PLANS to reopen Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths have entered an exciting new phase with the granting of planning permission and listed building consent.
Newcastle City Council gave the go-ahead for work to begin on transforming the Grade II listed building into a leisure destination for the 21st century.
The £5 million redevelopment by charity Fusion Lifestyle will bring the City Pool and Turkish Baths back into use in 2018 – along with new health and wellbeing facilities, a new spa facility and bistro cafe.
Work is expected to begin early in 2017 on the sympathetic restoration and regeneration of the 1920s building which was designed in a distinctive neo-Georgian style.
Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion Lifestyle, said: “It’s great news that planning permission has been granted for our scheme. That means we can get on with saving this magnificent building.
“We’ll now be finalising the details of the redevelopment to ensure it will fully meet the needs of a modern leisure facility. This is no small task as the huge building has been empty for several years – but a task we relish.
“As well as the pool and Turkish Baths there will be a range of health and wellbeing facilities including fitness facilities, exercise studios and treatment rooms.
“We are now working with our architects Napper on the interior design to ensure it is in keeping with the many original features such as the ornate plasterwork and tiled wall finishes that are being retained.
“The new facilities will beautifully complement the refurbishment of the existing features to allow the building to carry on its journey for the next 100 years.”
Leader of Newcastle City Council, councillor Nick Forbes, said: “We worked hard to ensure this city landmark building has a bright future, and I welcome this important milestone in delivering Fusion’s ambitious plans to bring the historic City Pools back to life.
“The designs for the new building are very exciting and I look forward to seeing them take shape.”
Alan Rees, of Napper Architects said: “We are pleased to have reached this key milestone in bringing an iconic landmark building back in to use. “We are looking forward to the next phase of the project.”
Cait Read of Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths and City Pool Group, said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted, and that work can begin on the restoration and redevelopment on the much loved and historical City Pool and Turkish Baths.
“We look forward to being involved in the next stages of the development, and to the re-opening in Spring 2018.”
Fusion Lifestyle is a registered charity with significant experience in revitalising heritage sites across the UK including swimming pools, sports halls and fitness centres.