The end is in sight for the Bristol North Baths!
I’m happy to be able to say that the project to convert the old swimming baths began again last week. This is after a period where the Council has been conducting a technical review of the site to ensure the structure conforms to the required technical specifications and performance standards. After the agreement with Chatsworth Homes for development of the site was terminated, the Council needed to go through this process as little information was passed on from Chatsworth when it went into administration.
The new contractor, CW Duke, will be focusing on completing the new build flats, library space, car park and public convenience before moving on the remaining refurbishment works within the former swimming pool. Flat buyers are expected to receive the keys to their properties in early November 2016.
Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place, has said: “We are very pleased to report that work is now underway to complete this long overdue project. Council colleagues have been in touch with local representatives and ward councillors to update them, and also to thank them for their patience. We know that it has been extremely frustrating to see no activity on site for several months but it was vital that we ensure the development is completed to technical and safety standards and meets all the latest regulations.”
Bishopston Medical Practice is still willing to negotiate on taking a lease within the building, but this is yet to be agreed, therefore completion of the refurbishment of the old building is subject to this agreement. I am hopeful that the Medical Practice will take on a tenancy, especially given it is currently squashed into portacabins on its Nevil Road site.
As always, I will keep the community informed of progress with the project.