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Tim Ronalds reveals plans for Ironmonger Row Baths in Islington

[FIRST LOOK] Tim Ronalds Architects has unveiled his plans for the £16 million refurbishment of one of London’s oldest Turkish Baths

Full planning proposals have been drawn up for the Grade II-listed, 1931 bathing complex. The scheme will revamp the main pool, extend the gym and create new exercise rooms for classes.

The work is being funded with more than £12million investment from Islington Council and £3.7million investment from EC1 New Deal for Communities. 

Local residents have been invited to discuss the plans with the architects at meetings betweem Wednesday 14 October, 12-3pm and Saturday 24 October or register views online at

A planning application will then be submitted to Islington Council on November 10. Islington Council hopes to have finished the refurb in time for the 2012 Olympics.


Previous Story: (AJ: 07.09.09)

Tim Ronalds wins comp to refurb one of London’s oldest Turkish baths

Tim Ronalds Architects has landed the £15 million refurbishment of Ironmonger Row Baths near Old Street

The practice saw off pool specialists S&P Architects, Dyer, Roberts Limbrick Architects and BDP to win the competition to carry out a £15 million refurbishment of the art deco building. The baths originally opened in 1931 allowing London’s poor to bathe in a 30m swimming pool. The Turkish Bath building opened seven years later in 1938.

Work on the Grade-II listed building near Old Street will involve both revamping the main swimming pool as well as refurbishing the Turkish baths.

It is understood that work will include adding a gym, atrium and café, as well as expanding the baths themselves with the aim of encouraging a more communal bathing experience, like the bath houses in Japan.

Islington Council had originally planned to revamp all of the leisure buildings in the borough but the recession has forced it to cut back its plans dramatically, leaving the Ironmonger Row complex as the sole survivor.

Councillor Ruth Polling (photographed), Islington Council’s executive member for leisure and equalities said: “This is all about making the building a state of the art community facility once again - just like it was when it was built in the 1930s. Tim’s practice was responsible for the transformation of Hackney Empire and that really impressed us.”

The baths will close next May for a year and a half.

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