Community-led Bramley Baths has closed its pool for three weeks as work starts on as £500,000 project to transform it into an eco-hub.
The above photo – taken by Bramley Baths’ operations manager Courtney Harrison – captures the Edwardian pool as it lies completely empty of water for the first time in years.
Bosses at Bramley Baths hope the eco-hub will reduce energy costs by up to 40%, reduce its environmental impact and allow the social enterprise to re-invest the savings into other projects.
The funding will provide:
- A new pool plant, with new filtration system, pipework and valves. The new pool filtration system will mean we will be able use less chlorine. The pool plant area will also have a new roof.
- Three new boilers and two new hot water tanks.
- New air handling units on poolside and new air conditioning in the gym and studio.
- Eco blinds for the studio.
- A complete clean and maintenance of the pool, including re-grouting of tiles.
The improvements will lead to improved water clarity, meaning the pool will be even cleaner than it is now.
The air filtration system will lead to better air quality. New air conditioning will also mean much lower energy usage.
The Grade II Listed Baths on Broad Lane, which has been community led since 2013, has raised the money through grants, a loan and by using its own financial reserves.
The stream room, gym and fitness classes at The Baths will still be running at different times during the refurbishment. More details here.