Hopes of progress in ef­fort to re­store and re­open his­toric pool

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Adele Mer­son

A BUSI­NESS plan to re­store a his­toric swim­ming pool could be brought for­ward by the end of the year.

The Bon Ac­cord Baths on Jus­tice Mill Lane have lain empty since be­ing closed due to Aberdeen City Coun­cil cuts in 2008.

Bon Ac­cord Her­itage has cam­paigned for years for the baths to be brought back into use but work has been on hold while ex­perts check the build­ing.

Ev­i­dence of al­kali sil­ica re­ac­tions – known as con­crete cancer – was iden­ti­fied in a sur­vey of the baths in 2015. The vol­un­teer group has since been work­ing with Aberdeen City Coun­cil to fully es­tab­lish the ex­tent of any is­sue.

Pa­pers cir­cu­lated to mem­bers of the fi­nance, pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee said: “A re­port on the out­come of the sur­vey was pro­vided to coun­cil of­fi­cers on Au­gust 11 with a pre­sen­ta­tion by the con­trac­tor to coun­cil of­fi­cers and mem­bers of Bon Ac­cord Her­itage on Au­gust 17.

“Bon Ac­cord Her­itage is to re­view the find­ings of the re­port, pre­pare their own cost es­ti­mates for their pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and pro­vide a costed busi­ness plan and project plan to the coun­cil.

“The cur­rent timescale from Bon Ac­cord Her­itage is the end of the year to pro­vide this to the coun­cil.

“A re­port will be brought back to the com­mit­tee as soon as this is pro­vided.”

The find­ings of the struc­tural sur­vey have not yet been shared but a draft re­port on their find­ings is cur­rently be­ing dis­cussed be­tween the two par­ties.

Con­crete cancer oc­curs when wa­ter gets into the con­crete and grad­u­ally turns it more acidic.

Steel in­side the con­crete then swells, caus­ing splits and weak­en­ing the struc­ture.

The 1940s build­ing on Jus­tice Mill Lane was Aberdeen’s first pur­pose­built pub­lic swim­ming pool.

Bon Ac­cord Her­itage wants to see the swim­ming pool ren­o­vated and brought back to its for­mer glory.

An Aberdeen City Coun­cil spokesman said: “Both par­ties are con­sid­er­ing the im­pact of the study with the in­ten­tion to re­port back to the fi­nance, pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee in Fe­bru­ary 2018.”

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