York Street looking towards Swallow Street

In 2016 Heritage Services was awarded £3.4 million by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to expand the Roman Baths and create an educational centre in the heart of Bath. The new state-of-the-art World Heritage Visitor Centre and Clore Learning Centre will bring back to life an important group of dilapidated buildings in the city centre. 

Construction of the first section of public realm works, that complements the opening of the World Heritage Visitor Centre and Clore Learning Centre, are due to commence on 12 July. The works will be confined to Swallow Street and will include the delivery of an accessible entrance to the Learning Centre along with new surface treatment laid in high quality, pennant flagstone. The new surface treatment will continue into York Street, towards Kingston Parade, and will be delivered in January 2022 along with a package of works to reduce the impact of water ingress into the vaults below the highway.

Scheme proposals

The full public realm scheme comprises the section of York Street, between Kingston Parade and Stall Street, and the northern section of Swallow Street, please see the scheme location drawing in the Documents section on the right hand side of this page.

It seeks to enhance the visitor experience to this special part of the city and to see the area fully pedestrianised, allowing people to move around the area more safely.

The area will be resurfaced in a high-quality natural stone, in keeping with the historic streetscape, and the carriageway will be raised to create a level surface throughout the public realm scheme. The public realm will tie into Stall Street, Kingston Parade and Abbey Street allowing for a smooth transition throughout these spaces.

Traffic management

The area has been closed to vehicular traffic under a temporary traffic regulation order since 2017 to protect the structure of the highway, with proposals to make this arrangement permanent to be consulted upon in the coming weeks. You can find the proposed traffic regulation order here.

This proposal is distinct from the council's proposed City Centre Security access restrictions and has been subject to separate business and stakeholder consultation. The road closure will support the council's overall aim to make a significant contribution to the safety and quality of the streets and public space.

Construction programme
A two-phased approach to the construction programme will assist with the delivery of an accessible entrance to the Learning Centre ahead of the projected opening date in September but also responds to local business concerns about the impact of construction on trading.
Swallow Street works – Summer 2021

The Swallow Street improvements will be delivered this summer with construction starting on 12 July and are expected to be complete in September.  

The construction programme is expected to take up to 8 weeks. The works will be delivered by Volker Highways on behalf of the Council.  Works will be undertaken Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm, and on Saturday, between 8am and 1pm. All deliveries and site vehicles will be directed to Swallow Street via Lower Borough Walls, Stall Street and Abbeygate Street. We do not anticipate any deliveries via York Street.

The construction works will be subject to pedestrian controls (like temporary walkways) to facilitate works preserve safety and retain access to properties.

York Street works – 2022

The works to York Street, along with proposals for street furniture, landscaping and a bin store at the south of Swallow Street will be subject to a wider stakeholder engagement and public consultation, which will take place this summer. Works are expected to take place in 2022.

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