Delighted to report the re-opening of Marshall Street Baths this summer. An absolutely wonderful Grade II listed, 1930s art deco swimming baths, it is to be rechristened as the Marshall Street Leisure Centre.
As well as the marble lined pool, it will feature two exercise/dance studios, two fitness suites and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms. Also available will be a range of treatments and therapies. The centre will be run as a public facility by Nuffield Health on behalf of Westminster City Council.
It’s great news as the old building has been unloved for some time and the pool has been empty for years. I went there a few years back when Duncan Goodhew was raising some publicity for the site and was blown away by the elegance of the pool and the size of the site considering its location in the heart of London’s Soho.
The site has been redeveloped by Marshall Street Regeneration – a consortium made up of Resolution Property plc and The Vinyl Factory Ltd, a local business in the Soho area – which managed to secure the original planning consent with the support of local interest groups and also successfully refurbish and redevelop the historic Baths.
As well as developing the swimming pool and leisure centre on behalf of Westminster City Council, the scheme also includes 37 luxury loft apartments and penthouses adjacent to the Marshall Street Baths. There will also be 15 affordable housing units available through the redevelopment, four of which will be provided as shared ownership and the remaining 11 as social rented units.
All in all it’s great news. Just a shame that other historic baths, such as this one in Aberdeen featured recently which actually looks very similar to Marshall Street albeit on a much bigger scale, haven’t been saved from council cutbacks. Maybe this will give other historic Baths a lifeline.
For more information on Marshall Street Leisure Centre go to its website here.