Flat 1, Bridport House, 48 Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath
48 Great Pulteney Street forms part of a Grade I series of late 18th century terraced townhouses, a number of which have since been subdivided to provide residential apartments, situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. It forms part of the wider streetscape setting of numerous clusters of Grade I terraced buildings along Great Pulteney Street to form a cohesive architectural whole that creates an intentional visual thoroughfare between Pulteney Bridge and the Holburne Museum as part of an unfinished mid-18th century aspirations to extend the city to the east of the River Avon. It is therefore a significant evidential aspect of Bath’s Georgian Town Planning OUV as a World Heritage Site.
BPT does not typically comment on proposed internal works without the benefit of a site visit. However, we note that the proposed works include the removal of a section of “existing masonry wall” between the living room and kitchen area. Considering the Grade I status of the building, we emphasise the need for further assessment of the existing interior and any historic features or detailing, as well as consideration of the possible historic and evidential value of historic fabric. Whilst the area of wall proposed for removal is slightly recessed and could indicate later infill, this is not clarified or confirmed as part of the Heritage Statement. We therefore strongly encourage further details are provided to adequately justify the proposed works.