Templemore Baths Restoration Consultation

Closes 14 Jan 2018

Opened 28 Nov 2017

Overview

As part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme, Templemore Baths will benefit from a £17 million investment. We've been awarded £5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards this project to restore the building to its former glory and extend to provide new facilities.

Our Leisure transformation Programme is a unique opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our city, by delivering a quality service that meets the needs of our communities.

The redevelopment of Templemore Baths forms part of a £40 million investment into leisure provision in east Belfast. Work is currently underway on the new £15 million Robinson Centre,  where the focus will be on aquatics. Once this facility is open, we will start work on the £8 million redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre, where the focus will be on outdoor leisure provision.

Templemore Baths is the last surviving Victorian Public Baths in Ireland in a largely original form and one of very few across the UK giving it national significance. 

The aim of the project is to create a sustainable, long term leisure facility that will preserve and enhance the surviving original features of this landmark building and extend to provide a modern-day spa and leisure facilities.

Situated in a working class area of east Belfast retaining powerful associations with the heavy industrial heritage of the shipyard and manufacturing industries, this proposal also offers the opportunity to attract visitors to the baths and connect them to the wider context of the city’s architectural, industrial and social heritage.

Agreed Facilities

Following consultation with local community groups and statutory organisations, and on advice from a range of industry experts, we have taken the decision that the new centre will focus on heritage preservation, spa provision and increased swimming provision.

The agreed facilities are:

Heritage provision:

  • Learning and engagement information centring on the history of the baths and surrounding area;
  • Restoration of original features, including the existing swimming pool;
  • Restoration of existing caretakers house.

Spa & wellness facility:

  • Extensive spa facilities.

Leisure provision:

  • Existing pool / learner pool;
  • 25 metre, six lane pool with partial moveable floor and spectator seating;
  • 80 station gym;
  • Exercise studio.

Enterprise opportunities:

  • It is envisaged that additional enterprise opportunities will be created in the courtyard and caretakers house areas.

Additional provision:

  • car parking

Why We Are Consulting

Based on the agreed facilities we have developed initial designs and we are inviting people, groups and organisations to view our plans and provide feedback on this exciting new development.

If you would like to give more detailed feedback please email leisuretransformation@belfastcity.gov.uk

For more information please visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/transformingleisure

 

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