Developers look to build flats on former baths site

July 11 2016

DEVELOPERS are set to seek permission to demolish the disused Speedwell Baths and build flats.

 

DEVELOPERS are set to seek permission to demolish the disused Speedwell Baths and build flats.

Crossman Homes want to replace the former swimming pool building with 29 one and two-bedroomed apartments.

Architects Angus Meek are seeking public opinion on the latest scheme for the site before putting in a planning application. You can give your views by emailing architecture@angusmeek.co.uk

Ward councillor Mhairi Threlfall is also hoping to organise a community meeting.

The pool closed in 2005 and several schemes put forward to replace it with housing have come to nothing. Squatters have occupied the building at times and there have been several fires.

Some residents would like to see the Art Deco building retained and restored but others are anxious to see progress on redevelopment.

People in the area are also upset that the 25-metre pool at Bristol Brunel Academy, which was promised as a replacement for Speedwell, has not been built because of council financial constraints.

Earlier this year, residents  Lisa Murfin and Claire Smyth started a campaign calling for a new pool to be built,  pointing out that it was needed more than ever because of the increasing numbers of children in east Bristol who had to learn to swim but did not have easy access to swimming baths.

The then Mayor George Ferguson admitted there were “current capacity issues related to school swimming and … projected citywide deficit of water space in the future” and said further options would be explored.