This scheme regenerates the derelict Bath Press site located in the World Heritage city of Bath, providing a new food retail store, office space, creative work units, a museum, community space and 10 new homes. Designed to link in to the Bath Western Riverside regeneration masterplan, the diverse mix of uses will create a strong new identity for the local community, generate over 600 new jobs and bring this historic site back into productive economic use.
Formerly the Pitman Press printing works, the building’s original two-storey facade and its chimney will be retained and enhanced to provide an interface between the busy Lower Bristol Road and a new public square which forms the heart of the scheme and provides much needed green space for the wider area. Visual connections are created by opening up the facade at strategic locations and drawing people into the square via pedestrian walkways. Amenities include a café and a museum which celebrates the rich heritage of the printing press and the invention of shorthand on the site in 1837.