A36 off-peak lane closure in place for flood defence works
A single lane of the A36 Lower Bristol Road is set to be temporarily closed from Monday, 15th May 2017 to allow the Council to complete its installation of a new flood defence between Waterfront House and Churchill Bridge, as part of the Bath Quays Waterside project.
The left-hand, east-bound lane of the A36/Lower Bristol Road, approaching the city centre, will be closed to traffic between 9am and 3.30pm weekdays for up to five weeks.
Whilst delays are possible during these times, eastbound traffic will still be able to access the city centre via Churchill Bridge and the A36/A367 ring road using the remaining eastbound approach lane.
The Bath Quays Waterside project has over recent months been installing flood defences on the south side of the River Avon, between Churchill and Midland Bridges – to protect over 100 businesses and homes on the Lower Bristol Road.
This has involved installing flood resistant windows and balustrades in existing buildings on the river edge, which is now complete, as well as building new walls and raising existing walls at the river edge. Completion of the flood defence between the two bridges is envisaged in 2018.
Project Update – New Trees for Bath Quays
On Friday, 10th March 2017 the new Bath Quays riverside park welcomed the first arrival of a collection of new trees that will result in a wider and greener riverbank on North Quay.
The north river bank between Churchill Bridge and Green Park has been undergoing works to create an attractive landscaped park and reconnect the city centre to the riverside. The project is part of a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Environment Agency, which will reduce flood risk for more than 100 existing properties and allow Bath Quays to develop as a new home for businesses.
Griffiths has finished reshaping the river bank and is now beginning the hard and soft landscaping work to create a new landscape, with native trees and enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes. Within the new landscaped park there will be a greater diversity of plant species, including more fruiting species to attract birds and insects.
Pictured above from L to R: Simon Martin, B&NES Programme Director Bath Enterprise Area; John Wilkinson, B&NES Divisional Director Community Regeneration; Dr Simon Dunn, Griffiths Regional Project Manager; Ian John-Davies, Griffiths Project Manager; Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of B&NES Council; Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, B&NES Cabinet Member for Economic Development
Around 150 trees will be planted as part of the overall scheme, many of which will be planted as semi-mature to mature specimens. Native species found elsewhere along the river corridor in Bath have been chosen including white willow, field maple, alder, sycamore, silver birch, tulip tree and lime.
Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This investment will significantly enhance the riverside environment, creating a more beautiful, accessible and enjoyable place for local people and visitors to the city. Today marks an exciting stage in the works, with the first large trees being planted. We are delighted to be creating an enriched environment for wildlife and a beautiful outdoor space at the heart of the city.”
The towpath between Green Park and Churchill Bridge will be closed for the remainder of the works to the north bank. Boat moorings will still be accessible, but pedestrians and cyclists will be signposted to divert via Ambury, Corn Street, Green Park Road and Green Park cycle path.
The widened river bank is designed to accommodate the flow of flood waters, and so once open to the public, access to the bank will be restricted during flood events. The new park will be the central focus for the Bath Quays Business District on either side of the river and connected by a brand new pedestrian and cycling bridge. A planning application has been recently submitted for the Bath Quays South mixed use development scheme. Subject to approval it is expected that work could start on site this spring.
Deborah Steadman, from the Environment Agency said: “It’s great to see the trees going in! These will improve the environment for people and wildlife and marks an exciting step in this project to reduce flood risk and enable regeneration in the centre of Bath”.
Ongoing and remaining phases of the project include:
- Installing flood defences in existing buildings fronting onto the river along the Lower Bristol Road.
- Installing new flood walls and raising existing river walls on the south side of the river between Churchill Bridge and Midland Bridge.For more information about this project visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathquayswaterside
- For more information about Bath Quays development visit. www.bathquays.co.uk
- It is expected that the majority of the riverside park will be completed in mid-2017. A section of the landscaping on the north bank, in the proposed area of the Bath Quays Bridge (opposite the Riverside Coach Park) will not be completed until 2018, after the bridge is installed (subject to planning consent). We anticipate that flood defence works along the south edge of the river will be completed in 2017/18.
Project Update – December 2016
Shaping and landscaping of the north river bank continues, but has been slightly hampered by recent flooding. We anticipate closing the lower towpath in the near future for approximately 8 weeks (subject to weather conditions) to create the new lower promenade. Boat moorings will still be accessible, with pedestrians and cyclists signposted to divert via Ambury, Corn Street, Green Park Road and Green Park cycle path.
Supplementary coach parking space for the Christmas Market period is being well utilised, this space will revert to its use by Bath Quays Contractors from 12 December.
Flood wall construction is progressing on the south side of the river, with works to Travis Perkins as well as at Riverside Road and the entrance to the Newark Works having been substantially completed. Flood defence construction at the Platinum Motor Group premises is due for completion early next year.
The installation of flood protection measures at Camden Mill are now underway. The internal balustrades have been installed. Window installation will follow shortly. Works to the other existing buildings (Bayer Building and Waterfront House) will commence early next year.
Contractor site works will cease on Friday, 23rd December and resume Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.
Wednesday, 25th January has been confirmed for the Bath Quays Archaeology lecture at the BRLSI, which should prove to be a very popular and interesting talk.
- North river bank landscaping – November 2016-April 2017
- Flood defence works (south river bank) – June 2016-March 2017
- Completion of flood defence works (Newark Works and Bath Quays Bridge – 2017/2018
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