Ironmonger Row Baths is a Grade II listed swimming pool complex in Islington. Built in two phases in the 1930s, it contained individual baths, a public laundry, two swimming pools and Turkish Baths. Most of the functions remain and the building has a large and loyal user base.
We worked on a £16m refurbishment of the baths, providing both the structural engineering and conservation advice. The key aim of the project has been to improve the facilities and the flexibility of the centre. To achieve this we have installed complex transfer structures to provide open-plan and column-free spaces. We have also rebuilt the training pool structure in water-retaining concrete and have modified the main pool tank to achieve a deck level configuration. The large-scale alterations required careful discussions with English Heritage in which our conservation team was heavily involved.