The brief received from Bath and North East Somerset Council was to explore opportunities for Public Realm reinstatement and enhancement following the demolition and removal of the redundant Gas bridges that run parallel to Windsor Bridge Road.
Proposals seek to make environmental improvements a fundamental design principle, integrating green strategies with activity and movement. The Landscape proposals will combine the latest standards and technology to create a safe environment for movement while clearly having an identity and character consistent with the existing genius loci.
The Landscape Strategy therefore includes an analysis of the existing site, its history and environment, topography and appearance. Proposals seek to draw on the site’s context, rich history, landscape and culture to create a contemporary scheme that continues the story of this part of Bath and the River Avon. As such the design proposals include significant improvements to public circulation whilst also enhance the biodiversity value of the space.
The ecological sensitivity of the River Avon as a Bat commuting corridor also played an important factor in the proposals, with former bridge support structures being retained to reflect the heritage of the site and repurposed as homes and habitat for Bats, birds and invertebrates.