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Spanner in the works for Grimshaw's £19m Bath Spa

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Engineering works on Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners'£19 million project to revive Bath's Roman spa have ground to a halt after environmental campaigners secured a judicial review of the project.This week the courts will rule on whether the scheme must be subject to an environmental impact assessment, which could mean many months' extra delay. Engineering work on the scheme has already been delayed by eight weeks.

Local campaign group the Springs Foundation claims the impact of 11m piling to underpin Grimshaw's centrepiece building for the revived spa could permanently damage the hot springs on which the city was founded. It says the council's project team did not carry out its statutory responsibility in assessing the potential impact of new foundations.

If the judicial review orders a full environmental impact assessment the scheme will be subjected to renewed public scrutiny.A 21-day public consultation exercise will begin and the public given the chance to see and comment on the detailed plans.

Project manager Michael Grey said that works are continuing in the existing buildings and only civil engineering work has been suspended.

The Bath Spa Project aims to restore five listed buildings around the Roman spa and provide a new five-storey building. It is the piling on the five-storey building which is proving contentious.Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners'director Andrew Whalley declined to comment on the hitch.

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