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Haggerston Baths sale should ensure public access

The Victorian Society has welcomed the news that Haggerston Baths have been put up for sale after years of inaction by Hackney Council.

Haggerston Baths, Hackney, London

The Victorian Society has welcomed the news that Haggerston Baths have been put up for sale after years of inaction by Hackney Council. However, it urges Hackney Council to ensure that whoever the building is sold to ensures access to the pool and public areas.

The Grade II-listed Haggerston Baths on Whiston Road in Hackney were designed by architect AWS Cross and opened in 1904.  This magnificent pool complex, has been closed and boarded up since 2000. As a result of this neglect it was included the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings 2013. Hackney Council have now placed the building on the market with expressions of interest required by 9th June.

Sarah Caradec, Victorian Society Conservation Adviser, said:Haggerston Baths are in a state of disrepair. Given this, we welcome the news that the Baths are up for sale - redevelopment is preferable to losing the building entirely.  However, the fact that interested parties have only until 9th June to register their interest was surprising. Local groups such as Save Haggerston Pool will sure find it harder than developers to respond in this tight time frame. Hackney Council should ensure that its statement, that it will only work with someone who will use the building for the benefit of the community or to revitalise the local area, translates into ensuring public access to the pool. The popularity of local venues such as London Fields Lido shows the potential success of a restored Haggerston Baths.’

 

  

Friday 22 May, 2015

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