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Bramley Baths pool re-opening delayed

13 January 2019

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Community-led Bramley Baths has put back the re-opening date of the pool due to extra building work.

The Baths is currently undergoing a £500,000 makeover to create an eco hub by revamping the pool plant at the Grade II Listed building in a bid to safeguard its future.

But additional – and essential – pipework has been needed under the historic pool, which has extended the labour time for the contractor beyond the original three weeks.

The Baths now hopes to re-open on Thursday, January 17, rather than Monday as originally intended. A spokesperson said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.

“On a positive note the work is going very well elsewhere, and the air-handling and air-conditioning works are on schedule.”

The gym, studio and steam room are now all open as normal.

Baths bosses are hoping 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.

Work includes:

  • 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 and much lower energy usage.

The Edwardian 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.

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