Halfway for the regeneration of Keynsham
To celebrate the fact we are just one year away from completing the £34 million regeneration of Keynsham town centre, a ceremonial topping out took place on 23 October 2013 - we've also broadcast 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. From 28th October - the ground level of the Civic Centre car park will reopen for the public. Fifty spaces will be available.
The Summer edition of Connect Magazine contains a three page feature on progress so far and the contents of the time capsule.
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. 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. ITV Westcountry also came along to visit in June 2013 and broadcast a progress update.
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’ where people will be able to access local services all in one place;
- A new library;
- Sustainable, low carbon office space for the Council to replace the accommodation at Riverside that we will vacate.
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.
We are considering options for a new leisure facility in Keynsham to replace the existing one as part of the regeneration of the town centre. An option is Ashton Way car park. We anticipate confirming the location of a new leisure facility and submitting a planning application later in the year. Discussions with our partners about the future of the Riverside building and the Fire Station remain on-going.
An update will be issued once further progress is made on these issues.
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
- Jan - June 2014; Fit out Civic Centre
- Feb - Aug 2014; External works
- Autumn 2014; Completion
To progress this work, the Civic Centre car park must be completely closed from 14th January 2013 until late October 2013. This is to enable us to refurbish and extend the car park in line with our plans. 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 will start from July 8th 2013. Find out more in our news story.
A map of Keynsham car parks is available here.
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 and the Riverside building that we will vacate. Once finalised, the plans will provide even greater opportunity to enhance the town.
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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