Walkway opening is a big step forward
The long-awaited renaissance of Bath's riverside has taken a significant step forward with the opening of a new walkway with boat moorings as part of a £400-million housing development.
The first stretch of walkway and a landscaped mooring area have been completed at the Bath Riverside scheme, which will eventually see 2,000 homes built on former industrial land between Green Park and Windsor Bridge.
Boat owners will be able to tie up overnight at the new moorings, which are close to new homes being built on the site of the Stothert and Pitt crane works.
The riverside walkway – which features bronze pebble castings reflecting the history of the site – was shown off to councillors, business representatives and community groups this week. The pebbles, created by local artist Clare Day, feature images depicting both the industrial history and native flora of the site.
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From the moorings, a stepped, landscaped area of grass and trees slopes up towards the newly-named Liberty Gardens part of the development.
This houses a mix of studio, one and two-bed apartments, as well as luxury penthouses with views of the River Avon and the hills around the city.
Developer Crest Nicholson managing director Debbie Aplin said: "By creating this new riverside environment on what was formerly derelict industrial land, we are very proud to have been able to open up this stretch of the river for the use of Bath people. This is part of our ongoing commitment to Bath and in particular the enhancement and protection of the riverside area."
Development at the zone was kick-started by investment to help pay for social housing there from the Government's Homes and Communities Agency last year.