Templemore Baths Extension

Belfast City Council

Client: Belfast City Council

Completion: April 2022

Value: £17m

Project Summary

Templemore Baths is an exceptionally challenging project. The existing building is listed at Grade B+ by DoE Historic Environment Division, giving it regional importance which reflects its architectural, cultural, social and historic merits. It is the sole surviving Victorian Public Baths in Ireland, and one of a very small number across the United Kingdom. McAdams partnered with leading conservation specialists Consarc to both conserve and refurbish the existing facility whilst also providing a modern yet sympathetic extension on an extremely restricted site.

The project was successful in obtaining Heritage Lottery funding as our proposal retells a significant historical story whilst also providing state of the art new leisure facilities. The proposed heritage spaces are appropriately located in the most significant parts of the existing building and are fully accessible for the visiting public to enjoy.  The new build extension respects the sensitivity of the historic buildings and streetscape and the work has been designed so as it does not damage, distort or obscure the significance of the original Baths. However the solution is contemporary allowing it to be clearly distinguishable from the existing historic structures and contains a new 25-metre competition pool with moveable floor and spectator gallery.


The community benefits for this project and immediate and easily identified as follows:

  • It conserves and re-establishes a much loved building back into the heart of it neighbourhood. This required considerable local community engagement and sign-off
  • It provide an extremely sustainably template for future leisure facilities by demonstrating that old run-down properties can be saved and effectively re-used
  • It combines a cultural venue with a much more heavily trafficked sports & leisure facility. This cross-pollination encourages business case synergy and a sustainable economic plan
  • Refurbishment of listed buildings helps sustain the craftsmanship which is essential within the construction industry
  • Favours brownfield over greenfield development thus helping revitalise our city centres.

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