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Poplar Baths

London, United Kingdom

2013 – 2016


Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Status: Complete

Work on the listed 1930’s Art Deco building was started whilst at former practice, Orms, and was continued with ICA when it was set up in 2014. Having stood derelict for over 20 years, feasibility work began in early 2010, exploring the potential to extend and repair the building and thereby regain its status as an important community facility.


ICA’s consultant role involved developing and agreeing the scheme's key strategic elements with the council's development team and associated departments. Stemming from this, planning principles were agreed with both the local authority and English Heritage. Key moves included retaining the main pool structure and principle volume, as well as refurbishing the second structure's frontage and significant spatial elements like the bath house and boiler house. 


In August 2016, the leisure centre re-opened its doors and provided local residents with a new swimming pool, gymnasium, sports hall and other recreational facilities. The project was delivered by Pringle Richard Sharratt Architects 

Completed photographs are courtesy of PRS Architects. 


Existing Photos 

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