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In early 2018 Castleforge were selected to bring forward plans to refurbish and redevelop Haggerston Baths following a competitive bidding process and public consultation.

The proposals will include structured and flexible working space alongside a host of public and community spaces. These could be used for a variety of purposes, such as an art gallery or a place for a public meeting. We want to work with you to help us to decide what these community uses may be.

Overview

The proposals are currently evolving but will include:

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Serviced office space

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Café

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Flexible events space

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Community space

Haggerston Baths today

The Story So Far...

History of Haggerston Baths

Haggerston Baths opened in 1904 as a public bath and pool hall and closed in 2000.

In 2015, Hackney Council made the decision to ask developers to come forward with expressions of interest in restoring the building and bringing it back into public use.

In early 2018, following public consultation on the proposed approaches, Castleforge was announced as the successful developer to bring Haggerston Baths back to life. Castleforge will cover the cost of the work and pay Hackney Council rent for an annual lease on the building.

Our Plans

Castleforge want to see the history and character of the Baths celebrated.

Our Proposals

We are proposing a mixture of uses for the building. A section of the building will be used for serviced office space and flexible co-working spaces, and the unique building will be accessible for local people to use and enjoy.

Most importantly the proposals include a large amount of flexible use for the local community. We want your ideas for the best uses of this space. The spaces are set across a number of floors and suit a range of uses. A few potential uses include: a venue for public meetings; an art gallery; a venue for performances; a dance studio; or an events venue.

Early concept showing what the former pool
hall area of Haggerston Baths might look like

Consultation

We hosted our first public consultation on 27th and 30th March 2019 at the Kingsland Hub, the exhibition boards that were on display can be found here.
72 people attended across the two days, 35 people left feedback forms.

The 35 feedback forms received showed that:

  • 97% supported the principle of bringing the Baths back into use
  • 94% supported the principle of a mixed-use scheme in this location
  • 89% supported the proposed approach to public uses within the Baths
  • 80% supported the inclusion of a public café within the proposals

Alongside the quantitative responses on the 35 feedback forms, topics of discussions with attendees included:

  • Making the Baths a genuine community benefit
  • Consideration of nearby neighbours
  • The management of the building, particularly for events
  • Ensuring that the building is inclusive and accessible for everyone
  • Construction management and logistics during the construction process

Get in touch


If you would like be kept informed of the project and our consultation process please email us at:
haggerstonbathsconsultation@kandaconsulting.co.uk

Thanks to those who attend the exhibition on the 20th and 23th November. If you were unable to attend please click here for the boards on display (click to download).

Click here to see feedback form (click to download).