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. 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 – 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:
- 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:
- existing pool / learner pool
- 25 metre, six lane pool with partial moveable floor
- spectator seating
- 80 station gym
- On-site parking
- Enterprise areas
We ran a public consultation on our design concepts for Templemore Baths between Tuesday 28 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018. All feedback received will be considered before submitting the redevelopment proposals for planning permission.
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.