The Architectural Heritage Fund is delighted to receive news that Belfast City Council has been granted £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is one step closer to revitalising the last surviving Victorian public baths in Ireland.
This latest funding allows Belfast City Council to fully develop its ambitious plans to restore, extend and fully reopen Templemore Baths in east Belfast for use as a leisure and fitness facility as part of a £105 million regeneration vision linked to the Leisure Transformation programme. This seeks to improve the health and well-being of the community by creating welcoming, quality facilities across the city.
Templemore Baths was the last in a series of public baths opened throughout Belfast in the late 19th century. It provided washing and sanitary facilities for the families who came to live in the area, attracted by the development of Harland and Wolff shipyard and other engineering enterprises in the east of the city.
The Architectural Heritage Fund supported the early stage of the project with an Options Appraisal Grant of £7500 in 2012.