Two landmark buildings in Newcastle will be given a new lease of life after Fusion Lifestyle was granted a lease by the City Council.
The deal means the charity has been given the green light for a £5million renovation of the City Pool and Turkish Baths which closed three years ago and has been standing empty since.
The regeneration project will bring the historic Grade II listed building back into use and create a unique health and wellbeing destination for people visiting, living and working in the city.
In recent years Fusion – which specialises in the sympathetic restoration of much-loved heritage sites – has managed projects delivering more than £150million of investment into the redevelopment of leisure facilities across the UK, creating a portfolio of high quality contemporary venues.
Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion Lifestyle, said: “We expect to be able to give further details of our plans shortly and will hold a public consultation beginning on May 9 – with an exhibition at Newcastle Civic Centre.
“We are proud to be working on the regeneration of the City Pool and Turkish Baths and the signing of the lease is another step towards seeing our ambitious plans come to fruition.
“We hope the people of Newcastle will be as excited by the scheme as we are.”
It is expected the regeneration work will begin later this year with the completed project opening to the public in spring 2018.
When Newcastle City Council announced the closure of the City Pool due to funding cuts a pressure group was formed to try to save the facility.
Cait Read of the ‘Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths and City Pool Group’, said: “We are delighted that Fusion Lifestyle has been granted this lease and that our campaign has been successful.
“Fusion shares our vision to create affordable and accessible leisure facilities and has the experience and resources to manage the restoration and renewal of facilities within the City Pool.”
Fusion Lifestyle’s successful proposal was chosen as the best by Newcastle City Council from five bids received.
Also included in the lease is neighbouring Newcastle City Hall – one of the North East’s best-loved music and entertainment venues – which will be managed by Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust.