Jacobs Wells Baths: community asset transfer opportunity

How community organisations can take over the management of the Jacobs Wells Baths building.

In early 2017 we invited expressions of interest from not for private profit organisations 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 our Selection Panel met during July 2017 to assess the four proposals that were received. 

The Panel has shortlisted the proposals by

Discussions will take place over August and September 2017 and our Panel is expected to select one of the shortlisted proposals to go to the final stage.

Full details about the Jacobs Wells Baths community asset transfer and the process can be found in the Brief below.

Lease brief and the application process

We have a detailed brief for Jacobs Wells Baths.

The brief contains details of the property, minimum expectations that we expect of a future tenant and application process.

Feedback: Technical workshop

As part of the Community Asset Transfer ('CAT') process we held a technical workshop for prospective bidders and partners on 3 May 2017.

This was designed to give anyone considering formally expressing an interest an opportunity to ask questions of the various council departments, the surveyor and partner organisations.

Notes of the workshop are on the Jacobs Wells Community Hub website.

Feedback: public information event 

We organised an information event for the Jacobs Wells Baths building on 28 February 2017.

This was attended by more than 70 people interested in the future of the Baths, including some of the previous and existing users of the building.

Notes of the meeting are available at the Jacobs Wells Community Hub website.

Background to the Jacobs Wells Baths building

The building is Grade II listed.

The baths closed in the late 1970s and were converted in 1981 into a community managed dance centre, which closed in 2016. 

The building has been used on a temporary basis by Artspace Lifespace for dance, music, art and community activities.

Our local partners:

Building details

You can see plans of the building by using the 2015 planning application.

For the history of the building visit the JW Hub website.