£1.5m pledge to see Bristol North Baths scheme finished

May 05 2016
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£1.5m pledge to see Bristol North Baths scheme finished

APPROVAL has been given by Bristol’s Mayor to allocate the additional £1.5 million funding needed to complete the Bristol North Baths development.

The council took back control of the long–delayed development on the Gloucester Road last autumn after Mayor George Ferguson said he had “no faith” in the developer’s ability to save the scheme which includes flats, a library and health centre on two sites.

Approval was granted for the required additional funding to finish the outstanding construction work at Bristol North Baths and the adjacent new Bishopston Library and apartments, and meet advisory costs up to a maximum amount of £1.5m. Proceeds from the sale of Cheltenham Road Library site will be incorporated into the overall scheme and any net financial surplus from this project will be allocated as an addition to the Council’s Enabling Budget for affordable housing in the city.

Once contracts are in place and work restarts there is due to be an eight week completion of the modern parts of the development and the opportunity is being taken to reopen negotiations with the Bishopston Medical Practice.

Bishopston and Redland Green councillors gained a commitment from the council at the meeting in April that local residents will be given monthly updates on the progress being made towards the completion of Bristol North Baths. Councillor Martin Fodor secured a commitment from the Mayor for improved communications as well as a review of the project once completed, to ensure that lessons are learnt for the future.

Martin said: “I am pleased that the decade-long saga of the Bristol North Baths is finally reaching a conclusion. The first priority is to get the new library, flats, replacement public toilets, and shoppers’ car park restored, and find a resolution to the new uses for the old Baths building.

“But we also need to ensure that lessons are learnt for the future.”