Property

Artful bar redesign plays to the gallery as Abbey Hotel’s new owners continue to redefine venue

April 25, 2019
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Artful bar redesign plays to the gallery as Abbey Hotel’s new owners continue to redefine venue

Bath’s Abbey Hotel has unveiled the latest in a series of changes since it changed hands a year ago – the city’s first ‘cocktail gallery’. The 62-bedroom boutique hotel’s bar has been renovated and ‘redefined’ into the ArtBar – described as “an eclectic space of different lights, materials and textures”.  The four-star hotel’s owners...

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Redrow appoints new regional managing director to lead its South West developments

April 23, 2019
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Redrow appoints new regional managing director to lead its South West developments

Tim Stone has become national housebuilder Redrow Homes’ new regional managing director, a role in which he will oversee projects across the South West and South Wales. Tim, pictured, joined the firm four years ago as regional director of its South Wales division, based in Cardiff, before being promoted to managing director in 2017. ...

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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 12, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in the red. Export sales and...

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Firm co-founded by former Royal Crescent Hotel manager snaps up Cotswolds country house venue

April 12, 2019
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Firm co-founded by former Royal Crescent Hotel manager snaps up Cotswolds country house venue

The former manager of Bath’s Royal Crescent Hotel has joined two former management consultants to buy a Georgian country house hotel in the Cotswolds. Simon Austin, who worked at Royal Crescent Bath from August 2017 until last month, has formed a new company called Moonflight with James and Corinna Rae to buy the 18-bedroom...

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Plans for Bath’s first park in a century to go on display at Curo’s flagship housing scheme

April 12, 2019
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Plans for Bath’s first park in a century to go on display at Curo’s flagship housing scheme

Curo, the Bath-based housing association, is to host a public information exhibition to showcase its proposals for the city’s first new park in 100 years. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see detailed designs for the main area of public open space and woodland walk at Curo’s Mulberry Park development, alongside proposed...

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£30m deal means Bath property firm will develop final phase of Bristol’s new creative quarter

April 11, 2019
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£30m deal means Bath property firm will develop final phase of Bristol’s new creative quarter

Bath-based property developer Rengen has secured a £30m deal that will complete one of the South West’s most creative regeneration schemes. The firm, a subsidiary of the Iesis Group, has acquired the fourth and final phase of the Paintworks mixed-use scheme in Bristol from London-based niche developer Verve Properties.  Plans for the development were...

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Power train pioneers to kit out University of Bath’s world-leading automotive research centre

April 5, 2019
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Power train pioneers to kit out University of Bath’s world-leading automotive research centre

The University of Bath has appointed a world leader in power trains to supply the equipment for its new £70m ‘car of the future’ research facility. Expert teams at the university and Austrian-based AVL will form a unique partnership to advance knowledge in power trains – the engine, transmission, drive shaft and axles –...

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Site cements its place on shortlist for Heathrow logistics hub to help airport build third runway

March 29, 2019
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Site cements its place on shortlist for Heathrow logistics hub to help airport build third runway

A former cement works has been shortlisted as a possible site for a logistics hub linked to Heathrow Airport’s expansion. The West Wiltshire site, owned by construction materials giant Tarmac, has made it onto the 18-strong shortlist for potential locations for four regional hubs which will pre-assemble components for the expanded airport.  These components...

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Bath cookshop back in the mix after buyer saves parent group from administration

March 29, 2019
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Bath cookshop back in the mix after buyer saves parent group from administration

A long-established Bath city centre store has re-opened two months after its parent company became another victim of the retail meltdown. Kitchens Cookshop has been a magnet for home cooks and professional chefs since it first opened on Quiet Street in 1978. It quickly established itself as the go-to destination for the best kitchenware...

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Bath’s art scene in the frame for Abbey Hotel’s new-look bedrooms

March 29, 2019
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Bath’s art scene in the frame for Abbey Hotel’s new-look bedrooms

A third of the bedrooms at Bath’s iconic Abbey Hotel have been renovated to appeal to culture vultures following its of change of ownership a year ago. US-UK group KE Hotels, which bought the four-star, 62-bedroom venue in February last year, has invested what it described as a “significant” sum into upgrading 20 of...

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