Crest Nicholson has revealed its latest plans for Bath‘s Western Riverside development and – while the last of the city’s three gasometers will be losing its place on the skyline next year when it’s dismantled – there are two eight-storey buildings planned to make an impact of their own in that area.
Am l alone in thinking there’s a touch of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon here?
Certainly the Company say they have listened to people asking for some ‘Georgian-style‘ curves amongst the straighter lines on the old industrial riverside acreage and – while these are two very curvy blocks – the developers are also keen to go green on the structures with trendy garden walls promised in places on the tiered façade.
The buildings will also be set in amongst more greenery at ground level.
They will be residential with commercial usage – maybe cafes and the like – on the ground floor.
This is a quick Virtual Museum preview. A planning application will be formally made before the end of the year. The full details are now on-line at http://www.bathwesternriverside.co.uk
Shame on you Bath if you let your last remaining gasometer disappear from the skyline without even an attempt at a fight for funding to give it a new lease of life and save for posterity – in some form – this last major symbol of Bath’s industrial past.
The four converted gasometers in Vienna.
Vienna in Austria managed to find new uses for a line up of four brick-encased gasometers which were turned into apartments, offices and shopping malls.
While in Dublin – a gasometer very much like the one in Bath – was transformed into apartments with reflective glass making the whole massive structure both light and delicate.
The converted gasometer in Dublin.
There is an internal light well built into all the conversions illustrated here.
I still think Bath could transform its gasometer into a much-needed Concert Hall and add something very special to the city’s bank of architectural treasures.
The internal courtyard within the converted gasometer in Dublin.
This is a city of curves and circles. The gasometer is an industrial version of The Circus! It could be Bath’s Albert Hall.
Obviously no lessons have been learned. Back in 2002 in the television series l did for Carlton called Set in Stone:The building of Bath – produced and directed by Howard Perks – l suggested the city needed an iconic building on the Western Riverside development.