Fusion Lifestyle, the charity behind the redevelopment of Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths has officially unveiled how the proposed £5 million development will look once the refurbishment is complete.
A series of new CGIs of the site were officially launched at an event to mark the start of a six week public consultation.
The visuals are part of a new public exhibition in the customer service area of Newcastle Civic Centre, which will run from the afternoon of 9th May until 17th June 2016. It will be open to the public from 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
The exhibition includes information on the plans and the CGIs of the proposed development. The public are encouraged to give their feedback via forms at the exhibition and online.
The new images show how the charity will restore the heritage site in a sympathetic way, bringing the historic Grade II building back into use by creating a unique health and well-being destination for the people of Newcastle.
The City Pool and Turkish Baths building closed in 2013 and has been standing empty ever since. The regeneration of the facility has been widely welcomed and it is expected to reopen to the public in spring 2018.
Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion Lifestyle, said: “We’re delighted to launch the start of our public consultation process. We’re pleased with the plans for the development and these new CGIs show how we’ve worked with the structure of this iconic building to create something the public will be proud of.
“Interest in the site and public support for our involvement has been wonderful and we look forward to hearing feedback from the public on our exciting plans.”
Plans for the site include restoration of the Turkish Baths, the creation of a new health and fitness facility, improved access for disabled people and a new café/bistro. It is expected the regeneration work will begin later this year.
Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes said: “When Newcastle City Council first faced up to austerity we said we would have to look again at how we provide culture and leisure services. The result was a question mark over the future of the City Hall and Turkish Baths. But we made a promise to the people of Newcastle then that we would not give up on these services, that closure did not spell the end and that our commitment to the city had not diminished.
“Today is that promise made reality as we welcome the start of a new era for of Newcastle’s City Pool and Turkish Baths.
“Since these buildings first faced closure in 2013 we have had to make further difficult decisions about the services this council can afford to provide, and will continue to have to do so, but we will never give up trying to find new ways to provide services the city is rightly proud of.”
In recent years Fusion has managed projects delivering more than £150million investment into the refurbishment and redevelopment of leisure facilities across the UK. This project marks their first in the North East of England.
Fusion Lifestyle was granted a lease by Newcastle City Council to redevelop the site. The deal means the company can use its expertise in restoring and updating heritage leisure facilities and making them fit for 21st century use.
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.