Public Realm

We believe the public space around our buildings should be enjoyed by all. We work with local authorities, fellow property owners and occupiers - we initiate, contribute financially and devote time and management to make change happen and for these areas the best they can be.

 

EXAMPLES OF OUR PROJECTS INCLUDE:

Kingsmead Square, Bath - Traffic management and hard landscaping

Since our restoration of the South terrace in 1976, a property which we still own and manage, we have played an active role in the development of the Square's public space.

In 1995 we brought together adjoining owners, occupiers in the area and the local authority to carry out a scheme of enhancement. This included significant traffic reduction with the repositioning of the car park entrance and removal of tour coaches and buses. The visual and pedestrian links to the City centre and adjoining area were improved and the central area re-laid with pennant stone to accommodate trading stalls and outside catering, promoting the evening economy in particular. HPH provided significant financial support to this project together with another major property owner St John's Hospital Trust. We are currently in discussion with B&NES to develop the public realm further to ensure maximum use and benefit for the general public.

 Kingsmead Square

Kingsmead Square, Bath - Update 2013

We are working with the Bath Bid team on a project of potential pedestrianisation and a scheme to increase the space available for tables and chairs servicing the food outlets around the Square.  This will be combined with physical improvements including lighting, to establish a more continental feel for the area.

 

Great Western Railway Viaduct, Chippenham

Until 1841 Chippenham was the end of the Great Western Railway line from London until the Box Tunnel was completed enabling the line to be extended to Bath and Bristol.

The viaduct in Chippenham is a very prominent structure and at night time became invisible. In 2006 HPH retained lighting consultants dpa to produce a scheme to light up the viaduct in the hours of darkness to enhance the visual appeal of this iconic structure. We committed a significant financial contribution and with the support of Wiltshire County Council, the Railway Heritage Trust  and Chippenham Town Council, the installation was switched on in April 2006. 

 Great Western Railway Viaduct, Chippenham

Pedestrian Route, Chippenham

The road system to the north of Chippenham town centre was laid out in the late 1960s. Provision for pedestrians was made with a system of concrete tunnel underpasses with a small central paved open area.

In 2002 HPH fully refurbished Bewley House, an office block overlooking and accessed from the underpass network. The underground passages had become unpleasant with graffiti and poor lighting and lack of security meant that they were largely unused.

Working with Wiltshire County Council the area was redesigned. All the tunnels were filled in and replaced with ground level crossings and a large landscaped area was created which enhances this open space and reconnected the north of the town with the town centre for pedestrians.

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