Peer reviews are an integral part of our work, for HCA and for private sector clients. In 2008 NEW Masterplanning was appointed by the Homes & Communities Agency to review the proposals by Crest Nicholson for Bath Western Riverside, a strategic regeneration site on the edge of Bath city centre and one of the largest regeneration projects in the country.

Our review highlighted different ways in which costs could be reduced and the viability of the scheme enhanced. It also showed how the scheme could be made more consistent with HCA’s urban design principles. Our amended masterplan was supported by HCA, Crest Nicholson and Bath & North East Somerset Council.

As a result of our review HCA agreed to provide funding for the proposals. A planning application was submitted for over 2,000 homes and planning permission granted in late 2010. After being derelict for more than 25 years Bath Western Riverside is now delivering a high quality urban housing scheme for the city.