The £7.5 million transformation of an iconic listed building in Newcastle City Centre is entering the final stages before it can be reopened to the public.
The pool was forced to close in 2013 due to budget cuts from central government, but Newcastle City Council to do everything possible to see the Newcastle City Pool restored and reopened.
Now Newcastle City Pool is on course for a late summer opening under Fusion Lifestyle, who took on the lease of the site having entered into partnership with the council.
Fusion has made great progress with the huge job of refurbishing the almost 100 year old building since starting in September 2017.
The Grade II listed site is set to reopen with a new gym and fitness space, pool, Turkish baths, spa and treatment area and cafe.
Cllr Nick Forbes, Newcastle City Council leader, was given a tour of the building by Fusion’s director of operations Anthony Cawley, to see how the refurbishment was taking shape.
Cllr Forbes said: “It is amazing to see the new life that is being breathed into the building. This is one of the jewels in the crown of our city and you only have to look around the place to see what a fantastic piece of architecture it is.
“I’m so pleased it’s being given a new chapter and it has a really exciting future ahead as a leisure complex. Frankly, it would have been a devastating blow to Newcastle to have lost such an iconic building as this.
“While it will be different to the original pool and baths that were enjoyed for so many years, it is going to have an exceptional offering which will be cherished by generations of people to come.”
Anthony Cawley said: “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show the leader of the council the progress that has been made to the building which is a much-loved part of the history of Newcastle.
“We have valued the support and input from Newcastle City Council throughout the process of this exciting £7.5 million project to save the Grade II Listed building and bring it back into use.
“The restoration of the ceiling and the beautiful glass skylights is almost complete and the framework for the glass studios in the gymnasium is in place.
“Work is ongoing in the remaining pool hall and the original pool has been covered in a way that it will always be possible to uncover and restore it. The area of the pool will be highlighted in the floor covering as an acknowledgement of the historical feature.
“Preparation for the installation of a lift is well underway to ensure the building will be – for the first time in its history – accessible to disabled people.”
The multi-million pound transformation work carried out by Fusion so far has been aimed at creating a top-class leisure facility which is respectful to the original design and maintains many of the stunning early twentieth century features.
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