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Bristol North Baths project: Work resumes with new contractor

Bristol North Baths
Image caption Plans for the former baths, which shut in 2005, include flats, a library and health centre

Work to redevelop a former Bristol swimming pool has resumed after the "long overdue" project was put on hold when the council terminated its agreement with the previous contractor.

The city council said it had now appointed CW Duke to complete the Bristol North Baths scheme.

The contract with Chatsworth Homes was halted last year after several delays.

The council said it hoped flat buyers would "receive the keys to their properties in early November 2016".

The refurbishment plans include flats, a library and health centre.

Chatsworth Homes started the redevelopment work in August 2012 and had expected to complete it by October 2013.

However, last year George Ferguson - who was Mayor of Bristol at the time - said he had "no faith" in the developer's ability to save the scheme owing to ongoing delays and lending difficulties.

At the time the firm said the project had been "beset with problems" and it had offered to repay the £3.9m loaned by the authority.

Councillor Helen Holland said: "We are very pleased to report that work is now under way to complete this long overdue project.

"We know that it has been extremely frustrating to see no activity on site for several months but it was vital that we ensure the development is completed to technical and safety standards and meets all the latest regulations."

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