Northern Ireland

Templemore Baths, Belfast granted £5m from Heritage Lottery Fund

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Image caption The grant will enable Belfast City Council to develop its plans to restore, extend and fully reopen the baths

The last surviving Victorian public baths on the island of Ireland has received a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Templemore Baths in east Belfast will use it to help restore, extend and reopen as a leisure and fitness facility.

Opened in 1893, the baths and swimming pool were the last in a series opened in Belfast in the late 19th Century.

It provided washing facilities for the families who came to live in the area.

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Image caption The full restoration of the baths is likely to cost £16.8m
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Image caption Part of the complex remains in use...
Image caption But about 50% of the building is vacant and in various stages of disrepair
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Image caption The plans include restoration of the original features of the baths and creation of a new 25m pool and state-of-the-art gym
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Image caption Templemore is very much part of the community and has been subject to various campaigns to save it

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