Located on the street where one of Jane Austen’s homes used to stand – at Number 3 Green Park Buildings East, from 1804 – 5, the regeneration of this historic location has revitalised this area of the city centre.
The site of derelict offices and a former care home, and before that a victim of several WWII bombing attacks, had been boarded up for a number of years, blighting a prominent route into the city centre overlooking Green Park and the River Avon.
Since being given the go-ahead by planners at Bath and North East Somerset Council in 2014 the building has been transformed and is now an impressive feature in the Bath skyline.
Green Park House has been developed by Berkeley Homes using classic Bath Stone, and built using Georgian architecture which is sympathetic to its surroundings and a nod to its history. The proportions of the buildings, set in three-bay sections, with parapets and chimney details reflect a typical Georgian building found in Bath city centre.
The accommodation will provide an additional 461 bed spaces for the University to house new and continuing students. It enables the University to accommodate all of its first year students in purpose built student housing, alleviating pressure on private housing in Bath. It will also enable the University to launch a new scheme whereby it will offer continuing students the option to live in halls for the full three years of study.
The building will be used as managed student accommodation and was officially unveiled to the local community and VIP guests at a ceremony yesterday.
Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor at Bath Spa University said: “I am delighted to declare Bath Spa University’s Green Park House open. The University is proud to be leading the regeneration of this area of Bath prior to works starting on the neighbouring Bath Quays development.
“We have received some extremely positive feedback from the local community. In particular comments about the renovation work to the street which have taken it back to how it looked before the Second World War. Our students are an extremely important part of the Bath community. They have an immensely positive presence in the city and surrounding areas and I am thrilled to know this historic part of the city will be enjoyed by them. We now look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students in September this year.”
To find out more about Bath Spa University’s Green Park House accommodation visit www.bathspa.ac.uk/accom