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post updated 12 July 2021

Bath Building News

Bath Architecture News arranged chronologically:

12 Jul 2021
Bath Preservation Trust appoints Design Team for Beckford’s Tower
Beckford’s Tower Bath building
photograph © Tom Burrows
Beckford’s Tower Bath Renewal
Bath Preservation Trust (BPT) has announced that architects Thomas Ford & Partners and quantity surveyors Stenning & Co have been appointed to lead the design work for the £3.3 million Our Tower project.

Playing the Picturesque Interactive Installation

An exhibition by You + Pea

Commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Tue 24 Sep – Sat 14 Dec 2019

Tue – Sat · 11am-5pm

The Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge is delighted to present Playing the Picturesque this autumn, premiering a new virtual environment of Bath’s much loved Palladian Bridge at Prior Park.

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea at The Architecture Gallery, RIBA London
Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea at The Architecture Gallery, RIBA London
photos © Tristan Fewings, Getty Images for RIBA

Playing the Picturesque is an interactive installation exploring the boundaries between virtual and physical space.

It takes the form of a series of scaled folly structures extracted from real picturesque landscapes by 19th century architect John Nash and extended into interactive virtual game environments. By exploring the interface between the physical and virtual realms, it asks whether such boundaries are now so fluid that we can consider virtual worlds as sites for realising architecture in their own right.

Today, we spend much of our time living in virtual realms, endlessly producing, sharing and looking at pictures of an idealised and filtered world on the screen of personal devices. In the eighteenth century too, architects and artists became interested in picturing the ‘ideal’. Landscapes, townscapes and buildings were arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner, producing the stylistic movement of ‘the Picturesque’. Designing its own harmony and beauty, the Picturesque provides delight in the experience of looking through framed views, dramatic reveals and a romantic relationship to nature.

You+Pea is the architectural design studio of Sandra Youkhana and Luke Caspar Pearson. Their work explores the integration of video game technologies into architectural design.


The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY

This project has been commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Playing the Picturesque – RIBA Summer Installation 2019


The Edge: Art, Research, Adventure
The Edge is an arts and creativity hub informed by the context of the University of Bath. We encourage and nurture arts/research collaborations, providing a place where artists, audiences, researchers and academics can find new perspectives and fertile ground to showcase new thinking and ideas. Here, mechanical engineers meet sculptors interested in moving structures, architects work with artists to shed new light on the nature of play and how architecture influences it, artists bring together inventing and engineering expertise to create artworks of scientific complexity.

Our year-round programme of exhibitions, performing arts presentations, talks, arts classes, family and community events; provide experiences of educational, emotional and intellectual stimulus, all based around our ethos of bringing together arts, research and adventure. Our focus is on participatory programmes and our belief is that everyone can be creative and contribute.

The state-of-the-art Edge building offers galleries, theatres, music and art studios, plus a lively café/bar – a destination that promotes the art in science and the science in art.

The Edge Hire
We provide a unique collection of alternative, creative spaces complemented by a bright, fashionable cafe/bar plus a free contemporary art gallery for visitors to enjoy. With a large variety of adaptable spaces accommodating anything from 2-220 people, there’s a space for every type of event, from break-out rooms to our Smithson-designed theatre, with full technical provision, perfect for conferences and symposia.

With a dedicated professional events team and first class catering, we can accommodate a wide range of activities whether hosting an away-day, week-long conference, training session or product launch.

The Edge Cafe
Settle down with a drink, a salad, sandwich or a slice of cake in this modern new venue set in the heart of our impressive new arts facility. Indulge your senses with snacks and light bites at CAFE before taking in stimulating art, classes, courses and entertainment.

26 Apr 2013
Bath Riverside
Design: Alison Brooks Architects
Bath Western Riverside buildings design
image from Alison Brooks Architects
Bath Riverside
Alison Brooks Architects is pleased to announce that planning consent has been granted for their mixed-use residential scheme in Bath on the banks of the River Avon for client Crest Nicholson Regeneration. The Site forms a prominent part of one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the south-west, the first phase of which is nearing completion.

3 Apr 2013
Bath Abbey Building
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Bath Abbey Building design
image from architect
Bath Abbey Building
In an extraordinary feat of ingenuity, Bath Abbey in partnership with Local Authority BANES, are looking to use the 40 degree C water in the Great Roman Drain which currently flows into the nearby River Avon to heat the Abbey and a number of other buildings.

14 May 2012
The Royal High School Bath
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Royal High School Bath
image from architects
Royal High School Bath
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with the Girls’ Day School Trust have received planning permission and listed building consent from Bath and North East Somerset Council to move ahead with the proposed redevelopment project at Cranwell House in Bath, the new location for the Junior Department of The Royal High School, Bath.start of 2013 academic year.

10 Apr 2012
Keynsham Town Centre Regeneration
Keynsham Town Centre Regeneration buildings design
image from architects
Keynsham town centre
Aedas has submitted a planning application for a major £34M regeneration of Keynsham town centre for Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The application contains proposals for 20,000 square feet of new modern retail and restaurant space, a new civic building with One Stop Shop and new library, meeting and performance space for community use, new low carbon Council office space, and new streets and spaces for markets and events, amongst other aspects.

Recent Bath Building Designs

9 Jan 2012
University of Bath – Centre for the Arts, Claverton Down campus
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
University of Bath Centre for the Arts building design
render from architects
University of Bath Centre for the Arts
The Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) will be the primary user of the new building for the delivery of student-led activities and its public programme of classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions in visual arts, dance, theatre and music.

3 Aug 2011
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care
photo © Craig Aukland / Fotohaus
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care Bath
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care opened its doors on the 23rd July to its first babies. The Royal United Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in Bath, has been transferred from its existing small, cramped facilities into its pioneering new home.

Bath Architecture

Key Buildings in Bath, alphabetical:

Bath arts complex – ICIA, Bath University
Winner: McInnes Usher McKnight Architects
Shortlist: Jamie Fobert; McInnes Usher McKnight Architects; Penoyre & Prasad; Stanton Williams; Tony Fretton
Bath building
RIBA-organised competition: redevelopment of a site that includes two existing buildings by Peter and Alison Smithson, one due to be demolished

Bath Spa development
Grimshaw Architects
Bath Spa swimming pool by Grimshaw Architects
photograph : Edmund Sumner
Thermae : Bath Spa

Bath Transport Interchange, Southgate development
Wilkinson Eyre

Circle Bath – Centre of Clinical Excellence
Foster + Partners
Circle Bath Centre of Clinical Excellence building design
image : Foster + Partners
Circle Bath

The Egg
Haworth Tompkins Architects
Client: Theatre Royal Bath
Bath building award : RIBA Awards 2006 – Wessex

English Institute of Sport, University of Bath

David Morley Architects

Holburne Museum of Art
Eric Parry Architects
Holburne Museum of Art Bath building design
image by Smoothe from Eric Parry Architects
Bath Arts building
Holburne Museum : proposal rejected by planners Jul 2007
Holburne Museum extension revised designs receive planning consent Nov 2007
Resubmitted Sep 2007 with more contextual colours and slight height reduction

James Dyson Design School
Wilkinson Eyre
James Dyson Design School Bath building design
picture from architect
Dyson School of Design Innovation

SouthGate Bath
Chapman Taylor Architects
SouthGate Bath

Wessex Water Operations Centre
Bennetts Associates

Western Riverside

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Western Riverside regeneration designs receive planning consent Nov 2007
Mixed-use development for Crest Nicholson

More Bath architectural projects online soon

Location: Bath, south west England, UK

Avon Architecture

Bristol Buildings

House, St Catherine’s Valley, nr Bath
Mitchell Taylor Workshop – Piers Taylor

Grimshaw Architects – Spa development design

Bath Architectural Heritage Debate : Speakers incl. Eric Parry + Sir Richard MacCormac

English Architects

English Architecture

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