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Friday01 August 2014

Aedas submits £34m designs for Keynsham town centre

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World’s biggest architect to create new centre for Somerset town

Aedas has submitted £34 million plans to transform the centre of Keynsham in Somerset.

If approved by Bath & North East Somerset Council work could start this summer to create 1,800sq m of retail and restaurant space, a new council building, library, community meeting and performance spaces and new streets and areas for markets and events.

The council is behind the regeneration plans which it hopes will help attract private sector investment, creating new job opportunities.

David Bellotti, the council’s cabinet member for community resources, said: “This is a truly dynamic and exciting scheme that will completely transform the town.”

Karle Burford, director of Aedas’s Bristol office, said: “This project represents significant investment within Keynsham and we have worked closely with local residents and stakeholders over the past 12 months to create an exciting new development within the town centre. The building will provide a benchmark for sustainable town centre regeneration and will help encourage wider private sector investment in the town”

The civic centre and retail podium will be built in local blue lias stone, while the offices above will be clad in standing seam brass to reflect the town’s historic involvement in the brass industry. 

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  • zecks_marquise

    question: how can a civic centre be exciting?
    answer: create an out of scale lump and coat it in archivomit.

    Aedas, the worlds biggest waste of space

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  • B&NES stands for Boring and Not Elegant Solutions (sic) : never been anything different! Always a good two or three decades out of sync with Architectural Design generally : Southgate????? But darlings : it is a Georgian Heritage City!!!

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  • Keith, i agree with your comment about southgate, BANES had the opportunity to produce an exciting 'middle of the city' scheme and what has resulted is boring, cheap and unimaginative.

    Keynsham has a new Tesco, that is all. No retailer will be interested in letting space here. The counci's members did need new offices though!

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  • at least its not MAKE

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  • But it is “make do”!!!!!!! Not an ounce of originality!!!???

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