Work due to restart soon on baths redevelopment

March 28 2014

THE council have announced a temporary delay to the new development on Gloucester Road, which is to encompass a health centre, library and apartments.

THE council have announced a temporary delay to the new development on Gloucester Road, which is to encompass a health centre, library and apartments.
The project involves the conversion of the former Bristol North Baths into a community health centre, pharmacy and hydrotherapy suite, alongside new housing and the Bishopston Library.
The temporary break is due to the council wishing to review the progress and speed of the development.
Capita has been appointed to review the work with the developer, Chatsworth Homes.
According to Chatsworth Homes, the council advised a short "stop and review" period at the end of January, allowing the construction company and its design team to provide sufficient information to alleviate the council's concerns.

Bishopston Library development

However, Kevin Batt, managing director at Chatworth Homes, says that some of the specific concerns raised are "no longer an issue", and areas of other concern are being readily addressed.
Chatworth Homes are waiting on the council to sign off the reports in order for work to hopefully recommence at the beginning of April.
Mr Batt said: "Once a re-start date has been confirmed and arrangements have been made with our contractors and suppliers, we will then be able to advise revised completion dates on both the new health centre and library."
The council say it is committed to making sure the development is completed as quickly as possible and to the highest standard.
Cllr Simon Cook, assistant mayor with responsibility for libraries, said: "This is an unfortunate but temporary delay. We owe it to the eventual home owners, users of the library and health centre to make sure they have the best quality facility possible.
"Work hasn’t been as quick as we would like and some quality issues have been raised which need attention. We will now find a way to continue work as quickly as possible, but without compromising the end result.
He added: "In the meantime we are keeping in touch with all the parties involved, including potential buyers, tenants and the developers, to keep people informed and help move things along smoothly."