Bath Press, Bath


Bath Press

Dating back to the 1890s, the original Bath Press was home to the Pitman Press printing works, led by Sir Isaac Pitman, who developed one of the world’s most widely used methods of shorthand. The site became vacant in 2007 and was subsequently demolished between September 2017 and November 2018 to allow for redevelopment.

The former Bath Press site, situated on Lower Bristol Road in the City of Bath, benefits from a wealth of local amenities, including museums, galleries, theatres, and sports facilities. It is the only UK city to be designated a World Heritage Site. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987, Bath was built around the hot spring waters over 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is home to some of Britain’s most magnificent Georgian architecture.

Whilst the development will be new-build residential led, the historic façade of the Bath Press site will be retained. The scheme will comprise a mix of new-build apartments, houses and office space. The site already benefits from planning permission, with City & Country due to commence work as soon as possible.

Residents of the upcoming development will be within walking distance of amenities such as cafes and retail units at Bath Western Riverside and a gym at Spring Wharf. Furthermore, the city centre is accessible via the river footpath, and the Bath Spa railway station is located just over one mile from site, with regular connections to Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington.

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History of Bath Press

Bath Press lies within the World Heritage site boundary and is located to the south of Lower Bristol Road, directly opposite the Bath Western Riverside masterplan area.

The original Bath Press dates back to the 1890s and it was formally used to house the Pitman Press printing works. The site was vacated in 2007 and then demolished, under a previous consent, between September 2017 and November 2018 to make way for redevelopment.


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