Mayor welcomes progress of Templemore Baths heritage work
Belfast Mayor Councilor Kate Nicholl visited Templemore Baths to see the progress of a £ 17million restoration and expansion project.
Representatives of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and recreation operator GLL joined Councilor Nicholl on the visit.
The project will see many of the building’s original heritage features lovingly restored. The work to date has seen the masonry of the iconic chimney of the baths and the caretaker’s house repointing, a new roof placed over a courtyard where a new cafe will be located, drainage improvements throughout the building and extensive work. wood repair.
Over the next year, other key features will be restored, including the laundry room, swimming pool and slipper baths. A large interpretation space will also be developed to tell the story of the baths and its importance for the local community. A new expansion, also underway, will provide an additional 25-meter six-lane swimming pool, spa facilities and a gym.
Councilor Nicholl said: “Templemore is an iconic building where thousands of children have learned to swim over decades, so it holds a special place in people’s hearts. most historically significant buildings, so I am delighted to see so much care and attention put into its restoration.
“This is one of seven new and modernized leisure facilities that make up Belfast City Council’s £ 105million recreation transformation program – the largest such investment in the UK. investment demonstrates the importance the council places on the health and well-being of our citizens The opening of the new Avoniel this fall followed by the completion of Templemore in the fall of 2022 will be a huge boost for the region. “
Belfast City Council is investing £ 12million in the project, with the remaining £ 5million coming from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to meet with the Mayor today to check on the progress of the restoration of Templemore Baths. This is a significant investment for The National Lottery. Heritage Fund, which will not only preserve and restore the fabric of the building itself, but will seek to uncover the fascinating history and many stories linked to its past.Thanks to the players of the National Lottery, this project will enable many more people to have the opportunity to explore the unique heritage of this important local monument. “
Jacqui Pope, Service Manager at GLL, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project to participate in and we look forward to offering state-of-the-art facilities in such a unique setting. We want everyone to lead healthy, active lives and we are committed to helping individuals and communities make healthy lifestyle choices. We believe projects like this help us achieve our mission of having more people, more active, more often in Belfast. “