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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 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.

Overview

The proposals 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

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Gym

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.

The proposals will include:

  • Restoration of the Baths and securing the building’s long-term future;
  • Re-use of the Pool Hall to deliver a new multi-use space which will be publicly accessible and suitable for a range of events;
  • A new café area within the Pool Hall which will be publicly accessible;
  • Creation of new community floorspace which will be available at a nominal fee to the local community;
  • Workshop and makerspace which will be available to hire;
  • New gym facility that will be available to the public;
  • New extension containing modern office facilities and co-working space suitable for a range of SME users;
  • Provision of wheelchair access throughout all spaces;
  • Flexible conference and meeting rooms;
  • Gallery space around the Pool Hall;
  • New café along the Whiston Road entrance

Most importantly the proposals include a large amount of flexible use for the local community. The spaces are set across a number of floors and suit a range of uses.

CGI of view from Laburnum Street.

CGI of the Pool Hall

Consultation 1

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

Consultation 2

We hosted our second public consultation on 20th and 23rd November 2019 at the Kingsland Hub, the exhibition boards that were on display can be found here.

44 people attended across the two days, 27 people left feedback forms.

The 27 feedback form showed that:

  • 74% supported bringing the Baths back into use
  • 77% welcomed including public uses within the Baths
  • 78% agreed to celebrating the original features of the Baths

Topics of discussion included:

  • Restoring and reopening the Baths
  • The public uses included within the building
  • The reduction in height of the proposals
  • Other amendments to the proposals between the first and second stage of consultation

Timeline


Get in touch


If you have any questions about the proposals for Haggerston Baths, please email us at:
haggerstonbathsconsultation@kandaconsulting.co.uk