Historic city centre gem opens doors to reveal stunning new lifestyle venue

NEWCASTLE’S iconic City Baths is set to open its doors to the public on Monday, January 27, 2020, to reveal the fully restored pool and stunning new fitness and wellbeing facilities – six years after its closure to the public.

Fusion Lifestyle, the charity behind the £7.5million redevelopment, saved the venue after it was closed in 2013 and has worked with Napper Architects and specialist contractor Createability to breathe new life into the neglected Grade II listed building – a process which has taken more than three years to complete.

The City Baths will be one of only 11 historic Turkish baths currently in operation across the UK.

Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion Lifestyle said: “The baths have been enjoyed by generations of locals since they opened in 1928 and are a cultural icon to the residents of the city. When we spotted the campaign to save the building, we were keen to take on the project and help ensure that its precious history was retained.

“Due to the age of the building and the specialist works needed, the renovations have taken longer than originally anticipated, however we wanted to make sure the restoration was done to the highest of standards.

“We’ve worked closely with the local authority’s conservation officer to ensure that we have kept works true to the original building design, while also incorporating modern touches to ensure that it meets the demands of today’s customers.

“It has taken a lot of hard work and effort, but we have completely fallen in love with The City Baths and are incredibly proud to be cementing its future for generations to come.

“We can’t wait to see what everyone makes of it. This isn’t the work finished as we will continue to lovingly restore this building for many generations!”

As well as sensitively restoring the historic pool, the new space combines modern facilities – including a fully equipped gym, sauna and state-of-the-art fitness studios that will host up to 100 exercise classes every week. The Turkish baths and a luxury spa are also set to open on site shortly after and will offer a range of treatments.

Ian Cotgrave, managing director at Createability, said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved in this renovation.

“While it’s been a difficult project, due to some of the technical issues of dealing with a 100 year old building, the end results are stunning and have secured the future of this beautiful building.”

The City Baths is located in central Newcastle on Northumberland Road and users will be able to make use of its facilities from 6.30am until 9.30pm on weekdays and from 8am until 5.30pm at weekends.

A variety of membership options are available to suit a range of budgets, including ‘Gym and Swim only’ at £35 per month to ‘Premium Anytime’ at £90 per month which includes unlimited use of the fitness suite, swimming pool and Turkish baths, as well as unlimited group exercise classes. However, for those who want to try out the facilities first, you can ‘pay as you go’ from as little as £6 for a swim or to use the gym.