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Templemore Baths restoration

As part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme this iconic building will benefit from a £17 million investment.  We’ve been awarded £5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the 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.  Work is currently underway on the new £20 million Robinson Centre,  where the focus will be on aquatics.  Once this facility is open, we will start work on the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre, where the focus will be on outdoor leisure provision.

Between Tuesday 28 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018 we are carrying out a public consultation on our concept designs for Templemore Baths.  You can read more about our plans and how to get involved below.

Templemore Baths unique selling point – spa and heritage

Following initial 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 and spa provision.  

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 spa and leisure 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
Spa and wellness facility:
  •  Extensive spa facilities
Leisure provision:
  • Hydrotherapy pool / learner pool
  • 25 metre, six lane pool with partial moveable floor
  • spectator seating
  • 80 station gym
Additional provision: 
  • On-site parking
  • Enterprise areas


Get involved

We are currently running a public consultation, seeking feedback on our design concepts for the restoration and expansion of Templemore Baths.

As part of this consultation we will hold a number of drop-in public information sessions where members of the public are welcome to view our plans and speak to members of council staff.  The sessions are running as follows:

 Date  Venue  Time
Wednesday 13 December   Short Strand Community Forum 5pm - 8pm
Thursday 14 December   Skainos Centre 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 16 December   Templemore Baths 9am – 12noon

You can also view our plans and respond online.  All online responses must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 14 January 2018.

If you have any queries regarding this consultation you can contact us at leisuretransformation@belfastcity.gov.uk 

Please note that we are also running a public consultation on the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre from Tuesday 28 November 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.  Find out more about these plans.

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.