The regeneration of Keynsham is on track for completion
Building a prosperous future for local people
We are working with the Keynsham community to revitalise the town with new jobs, new homes, and a revamped town centre. Our plans include making better use of the existing town hall site that will improve the town centre and encourage more private sector investment into Keynsham.
The new development will provide:
- New shops;
- New and improved public space;
- An innovative ‘One Stop Shop’ including a new library which opens its doors on Mon 20th October 2014. Providing people with joined-up local services all in one place;
- Sustainable, low carbon office space for the Council to replace the accommodation at Riverside that we will vacate.
In a few months’ time this is how the completed building will look from the view at Bath Hill.
The new buildings will be known as the Keynsham Civic Centre, and will incorporate Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Offices, offices for the Police and Sirona Care and Health, the new library and One Stop Shop and retail units. The Council has also confirmed that a new street being created between the buildings will be called Market Walk, which links to the history of this part of the town, as well as looking to the future when there will be market stalls at this location.
Keynsham Civic Centre will be amongst the most energy-efficient office developments in the country with one of the largest council-owned solar panel systems in the UK now completed.
A Sainsbury’s Local was last month confirmed as the first letting for the Keynsham development, and will create 20 to 25 full and part job opportunities. The Council has confirmed that Loungers cafe has agreed to take the unit behind Sainsbury’s, overlooking the park and a further local retailer is relocating from Riverside. The Council is proactively marketing the remaining units and negotiations are underway on a number of these.
Following the approval of planning permission in October, the demolition of the current site started in November with the Chair of Keynsham Town Council pulling down the first building. We also announced around fifty local people will benefit from new jobs, training, and education opportunities over the next two years through the construction. Work continues to be developed on a highways scheme to help improve access and reduce congestion.
The latest project milestones will be updated here.
- Late Oct 2013; Civic Centre Car Park re-opened
- Sept - Jan 2014; Roofing and envelope to offices
- April 2014– Installation of the Solar Panels
- Jan – September 2014; Fit out OSS and Library
- Feb – October 2014; External works
- Highways improvements commenced – July 2014
- Retail fit out to commence – September 2014
- Autumn 2014; Completion
- Staff occupation October and November
The number of free green parking bays in Ashton Way has increased from 17 to 30. The maximum amount of time that people can park has increased from 2 hours to 4 hours.
Additional free parking in The Labbott car park has been available from July 8th 2013. Find out more in our news story.
From 28th October 2014- the ground level of the Civic Centre car park will reopen for the public. Fifty spaces will be available.
A map of Keynsham car parks is available here.
Public Art - New Clock tower
The planning application has been submitted for the new clock tower -planning application reference 14/03669/REG03
The project is overseen by the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group, with members representing the local community, working with B&NES Arts Development and Project delivery.
‘Meet the artist’ events took place in Keynsham during late September & October 2014 as well as working with specific community groups. These sessions invited people to contribute ideas, memories and stories, which will inform Sebastien’s designs for the ‘patchwork’ of the clock tower sides.
The construction of the clocktower is solid granite plinth with polished finish, and polyurethane resin encased stained glass and supporting framework of stainless steel. The design was selected following public consultation and voting in May 2014.
Complementary to the Clocktower, and with additional funding from B&NES Arts Development, we have just appointed an illustrator David Mackie to work with all the Keynsham schools. Each school has been allocated a century or time period and the children will work with the artist, who will then interpret their ideas into finished illustrations. The Timeline will be on the outward-facing side of the planters going up Bath Hill steps, and people will be able to explore Keynsham’s history from the stone age to the present day, ending with a map showing the expansion of the town.
What else is planned in the town?
We are working closely with the community and private sector partners on plans to redevelop the Somerdale site. Once finalised, the plans will provide even greater opportunity to enhance the town.
To celebrate the fact we are months away from completing the £34 million regeneration of Keynsham town centre, we've produced a video giving a behind the scenes update of the progress on-site so far. Remember to take also look at our photo gallery for the latest images of progress on site.
See the our Keynsham Regeneration project 6 month time-lapse which shows you exactly how the site changed during the initial months of the project.
Updates for key announcements will be issued by the Council to the local media. People can also see these via:
- Twitter by following @bathnes or searching #keynregen
- Subscribing to E-Connect which is our free weekly e-newsletter
- Reading our quarterly publication Connect Magazine
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