Commissioned by B&NES Council, this piece of conceptual design work reimagined the car dominated Kingsmead Square in Bath as a new place for people and future heart of civic life in the City. Our proposals explored how the square could be transformed through pedestrianisation and a series of temporary landscape interventions, afforded by the implementation of a pilot car-free scheme currently being consulted upon by the Council.
With the planned restrictions on vehicle movements throughout the day, our public realm designs aimed to encourage a thriving cafe culture spilling out into the square, promoting Bath as a walkable city, reducing air pollution and consequently curating a more vibrant, liveable and inviting civic space. Kingsmead Square is in a similar position to our Union Street project, with huge potential to tie into the City’s busy seasonal calendar by hosting temporary exhibitions, markets and events, all scheduled to help animate the space throughout the year.
During summer 2019 temporary ‘parklets’ were trialled in the square, transforming loading and car parking bays into spaces for people, which received great feedback and enthusiasm from the public and local businesses. The pilot vehicle restriction across the square is proposed to begin in 2020 with a series of events and temporary interventions planned to reclaim the square for the City’s residents and visitors.
Bath & North East Somerset Council