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Refurbishment of Ironmonger Row Baths

Main pool has been drained 

Ironmonger Row Baths reopened to the public on 26 November 2012.

Ironmonger Row Baths, which was originally constructed in 1931, has undergone an extensive refurbishment which has transformed the baths into an incredible modern facility for residents.

The baths are run by GLL. GLL has a strong track record of managing leisure and fitness centre, with more than 60 sites, including many in London.

The document at the bottom of this page, Ironmonger Row Baths open, describes how leisure centre membership card holders can use Ironmonger Row Baths and the council's other leisure centres.

How Ironmonger Row Baths have been improved

We have:

  • restored the main pool and installed a new teaching pool with moveable floor - it is 30 per cent bigger so we can provide two sets of junior swimming lessons at the same time and increase water aerobics class sizes
  • created a new, larger gym with over 70 exercise stations
  • provided two new exercise studios for up to 30 people each
  • installed new, separate changing rooms
  • restored and refurbished the historic Turkish Baths with an expanded spa area
  • restored the seating gallery and other key historical features of the building
  • improved accessibility and usability throughout, including a central lift for all floors
  • created a park-facing entrance and brighter, atrium foyer area
  • provided a public laundry.

You can see some photos of the facilities and the Swimming Gala launch of Ironmonger Row Baths on our Flicker pages.

The refurbishment cost £16.5 million and was funded by Islington Council and EC1 New Deal for Communities.  

‘Plunging into History'

Rowan Arts have produced ‘Plunging into History - a collection of memories, stories and memorabilia documenting the history of the Baths and its importance to the many communities it serves. These have produced a book and exhibition to celebrate the reopening of the refurbished Baths.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Islington Council.

 

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