Pride of Place
Bath and North East Somerset Council has completed major improvement works to the High Street and the pedestrianised shopping area of Northumberland Place in the city centre. The project is part of a larger public realm and movement strategy for the city centre entitled ‘Creating the Canvas for Public Life in Bath’. This will result in a series of on-going improvements to streets and public places across the city centre to be delivered over the next 15 – 20 years. The programme is guided by a set of Bath Public Realm Design Values that were developed and agreed with a wide range of organisations in the city.
The High Street Public Realm Improvement Project was the first project undertaken and was part-funded by the Bath Transportation package, a £27m package of measures funded by the Department for Transport.
The whole street was resurfaced with pennant stone paving and new street furniture was installed, with the aim of de-cluttering the space, increasing footfall and improving the experience for pedestrians.
A combination of narrow footways, busy bus stops and high footfall often resulted in overcrowding in the High Street and the quality of paving in pedestrian areas was poor. We have therefore:
- expanded existing pedestrian areas and extended crossing areas;
- improved access to Cheap Street through a natural stone space shared by pedestrians and vehicles;
- provided new and more uniform pennant stone paving along the High Street’s pedestrian areas and in front of the Abbey;
New street furniture, including new bus shelters, bins, way-finding signage and cycle stands have been installed .
Students help to make fountain sparkle again
After being approached by the Bath Preservation Trust, stone mason students from the City of Bath University spent four days cleaning and conserving the Rebecca Fountain, a landmark on the north side of Bath Abbey.
Illuminating the past
A lamppost dating back to the 1830’s and thought to be the oldest in Bath has been given a makeover in a community project. Residents in Sydney Buildings have worked with Council officials to restore the street’s 12 original cast iron lampposts and lanterns.
Southgate Shopping centre
The £2mil project to revitalise the centre with a mini park will be completed in may 2019