Leading multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, Edmond Shipway, has been appointed as cost consultant to the £6 million development of the ‘Archway Centre’ in Bath, on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

This ambitious scheme which has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involves the creation of a state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre above the former city laundry in Swallow Street and a World Heritage Site Visitor Centre in York Street. The comprehensive programme of works will enhance the overall visitor experience and allow people to discover parts of the site that have never before been open to the public.

Plans also include innovative proposals to utilise energy recovered from waste water in the Roman Drain to heat the Centre. Once complete, the project will enable visitors to view more of the site’s remains in-situ, while learning groups of all ages will benefit from the provision of an underground ‘investigation zone’.

Neill Dowsett, Director of Edmond Shipway in Bath, said; ‘I am delighted to be a part of this exceptional scheme which will help to keep the heritage of Bath alive. This project will provide the Roman Baths with a host of cutting-edge facilities, enabling both schools and the general public alike to maximise their learning experience. We look forward seeing the finished product.”

Work is due to be completed by December 2017 when the site will re-open to visitors.