Since the refusal of the previous application for the site Fragrance and the project team has considered the issues and concerns raised by Council members and residents and has sought to positively respond to these issues as part of the plans to breathe new life into the former Mineral Water Hospital.
Award-winning architects, Aaron Evans Architects, and Greenhalgh Landscape Architecture (Greenhalgh LA), both of whom are Bath-based, have been appointed to undertake a comprehensive review of the site and prepare revised proposals.
In support of a new hotel use for The Mineral Water Hospital:
A landmark, high-quality life-style hotel in a desirable location in the centre of Bath including 160 bedrooms, representing a reduction from the refused application.
A reduction in the scale of the proposed extension, which will ensure minimal impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties.
A sensitively designed garden area which will deliver an enhancement to biodiversity on the site as well as green walls and planted terracing on the proposed extension.
Significant public realm improvements on Upper Borough Walls and Parsonage Lane.
High-quality spa facilities accessible to guests and members of the public, including a mineral water pool, treatment rooms, themed spa bedrooms, a fitness studio, and changing facilities.
The creation of 120 full time jobs and investment of £35 million into the local economy and supply chain during construction and operation.
Providing managed public access as well as guided walks and tours to the two Roman mosaics discovered on the site.
You said, We did
We’re aware of the desire to see the former Royal Mineral Water Hospital preserved and restored sensitively. This section sets out some of the main issues which were raised with the previous application and outlines how our plans have been amended, where possible, to address these concerns.
Our commitment to sustainability and biodiversity
We are aware of the concerns which were raised during the previous application process relating to biodiversity and planting on the site, and understand the initiatives being put in place in B&NES currently to tackle the declared climate emergency.
As such, our Landscape Strategy for the site has embedded the principles of sustainability and enhancing biodiversity at its core. The vision of the Mineral Water Hospital site is to provide a space within the city that ensures health and wellbeing. The hospital’s historic role of treatment and healing will be translated into elements of the landscape interventions.
The interventions will vary, based on the different character areas of the site, acknowledging the constraints and implementing the opportunities within each area.
The aim of the landscape proposals seek to reflect element of Georgian courtyard garden in a contemporary way, ensuring that the plans are in keeping with the context of the centre of Bath.
In addition to significant levels of shrub and grass planting, our proposals currently also include a reflective pool with flowing water, creating a sensory environment and sense of wellbeing, taking note from the treatments and healing carried out in the Mineral Water Hospital in years gone by.
We are also currently looking at the feasibility of introducing green roofs on the proposed extension and also retro-fitting the existing Mineral Water Hospital to boost the sustainability credentials of the site.