York and Swallow Streets

Public realm scheme

The public realm improvement scheme on the historic York Street and Swallow Street in Bath city centre involved refurbishing and upgrading the roads in the centre of this historical area, situated close to the famous Roman Baths, the Abbey and the Thermae Spa.

York and Swallow Street

What we did

The scheme involved the removal of the existing asphalt, raising the level of the surface to create an even layer and resurfacing the roads and footways with high-quality natural stone, in keeping with the landscape. 

The team also inspected pit covers and frames, as well as kerbstones which were replaced, as required.

The business used the expertise of sister business unit, VolkerLaser, to install a waterproof membrane to provide a watertight environment for the newly opened World Heritage Centre.

York and Swallow Street

Project successes

The project went through a rigorous Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase where the combined engineering strength of both VolkerHighways and VolkerLaser provided Bath & North East Somerset Council with sound advice on the design of the scheme. As the roads are heavily populated with statutory services and a major culvert, VolkerHighways liaised closely with these providers to ensure the protection of their assets.

To respond to local business concerns about the impact of construction on York Street trading during busy periods, VolkerHighways worked closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council to complete the project in two phases.