Bath’s newest redevelopment seeks creatives and tech companies in time for autumn launch

By Nick Batten on 21 July, 2022

Newark Works, a major redevelopment currently nearing completion in Bath, is set to launch in October after 10 years of restoration and its developers are currently on the hunt for entrepreneurial creative and tech companies to join what will be Bath’s first creative hub. 

In 2016, regeneration specialists TCN bought Newark Works – which is a grade-II listed, 40,000 sq ft building located in Bath Quays South – with the vision of restoring it and celebrating the entrepreneurial and innovative heritage of the site. It is being transformed into a creative hub for forward thinkers and thought leaders, from single co-workers to established companies with up to 40 staff. Spaces range from 120 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft.

The interior of Newark Works

The refurbishment works include new roof structures, black steel Crittal-style windows to reflect the originals and a complete internal reconfiguration. It will also feature walls with the height of two double-decker buses, as well as ancillary retail and leisure facilities, ensuring the history remains a focal point of the redevelopment.

Additional benefits for this redevelopment include:

Levelling up – heritage buildings have to play a key role in the government’s levelling up agenda

Sustainability – by retrofitting these historic buildings, TCN has saved 1,000 tonnes of carbon. 

Local authority partnerships – For the development of Newark Works, the partnership with the council has been key in order for TCN to deliver this creative hub. Having established a relationship with BATHNES 10 years ago, it has worked with the council to relandscape the site, build a bridge to open up the public realm and lovingly restore the heritage buildings on site. 

Richard Pearce, TCN’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Newark Works provides a unique opportunity to offer raw, industrial workspace which appeals to the creative and tech sector. The distinctive heritage and architecture of the building has allowed TCN to bring their flair and regeneration skills to produce a bespoke creative campus for Bath. 

“Newark Works will offer flexible and communal space for both single entrepreneurs through to large-scale businesses. There’s space for over 50 companies to come together and be part of a vibrant community and build on the industrious history which began with the original occupiers, Stothert & Pitt crane manufacturers, 170 years ago. The site is centrally located, just a 10-minute walk from Bath Spa station and is situated along the River Avon, with new public realm being developed as part of the fast-evolving Bath Quays business district.” 

Richard added, “TCN not only regenerate, we also run the operational business. Occupiers coming into the space will therefore benefit from being part of the TCN community which is designed to help businesses thrive through collaboration, partnership and being part of a network of like-minded businesses in key knowledge economies in the UK.”

Pictured above: An exterior shot of Newark Works in Bath Quays South