Nicholas Pearson Associates
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Bath Spa University, Newton Park

Client: Bath Spa University and Duchy of Cornwall

Location: Newton Park, Newton St. Loe, Bath

Bath Spa University is one of the fastest expanding educational institutions in the country with a major programme of development and refurbishment to meet the needs of its students. The Newton Park campus, the main body of the University,  is located within a registered historic landscape and includes an Ancient Monument and a  number of listed buildings.

Nicholas Pearson Associates has acted as consultants on the Newton Park Campus since 1992. We wrote the original Landscape Management Plan to guide the restoration of the historic parkland, and in this respect we undertook detailed research to establish the importance of the site and set out appropriate restoration and management of the landscape, including a system of watercourses and lakes.

We have acted as landscape consultants on a number of recent developments on the campus, including the Michael Tippett Centre and the Performing Arts Theatre. Extensive consultations were carried out with the landowner (Duchy of Cornwall) and Bath and North East Somerset Council to ensure the planned development was of an appropriate design quality, successfully integrating new buildings and facilities, and that opportunities to enhance the site were maximised. We have recently prepared, for Bath Spa University, the Conservation Management Plan for the Park, which has been approved by English Heritage.

We are members of the University’s consultancy team for the preparation of the Newton Park Campus masterplan, which informs the future development on the University campus up to 2030.  We were appointed as Environmental, Landscape and Ecological Consultants on the first phase of this masterplan, the proposed Academic development, which delivers approximately 8,000m2 of state of the art dedicated teaching and studio space. In parallel with this we are appointed as part of the University’s consultancy team to deliver the new phase of residential development on the Campus.

Additional and ongoing work for the University includes providing landscape management advice on the continuing management and restoration of the historic landscape, and we advise on and have been successful in helping to secure  grant aid from Countryside Stewardship agreements, from the Heritage Lottery Fund and from Higher Level Stewardship schemes.