Haggerston Pool bids include a brewery, theatre, hotel and nightclub

Haggerston Baths

Haggerston Baths - Credit: Archant

A group which wants to bring a derelict Victorian swimming pool back into use has called a public meeting to discuss other possible uses for the building put forward to Hackney Council by potential lease holders - which include a brewery, a theatre, a hotel, a nightclub - along with a bid to retain the pool.

The Save Haggerston Pool campaign invited council representatives to outline the “expressions of interest” it has received since putting the barrel-vaulted pool hall in Whiston Road, Haggerston on the market for a 250-year lease in May.

The bathhouse, which has been boarded up for the past 15 years, was named one of the nation’s 10 most threatened Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales by the Victorian Society two years ago.

The council is currently forking out around £100,000 a year on basic building maintenance and security measures, and would need to find more than £25m to restore it.

Since June the council has received 29 bids from a range of individuals, firms and developers, who are now in the process of creating formal proposals.

Residents are being invited to take part in the decision making about the Grade II listed building’s future on Thursday October 8 at 7pm on the VLC Centre, which is next door to Haggerston Pool.

Information about all the bids will be on view at the centre from 6pm.

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The meeting will be chaired by Mike Coysh, chair of Haggerston Pool Community Trust, and will include two speakers from the council - Chris Pritchard, assistant director of property services and Cllr Jonathan McShane, cabinet member for health and community services.

Those attending will be able to comment on the draft proposals, make suggestions about the building’s use based on these ideas and suggest what the council should prioritise when making its decision about the baths’ future.

The feedback will be also be passed on to the bidders to help shape and refine their formal propositions.

Designed by architect AWS Cross, the baths which contained a 60-stall wash house opened in 1904 and closed to public use in 2000.

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