Property

Global law firm’s brief for Interaction to create one of the UK’s greenest and best designed offices

February 23, 2022
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Global law firm’s brief for Interaction to create one of the UK’s greenest and best designed offices

Bath-based workplace design-and-build consultancy Interaction has landed a multi million-pound contract to design international law firm Osborne Clarke’s new flagship office in Bristol. Interaction, which describes itself as on a mission to banish boring workplaces, will fit-out the interior of the new showpiece building, set to be one of the UK’s greenest office schemes...

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Guests check in to Bath’s latest – and largest – hotel as developer shrugs off impact of pandemic

February 18, 2022
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Guests check in to Bath’s latest – and largest – hotel as developer shrugs off impact of pandemic

Bath’s newest hotel, the Hampton by Hilton Bath City, welcomed its first guests this week, becoming the latest in a flurry of new openings that have greatly increased the availability of rooms in the city. The seven-storey, 220-bedroom hotel, pictured, built on the site of Bath College’s landmark Ralph Allen Building on James Street...

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Boost for CBRE’s retail investment and development teams in region as trio of experts join

February 18, 2022
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Boost for CBRE’s retail investment and development teams in region as trio of experts join

Global real estate advisor CBRE has strengthened its West of England-based UK development and retail investment teams with three new appointments. Director James Blundell and associate director Steph Passey, who both joined from rival firm’s Cushman & Wakefield’s Bristol office, are now part of CBRE’s UK development and residential capital markets team.  Meanwhile Richard...

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Bath’s first new council homes in 30 years under construction as city looks to ease housing crisis

February 17, 2022
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Bath’s first new council homes in 30 years under construction as city looks to ease housing crisis

Work is underway on the first socially rented council homes in the city for nearly three decades. The Victorian building on Newbridge Hill, formerly used as council offices, is being converted into seven, one and two-bed apartments as one of the first steps in the city’s new council house building programme. The apartments are...

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Aviva property fund snaps up high-profile student flats development from Bath Spa University

February 17, 2022
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Aviva property fund snaps up high-profile student flats development from Bath Spa University

A landmark student accommodation building has been sold by Bath Spa University to a property investment fund owned by insurance giant Aviva as the market for student flats in the city shows no sign of slowing. Green Park House, pictured, opposite Green Park station, has 461 accommodation units over six floors and is let...

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Expansion on the cards for Abbey Hotel after new owners unveil plan to buy neighbouring properties

February 17, 2022
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Expansion on the cards for Abbey Hotel after new owners unveil plan to buy neighbouring properties

Bath’s historic Abbey Hotel looks set to be expanded after being sold for the second time in four years. New owner, London-based property investment firm Castleforge Partners, has secured an option agreement to acquire two adjoining buildings on North Parade, with plans in place to add 15 large bedrooms to the hotel, pictured, later...

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Western ‘powerhouse’ conference will explore ways of generating green growth for super-region

February 11, 2022
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Western ‘powerhouse’ conference will explore ways of generating green growth for super-region

The first major event staged by the Western Gateway economic partnership takes place next month to bring together key figures from business, academia and local and national government on both sides of the Severn to explore the potential of the cross–border powerhouse. Called Green Growth within the Western Gateway, the day-long conference will discuss...

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Major R&D centre planned by pharma firm to develop world-beating inhalation technology

February 11, 2022
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Major R&D centre planned by pharma firm to develop world-beating inhalation technology

Pioneering pharmaceutical firm Vectura is planning to develop a major research and development centre of excellence as it looks for further global growth opportunities under new owner, tobacco group Philip Morris International (PMI). The Chippenham-headquartered group, which was controversially acquired by PMI for £1.1bn last September, says the centre, pictured, on the Bristol & Bath...

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Much-needed boost for Bath’s economy as council approves return of Christmas Market this year

February 11, 2022
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Much-needed boost for Bath’s economy as council approves return of Christmas Market  this year

Bath’s iconic Christmas Market is to go ahead this year after being cancelled for the past two years due the pandemic. Bath & North East Somerset Council confirmed the hugely popular market, pictured, which has been ranked among the 10 best in Europe, will run for 18 days – from November 24 to December...

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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bath’s growth is clean and green

February 10, 2022
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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bath’s growth is clean and green

Bath’s construction and manufacturing businesses will be able to boost their employees’ green skills as part of a new scheme backed by the West of England Combined Authority. More than 100 firms across the region are being invited to take part in the 18-month Skills for Clean Growth programme to equip their workers with the...

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