Bristol City Council have put the North Baths up for sale and the preferred bidder is proposing to convert the building into offices.
Whilst it is extremely regrettable that the Bishopston Medical practice withdrew from the project, as a result of the endless delays and certain aspects of the building as constructed which were not suitable for their requirements, it is good to see that it will now be brought back into use, albeit not as a health centre.
The upper floor will be a single open-plan office area for one company, whilst the ground floor will comprise small offices on short term lets to young start-up companies around the perimeter, with the internal spaces proposed for private use as a coffee bar and gym for the staff.
The council specifically excluded the requirement for the Baths to provide community facilities, on the basis that the Bishopston Library provides this function within the overall project. However, it would be good to see some flexibility for community uses within the coffee bar area of the Baths once it is up and running.
The alterations currently in for planning permission are almost totally internal and will not have any impact on the Grade 2 listed building. Please go to our Planning portal to see all the planning application details here, and the related details concerning listed building consent here.