In Bath, knitting retirement living into a world heritage site

Bath and North East Somerset Council has granted planning permission to a new development of retirement homes designed by Allies and Morrison for PegasusLife. Situated within the Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site at the point that the Georgian city meets the River Avon, below Royal Crescent, the project offers a unique opportunity to address a growing local and national need for high quality accommodation for older people, which allows them to continue to live independently and within one’s local community.

The scheme comprises 68 apartments and integrated communal and support facilities for assisted living across three buildings of four and five storeys in height. The new development will look both outwards and inwards, with a streetside cafe for the public and private landscaped gardens for residents, designed by landscape architects Camlins. There will be a range of dwelling types, and many of the units will line the River Avon. Our design interprets PegasusLife’s goal of reinventing retirement housing into a contextual and complementary piece of Bath that both responds to its historic Georgian setting and fulfils the needs and requirements of contemporary life.