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Templemore Baths restoration

The redevelopment of Templemore Baths is part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme for the city. We’re currently working towards securing a £5 million grant from Heritage Lottery Fund towards the £17 million project to restore the existing building to its former glory and extend to provide new facilities.

The redevelopment of Templemore Baths forms part of a £40 million investment into leisure provision in east Belfast.  We are investing £8 million on the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre, where the focus will be on outdoor leisure provision and work is currently underway on the new £20 million Robinson Centre,  where the focus will be on aquatics. 

Please note that redevelopment work at Avoniel and Templemore Baths will not start until the new Robinson Centre is open, ensuring continuity of swimming provision in east Belfast.

Templemore Baths unique selling point – heritage preservation

The overall 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 its footprint to provide modern-day leisure and spa facilities.

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 existing swimming pool 
  • Restoration of existing caretakers house
Leisure provision
  • existing pool / learner pool
  • 25 metre, six lane pool with partial moveable floor
  • spectator seating
  • 80 station gym
Additional provision
  • Spa facilities
  • On-site parking
  • Enterprise areas


Get involved

Thursday 10 May 2018: 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm

Come along to our drop-in sessions on Thursday 10 May to  view our plans and speak with council officers about this project.  The sessions will take place at Templemore Baths between 2pm and 4pm and between 7pm and 9pm.

Heritage of the baths

Templemore Baths are the last public baths that were opened in the late nineteenth century. They provided washing and sanitary facilities for the families who came to live in east Belfast attracted by the development of the Harland and Wolff shipyard and other manufacturing industries. 

The baths are one of the few remaining links to a time when inner east Belfast was a thriving industrial community, and although part of the complex remains in use today, around 50 per cent of the building is vacant and in various stages of disrepair. 

Many of the buildings original features such as the twin entrances, which reflect first and second class admissions, the minor pool and the slipper baths remain largely intact, although they have been long abandoned.