The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Grade II listed Georgian classic in the heart of Bath

The Project

The Gainsborough building situated in the heart of Bath was formerly part of the City of Bath College. A Grade II listed building from the Georgian period designed by John Pinch the Elder. The conversion to a 5* luxury hotel presented many challenges. The new multi-storey Lower Borough Walls wing reflects the host building architecturally. In the heart of the hotel lies Spa Village Bath, which is quite unique insofar as it has access to the natural thermal mineral-rich waters, making it the only natural thermal spa inside a hotel in the UK.

The main stair protection was particularly challenging as enclosing it was not an option from a conservation perspective. A solution of discreetly placed fire curtains operating on the fire alarm system to provide protection was developed. There are also isolated areas with sprinkler protection to provide an alternative to passive fire protection.


The Approach

The challenging fire strategy for the building by EPR involved Oculus consulting closely with the ever helpful Avon Fire & Rescue Service team, as a sensitive and enlightened approach was essential. The structure required a sensitive conservation approach carried out by Mann Williams.  This rather tired building has now been transformed into one of Baths leading luxury hotels.


Architect – EPR Architects

Main contractors - Galliford Try

Project Managers - Wessex Water for YTL

 

Photographs courtesy of YTL Hotels 

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