Work to complete the remaining new build construction at the former swimming baths on Gloucester Road has resumed.
Bristol City Council has appointed a new contractor to complete the Bristol North Baths project which was put on hold in November last year when the council terminated its agreement with developer Chatsworth Homes. The work, which started last week (w/c 25 July), will bring about the completion of the new library, ten apartments and public conveniences.
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.
Since taking back control of the building, the council has been conducting a thorough technical review of the site to ensure the structure conforms to the required technical specifications and performance standards.
Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place at Bristol City Council, 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.”
Completion of the internal reconfiguration and refurbishment of the former swimming pool will start as soon as tenant requirements and contractual arrangements are finalised. The Council has met with representatives from Bishopston Medical Practice several times and they have confirmed their willingness to enter into negotiations for a new lease within the building.
Bristol City Council terminated its agreement with Chatsworth Homes in November 2015 following a series of delays with the project, which was initially due to be finished by October 2013.
Multiple contractors have been working on different elements of the construction and it has taken time to identify and interview each of them to ensure the council has full access to design and construction records. This process was delayed after Chatsworth Homes went into voluntarily administration.