Weds 29th Nov 2017, The Guildhall, Bath 18.00 - 20.00

On Weds 29th November an exciting free event is being held at The Guildhall in Bath, to raise the quality of debate around what our city needs for the future. 

Entitled: How does Bath use development opportunities to create its future, without undermining its past?’, the event is being produced and hosted by engineering consultants BuroHappold, with support from Creative Bath, Bath & North East Somerset Council, RIBA SW, The Edge and the Architecture Club.

The event takes place in the Banqueting Room at the Guildhall from 6.00-8.00pm, and is free to attend, although tickets do need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite – click here for details.

We do hope you will be able to join the debate.

Bath Quays North Masterplan Consultation

People in Bath are being asked for their views on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans for the development of Bath Quays North.

Bath Quays is the Council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant commercial quarter for Bath’s flourishing businesses in the heart of the city.  Bath Quays North, located on the existing Avon Street carpark and coach park, is a major part of the scheme.

A Bath Quays North Masterplan has been developed and plans for the site include the delivery of around 200,000 sq ft of new office space, creating up to 1,900 new jobs, a minimum of 70 new homes for local people and a new, modern basement car park. 

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) Leader of the Council said:

““The Bath Quays project is a key part of our wider vision of creating a vibrant, prosperous city with flourishing local businesses, job opportunities for our residents, and new homes for people to live. Bath Quays will be the biggest office development ever undertaken in Bath and the largest building project since construction of the Southgate shopping Centre.  It’s very important local people have a say on our plans and help shape this exciting development. It will not only provide much needed office space and homes but also breathe new life into the area.”

The Bath Quays North application is an important step forward in the Council’s economic strategy to create jobs and opportunities for local people. 

Outline planning consent for the site will soon be sought and as part of the planning process the Council would like to gain feedback on the scheme.  

Drop-in information sessions have been organised for:

Weds 8th November 4.00pm to 6.30pm: Brunswick Room, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Thurs 9th November 2.00pm – 6.00pm: Kingston Room, Pump Room, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Friday 10th November 10.00am – 2.00pm: Kingston Room, Pump Room, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Saturday 11th November 10.00am – 2.00pm: Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB

At each session there will be an architectural model and display boards outlining the plans and members of the public will be able to put forward their views and comments.

Plans and an online consultation will also be available on the Council’s website by 6th November until 13th November at www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathquays

Note to editors:

This process is part of the standard pre-planning application consultation.

The Bath Quays development is divided into Bath Quays North which is currently home to Avon Street Coach Park and car park on the north side of the river and Bath Quays South, the derelict Newark Works buildings on the south side of the river and adjacent to A36/Lower Bristol Road.

London launch event for Bath Quays North Development Opportunity - Thursday 10th August 2017, 12.30pm

Bath Quays North – outstanding 2.2 hectare Development Opportunity in Bath city centre

London launch event - Thursday 10th August 2017, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Location:  Allies & Morrison offices, 85 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX

 

Bath & North East Somerset Council is seeking to appoint a partner to develop the prime mixed use site of Bath Quays North.

This 2.2 hectare flagship development represents an outstanding development opportunity, with an investment value of up to £160m, in central Bath.

The site’s agents, Lambert Smith Hampton, and masterplanners for the site, Allies & Morrison, are now hosting a follow-up event in London for potential developers who were unable to attend the launch event held in Bath in July.

A presentation on the opportunity will take place at Allies & Morrison’s offices in Southwark Street, followed by a Q&A session.

To Register for the event:

Further details on the opportunity and a link to the procurement portal, to register for the event, can be found at https://www.bathquays.co.uk/bath-quays-north-2/

 

Bath Quays South Planning Permission

Today (Wednesday 5 April) Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to develop Bath Quays South have been granted planning consent.


Bath Quays South has been derelict for the best part of half a century.  After several attempts to get a development on the site, today’s decision is a key moment in the contemporary history of Bath and will make a dramatic change to the way the riverside looks and works.

The development will provide a new city centre location for businesses and is being led by the Council and regeneration specialists TCN.

Plans include:

·         Refurbishment of Newark Works building to create a 4,530 sqm innovation and digital campus providing workspace for creative businesses in affordable short-let commercial units

·         One new Grade A office building at 5,017 sqm

·         Two buildings for residential / specialist office use to accommodate up to 5,027sqm of residential space and up to 193sqm of retail space (outline planning consent only)

·         Completion of flood defence and river walls, new public spaces and landscaping.

The redevelopment of Bath Quays is Bath & North East Somerset Council’s flagship project, designed to create economic growth in the city.

We look forward to continuing to work with B&NES to ensure the whole Bath Quays South regeneration is a great success for the region,” said Richard Pearce, CEO of TCN.

It is envisaged that building work could begin in the summer of 2017, with the office building complete by the end of 2018. The Newark Works regeneration will be undertaken simultaneously by TCN and is also anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018.

John Wilkinson, Divisional Director - Community Regeneration, Skills & Regeneration, shared the news: “At the heart of the new Bath Quays Central Business District, the development is linked to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s economic strategy which sets out plans to bring new jobs to the city by encouraging the growth of local companies and inspiring business chiefs to bring their businesses here. 

Despite the withdrawal of BMT from the scheme, demand is proving buoyant for the new offices and early discussions indicate that they will be snapped up.  The office building provides a highly flexible opportunity which may suit one single large business or multiple smaller ones.  It will be built to British Council of Office guidelines and has been designed with high sustainability standards.

“In 2017, we will see work begin on the new bridge and the new offices creating new job opportunities for our residents.”

The development of Bath Quays South offices and creative workspace is good news for the historic city’s hi-tech and creative sectors.  According to the Tech Nation 2017 report which launched in Bristol on 28th March, the Bristol & Bath digital cluster is the third in the UK for turnover, and is a heavyweight when it comes to digital talent across the five biggest programming languages.

Ian Bell, Executive Director of Bath Chamber of Commerce and The Initiative in B&NES, supported the planning application for Bath Quays South.  He is well aware of the pressing need for suitable office space in the city for growing local businesses and attracting new investors. He said:

“I am delighted to see this development taking an important step towards its fruition. We have waited far too long to see a successful scheme on Bath Quays South.  There is widespread concern among the business community that a lack of modern office space in the city will damage the local economy. This development will not only do something to help with that, but it will underline the fact that the Council is determined to address the issue in a positive way.”

Another exciting development for the city is the proposed Pioneer Building.  To be funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the new Pioneer building is proposed to support entrepreneurs who have grown out of the Bath University SETsquared Innovation Centre and The Guild Hub.  As their businesses grow, they will be able to move into the flexible and adaptive accommodation which will be available. The facility will offer the perfect conditions for rapid growth, allowing businesses to move through the building as their team numbers increase.  

Bath Quays’ neighbours in the SETsquared Innovation centre were also celebrating this week as 13 entrepreneurs from Bath were announced as being among the top 50 SETsquared entrepreneurs nationally.  Ali Hadavizadeh, Deputy Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the Innovation Centre on Broad Quay, said:

“Tech entrepreneurs and high-growth companies are vital to the future of the UK economy. Bath has always had a vibrant and thriving culture of innovation but without the right support, these companies will not grow into global leaders. SETsquared has played a key role in supporting tech companies in the south of England, helping put Bath on the global innovation map.”