Bath Abbey on RIBA South West Awards Shortlist

12 February 2024

Bath Abbey ledger stones

The renovation of the Bath Abbey by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is one of 15 projects shortlisted for the RIBA South West Awards.

Our programme of restoration, building works and interpretation at Bath Abbey improves its accessibility, sustainability, hospitality and service to the city – and visitors from around the world – as well as providing flexibility for worship now and in the future. The careful restoration of the Abbey's memorial stone floor provided an opportunity to introduce a low carbon underfloor heating system, powered by hot water from the City's natural springs, and the reuse of a Listed Georgian Terrace and the spaces beneath the adjacent historic pavement has created bespoke spaces for education, administration and a practice room for the Abbey choirs.

RIBA South West Jury Chair Graham Bizley, of Prewett Bizley Architects, said:  “The shortlisted projects showcase the breadth and diversity of architecture in the South West. Whether that’s exhibiting great sensitivity to their surroundings or respecting the sites’ heritage and cultural history, they strike the perfect balance. It’s particularly heartening to see the projects carbon credentials which demonstrate a commitment to low-carbon and low-energy construction.” 

All projects shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards will be visited by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring.