Bristol

Work to start on library at former Bristol pool site

Former Bristol North Pool
Image caption The former baths will also house a pharmacy and hydrotherapy suite.

Work is due to start on a new library and health centre on the site of a former swimming pool in Bristol.

The Bristol North Baths on Gloucester Road closed in October 2005 as part of a review into swimming facilities in the city.

Since then the building has remained unused, although squatters have occupied the site twice.

As part of the same project the existing library on Cheltenham Road will be turned into 40 flats.

The former baths will also house a pharmacy and hydrotherapy suite.

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrat-controlled city council said the venture had been a "very complex" project.

"The benefits for north Bristol will be huge - a new library in a fantastic location, continued community use of the former pool building and new homes," he added.

The development is a financial joint venture with developers Chatsworth Homes.

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