What is happening?
The proposals include the demolition of the Regency Laundry buildings which will be redeveloped into residential use. The proposals include approximately 155 Co-living units comprised of private studios, communal kitchen and dining areas, public co-working space and cycle storage.
The scheme would contribute positively towards housing delivery and diversity, providing a shared, live-work environment in close proximity to the city centre.
What is Co-Living?
Co-Living is secure, professionally-managed, and high quality-designed accommodation aimed at graduates and young professionals wanting affordable accommodation in city centre locations. The accommodation is structured with private studios, communal kitchen and dining areas, co-working space and cycle storage. Co-living provides high quality functional living space which is offset by both internal and external communal amenity space to create a shared living environment.
Where is the site?
The site is located on St Peter’s Terrace, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3BX. St Peter's Terrace is situated on the south side of Lower Bristol Road (A36) approximately one mile west of Bath’s city centre.
Is Regency Laundry closing down?
No. As the building is no longer fit for purpose, Regency Laundry has been searching for alternative premises in which the Watkin Jones Group has been actively supporting and assisting with.
Who owns the site?
Regency Laundry sold the site to the Watkin Jones Group in 2019. Regency Laundry are the current tenants on the site with a lease until 2022.
What happened to the old redevelopment plans?
After feedback from various stakeholders including the neighbouring community on the student accommodation use, we believe it is necessary to explore an alternative scheme for the site. After multiple studies and research, a Co-living scheme is considered to be appropriate for the site.
As an emerging concept in the UK, Co-living is intended for young professionals and graduates who are looking for affordable accommodation in a highly accessible location with a community feel and extensive shared amenities.
Why is the site being redeveloped?
The current occupiers, Regency Laundry, made a strategic business decision in 2019 and have been seeking alternative business premises, and therefore will be vacating the site.
The site is in a sustainable location close to the city centre, and served by numerous public transport modes.
Policy B1.2e of the Bath Spatial Strategy in fact plans for a contraction in the volume of non-designated industrial floor space to 2029.
Provides an opportunity to redevelop the site for residential use, positively contributing to housing delivery and diversity within Bath.
Who is redeveloping the site?
The Watkin Jones Group (WJG) will be redeveloping the site to create 155 Co-living units comprised of private studios, communal kitchen and dining areas, co-working space and cycle storage.
Established in 1791, the Watkin Jones Group is a market leading multi-occupancy residential developer with a proven track record in developing commercial, mixed-use and residential properties.
Since the late 1990s, the Group has increasingly specialised in the development, construction and management of high quality, purpose built managed student accommodation (PBSA) and more recently Build to Rent (BTR) and Co-Living residential accommodation. It has delivered over 50,000 residential units over this period. WJG has increasingly looked at the Co-living sector, which falls within their BTR sector, and believe that it responds to a demand for high quality, cost effective housing. WJG are actively pursuing opportunities across the UK and have a planning application for a co-living scheme currently under consideration in Exeter.
Rented developments are managed through the brand Five Nine Living, which is part of the Fresh Property Group, which sits as part of the Watkin Jones Group. ‘Five Nine Living’ is dedicated to the delivery and operation of BTR and co-living developments and has a track record of providing attractive and innovative accommodation in this emerging sector. Currently Five Nine Living manages 535 apartments across five schemes in Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol, with circa 500 apartments in construction in Reading and Sutton.
What other developments has the Watkin Jones Group completed in Bath?
The Watkin Jones Group has an excellent track record for deliverability in Bath, having built three successful schemes which include The Depot (at Brougham Hayes), Avon Studios (former Argos car park) and Riverview Court (next to Victoria Bridge).
Who have you appointed as architects?
Founded in 1974, AWW is an architects' practice championing a collaborative approach to creating exceptional built environments. AWW is an established practice based in Bristol, London and Plymouth, with national and international reach. AWW architects design spaces for people, recognising the importance of people and relationships. AWW architects have been listed in the top 50 AJ100 list for leading architects in the UK for 2020.
The Watkin Jones Group has an excellent working relationship with AWW architects, having collaborated on a number of recent developments in Bath and Bristol including:
New Bridewell, Bristol- Student accommodation development comprising 500 student bedrooms, three retail units with the provision of a new public route and public square.
The Courtrooms, Bristol- Student accommodation development comprising 348 student bedrooms, retail units at ground floor and public realm improvements.
The Depot, Bath- Student accommodation development comprising 104 student bedrooms with associated amenity space and other facilities.
Wilder Street, Bristol- Student accommodation development comprising 345 student bedrooms, flexible employment space and the regeneration of a Grade II listed building.
What will be on the site?
The redevelopment proposes:
155 Co-Living studios (including six accessible rooms), each including a double bed, kitchenette, shower room, and a quiet area
Communal kitchen and dining areas
Two disabled car parking spaces
High quality landscaping
When can I see the plans?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, no physical consultation event will be held. Instead, an online public consultation will be held.
The consultation materials including exhibition boards, FAQs and feedback forms will be available online for an extended period from 13th July to 3rd August on this project website. Members of the public can email enquiries to email@example.com or telephone 01225 423400 to request paper copies of the proposals.
What will it look like?
The proposed design has evolved following multiple pre-application meetings with B&NES council and a Design Review Panel with Design West. The design responds to surrounding architecture and materiality whilst also responding to the site’s industrial heritage through the use of metal cladding combined with local materials such as Bath stone. The proposed building ranges in height from one storey for the reception and co-working space to the frontage facing Lower Bristol Road, to four storeys in the centre of the site. The residential studios will be arranged throughout the main building of 3-4 storeys and a smaller building of 3 storeys.
Will cycle spaces be provided?
Cycle parking is provided and broken down as follows;
153 spaces are provided for resident use
3 Sheffield bike stands provided at the front of the reception for visitor use
What enhancements are provided by the development and are there any sustainable measures provided?
The Watkin Jones Group is mindful of B&NES’ policies and guidance with regards to sustainability and energy and will seek full compliance The proposed design includes highly sustainable building, incorporating passive design measures and cutting edge technologies to achieve industry leading standards in reduction of energy demand and associated CO2 emissions, as well as promoting the wellbeing of customers, staff, visitors, and other local stakeholders.
Targeting BREEAM Excellent rating
Highly efficient Air Source heat pumps for hot water production to align with proposed new Approved Document L 2020 building regulations.
Renewable energy generation via roof mounted photovoltaic panels
Biodiverse ‘green’ roofs to all flat roofs
Car- free development, promoting sustainable modes of travel
Provision of cycle storage on 1:1 ratio
Significant increase in quality and quantum of planting and soft landscaping across the site. Restoration and strengthening of the existing stream, with improved planting, biodiversity, water and wildlife habitats.
When will the plans be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council?
The project team anticipate submitting the planning application in summer 2020.
If planning is granted, when will construction start?
It is intended that if planning is granted, construction will commence Spring 2021 and
it is anticipated residents will move in Autumn 2022.
The Watkin Jones Group is a Member of the ‘Considerate Constructors Scheme’. The Group have experience of working within Local Authority Considerate Constructors Schemes. We will register this development for participation in the scheme, embracing all the good practices outlined. The Watkin Jones Group prides themselves on the good rapport we have established with a variety of different neighbouring parties on all of our construction schemes and aim to continue this.
How can I get in touch?
Please take the time to complete a feedback form under the ‘Feedback Form’ tab. Exhibition materials, FAQs and feedback forms will be available on this project website from: 13th August to 3rd August. For any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01225 423 400.