Highly acclaimed council offices and external space
A decade ago Keynsham had a reputation as Bath’s poor relation with its 1960s council offices and struggling high street. The town now has a new sense of civic pride following investment in a striking council building and public library flanked by retail.
It was the perfect opportunity to form a new street layout which reconnected all parts of the town from the riverside to the high street, bringing everything together in a market square in front of the library. As much as 50% of the site was given over to public realm.
The scheme has won many accolades including the British Council for Offices’ Best of the Best award 2015 which noted: “The orientation and layout of the building creates a well-integrated streetscape whilst adding valuable retail and amenity space to stimulate the revival of the High Street.”
Architect: Aedas Bristol