Work starts on latest Bath Western Riverside development
The latest development on Bath’s Western Riverside, Roseberry Place, has taken a step forward with contractors moving in to start enabling works including demolition of buildings, site clearance and remediation of any contamination.
Roseberry Place, located within the city’s enterprise zone, is a major mixed use urban regeneration comprising six buildings, rising to a maximum of six storeys, featuring up to 175 flats, about 60,000 sq ft of flexible employment space and 14,500 sq ft for retail use. Provision is included for 30 per cent affordable housing. The development will be completed in two phases with the residential and retail work completed prior to the employment space.
Clarkebond was appointed to provide a wide range of engineering consultancy services on the scheme including civil, structural, flood risk assessment, flood modelling, highways and ground engineering, both pre- and post-planning, up to completion of the project. The Clarkebond team advised Deeley Freed at an early stage on structural concepts and site specific challenges regarding proximity to the River Avon, previous site uses, location of utilities and complex highway issues.
Flood risk adjacent to the River Avon required floor levels to be above the flood level and car parks to be raised to avoid cars being displaced during a flood event. Three major public storm and foul sewers cross the site and Clarkebond designed diversions for two of them and obtained the necessary Wessex Water approval. Highways works on the very busy Lower Bristol Rd are complex with a new pelican crossing to be interlinked with the nearby Windsor Bridge Rd junction where junction improvements, alterations to bus stops and the main road alignment on this arterial route were required.
Clarkebond carried out ground investigations to inform pile designs and also to identify any legacy contamination issues resulting from historic industrial uses of the site which included a bus yard, a dairy depot and a stone mason. Hydrocarbon hotspots were found scattered across the site which required assessment of risks to the adjacent River Avon. Recommendations for outline remediation and risk reduction measures were then provided to aid the granting of planning permission.
Clarkebond also organised an unexploded ordnance desk study, as the site was bombed and buildings destroyed with loss of life during World War II. This identified UXO risks ranging from low to high that necessitated the employment of down-hole-magnetometer detection during borehole formation.
Clarkebond will be novated to work with the selected contractor to completion of the project.
Construction of the first phase residential apartments will follow the enabling works and construction of the office building will start thereafter. Phase 2 will follow with 60,000 sq ft of office /employment space.
Client: Deeley Freed (Penhalt) Ltd
Architects: Nash Partnership
M&E Consultant: Hoare Lea
Planning Consultant: Cushman Wakefield
Landscape Architects: Greenhalgh
Projects Managers: JLL
* images courtesy of Nash Partnership