Bath & North East Somerset Council is about to start work on a £6.2 million project to transform the riverside in Bath and improve flood defences.
The Bath Quays Waterside project, which is being delivered by the council in partnership with the Environment Agency, was given planning permission in early February. Capita is providing project management and CDMC services on the project which involves flood mitigation and defence works to the north and south banks of the River Avon, on the southern periphery of Bath’s historic city centre.
Expected to be completed by the end of 2016, the project will reduce flood risk for over 100 residential and commercial properties; reconnect Bath to its riverside with a new riverside park, and enable the development of Bath Quays, a new office and creative quarter, delivering up to 30,000 square metres of much-needed, office accommodation for the city.
Cllr Ben Stevens, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This investment will significantly enhance the riverside environment, creating better wildlife habitat, access and a more beautiful and enjoyable environment for local people and visitors to the city. The transformation of this waterside place will include new promenades at different levels creating new routes for cyclists and walking, and new space for outdoor performances and events. The new public realm has been modelled on best practice from Europe to help the City reconnect with the River Avon.”
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