Bath & North East Somerset Council’s ambitious scheme to develop Bath Quays has taken a major step forward with the appointment of Legal & General and its development manager Bell Hammer to develop Bath Quays North.
The contract will see high quality offices and new homes, including affordable housing, constructed on the site near Churchill Bridge.
Bath Quays North is a major part of the Bath Quays development, the council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant quarter for the city’s flourishing businesses and is the most significant development in Bath in a generation.
It offers the potential to develop and grow Bath’s economy providing much needed business space for the city’s growing businesses and attracting quality employers to the city.
The scheme is part-funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund and administered by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). Legal & General will deliver 20,000 sqm of new ‘Grade A’ office space creating up to 1900 new jobs and a minimum of 70 new homes on the Bath Quays North site.
Councillor Dine Romero, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The redevelopment of Bath Quays North will boost business, skills and job opportunities in Bath and the wider region, bringing new spaces for work, life and culture. Bath is ready to embrace this opportunity for renewal and show that the city is open for business.”
All the new buildings that comprise Bath Quays North will be designed to reduce their environmental impact, adapt to climate change and incorporate features that enhance the health and wellbeing of occupiers and the wider community.
All commercial offices will embody the design principles of WELL certification, and will achieve BREEAM excellence.
The development, which is less than a five-minute walk from Bath Spa station, will incorporate new pedestrian and cycling routes to promote active methods of transport. Occupiers and visitors will benefit from class leading cycle facilities to encourage sustainable travel.
Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration at Legal & General, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to develop Bath Quays North and look forward to working with the council to bring our vision for Bath to life. Our investment partnerships in cities such as Cardiff and Newcastle are already delivering at pace, and we believe that our plans for Bath Quays North will have a significant positive impact on the city centre, generating employment opportunities and economic prosperity.”