Further details of how East Hull's historic swimming baths set to be transformed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Apr 2019

Plans to breathe new life into East Hull’s historic former swimming baths have taken a step closer.

East Hull Pools closed for the final time in April last year, having helped generations of people in Hull learn to swim.

The baths, first opened in 1898, were the oldest in the city but were deemed surplus to requirements by Hull City Council, as the nearby Woodford Leisure Centre underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment.

It was revealed in January that the Holderness Road landmark had been bought by well-known property developer Hull Serviced Apartments (HSA).

Now, the owners have submitted a planning application to transform the baths into 24 apartments.

Architectural design for turning East Hull Pools into apartments

The main swimming pool area will be filled and converted into 12 apartments while the smaller pool area will be turned into eight apartments.

Three roof top flats will also be created alongside one more living space where the first floor meeting rooms were situated.

In the design and access statement, the applicant explains how the building will be transformed.

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 It says: “The existing roof structure is to be retained to accommodate the new flat units in this space following demolition of the cubicles and shower area to create a clean space.

“New floor and wall structures would be constructed to create 12 ground floor mezzanine units served off a central spine corridor.

A further floor would be constructed to form two large three-bed flats in the curvature of the roof.

“Similarly, the smaller pooled would be stripped out to create a single clean space and sub-divided into eight mezzanine flat units also served from a central spine corridor.

“The demolition and removal of the plant room and shower block would leave an open central area which would be remodelled to create a two-tier open landscaped patio area.

“The existing gym, sauna and showers off the reception area at the front of the building would be refurbished for the benefit and wellbeing of the occupiers of the flats.”

The applicants also say the external impact will be minimal and the front of the building will remain unchanged.

In conclusion, the applicant says: “The design solution to convert the large pool spaces into smaller aspect mezzanine flats and studios means the building as a whole can be completely converted into useful spaces which, in themselves, are quite unique.

“The scheme presented has been developed and fine-tuned to maximise the potential of the building and keep it in a sustainable use.”

The main pool at East Hull Pools

HSS already owns and operates the old Charterhouse School in Wincolmlee, Kingston Villas in Pearson Park, and the James Reckitt Library building.

It is also the name behind the regeneration of the former Endsleigh Centre and Convent in Beverley Road, and the historic Winding House in Victoria Dock. 

Speaking about his plans for East Hull Pools earlier this year, HSA managing director James Ledger said: "It is a very attractive building, and fits well with our ethos of bringing properties of historical and architectural value back into daily use, preserving and enhancing their original heritage, aesthetics and features, whilst giving the interiors a respectfully contemporary twist.

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 “Our aim is always to create a 'home from home' for those visiting the city and wanting their own living space rather than just a hotel room." 

The application is set to be considered by Hull City Council’s planning committee in June.

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