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Student accommodation bypassed for coliving scheme at site in Bath

New coliving plans have been revealed for a site in Bath following a public consultation dismissing the build of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA).

In February 2020, the local community and other stakeholders gave feedback on the Watkin Jones Group’s proposals to create PBSA on the Regency Laundry site on the Lower Bristol Road in Bath.

Results showed that PBSA was not the preferred accommodation for the site. The public and local stakeholders showed preference for a residential scheme that meets the needs of younger people who are priced out of the market with more traditional forms of housing in Bath – so a coliving scheme with shared amenities and a community feel.

“We have listened carefully to the views expressed by the public, politicians and other stakeholders during the consultation process and Watkin Jones Group is pleased to be offering an alternative use for this site which will provide the numerous benefits of coliving.”

Spokesperson for the Watkin Jones Group

The coliving scheme will include areas for breaks, dining and recreation. There will also be communal cooking areas, seating pods for residents to socialise, and workstations so residents can work alone or in groups. Each apartment includes a bathroom, kitchenette and desk area – and in communal areas there are other amenities such as secured cycle storage spaces and an area for laundry, but the site will be car-free.

“The scheme will allow people the opportunity to live alongside other professionals in a sought-after location close to the city centre, with excellent bus, rail, cycle and other transport links easily accessible.

Spokesperson for the Watkin Jones Group

The coliving scheme will be overseen by a management company. Developers say the building will be created with a highly sustainable design which incorporates renewable technologies. Biodiverse roofs and external landscaping proposals will maximise green spaces and enhance the setting of the site.

“As a new concept in Bath, we anticipate a great deal of interest in this scheme and we look forward to submitting a planning application in due course.”

Spokesperson for the Watkin Jones Group

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