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Green light for Studio Egret West’s Bath Riverside scheme

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Studio Egret West-designed plans for two ‘residential pavilions’ at Bath Riverside have won planning permission

The structures, which were created for Crest Nicholson Regeneration, will contain 97 new homes as well as two restaurants and a cafe and sit at either end of a new park on the edge of the River Avon.

The practice’s undulating designs step inwards as the buildings increase in height, providing a series of terraces and opening out views of the river.

Christophe Egret said the structures had a ‘contemporary architectural language that [was] respectful of the Unesco World Heritage site’ but represented ‘a departure from the more formal traditional architecture of Bath’.

Crest Nicholson Regeneration managing director Debbie Aplin said construction of the first of the two buildings would start in 2015.

Bath Riverside is ultimately earmarked to provide 2,000 homes on a brownfield site.

Last year Alison Brooks Architects won planning permission for a 26-home phase for the project.

SEW Bath Riverside

Plan for part Studio Egret West’s Bath Riverside regeneration scheme

One of Studio Egret West's Bath Riverside apartment blocks

One of the Studio Egret West ‘residential pavilions’ approved for Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside regeneration scheme

Project data

Architect: Studio Egret West

Landscape architect: Grant Associates

Planning consultant: Savills 

Heritage advisor: Stephen Bee

Structural Engineer: URS

Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Couch Perry & Wilkes

Project cost: N/A

Start on site date: January 2015 

Completion date: Mid 2016 

Form of contract and/or procurement: Bespoke / Crest Nicholson Construction 

Previous story (AJ 26.04.13)

Planning victory for Alison Brooks’ riverside homes in Bath

ABA Bath Riverside

Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) has won planning permission for this waterside residential scheme in Bath

The 26-home development, which sits on a brownfield site on the banks of the River Avon, is phase two of the larger Bath Riverside housing-led scheme for developer Crest Nicholson Regeneration.

Once complete, the project will include 2,000 new homes, a new school and a waterfront park.

Consisting of three stone-clad terraces, which are a ‘variation on the Bath Crescent typology’, the ABA scheme contains 14 large family houses, six mews houses, six flats and a café.

Semi-detached villas along the river allow light and views through to the river from within the site. The mews reduce in height allowing sunlight into the central courtyard space.

The curved terraces are arranged around a public courtyard with landscaping designed by Grant Associates.

Acording to the practice the design has been formed by Bath’s topography, which slopes towards the river basin. The site’s connection to the new riverside walk and its orientation influenced the massing strategy (see full strategy attached).

ABA Bath Riverside

Project team

Client: Crest Nicholson Regeneration
Architect: Alison Brooks Architects
Landscape architects: Grant Associates
Structural engineer: Robert Wynter and Partners 
Civil engineer: Buro Happold
M+E engineers: RHB Partnership
Planning consultants: Savills
Utilities: White Young Green
Ecology: IES Consulting

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