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.”