Footprint

Making a mark

The Footprint project at Bath Abbey is about moving from past to future. Thanks to this pioneering £19.4million initiative, our historic floor has been saved from collapse and the building has been opened up in new ways – to be enjoyed in its full glory by future generations.

We are also far more energy-efficient with new LED lighting system and underfloor heating that is powered by renewable energy from Bath's famous hot springs.

After so much of the Project being hidden behind the scenes, more and more is now coming to completion. The new Song School, meeting rooms and office space in Kingston Buildings, and new learning resources and interpretation programme will transform what we are able to offer not just to our own Abbey congregation, but to the city we serve and its visitors.

All that remains to be completed is the South side of the Abbey which will house a new Learning Space, Discovery Centre, toilets and the newly refurbished Abbey Shop. Now when you walk around the building, you can really appreciate the beauty of the space we have and the huge amount of work is underway to both restore and transform our beloved Abbey.

Please watch out for a programme of Footprint opening and celebration events, due to take place in the Autumn as Covid-19 restrictions allow, and as each new part of the building work is complete.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been doing or catch up on the latest developments via our Footprint update in our Latest News section:

Conservation

  • Restoring the Abbey’s collapsing floor, a precious part of our city’s Georgian heritage
  • Preserving our community spirit by opening up even more opportunities for volunteering, groups and partnerships – through a whole host of activities

Innovation

  • Harnessing Bath’s hot spring waters to power eco-friendly underfloor heating
  • Re-imagining spaces to create a comfortable, flexible place for all, from special services to family fun days, civic ceremonies to concerts

Inspiration

  • Telling the story of the Abbey’s fascinating history through a brand new Discovery Centre
  • Creating an inspiring new learning space for schoolchildren right up to mature students
  • Building a brand new Song School; home for the Abbey’s choirs and where visiting musicians can rehearse and be made welcome

To make a donation and help make Footprint a reality, just click through to our Donate to Footprint project page.