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Latest Photos Show Dun Laoghaire Baths Project Taking Shape

6th July 2020
Dun Laoghaire Baths project in Scotsman's Bay Dun Laoghaire Baths project in Scotsman's Bay Photo: Afloat

Shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of but overall progress is slower than anticipated meaning the project that began two years ago will not now likely be completed until Spring 2021, a year later than planned.

The scheme to revive the old baths that lay derelict for over 30 years is divided into several work zones.

These zones include work to the new jetty, works to the new sea walls, works to the Pavilion and works to tie into the existing walkway at Newtownsmith. Currently works to the new jetty are nearing completion as Afloat's photos taken from the sea side reveal below.

Dun Laoghaire Baths Project Under Construction July 2020Works at the Dun Laoghaire Baths Project is divided into several work zones Photo: Afloat

This has created a new viewing point with stunning vistas across Scotsman’s Bay to Sandycove Harbour. The new long bench on the jetty has been also been completed and this has allowed the rock armour facing the East Pier to commence.

Bathing steps at the new Dun Laoghaire BathsThe bathing steps at the new Dun Laoghaire Baths and the plinth ready to accept the Roger Casement statue Photo: Afloat

The construction of massive new sea walls supporting the new walkway at the back of the pavilion is well underway. Underpinning and stabilisation of the foundations to the old Pavilion building have been completed and the basement plant room is complete.

The new seawall at the back of the Dun Laoghaire Baths Pavillion buildingThe new sea wall at the back of the Dun Laoghaire Baths Pavillion building Photo: Afloat

While significant progress has been made in all these areas overall progress in constructing the works is slower than anticipated. A combination of factors has contributed to this including a requirement to stabilise the retaining walls that support the Queens Road difficulty in constructing the jetty and the new sea walls.

Works to connect the path at Sandycove to the East Pier at Dun Laoghaire Baths site continueWorks to connect the path at Sandycove to the East Pier at Dun Laoghaire Baths site continue

As a consequence of this and the recent temporary closure of the site due to Covid-19, the project is now likely to be completed in Spring 2021.

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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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