Bath Riverside ahead of its time if ‘Walking City’ concept becomes reality

By Nick Batten on 12 October, 2018

Crest Nicholson has described it’s Bath Riverside development as a potential “perfect fit” if the ‘Walking City’ concept popularised in some cities on the Continent catches on in the UK.

The British construction firm – which is currently regenerating the former Stothert & Pitt Engineers and Founders site close to the city centre – claims that Bath Riverside is “ahead of the curve” in terms of car-free connectivity.

Leigh Pitts, marketing manager at Crest Nicholson said the concept offered some “intriguing possibilities” in destination cities such as Bath.

She said: “The advantages of living within walking distance of the city centre have been a cornerstone of the Bath Riverside concept since construction began in 2011.

“It’s one of the very few residential developments in the city – and the wider West Country for that matter – where car ownership has always been an option rather than a necessity.”

Crest Nicholson believes Bath Riverside could function “just as effectively” within a fully pedestrianised or ‘Walking’ City.

Leigh Continued: “There has been considerable publicity about the concept – where the town centre is completely pedestrianised and parking is restricted to the periphery.

“Pontevedra in Spain has taken the concept to a whole new level with more than 300,000 square metres of public space the historic heart of the city declared a ‘car-free zone’. The city’s CO2 emissions are down by 70 per cent, there are no traffic queues and the quality of life has been improved for everybody living, working or visiting the city centre.”

Leigh explained that Bath is virtually the same size as Pontevedra – and has already made “significant strides towards pedestrianisation.”

She went on: “In addition, key elements of the Bath Quays project presently under discussion envisage extensive pedestrianised zones as well as a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The latest phases at Bath Riverside – Royal View and Sovereign Point, blend well in the waterside setting and are just a ten minute flat and level stroll from the city centre.

“While we have parking areas and good road connectivity to the major routes in and out of town, we have never been a ‘car first’ development.”

She added: “But it’s clear the ‘Walking City’  has to function for all its residents – alternative infrastructure and parking for residents and visitors would clearly be required before the concept could become a reality.”

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