It’s a joint venture project between Bath Council and developers TCN. It’s a difficult site with dilapidated buildings, sensitive planning and conservation issues and a history of false starts. In short, the development is one hell of a challenge, but the finished item is a thing of beauty and a new home for businesses that will only add to Bath’s excellent reputation for creative business properties.
Bath Quays is a flagship regeneration project that creates a new and vibrant commercial quarter in the heart of Bath Enterprise zone – the city’s dramatic new riverside district for business, recreation, and culture. Newark Works is just a five-minute walk from the city centre, the mainline train station and the city’s outstanding retail, food and leisure offerings.
Originally built in Victorian times quite literally as an engineering room, its rebirth courtesy of TCN sees it as an engine room for business, with a range of memories back to its original use whilst incorporating all the mod cons required for modern business to flourish. It’s a beautifully refurbished Grade II listed building, that offers 40,000 sq ft of workspace for single entrepreneurs, burgeoning creative businesses and well-established companies looking for an exciting new home.
Newark Works is the only remaining 19th century works of the highly significant engineering firm Stothert & Pitt, renowned for its development of dockside and offshore cranes. Its diverse output included producing the gun mountings for Challenger tanks, the doors and cantilever bridges on landing craft and the manned torpedoes of World War Two, known as Chariots.
TCN is a regeneration and workspace specialist. For the past 16 years, TCN has refurbished over 600,000 sq.ft of unloved buildings, created and managed creative campuses for in excess of 300 companies, with a portfolio value in excess of £100m.
TCN is fast becoming the UK’s leading Creative Workplace provider, sourcing opportunities in the UK where its creativity and management expertise produces interesting places and high returns for its stakeholders. – perfectly illustrated by their regeneration of Newark Works.
“We’re delighted our radiators were specified for this important new development in Bath,” says Stelrad’s Tony Hildrow, Stelrad’s Southern Sales Director. “The creative treatment given to the building demanded outstanding finishing touches and the radiators chosen provides a modern and aesthetically attractive addition to the building proving that a heating system can be both attractive and functional, offering the warmth and comfort that business premises require. It’s a stunning building that illustrates a huge amount of creativity from the treatment of the walls in the building, to the wonderful entrance lobby with leisure facilities and a modern café area, to the work areas themselves – it’s a privilege to see our products part of the refurbishment.”