SouthGate Bath Location City: Bath, UK

Successful city centre regeneration within a World Heritage Site

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Masterplanning, Mixed Use, Retail, Residential
Architecture, Design Delivery
Multi Development (in conjunction with Aviva). Owner Lend Lease.


Key Info

37,000m² of retail units, a department store, 3,500m² of leisure space, 2,300m² of F&B space, 876-space car park, upgrade of Bath Spa railway station
Completed in 2010
Key award:
Commendation for Large New Development, ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2011

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A conservation area masterplan

SouthGate Bath is a retail-led, mixed-use development within the Bath Conservation Area and World Heritage Site. The concept behind the masterplan was to deliver a mix of uses in six new city-scale buildings designed around classic Georgian-style open streets and a new square, forming a natural extension to the existing urban grain of Bath city centre.

Blending into the existing urban fabric

A key design principle was to ensure that the new development naturally complemented the existing urban fabric, thereby remaining sensitive to Bath’s World Heritage status. Specific design techniques were used to recreate traditional vernacular Georgian style, scale and detailing.

Phased construction

The project was delivered in three phases - beginning with the retail units along SouthGate and the transport interchange, completed in Autumn 2009. Phases II and III included the department store, along with the remaining new shops, restaurants and cafes, and car park, as well as upgrading Bath Spa railway station, all completed in 2010.

Economically regenerating Bath

SouthGate Bath has economic revitalised the southern city centre, with a marked increase in office occupation in close proximity to the development. There has also been an increase in overall number of city visitors. An OCR study showed that 72% of poll respondents thought that SouthGate had enhanced Bath’s shopping experience.

Chapman Taylor were the masterplanners and architects. The development receives 26 million visitors every year.

Adrian Griffiths (BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA MA Urban Design FRSA)

Group Board Director, UK

Adrian joined Chapman Taylor in 1986 and was promoted to the Group Board in 1998. As an architect and urban design specialist, he is recognised internationally for his expertise in the masterplanning of major complex mixed-use developments which are key drivers in the regeneration of our town and city centres.

Adrian is conscious of the fact that the developments we build today create the societies of tomorrow, recognising the responsibility the profession has in influencing the quality of people’s lives. He regularly speaks at conferences and prepares papers which promote the benefits of mixed-use developments as a sustainable model for the long term. Adrian leads the Concept Design Team in the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor nel 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 1998. Come architetto e specialista in progettazione urbanistica, è conosciuto a livello internazionale per la sua esperienza nei masterplan di grandi complessi multi-funzionali, che sono i principali autori nella rigenerazione dei nostri centri urbani.

Adrian è consapevole del fatto che le zone di sviluppo urbano che oggi costruiamo creano le società di domani, riconoscendo la responsabilità che la professione ha nell'influenzare la qualità della vita delle persone. Adrian partecipa abitualmente a conferenze e scrive articoli che promuovono i benefici degli spazi multifunzionali come modello sostenibile a lungo termine. Adrian guida il Concept Design Team nel Regno Unito.

Aree di competenza:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian kam 1986 zu Chapman Taylor und wurde 1998 ins Main Board befördert. Als Architekt und Urban Design-Spezialist ist er international anerkannt für seine Expertise in der Masterplanung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben, die Schlüsselfaktoren bei der Regeneration unserer Stadt- und Ortszentren sind.

Adrian ist sich der Tatsache bewusst, dass die Bauvorhaben, die wir heute umsetzen, die Gesellschaft von morgen bilden und ist sich der Verantwortung unseres Berufs als Einfluss auf die Lebensqualität der Menschen bewusst. Er spricht auf Konferenzen und schreibt Abhandlungen über die Vorteile von Mischbebauungsvorhaben als langfristig nachhaltiges Modell. Adrian leitet das Konzept-Design-Team in Großbritannien.


Städtebau / Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten


Gold Award -  BCSC Awards
Gold Award - BCSC Awards
Giles Worsley Award for a New Building in a Georgian Context -  The Georgian Group Architectural Awards
Giles Worsley Award for a New Building in a Georgian Context - The Georgian Group Architectural Awards
Commendation for Large New Development -  ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards
Commendation for Large New Development - ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards
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