Urban regeneration specialists Helm Construction have been brought in to transform Walcot Yard in the heart of Bath’s artisan quarter, with a number of townhouses set to be built.
The buildings have been empty for seven years since their last use by a building materials reclamation business and before that the Walcot Reclamation business.
Helm Construction will build eight three-bedroom townhouses in a courtyard site delivering a valuable city centre plot back to the community on behalf of locally based Kersfield, who are active on a number of other sites in the vicinity.
Chief Executive Gary Sheppard said: “Bath’s artisan area has been a popular destination for years, but the Yard had declined to the point where the buildings were no longer safe or economically sustainable.
“We have undertaken a number of similar high profile regeneration projects in Bristol which have given districts a much-needed shot in the arm.
“Given the recent headlines about the excessive levels of student housing creeping in to Bath’s commercial areas, it is good to report that we will be building homes in Bath.”
Kersfield Chief Executive David Newton said: “The collection of eight new-build houses within our Walcot Yard gated development are surrounded by the thriving, independent shops and cafes of Walcot Street.
“Residents will enjoy the best of both worlds with the community feel of Walcot Street on their doorstep and Bath city centre a short walk away.
Owing to the location and specification, we expect to see high demand from the local market including downsizers.
The Walcot Yard site is one of 56 Brownfield sites identified by Bath and North East Somerset Council for re-development.
Gary Sheppard concluded: “By ensuring all Brownfield land is re-developed we help reduce the burden on the open fields around Bath.”