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Women's gym plan for former Manningham pool
The building was sold at auction in March for £85,000 and now listed building consent has been applied for, aiming to “minimise the impact on the existing listed fabric of the pool” in a £750,000 development.
Planning agent Amir Hussain said much of what makes the pool historic would be retained in the plans, including the ceramic lip to the waterline and ceramic spittoons.
He said the building had been bought by businessman Amjad Saddique, who wanted to run it as a gym for women.
The plans include altering the old pool with a new level floor insert. There will also be steps down to the sunken pool floor, which will be used as a studio, with a mezzanine floor above to house gym equipment. There will also be a spa lounge, beauty salon and cafe.
Mr Hussain said: “The proposal is to retain as much of the heritage and integrity of the building as possible. This solution does cost a lot, but we are attempting to draw a balance between preserving the building and it having an economically sustainable future.”
If consent is given, the new gym could be up and running by March.
A design statement accompanying the application states: “Following the sale of the building, the new owners want to not only retain this historical building, but also want to ensure it has a secure, commercially viable future.
“The owner realises the importance of the building both as a heritage asset and to the locality.”
The exterior of the Carlisle Road building would be virtually unchanged under the proposals.
The Grade II listed building closed in July last year as the Council looked to save £119,000 a year, and £1.2 million in repairs was also needed. Campaigners had staged a protest in an attempt to keep the pool open at a candlelit vigil swim. The Victorian Society also backed the campaign with its then director Dr Ian Dungavell describing the building as an “extraordinary intact Edwardian swimming pool”.