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Major Milestones for Bath Quays South despite COVID-19 Challenges
Over the last two weeks, Bath Quays South achieved a number of major project milestones despite the challenges of the current COVID-19 crisis. This included the delivery from Belgium of the four bridge superstructure sections, the completion of piling to the north bank and the topping-out of the office development.
Located in Bath city centre, the bridge will be the first new crossing point over the River Avon in Bath for 100 years and will provide a new route for pedestrians and cyclists connecting the Bath North and South Quays developments. The South side of the river will include a new Grade A office building comprising 45,000 sq ft over five open plan floors, together with new flood defence systems and improved public realm spaces.
“This has been a momentous few weeks in terms of milestones for the Bath Quays project. After more years of dormancy of the Stothert and Pitt site than many would like to acknowledge, the project team are collectively breathing new life back into the site that in the current circumstances, arguably marks the beginning of a new chapter for the city. We live in extraordinary times, making the continued progress all the more significant and the challenges the team have collectively overcome are immense.”
Head of Construction, Maintenance and FM, Bath & North East Somerset Council
Despite the construction industry facing significant challenges during COVID-19, the site continues to operate under strict social distancing rules. May has seen the project team celebrate the final concrete pour on the roof of the office block and the four sections of the 60m bridge have arrived via articulated vehicles from Eeklo in Belgium to Bath’s town centre.
“We are proud to be contributing to the B&NES regeneration of this part of Bath City Centre. The challenges of delivering a complicated set of flood defence works in parallel with the new office building and bridge have been overcome by the genuinely collaborative relationship that exists between client, contractors and designers. This collaboration has needed to reach new levels as we seek ways to safely progress the works during these testing times. Even tougher challenges may well lay ahead but we will draw on the collective team commitment as we plan towards to the successful delivery of the scheme.”