Architect gpad London has been selected to convert the abandoned Grade II-listed Haggerston Baths in east London into a new community hub
The practice was chosen as part of the Castleforge Partners’ winning bid to take over as tenants of the public bathhouse and swimming pool, built in 1904 and designed by specialist Alfred William Stephens Cross. Owned by Hackney Council, the building was closed to the public in 2000 and has since become semi-derelict.
The proposed scheme will transform the Edwardian building into a community-focused hub, combining offices, small studios, and food and retail offerings.
Gpad London’s creative director Danny Shafrir described the building as being in a ‘sorry state of repair’. The proposed scheme will ‘return this magnificent architectural space to the community as well as preserve its original character’.
The steel-arched roof of the main pool hall will remain as the building’s centrepiece, and will be transformed into a multi-functional community space with cafés and food stalls. It will be accessible to the public from both Whiston Road and Laburnum Street.
On the west side, while a historic chimney will be retained, a former 1960s laundry building will be demolished and replaced with an office building. The building’s basement plant room will be used as office space with the intention of displaying important historical elements of the building, such as one of the iron Lancashire boilers.
The areas around the pool and under the front entrance will house artisan studios, workshops and a cycle store.
Castleforge was named preferred bidder for the site after a competitive bidding process and public consultation, following which 54 per cent of respondents said they supported the property company’s proposal, compared to 33 per cent who supported the other shortlisted scheme.
Location Haggerston Baths, Whiston Road, Hackney
Type of project Redevelopment
Client Castleforge Partners
Architect gpad London
Planning consultant CBRE
Historic buildings consultant Donald Insall Associates
Letting agents JLL London Unlimited