The first phase of the ongoing Bath Riverside development is coming to a close, with key elements of the scheme due for completion in the coming months.
Construction work on the final building for the first phase, located at the junction of Midland Road and Stothert Avenue, commenced in April this year and is due for completion in 2019.
In addition, Crest Nicholson Regeneration is in the process of landscaping Bath’s newest park on the river frontage between the two landmark buildings, Sovereign Point and Royal View.
The buildings, which stand adjacent to the Destructor Bridge and Victoria Bridge respectively, were designed by Studio Egret West in consultation with the Bath community.
From a commercial perspective, two businesses have also recently joined the community at Bath Riverside.
Coffee#1 opened its doors on the ground floor of Royal View last month. The British chain offers carefully handcrafted coffee and sumptuous snacks, served in cosy coffee houses with comfy leather armchairs, reclaimed furniture and friendly baristas.
The interior is designed to be warm and vibrant, having a living-room feel with carefully chosen artwork and vintage books.
Store openings manager for Coffee#1 Rhia Watkins said: “We are delighted to have opened successfully and are enjoying becoming part of the Riverside community. We’ve already met a few regulars and are looking forward to welcoming many more.”
Award-winning design consultancy Steers McGillan Eves Design moved into Riverside in August, having purchased a large ground floor unit at Corinthian adjacent to Destructor Bridge.
The independent consultancy specialises in integrated communications for the cultural, heritage, healthcare, charity and development sectors.
Company Director Chloe Steers said: “We have been able to create a well-considered and inspirational space – one that would not be available anywhere else in this beautiful city.
“We are looking forward to the further development of the area – especially the prospect of lunch in the new park!”
Senior Projects Director for Crest Nicholson Regeneration, Neil Dawtrey, added: “Construction on this first phase of Bath Riverside commenced in 2011. We’re really pleased to see how the development has matured since the first residents moved in.
“To date we have delivered 750 new properties at Riverside, including 205 affordable homes, and we’re pleased to see businesses like Crisp Cowley, Coffee#1 and Steers McGillan Eves choosing to base themselves in this fantastic setting next to the River Avon.”