Hag­ger­ston Baths to scrub up for £25m

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EAST LONDON’S iconic old Hag­ger­ston swim­ming baths are to be given a new lease of life. The build­ing, which closed in 2000 and is semiderelict, is to be trans­formed into a multi-use space with shops, restau­rants, ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas and workspace.

Hack­ney coun­cil has spent about £2 mil­lion on se­cur­ing and main­tain­ing Grade II-listed Hag­ger­ston Baths since its clo­sure. But de­spite this in­vest­ment, the build­ing has fallen into se­ri­ous dis­re­pair, hav­ing been re­peat­edly in­vaded by squat­ters and used for il­le­gal raves.

Now the coun­cil is set to sign an agree­ment with Castle­forge Part­ners to re­de­velop the Ed­war­dian baths, which were built in 1904, af­ter fail­ing to find any­one will­ing to in­vest in bring­ing the build­ing back to life as a swim­ming pool. Ren­o­va­tion will cost an es­ti­mated £25 mil­lion.

The coun­cil opted for Castle­forge as the de­vel­oper af­ter hold­ing a mini-ref- VISIT

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Ed­i­to­rial: 020 3615 2650 Ad­ver­tise­ment man­ager: Ann Fi­nan Ad­ver­tis­ing: 020 3615 0266 Homes & Prop­erty, North­cliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kens­ing­ton, London W8 5TT. eren­dum on the fu­ture of the build­ing, invit­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to choose be­tween a se­ries of op­tions. The idea of shops and restau­rants on a site which once in­cluded a grand vaulted pool, pub­lic wash­rooms and slip­per baths clearly ap­pealed more than a ri­val bid, from London and Re­gional, which pro­posed a bou­tique ho­tel and a “new busi­ness hub”.

How­ever, some lo­cal res­i­dents were de­ter­mined the build­ing should re­tain its orig­i­nal pur­pose. Cam­paign­ers from Save Hag­ger­ston Pool pro­nounced them­selves “bit­terly dis­ap­pointed” at the coun­cil’s con­clu­sion that it was not eco­nom­i­cally fea­si­ble to re­vive the swim­ming pool.

A des­ti­na­tion build­ing will help boost Hag­ger­ston’s pro­file and for­tunes, which have been on the rise since the open­ing of its East London line sta­tion in 2010. House prices across Hack­ney have ac­cel­er­ated more quickly than any other bor­ough in the last 10 years.

Find Ruth Bloom­field’s full story at home­sand­prop­erty.co.uk

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built in 1904, restor­ing semi-derelict Hag­ger­ston Baths will cost up to £25 mil­lion

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