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Dun Laoghaire Baths Plans to be Displayed

21st May 2011
Dun Laoghaire Baths Plans to be Displayed
New plans for the Dun Laoghaire Baths are due to be displayed shortly in County Hall.
Proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost up to €21 million, include the retention and refurbishment of the existing baths pavilion to provide access to swimming and a paddling pool for children.
Also planned is a new structure behind the pavilion with toilet and changing facilities, storage lockers, and a café and restaurant.
Facilities for thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) are also being mooted, as is a proposal to cover the DART line to provide a new forecourt to the People's Park.
For more information visit www.dlrcoco.ie.

New plans for the Dun Laoghaire Baths are due to be displayed shortly in County Hall.

Proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost up to €21 million, include the retention and refurbishment of the existing baths pavilion to provide access to swimming and a paddling pool for children.

Also planned is a new structure behind the pavilion with toilet and changing facilities, storage lockers, and a café and restaurant. 

Facilities for thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) are also being mooted, as is a proposal to cover the DART line to provide a new forecourt to the People's Park.

For more information visit www.dlrcoco.ie.

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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Dun Laoghaire Baths Renovation

Afloat has been reporting on the new plans for the publically owned Dun Laoghaire Baths site located at the back of the East Pier since 2011 when plans for its development first went on display by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. 

Foreshore consent was applied for in 2013.

Last used 30 years ago as the 'Rainbow Rapids' before falling into dereliction – the new site does not include a public pool.

The refurbished Dun Laoghaire Baths include the existing Baths Pavilion for use as artist workspaces, a gallery café and for the provision of public toilet facilities. 

Work finally got underway at Dún Laoghaire on the €9 million redevelopments of the old Dún Laoghaire Baths site in June 2018 under a contract with SIAC-Mantovani.

The works have removed dilapidated structures to the rear of the Pavilion to permit the creation of a new route and landscaping that will connect the walkway at Newtownsmith to both the East Pier and the Peoples Park. 

Original saltwater pools have been filled in and new enhanced facilities for swimming and greater access to the water’s edge by means of a short jetty have also been provided.

The works included the delivery of rock armour to protect the new buildings from storm damage especially during easterly gales. 

It hasn't all been plain sailing during the construction phase with plastic fibres used in construction washing into the sea in November 2018

Work continues on the project in Spring 2020 with the new pier structure clearly visible from the shoreline.

A plinth at the end of the pier will be used to mount a statue of Roger Casement, a former Sandycove resident and Irish nationalist.

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