01 February 2017

City leaders and investors mark milestone for £19m hotel and casino scheme

Builders, investors and city leaders marked a major milestone in the creation of a landmark new hotel, casino and restaurant development for Bath yesterday (31 January).

Cllr Tim Warren, leader of BANES Council, joined builders Mi-space, developers Deeley Freed Estates, and invited guests to mark the official topping out of the multi-million pound Saw Close redevelopment in the centre of the city.

Topping Out ceremonies are a longstanding tradition in the industry, celebrating reaching the highest point in the construction of a building.

Saw Close was designed with the help of architects AWW inspired environments and Aaron Evans Associates together with Mi-space, part of the Midas Group.

(L-R Rob Bradley, David Freed, Cllr Tim Warren and Midas Chief Executive, Alan Hope with the ceremonial topping out tree)

The construction phase of the project is due to be completed in summer 2017. Over the coming months the Saw Close area will be pedestrianised and an eye-catching public realm will be created.

When complete, the 145 room hotel will be operated by the affordable Z hotel chain and the development will also include an Ask Italian restaurant and an upmarket burger chain.

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This topping out ceremony marks a key phase in the development of a significant area of Bath city centre. The redevelopment will increase footfall around Saw Close and surrounding areas. This part of the city centre has been in need of this kind of development for some time and I am sure it will be good for local businesses and for attracting visitors. As well as the construction jobs it will help lead to longer term employment opportunities in the local area in the future.”

David Freed, Director of Deeley Freed Estates, said:  This project took a very long time to come together and we’re delighted to see the buildings taking shape and moving towards completion later in the year.  We look forward to working closely with Midas and the Council to bring it to a successful conclusion.”

Alan Hope, Chief Executive of The Midas Group, said it was an important day for the project and praised the team on site for their work. He said: “We are delighted to be working with Deeley Freed Estates on this very significant project for Bath and especially pleased to be celebrating the topping out of the building with partners from across the city.

“The site team were recently awarded a ‘very good’ rating by the Considerate Constructors Scheme’ for their work with the local community and the way they are managing the site, which is an important part of our wider commitment to industry leading customer service. Over the coming months, residents can expect to see the building really take shape. Block and stone work will finish on the top floor and the roof will be installed.”

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Image: Councillor Tim Warren, Rob Bradley (Mi-space) and David Freed mark the topping out stage of construction at Saw Close, Bath.

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