Plans have been submitted to redevelop the old Keynsham fire station site into a boutique hotel.
Developers the Phoenix Group (SW) have submitted plans for the site which is currently being used as a works depot for the emerging Riverside residential development.
The old fire station would be demolished and replaced by a four-storey building. In addition to a 42-bedroom hotel, it would house nine apartments and office space while the ground floor would have two retail units and a restaurant. The exterior appearance is intended to complement the design of the Civic Centre buildings.
B&NES Council’s vision for the town centre regeneration has always been for an extension of Market Walk to link with the entrance of the refurbished leisure centre. This proposal attempts to achieve this with a covered walkway through the scheme extending as far as the rear of the old fire station car park. The proposed retail units would also be sited there while a colonnade would form the pedestrian link from Temple Street to Market Walk.
At four-storeys tall, the building would impact on the Riverside View apartments. To mitigate some of the effects, the proposal is to widen the lane between the two buildings from its current 4.2m to just over 7.1m. Hotel bedroom windows on the side facing Riverside View would also be smaller and be included in a ‘green wall’ similar to the ones in Millennium Square on Bristol Harbourside.
The major development proposed on the site is the creation of a basement car park for 18 vehicles as part of the requirement for planning consent for the apartments.
Keynsham fire station closed in 2016 when the new facility opened at Hicks Gate. The site was then sold the following year for £750,000. A plan to build flats on the site was withdrawn last year following advice from the council.
The Phoenix Group (SW) are based in Bristol and were established in 2016. They specialise mainly in urban regeneration projects and their portfolio currently includes another project for student accommodation in Fishponds.
Public consultation on the Temple Street plan is open until 5th December with a decision
targeted for the end of January. The planning reference on the B&NES website is 19/04405/FUL.