Inviting Expressions of Interest for the Baths

Jacobs Wells Baths.     Community Asset Transfer Update

In early 2017 the council invited expressions of interest from not for private profit organizations and social enterprises that have the expertise and imaginative proposals to take over the management of this historic central Bristol building.

The deadline was 3 July 2017 and the Selection Panel met during July 2017 to assess the four strong proposals that were received.

The proposals which have been short listed are :

Fusion Lifestyle is a national social enterprise group who have done several multimillion pound projects and intend to reopen the centre as a (smaller) swimming pool with community amenities, including a cafe and sprung floor multifunction dance studios.

Spike Island is a local organisation who want to run arts programmes in the building, maintaining the main space as a performance and rehearsal venue.


Both organizations have met with Jacobs Wells Community Hub to share their visions for the building and receive our input. We have stressed the needs of our community and we look forward to working with the successful bidders.

What happens next?

  • The Panel will meet the two short- listed organizations in late September 2017.
  • The council needs time to consider the best option for the building and the community. Their decision will not be rushed.
  • The CAT decision should be issued by the end of November
  • 5th December is the projected date of a Bristol City Council Cabinet meeting for “sign off”.

Full Details of the Community Asset Transfer Process

As stated in the Council website page

“Our offer, the eligibility criteria and requirements for the future tenant are set out in the Brief, which can be downloaded from the above webpage.
Proposals were  sent via email by 5 p.m on Monday 3 July 2017 and the first interview takes place on Tuesday 18th July, with a second on Friday 22nd or Monday 25th September. 5th December is the projected date of a Cabinet meeting for sign off.

If more information becomes available over the next few weeks it will be added to the website at:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require more details about this CAT opportunity.
John Bos
Property Partner (Neighbourhoods & Communities)

Asset Strategy Team
Property Division, Place Directorate
Bristol City Council

Tel: 0117 90 36440
Mobile: 07584 407 753


For more info on the Baths, see here.”