- Application Number
- Application Date
- Closing Date
- 24 Queen Square, Bath
Internal and external alterations to include stone repair and replacement on the external façade, paint removal on the external elevations, removal of tanking system, removal of internal modern partitions and repair and replacement of iron railings. Flat conversion works on the third floor.
The Trust is generally supportive of the proposed remedial repairs for paint removal, cleaning, and localised stonework and ironwork repairs. However, we are surprised by the current condition of the building and the degree of stonework damage, as shown in photographs as part of the application, considering its Grade I status. We would reiterate our recommendations that listed buildings require regular ongoing maintenance in order to prevent smaller issues becoming serious problems in future, often resulting in the irreversible and detrimental loss of historic fabric.
We would additionally ask for clarification regarding whether the overthrow will be included in the proposed remedial and redecoration works. We would note the World Heritage Enhancement Fund’s interest in the preservation and restoration of overthrows in areas of Bath, such as Cavendish Place and Great Pulteney Street, as a distinctive aspect of the historic lighting and public realm of the World Heritage site.
Furthermore, whilst we find the works as proposed to be appropriate, we would suggest that the possible cleaning of the south elevation is considered, as either part of current or future works to the building, which would significantly improve the appearance of a Grade I listed building whilst reinstating the Bath stone colour and vernacular appearance of the terrace as a whole to the benefit of the conservation area and World Heritage site.