Watkin Jones tops out at Bath Junction BTR

Watkin Jones celebrates a construction milestone today, topping out at the Bath Junction Build to Rent development.

CGI of the proposed Bath Junction Build to Rent development | BTR News
CGI of the proposed Bath Junction Build to Rent development.

Developer and manager of residential for rent – Watkin Jones – celebrates the topping out of the Bath Junction Build to Rent development in Bath. The commemorative event held earlier today signals that the concrete framework is now complete.

The occasion was marked by the laying of the last remaining concrete at the top of the highest block. It was a proud moment for everyone involved – including the Watkin Jones site team, DWS and subcontractors.

“This is our second development working in partnership with DWS, and we are very pleased to reach this milestone, as we continue together, to offer much needed rental homes in Bath. Together we are working to create sustainable homes for a range of people to live in that will help meet the growing rental demand in the city.”

Richard Harris, Managing Director – Group Delivery, Watkin Jones

Forward funded by global asset manager, DWS, the two-building Bath Junction scheme is the largest Build to Rent development in Bath to date. It forms part of an extensive mixed-use scheme at Lower Bristol Road.

Bath Junction will deliver 316 new Build to Rent homes in a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes (including accessible homes).  

The scheme will help meet the much-needed demand for affordable housing and commercial spaces in Bath. It will also offer one in three of the homes at a discounted rental rate, increasing affordability for potential residents.

Residents will benefit from several amenities including a large outdoor amenity space with landscaped communal courtyard gardens, and a frontage of newly planted trees to increase biodiversity and attractiveness.

Senior management team from Watkin Jones at the topping out ceremony held earlier today | BTR News
Senior management team from Watkin Jones at the topping out ceremony held earlier today. Pictured left to right: George Dyer (Group Investment Director); Richard Harris (Managing Director – Group Delivery); Sarah Seargeant (Chief Financial Officer); and Gwyn Pritchard (Managing Director – Construction).

Bath Junction will meet high environmental sustainability standards, targeting Home Quality Mark Level Three for the residential element of the development.

The commercial element will be targeting a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating to further support the sustainable design. Key sustainability features include air source heat pumps, the provision of EV chargers and car club spaces. Emission reduction will also be achieved through renewable resources including water saving fittings.

The Bath Junction Build to Rent scheme is within a 15-minute walk to the historic city centre. Bath also offers excellent transport options including the nearby National Route Four cycling route, local buses and Bath Spa rail station.

“DWS is pleased to be working to deliver high quality and much needed rental accommodation for Bath in particular the provision of 95 discounted rental units. With the addition of Bath Junction, DWS’ UK&I portfolio of living assets will exceed 30 schemes with over 6500 units, managed on behalf of a range of international institutional investors and forming part of DWS’ broader European portfolio of living assets.”

Hugo Vere, Lead Portfolio Manager, DWS

Watkin Jones has an excellent track record of delivery in Bath. The Group has completed three schemes in the last ten years that have added over 250 new homes for residents.