The Bath Western Riverside development has been named as a finalist in the Excellence in Planning for Homes category, at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.
The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Bath Western Riverside, the major urban regeneration scheme that will see the delivery of 2,281 new homes, along with much-needed new community and commercial facilities, is one of the largest projects of its kind in the south west.
The scheme, led by Crest Nicholson Regeneration, is transforming the former industrial site, which had been derelict for over 25 years, and has been labelled a catalyst for wider regeneration within the city.
Stuart Garnett, a director for Savills planning team, commented: “We are thrilled to see Bath Western Riverside shortlisted by the RTPI. Savills are part of a multi-disciplinary team supporting Crest since 2006 with the original permissions and EIA consented in 2010 and the subsequent applications for the implementation of the development, such as reserved matters and discharging conditions.
“Over 800 homes are now occupied or under construction. Savills works closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council, key stakeholders and the local community.
“The regeneration of this former industrial land is rejuvenating this part of the city by delivering high quality housing, 25% of which is affordable, commercial uses, an energy centre serving the site’s energy needs, a riverside park and walk with connections to the city alongside the river, and the new Destructor Bridge – plus a variety of public artworks.”
Marcus Evans, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Regeneration added: “We are pleased to see Bath Western Riverside named as a finalist in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.
“Bath Riverside is a standout development which has transformed the banks of the River Avon into a vibrant residential community. It offers high quality homes and apartments and is one of the very few residential developments that enjoys direct access to the riverside whilst being within walking distance of the city centre.
“We offer our congratulations to the other finalists, along with our own extended team that was involved in Bath Riverside planning and development.”
Anna Fairman, a director for Savills residential development sales team, said: “It is hard to overstate what a difference the scheme has made to the area. The combination of an attractive riverside location, pleasant walk to the city centre and striking architecture are the key factors attracting local, national and international buyers alike.
“Interestingly we have seen a number of purchasers return to buy additional properties or to upgrade to a larger property on the scheme, which is a testament to the quality of both the design and build.
“Now, the recently opened coffee shop and anticipated gym are cementing Bath Riverside as a ‘go-to’ location.”
RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment.
“They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24th April.