BANES Council (Bath and North East Somerset)
The Archway Project, a state-of-the-art Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Visitor Centre located at the heart of the World Heritage City, will bring back to life an important group of buildings which have, until now, been sadly overlooked.
The buildings include the former Bath City Laundry, constructed by the City Architect Major C E Davis in the late 19th century, and a boiler house used for re-heating thermal water piped from the King’s Spring through a tunnel beneath York Street.
These buildings adjoin the main Roman Baths complex via an ornate 19th century archway, constructed to transport the thermal spa waters, and which lends the project its curious name.
The new Learning Centre and Visitor Centre will serve the City by increasing public access to and extending knowledge and understanding of the World Heritage Site.
Visitors to the new Learning Centre will be able to walk through spaces beneath York Street excavated by Major Davies in the 1880s, and see parts of the Roman Baths that have never before been open to regular public access.