This regeneration scheme involves the redevelopment of the old Somerdale Cadbury’s Factory and 90ha site in the Historic Town of Keynsham working in partnership with the local authority and community. The site includes a new primary school, upgraded sports facilities, a new doctors’ surgery building, youth services and office space, while one of the iconic factory buildings has been restored and repurposed as a care home. Around 29% of homes will be affordable including shared ownership and social rent.
Throughout the planning, design and delivery process, our team worked closely with the Town and District Councils, residents’ groups and community bodies, and established a Somerdale Working Group. The Scheme is also included within MHCLG National Design Guide (2019) as an example of sustainable development and sensitive reuse of existing buildings.
To enable sustainable transport choices, we have invested in new cycle paths, footpaths, station improvements and new bus stops. A new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the River Avon will also be added, connecting with the Bristol-Bath cycle track.
The scheme retains the existing landscape of mature trees including the boulevard of mature chestnut trees which are a defining feature of the entrance to the site, as well as retaining woodland to the north, the south-east corner and along the river and margins of the Hams. Green corridors and riverside walks connect to open countryside beyond.
Over the course of the development we are investing c.£6.8 million in facilities and off-site works through planning obligations. The development will create around 2,000 jobs and generate around £30 million for the local economy. We are working with suppliers and Bath College to provide opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experience. This includes apprenticeships as well as educational site visits and work placements for local students.