Widcombe Wharf & Social Club

Completed

This scheme is a joint venture with the Widcombe Social Club and involves the redevelopment of this former canal wharf site in the centre of Bath. The delivered product comprises a mixed-use scheme incorporating 40 student rooms, and a supermarket, which acts as an enabling development for the delivery of a new leisure club. Given the World Heritage status of the city, the scheme required significant planning interaction to arrive at a sympathetic solution that enhances the local area.

Objective

Regenerate an important, existing site in the centre of Widcombe Village in Bath so that it can be used for community activities and enjoyed by the local residents.

Background

This has been a four-year long £5M development that comprises the demolition of the existing and outdated Widcombe Social Club. The concept of the project through to realization has taken a number of years, involving a close working relationship with the Widcombe Social Club. It is a mixed-use scheme providing 40 en-suite student beds, a supermarket and the delivery of a modern club facility on disused land towards the rear of the site.

Our Role

This is a joint venture between Iesis as development managers and the Widcombe Social Club. We delivered the inception of the scheme plus planning application, appointment of professionals and contractors and securing local business input. We also arranged pre-letting the supermarket and oversaw the delivery and interface with the club for their new facility.

Our Approach

We adopted a stage delivery to suit the logistical and delivery issues experienced with a very busy corner plot right in the centre of the city. The existing building had significant issues with water ingress and asbestos and our proposal was to generate seed investment from which a new club could be delivered.


Commenced on site in October 2013, phase one completed September 2014. Phase two completed Jan 2015 and the final phase, which is the social club, completed in July 2015.
Location
Bath
Architect
Stride Treglown
Developer
Rengen
Interior Design
Stride Treglown
Investment
£7M GDV
Lead Consultants
Iesis Group