Revealed: How Sainsbury’s £160m plans to transform Green Park in Bath could look
A planning application for a £160 million redevelopment at Green Park which will create a new Sainsbury’s store, along with housing and offices, is due to be submitted before Christmas.
The team behind the project, which will see a supermarket almost twice the size of the current one built at the Homebase site, have spent the past 18 months carrying out an extensive public consultation.
They have held a number of discussion events and heard the views of more than 80 organisations and hundreds of individuals.
Based on that feedback the project has been updated and improved, including enhancements to the riverside area and proposals for a strong retail and cafe zone which will support local independent traders.
Architect Laurie Chetwood thanked everyone who had been involved and said it had been important to get the public’s views while the plans were being finalised.
He said: “There is no doubt that local involvement in the design of this project has helped us enormously.
“The contributions we have had from the people of Bath have been invaluable. Through them we understand the importance of the river to the city and its people, as well as the need to create high-quality buildings and an attractive public realm.”
Some of the bodies involved in the consultation include the Bath Preservation Trust, English Heritage, the Bath Cultural Forum and the River Corridor Group.
A key issue which was raised time and time again by those involved in the feedback was the need to make the most of the River Avon, which runs through the centre of the development site.
Sainsbury’s says it has taken this on board and plans to create an ecology hub, featuring nesting tubes and fishing perches for kingfishers, a sculptural bat tower and landscaping which encourages wildlife.
Michael Adenmosun, the firm’s development manager, said: “This part of the river is presently an underused resource.
“We can introduce a real sense of place by creating an invigorated riverside environment for both people and the local ecology.”
The new supermarket will create 170 new jobs, in addition to the 370 members of staff who will relocate from the current store.
In total, the wider scheme, including planned restaurants, cafes, smaller shops in the existing store area, and office space, will mean an extra 1,000 jobs for the local area.