FCBS bags planning for Bath Abbey revamp
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has landed planning permission to extend and renovate the Grade I-listed Bath Abbey
The £18 million rennovation project includes a reception, retail area, interpretation centre and new accessible entrance.
FCBS has also designed an extension which will feature meeting and office spaces, a refectory, and a song school for the Abbey’s choir.
The Grade I-listed medieval building, built in the Perpendicular Gothic style, occupies the footprint of its Romanesque predecessor.
Under the scheme, hot water from the city’s nearby Roman Baths will be funnelled to provide underfloor heating for the Abbey as part a wider district heating network.
Don Foster, MP for Bath said: ‘The proposal which makes use of Bath’s unique attribute – the hot springs – by extracting energy from the water in the Roman Great Drain for a district heating system are imaginative and will provide a good example of energy saving initiatives.
‘I believe that this programme of work will significantly enhance the ability of the Abbey in the centre of Bath to meet the needs of future generations.’
It is estimated that the Abbey could reduce its carbon footprint by over 285 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Geoff Rich, partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: ‘At Bath Abbey it is our privilege to be working on the largest historic building at the centre of the World Heritage Site – which is also our home city. We are very aware of the hugely important role the building has for its congregation, the local community, and its thousands of visitors.’
Chris Smith, national planning director of English Heritage, added: ‘Whilst the Abbey has sought to deliver new facilities that support their mission, they continue to be mindful of the fact that they are the custodians of one of our country’s most important heritage assets.
‘In consultation with English Heritage, the Abbey continues to develop a scheme that preserves and enhances their historic fabric through a blend of conservative repair, newly revealed spaces, and compelling interpretation.
‘This is a project that secures the future of Bath Abbey, from the new facilities that support their mission, to the care and repair of historic fabric, to the re-telling of this extraordinary building’s ancient story.’