'At risk' derelict Grade II* listed Ashton bath reopens

Ashton Old Baths
Image caption Ashton Old Baths was built in 1870 but closed in 1975

A derelict Grade II* listed swimming bath that is on English Heritage's "at risk" register has reopened as a business centre following a revamp.

Ashton Old Baths in Tameside has been turned into a "high-tech business hub" for new companies as part of a multimillion-pound project.

It was built in 1870 in an Italianate architecture-style but closed in 1975.

Tameside Council said a "building inside a building" was developed because of its listed status.

Image caption An official opening event celebrating the "rebirth" of Ashton Old Baths was held on Saturday

The landmark in Henry Square, Ashton-under-Lyne, was restored and businesses in the digital, creative and media sectors will use premises built within the main pool hall.

A New Beginnings official opening event celebrating the "rebirth" of Ashton Old Baths was held at 19:30 GMT on Saturday.

Leader of the council, Kieran Quinn, said: "We're in a building inside a building. We had to come up with a really innovative way to create our digital media hub."

The development was funded by a £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

The "at risk" register covers sites in danger of being lost through neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

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