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The nation votes for Victoria Baths

First Restoration results revealed

Speaking from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones revealed on Tuesday night (12 August) that the nation had chosen Victoria Baths in Manchester to be the first building to go through to the final of the BBC TWO series Restoration.

Last Friday (8 August), in the first episode of the ten-part series, Griff called on viewers to choose between Victoria Baths and two other buildings - Bank Hall in Bretherton and Brackenhill Tower in Carlisle.

Information on all three buildings is available through the website -

Victoria Baths (opened in 1906) are imposing Art Nouveau municipal swimming and Turkish baths that made lavish use of stained glass, Minton tiles, mosaics and wrought iron.

In 1993 the baths were closed and rain now seeps into the building and ferns have taken root.

The result means that Victoria Baths will now become one of ten buildings to be featured in the live final at the Tower of London in mid-September.

Here a nationwide vote will decide which building should be given a new lease of life with money raised throughout the course of the series.

On Tuesday (12 August) three more buildings were featured for viewers to choose between – Grey Friars Tower in Kings Lynn; Coalhouse Forte near East Tilbury; and Moulton Windmill in Moulton.

Friday’s episode of Restoration (15 August) will reveal which of these will become the second building to go through to the final.

Lines are now open and viewers can vote by calling
0901 077 77 77.

Restoration is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland and currently transmits on BBC TWO on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm.

Restoration voting lines are open for three days for each programme from 2.00am on the day prior to transmission until midnight on the day after.

Notes to Editors

Restoration required across the UK (08.08.03)

Restoration - press pack (18.07.03)

Restoration - saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)

BBC TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)

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