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What is the solution?

After eight years of planning and consultation, we believe that Footprint can now become reality and will:

  • Repair and stabilise the collapsing floor 
  • Provide a new eco-friendly underfloor heating system using Bath's famous hot springs 
  • Create a cohesive and unified infrastructure to transform the way Bath Abbey is able to welcome and serve its congregation, community, city and visitors from around the world 
     
  • Offer a calm and welcoming space where the congregation, pilgrims and visitors can rest and find refreshment
  • Enable over 400,000 visitors each year to experience and learn more about the Abbey’s rich history and its people, past and present
  • Enable the Music Department to work with more local choirs, schools and hundreds of school children. The new double-height Song School housed in Kingston Buildings will include a purpose built rehearsal room, safe changing rooms and library for our choirs and visiting musicians.
  • Provide facilities for researchers, students and teachers to study the church’s collection of artefacts and archives
  • Put to use over 200 square metres of underground vaults within a restricted inner-city space
  • Lessen our dependency on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint
  • Strengthen our links with local communities in particular through local community groups and other partner organisations
  • Offer improved access and facilities for all including:  

          - Comfortable seating

          - Toilets for all

          - New kitchens and proper catering facilities

          - A restored North Transept and new storage areas

          - Adequate space for staff and volunteers

          - Large meeting room and other meeting spaces

          - A more comfortable and versatile worshipping space

  • Provide the city with a stunning venue with the facilities modern audiences expect