Willmott Dixon has secured a contract from Bath and North East Somerset Council in the UK for a £34m scheme to regenerate Keynsham town centre.
Under the contract, Willmott Dixon will be responsible for design development, demolition and construction of new space for shops, new streets and spaces, a one-stop shop and library, and environmentally friendly council offices. Cabinet member for sustainable development councillor Cherry Breath said that Keynsham will benefit from new opportunities, jobs and greater prosperity for local people as the town becomes a more attractive proposition for private sector investment.
Work on the project involves the demolition of the town hall and library built in the 1960s, as well as an adjacent reinforced concrete building, to make room for retail units and offices. The new buildings will house a two-storey library, a one-stop shop for the community and a larger retail and office building.
The structure has a reinforced concrete, mostly single-storey plinth providing retail space as well as three interlinked three-storey office blocks above. The building will be covered with masonry at the lower level, while lightweight brass and timber will be used for the upper part of the building. Energy efficiency will be incorporated into the design to achieve the top ‘A’ rating under the UK Government’s Energy Performance Certification Scheme.
In addition, the work involves public realm and highway work, as well as refurbishment and extension of the existing car park to increase capacity by 60 spaces. The project will be carried out in phases following planning consent. For the next six months, Willmott Dixon will be working in partnership with the council’s project team to finalise the design and construction programme prior to a planned start on site in August 2012.
Willmott Dixon recently secured a £33m contract from Bath and North East Somerset Council to upgrade county council offices just outside Bristol.
Image: The new buildings will have space for shops, offices and a library. Photo: Bath and North East Somerset Council.