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Milestone reached in city scheme

Excavation for new basement car park
A large hole has been dug for a three-storey underground car park

The first phase of Bath's new SouthGate shopping centre will be completed with a topping out ceremony later.

A huge area of the city centre has been excavated for the creation of a three-storey underground car park and a number of buildings are taking shape.

The 360m scheme, which is due to be completed in 2010, will provide new shops, accommodation, restaurants and a modern transport network.

It is the biggest project of its kind undertaken in the city for decades.

The new transport interchange includes a 6.5m railway station and a 13m bus station.

Basement parking will be over three floors and will hold 860 cars.

Space will be created for more than 50 retail units, including a Debenhams department store.

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