Having started work on the project back in 2006, landscape architects at Bath-based Grant Associates are now looking forward to continuing the transformation of this former industrial site so that residents and members of the public can enjoy new riverside walkways, parks and boulevards across the 40-acre Bath Riverside development.
Headed by project director Andrew Grant and senior associate Claire Hobart, the Grant Associates team have worked closely with architects, Crest Nicholson the developer as well as members from B&NES.
With significant areas of the site now completed it seems the design and layout of the landscape has had the desired effect, with many buyers saying that the open spaces and communal areas was one reason why they decided to buy a property at the development.
Claire Hobart said: “Our approach and inspiration towards the design was how could we better connect with nature.
“The land had remained derelict for over 20 years so it was important we got it right in terms of the open spaces and flora being in keeping with Bath city.
“Other important design considerations were public connectivity to the city centre, access to the riverside and links for pedestrians and cyclists through the development and across the River Avon.”
With the original master plan outlining the need for a public riverside park between the Victoria and Destructor bridges, the Grant Associates team compared other local parks and open spaces from across the world heritage city to help define the right character for this site.
Bath stone and plant species typical of Bath have been incorporated, so that the transition from a derelict industrial site into a place where people now live and enjoy their leisure time appears seamless as they head out of the centre towards the development.
Claire added: “There have been lots and lots of elements to consider when looking at the landscape design and we have been conscious to include a sense of green at the end of every street. The river linkages set out the framework for the design and with Bath’s flourishing creative scene, a public art trail has also been included.
“It makes people stop and look and includes items such as a child’s train set on top of a wall and a realistic looking slow worm that slithers out of another wall!
“It’s been a very exciting project and it’s fantastic to see what was a run-down piece of land come to life. We have enjoyed working in partnership with the Crest Nicholson Design team to enhance the area and there is a lot more work to do and plenty of opportunities for us to create more connectivity with nature and open spaces.
“As we work close by, the team is always on site taking a look around while enjoying the space. It’s also nice to hear comments from members of the public, especially those who haven’t perhaps been down to the area for some time.
“It truly has opened up the area while providing access to the water and we can’t wait to continue the work giving Bath an area that better reflects the needs of the city.”
Viewing at Bath Riverside is by appointment only. To arrange a visit please contact the sales and marketing team on 01225 463517 or visit www.bathriverside.co.uk
The marketing suite on Victoria Bridge Road is open daily from 10 am to 5pm.