Spring Gardens, Bath

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Spring Gardens Restaurant is a new building in the centre of the City of Bath. The site is behind the Georgian terraces of Laura Place and Argyle Street and looks out over the weir below the famous Pulteney Bridge.

The David Brain Partnership was commissioned back in the mid 1980’s by the then site owner, Graham Bull, now sadly deceased. The consents were preserved during the recession of the early nineties and the building has been more recently completed by Graham’s son Adrian on a Self-Build basis.

The design was initially conceived by David Brain himself and derives its appearance from the neighbouring ‘boat house’ building. Indeed the river pleasure cruisers depart just outside the restaurant during the summer months.

The restaurant has a principle elevation overlooking the weir where a balcony provides space for al-fresco dining. The side elevation abuts the Beazer Garden Maze, which is a key visitor attraction in this part of Bath.

The facing materials for the building comprise stained cedar boarding under a clay plain tile roof. The balcony overlooking the weir is constructed in stainless steel and the ground floor is constructed in Bath Stone rubble walling.

Internally the principle restaurant space is at first floor where the open roof structure is supported on circular Douglas Fir posts, utilising flitch plate detailing which was specifically designed in conjunction with Structural Engineer John Mann.

The premises have recently been leased to a restaurateur and will add vitality and life to this formerly underused urban area.