Temple Precinct Suspended Walkway, The Roman Baths, Bath

  • Roman Baths

  • Walkway


  • Walkway


  • Walkway

A suspended walkway in the Temple Precinct area of The Roman Baths opened in 2014 by their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex.


Temple Precinct is an area within the Roman Baths complex, a Scheduled Ancient Monument of international importance in Bath city centre. The Temple Precinct, 15ft below street level is one of the great wonders of Roman Britain, it houses the original remains of the temple steps, the great altar, and Sulis Minerva, the Roman goddess of Bath’s sacred spring. 1600 years ago her gilded statue once stood within the temple, but is now displayed on the new walkway.

The new step-free, suspended walkway has significantly opened up the viewing area for visitors who now have a panoramic aerial view of the monument below. Other works included a new platform lift and the complete modernisation of the lighting system, which will reduce the councils lighting bill by 80%.


We used a banksmen to direct traffic in and out of the site compound area, to make deliveries, and to remove waste from the site. We arranged appropriate road closures and maintained access to the shops and adjacent properties, roads, footpaths etc. We erected suitable warning notices and put plans in place to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and the public.

It was imperative that works were carried out with the upmost care, this project demonstrated our skills and knowledge in delivering sensitive projects.

Our team liaised and worked with the other contractors on the same confined site to ensure access for materials, plant and deliveries.

“I found Beards to be very conscientious to the needs of the client particularly as a large part of the museum was still open to our many visitors.  Their Health & Safety procedures were second to none throughout the term of the contract.  The Project Manager was always available and he was continuously proactive and on-site throughout the project.  The Beards “Team” were a pleasure to have worked with!”

Tom Byrne, Operations Manager, Roman Baths


Bath and North East Somerset Council

Contract value

£0.68 million


Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios

Quantity Surveyor

Mildred Howells & Co

Contract duration

22 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Intermediate

Procurement Method


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