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- Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases, Upper Borough Walls, City Centre, Bath
Internal and external alterations associated with proposed conversion to hotel (Use Class C1), external alterations to East Wing roof including removal of lift room and flue, demolition and replacement of roof top plant area and extension to existing pitched roof, demolition and replacement of modern infill development to south elevation and new infill development to north elevation of the East Wing internal courtyard and new glazed roof to spa area, removal of modern external staircase to rear of West Wing and replacement infill development, demolition and replacement of third storey extension to West Wing, alterations to the roof of West Wing including new lift shaft and plant screen, and bridge link to new three storey rear extension to West Wing.
We are grateful to have been included in pre-application consultation discussions with the architects, and we are pleased to see that our comments have been taken on board in the resulting submission.
We are supportive of the revised design for the extension. We maintain that the use of a ‘polite’, domestic-style development is more appropriate within its backland context. The reduction of the overall extension height through the relocation of the roof plant within the ground floor is strongly welcomed and allows for the improved articulation of the roof. The use of a domestic-style scale and layout is more in keeping with its streetscape setting, and better aligns with the neighbouring 1 Parsonage Lane.
We note that the glazed link has been significantly reduced in size, now an elevated ‘passage’ link running between the first floors. We are supportive of a ‘light touch’ approach in the extension’s interaction with the west wing.
The proposed traditional resurfacing of Parsonage Lane, and the Upper Borough Walls pavement, as part of the wider landscaping plans for the site constitutes a heritage gain which would improve the character of the public realm within the conservation area. However, we suggest that resurfacing works should implement a design in which the channel drainage is situated in the middle of the lane in order to better reinstate the original medieval characteristics of Parsonage Lane.
We feel this scheme is much-improved, and we are supportive of the revisions made to the design of the extension with regards to its reduced height, scale, and massing, and use of materials.