Basement, 1 Johnstone Street, Bathwick, Bath

Internal and external alterations for the installation of glazed screen and door to lightwell courtyard and additional door. Removal of modern partition between office and vaulted store.
Our Response

1 Johnstone Street forms part of a Grade I early 18th century section of terraced townhouses designed by Thomas Baldwin, situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. It forms part of the group setting of the Grade I terrace 1-8 Johnstone Street, and the wider streetscape context of the Grade I 9-15 Johnstone Street and the Grade I Great Pulteney Street. Johnstone Street is now sharply truncated by the insertion of the Recreation Ground at the eastern end, but through its homogenous, balanced design, use of traditional materials, and contribution towards the monumental ensemble of Great Pulteney Street running from Pulteney Bridge towards Sydney Gardens, it constitutes part of the Georgian Architecture and Town Planning OUV of the World Heritage Site.

We suggest further details such as the means of fixing the proposed glazed screen would better clarify the material impact of the scheme. It is recommended that fixings are limited to mortar joints, or any instances of pre-existing fixing points where there may have previously been a screen in place (the D&A/Heritage Statement indicates “evidence of a pre-existing timber screen”), to restrict the irreversible loss of historic stonework.

Application Number: 22/01411/LBA
Application Date: 01/04/2022
Closing Date: 13/05/2022
Address: Basement, 1 Johnstone Street, Bathwick, Bath
Our Submission Status: Comment