SouthGate celebrates 10 years of outstanding success in Bath

This month sees the tenth anniversary of the full completion of SouthGate, the award-winning and thriving mixed-use development owned by Aviva and British Land within the Bath Conservation Area and World Heritage Site.

The urban regeneration scheme, for which Chapman Taylor provided the masterplan and architectural designs, has achieved an excellent footfall of between 24 and 26 million per year in recent years, with an average dwell time of 88 minutes (which is very good for a city with so much else on offer). F&B users are helping to drive SouthGate’s yearly increase increase in dwell time.

SouthGate 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 the 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 worked for 15 years on the £360m redevelopment programme, designing what has been a massively successful urban regeneration on a site which had been a run-down zone of unwelcoming 1960s concrete architecture. The concept behind Chapman Taylor’s masterplan was to deliver a mix of uses in six new buildings on Georgian-style open streets and a new square.

The development comprises 35,000m² of retail space (currently 95% occupied) in addition to leisure facilities, restaurants, 93 apartments (all sold) and over 800 underground parking spaces. Achieving appropriate scale was paramount, but another design imperative was to model the masterplan of the six blocks around open Georgian streets and to create new public spaces, including a square.

A key design principle was to ensure that the new development naturally complemented the existing urban fabric without being a copy or a pastiche. The modern scheme blends seamlessly with the wider urban grain through the use of reconstructed, pre-cast facades, as well as the extensive use of Bath stone for cladding and careful detailing. The design has proved very popular locally, while visitors often mistakenly believe that the buildings are truly from the Georgian era.

The masterplan also strengthened the link to the railway station and provided the basis of a properly integrated transport interchange via the adjacent new bus station.

Placemaking has been a core part of the SouthGate concept – the intention was not to create just a retail and leisure space but also a strong sense of place. The centre is deeply involved with the local community, hosting functions for local community groups and collaborating with local schools, the local council, Bath Carnival and the Bath Festival on various community programmes and events.

A recent public realm upgrade scheme designed by landscape architects Macgregor Smith has introduced wellbeing-friendly public spaces such as an undulating pocket park and mini-meadows while helping to increase the sense of SouthGate as place in which to spend long periods of time.

SouthGate received The Georgian Group Architectural Giles Worsley Award for a “New Building in Georgian Context” in November 2010. It received a Commendation in the “Large New Development” category at the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2011.

Congratulations on 10 very successful years to everyone at SouthGate! We look forward to seeing the area continue to flourish for many years to come.

SouthGate has economically 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 the 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 worked for 15 years on the £360m redevelopment programme, designing what has been a massively successful urban regeneration on a site which had been a run-down zone of unwelcoming 1970s concrete architecture.

The development comprises 35,000m² of retail space (currently 95% occupied) in addition to leisure facilities, restaurants, 93 apartments (all sold) and over 800 underground parking spaces. Achieving appropriate scale was paramount, but another design imperative was to model the masterplan of the six blocks around open Georgian streets and to create new public spaces, including a square.

A key design principle was to ensure that the new development naturally complemented the existing urban fabric without being a copy or a pastiche. The modern scheme blends seamlessly with the wider urban grain through the use of reconstructed, pre-cast facades, as well as the extensive use of Bath stone for cladding and careful detailing. The design has proved very popular locally, while visitors often mistakenly believe that the buildings are truly from the Georgian era.

The masterplan also strengthened the link to the railway station and provided the basis of a properly integrated transport interchange via the adjacent new bus station.

Placemaking has been a core part of the SouthGate concept – the intention was not to create just a retail and leisure space but also a strong sense of place. The centre is deeply involved with the local community, hosting functions for local community groups and collaborating with local schools, the local council, Bath Carnival and the Bath Festival on various community programmes and events.

A recent public realm upgrade scheme designed by landscape architects Macgregor Smith has introduced wellbeing-friendly public spaces such as an undulating pocket park and mini-meadows while helping to increase the sense of SouthGate as place in which to spend long periods of time.

SouthGate received The Georgian Group Architectural Giles Worsley Award for a “New Building in Georgian Context” in November 2010. It also won a BCSC Gold Award in 2010 as well as receiving a Commendation in the “Large New Development” category at the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2011.

Congratulations on 10 very successful years to everyone at SouthGate! We look forward to seeing the area continue to flourish for many years to come.

ADRIAN GRIFFITHS (荣誉学士学位 建筑学文凭 英国皇家建筑师学会会员,城市设计硕士,皇家艺术协会会员)

Group Board Director, 伦敦

艾德里安1986年加入查普门泰勒,并于1998年升任董事会董事。作为所有者之一,他与其他董事会成员一道决定公司发展战略,积极推动公司发展。他是英国境内设计项目的领导人,同时积极担任伦敦和布里斯托事务所的管理工作。 作为拥有30年丰富经验的建筑师、城市规划师,艾德里安将二者技巧完美融合,在业内享有声誉

专长领域:
城市设计/总体规划/综合体/零售商业/休闲场建筑

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.

Schwerpunkte:

Städtebau / Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten

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