Makeover planned for Bath's Georgian shopping arcade The Corridor
One of Bath's original Georgian shopping arcades is scheduled for a makeover.
The owners of The Corridor have submitted plans to refurbish six units within the arcade. If approved the alterations will mean the units could also be combined to create a much larger store if required in future.
The application to Bath and North East Somerset Council has been made by London- based Insight Architects on behalf of the arcade's owner.
Insight said: "The key objective behind this submission is to improve the quality of the retail trading space in the subject units in The Corridor in order to make the units more attractive to future retail tenants.
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"Unfortunately, in recent time there has been a gradual decline in tenant take-up of retail space within The Corridor which indeed has resulted in a number of current vacant retail units."
The Corridor links Union Street and Union Passage with High Street. Opened in 1825 and designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge, it is one of the earliest surviving examples of a Georgian retail arcade outside London.
The last major changes were made to the arcade in the 1970s after it was the target of an IRA bomb attack in December 1974.
As well as refurbishing units five to ten, the application also seeks to make the arcade more welcoming and attractive to shoppers with fresh paint work, improved lighting, the removal of pigeon netting and new signs.
The application said: "Enhancements to the arcade and the immediate environment are intended to revitalise the arcade and aid in making it a more welcoming and attractive retail destination. In addition, the proposals aim to reinforce the connection of the arcade to its local streetscape."