493-499 Bath Road

493-499 Bath RoadExisting building

Sovereign Housing Association propose to demolish the 1936 Moderne style, Coop clothing and tailoring factory which closed in 1980. The site has been vacant for several years. Redeveloped, the site could deliver about 120 new flats and houses. On either side, the factory’s neighbours are Victorian semis. Arnos Court Park is on the opposite side of the Bath Road. The Society supports the principle of residential development. The area has shops, parks, is close to the city centre, there are several bus routes and the proposal is consistent with the policy to develop higher-density urban housing.

Proposed 493-499 Bath RoadProposed buildingThe Society has suggested that the Bath Road elevation should could be substantially improved. The current building cuts into the rising ground, awkwardly. The upper 7-floor flat-roofed block is intrusive and would harm the streetscape. The ‘saw’ roof profile has no local relevance. This block should follow the 19th Century example and step-down as pairs of houses with pitched roof lines. Without copying the detail, the Bath Road elevation should respond to the proportions of the 19th century housing. This is an opportunity to complete the building line.

The Society supports the proposal for a large public amenity space in the centre of the site and to retain as many of the existing mature trees as is possible. The site would also deliver a new pedestrian path between Sandy Road via Belmont Road and open the north brick wall.

To locate this site, use this link to the Google map of the area..

Bristol Civic Society's full response [PDF, 355KB] Right-click to download, click to view.

John Frenkel
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