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It was very exciting to visit site today and see the progress being made on the Keynsham Regeneration project. The buildings are clad, in metal, glass and stone and thus weather proofed while the internal fit-out continues apace. The landscape, as always to reduce the chance of damage, is a step behind. Market Street has been paved in the beautiful large York stone slabs set within a granite sett trim, but covered up straight away for protection.

The process of installing the permeable paving is underway, while the over-sized nibs can make getting a tight, straight-coursed finish difficult and in this case there is an additional level of difficulty because it being laid on a roof-terrace with a corrugated profile, but the contractors seem to be dealing with it extremely well.

The fall across the site to Bath Road never fails to strike me even after all this time, design work and site visits. But our solution to this issue; the series of interlocking steps, ramps and timber planters is under construction. The timber planters are near completion although without planting or paving they appear enormous and stark. However, once the fantastic green oak has weathered, the plants have bedded in and the final finish of paving goes in the whole area will look completely different. At present this takes a bit of imagination – just like the initial design work.

It is always gratifying to follow a large, long-term project through to its completion, all that metaphorical blood, sweat and tears during the design and planning stages, the wrangling over options and the endless debates about costs finally paying off with a scheme to be proud of.

Simon Lindsley

Public realm  – Novell Tullett
Architecture – AHR formerly known as Aedas
Engineering – Hydrock



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