Changes for Kingsmead Square seek to attract evening visitors
New seating and lighting is being planned for Bath's Kingsmead Square.
The aim of the proposals from the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) team and commercial property firm HPH is to enhance the outdoor cafe culture ambience around the area.
The BID team, local businesses and HPH, which is landlord to a number of the companies around the square where it has its own offices, have drawn up plans for the introduction of a new seating space in its centre, as well as new ideas for lighting the area.
A meeting of the square's tenants at nearby Komedia featured a presentation from architects Stride Treglown, and there was also a demonstration of some options for lighting up buildings around the square.
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It is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council by early next month.
The plans, which are still being finalised as tenants give their feedback, could include greater pedestrianisation of the square as well as the creation of the central seating area, with walkways running through it. Customers at all the cafes and coffee shops around the square would be able to use the seating area.
The plans allow for the fruit and veg stall to remain in the square, which is already a magnet for people.
BID manager Andrew Cooper said: "Kingsmead Square is already a lovely spot in which to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat, but there is potential for it to be made even better.
"The planning application that will be submitted will help foster a Continental- style, outdoor cafe culture, which will pull in more visitors and make the square an appealing place to be well into the evening.
"This development of Kingsmead Square will ensure the city and businesses tap into the potential for Bath to develop an even richer night-time economy."
Adrian Campbell-Howard, owner of Society Café in the square, said the plan was "fantastic".
"It's what we were hoping for all along when we opened here: a café culture growing up around the square. The square has always had the potential to have that very Mediterranean café culture feel and just needed the right support – now it has that."