Six months to save historic Jacobs Wells Baths

Bristol is set to discuss the future of Jacobs Wells Baths.

The Grade 2 listed building closed in November 2016 after failing safety checks, where the electrics were found to be dangerous.

The building was previously home to a local chess club and was the only community dance space available in Bristol.

It is in poor condition and requires heavy refurbishment before it can be open to the public.

Sally Silverman, from the Jacobs Wells Community Hub explains what the building is used for in the video below.

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The event held on Tuesday, 28 February discussed future plans for the building. The attendees will

  •  Look at previous studies and reports of the building and its condition.
  • Explain how the building could be preserved by using a Community Asset Transfer which passes ownership or stewardship to an organisation.
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of the Grade 2 listed building.

Funding

Vivid Regeneration – Helen Bone applied to The Architectural Heritage Funding body and has been successful in obtaining £5,000 for a conditions survey.

Quartet Funding – Art Space Life Space have applied for quartet funding to help staff the building. Results expected at end of this month.

Jacobs Wells Community Hub met with Lori Streich and Ruth Myers from Local Learning. There are plans to get funding to support a historical / heritage / learning project.

Vivian Latinwo-Olajide has offered to help with research into suitable funding applications.

Future

There has been an overwhelming response addressing the importance of the building.

Cabinet Coucillor Helen Holland also has plans for the future.

“We hope to be able to find an organisation or charitable trust that might wish to rescue the building and put it to good use.”

“Local people are often best placed to manage community facilities in their area. Managing these facilities helps to empower local communities and can bring opportunities for greater independence and financial sustainability.” jw3

 

Sally suggests funding from charitable organisations such as the National Lottery would have a big impact on getting the building to an acceptable condition.

Social media has seen further support for the event.
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Have you used the Jacobs Wells Baths for swimming/dance/arts clubs? If so, please get in touch below.

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