Work 'close to completion' at Bristol North Baths
WORK at the former Bristol North Baths site is nearing completion, the developer has told Bishopston Voice.
Berkeley Place, a property company based in Clifton, is bringing the Grade II Listed building back into use after it has been vacant for 13 years. Previously, the building was going to be turned into a health centre, but after long delays the original developer, Chatsworth Homes, ran into financial difficulties in 2015 and the scheme ground to a halt.
In December 2018, the proposed change from swimming pool (Class D2) to office (Class B1) was granted by planning officers. Since then, work has started to convert the building, which dates from 1915, into offices on the first floor and ground floor, with a café and gym also being created on the ground floor.
When Bishopston Voice spoke to Berkeley Place in June, managing director Nick Cryer explained that they had been doing a lot of work to clear a large amount of pigeon mess from the roof, and metal spikes have also been installed to deter them from landing on the windows. They have also spent time clearing a lot of mess from inside the building, and unblocking and clearing out the drainage system too.
Nick now expects the building will be ready for businesses to occupy from January onwards. He said: “Once we started work we were very keen to put action into place. We have spent lots of time transforming the space into offices and a café, and we will also have a pilates/well-being space too.
“We’re now in the decorating and carpeting phase, and local residents may have already spotted a black board at the front of the building which is currently covering our new glass frontage.
“We’re so excited for businesses to start occupying the office spaces from mid-January onwards, and can’t wait for the community to see the results of our hard work.”