Second public consultation for major redevelopment of former Bath Gasworks site

May 13, 2022

Ambitious plans to develop a new neighbourhood with hundreds of homes on the site of Bath’s former Gasworks are to go on public display again later this month after being viewed by more than 500 people in an earlier consultation exercise.

Developer St William, a joint venture between the housebuilder Berkeley Group and National Grid, believes the area, pictured, has capacity for between 625 and 675 new homes alongside public open space, non-residential uses, a sustainable transport route and areas dedicated to ecology. 

The historic site off Windsor Bridge Road helped power the city from the early 19th century until the late 20th century but since being decommissioned has been predominantly underused.

St William’s initial proposals were put on display for comments from the public in February – with more than 500 people attending.

Comments made at those sessions have been addressed in the latest set of plans, which will be available to view over three days at two venues.

St William managing director Alison Dowsett said: “The Bath Gasworks site presents an exciting opportunity to create an inviting new neighbourhood on an underutilised, brownfield and sustainably located site which has long been identified for development by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

“Our proposals will provide a variety of new high-quality homes, an early-years children’s nursery, a new sustainable transport route for pedestrians and cycles, employment opportunities and extensive public open space including a new ecological park adjacent to the River Avon.

“We look forward to working closely with the local community and stakeholders to deliver the next chapter in the evolution of the Western Riverside Quarter and fully realising the potential of this important site.”

The team behind St William’s plans includes internationally renowned architecture practice Grimshaw, which has a long relationship with Bath having designed Bath School of Art and Design, the Thermae Bath Spa and the planned Stadium for Bath.

Other members are award-winning landscape architects Murdoch Wickham, which have particular expertise in urban regeneration, and Bath-based stakeholder and community engagement specialists Creatrix, along with Turley, Montagu Evans, Vectos, WSP and Ecology Solutions.

The plans can be viewed at the following sessions:

Wednesday 25 May: Noon – 4pm at Green Park Station Foyer, Green Park Road, Bath BA1 1JB

Thursday 26 May: 5pm – 8pm at Coffee #1, Bath Riverside, Bath BA2 3GG

Saturday 28 May: 11am – 3pm at Green Park Station Foyer, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB

The information displayed at the public exhibition and an online feedback form will also be available at from 25 May.


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