Bath Abbey submits plans for hot springs heat

An artists' impression of how the vault-level space might look
Image caption The Footprint project will open up additional space at vault-level

Bath Abbey has submitted plans to tap into the city's hot springs for a new eco-friendly heating system.

The scheme forms part of phase one of a wider £18m revamp of the abbey.

Also, the application includes plans to open up hundreds of metres of additional floor space at vault-level and upgrade some buildings nearby.

The revamp will create a new choir school, meeting and learning spaces and a new entrance to the building.

It is hoped that the Footprint project, as it has been called, will help ease the strain on the Abbey's medieval fabric.

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