Could you take over the running of the Jacobs Wells Baths?: Jacobs Wells Baths - photograph by Mike Britton.

24 Feb 2017

Housing and Planning

Could you take over the running of the Jacobs Wells Baths?

Bristol City Council is holding an event to discuss the future of the Jacobs Wells Baths building.

The council is inviting expressions of interest from organisations who might wish to take over the former Dance Centre.

An event is being held at City Hall to explore how the building can be preserved to enable it to remain in public ownership and to meet the needs of Bristol's diverse, artistic local communities.

The Grade 2 listed building is in poor condition and requires major investment.

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “We have some fantastic examples in our city of buildings given new life and new purposes after being transferred to communities, and we really hope this will happen here.

“This wonderful building needs a significant investment, and in the current financial climate, the council does not have the means to do this.

“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.”

The event on February 28 will:
•          Look at previous studies and reports of the building and its condition.
•          Explain how a Community Asset Transfer could be used to preserve the building.
•          Discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of the Grade 2 listed building.

This event is free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in this historic building.

It is particularly aimed at organisations in the dance, music, artistic, cultural and leisure community that might be interested in taking over the building under a long lease through Community Asset Transfer.

To sign up for the event go to