Location: BATH
Date: MARCH 2011
Credits: ACME Team(Nicholas Channon, Deena Fakhro, Stephen Harker, Friedrich Ludewig, Frederic Meurisse, Isabel de la Mora, Neil Sansom, Heidrun Schuhmann, Naiara Vegara, Keigo Yoshida)
The City of Bath was first founded by the Romans as a thermal spa resort in AD 43. Its Roman heritage, especially the bath complexes are amongst the most famous and important Roman remains north of the Alps and together with the cities 18th century Gerogian architecture led to Bath being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 as the only UK city to be listed in its entirety. The client asked for a high level masterplan and feasibility study for a site that forms one of the last areas available for regeneration adjacent to the city centre. The brief was for a mixed-use scheme including retail, offices, residential and work-live units.Various massing options and layouts for different site scenarios were explored to develop a sustainable strategy in response to the client’s brief and the Council’s Spatial Masterplan. The site’s location within the boundary of the World Heritage Site, its neighbourhood to some outstanding 18th century architectural ensembles and its relationship to the river Avon make this a highly sensitive environment and provide a challenging opportunity to explore new architecture in a predominantly historic and listed setting. The driving principles of the proposal include the creation of a fitting setting for the listed historic station buildings, a new green space and connection between the centre and the western riverside, creation of new open space along the water and the completion of the Norfolk Crescent to embrace the river and form a response to the neighbouring Royal Crescent..