Loss Management Group, Bath

Dates: 2004-2005

loss management grouploss management group


  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Offices - General
  • Offices - Owner Occupied

Key Services

  • Brief Writing
  • Cladding & Facade Design
  • Contract Administration
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Planning Applications
  • Project Management
  • Space Planning


The planning history of the site suggests that the current buildings evolved from a site specific response to the constraints, the prime concerns being the adjacent Listed Building Group to Oak St and an underground sewer pipe!

The site is still exerting these influences of course, and the new building is mindful of these particular issues. The Railway Authority require a strip some two metres clear of the adjacent boundaries.

Site Restraints

The sewer now runs to the south and between the existing buildings and is subject to an easement as applied by Wessex Water. The new building steps back leaving the pipe centrally between the existing and proposed buildings.

In 'stepping back', the new build is set within the embankment. This further reduces the apparent mass of the proposals, replacing as it does the bank's volume. The new building is as close as possible to the western boundary in order to maximise the distance from the adjacent terrace windows, and there is no proposed office accommodation on the elevation facing the terrace, this is the stair well which has a louvred window.


The structural walls at each end serve to ‘book end’ the building and are constructed of a brick to match the existing buildings on the site.

Curtain walling is used to the north elevation to maximise the light to the interior, this being the only available elevation for glazing. With openings to the south, the noise of the trains would make the internal environment difficult for normal office work. The concrete walls, east and west will be an extension of the retaining structure and are structural shear elements which support the floors on three sides, and openings in these would place onerous demands on the steel reinforcement.