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Art deco baths set for arts centre overhaul in Aberdeen
Art deco baths set for arts centre overhaul
After three years of closure due to council budget cuts, Aberdeen's Bon Accord Baths building could now be transformed into a new art deco arts centre.

The art deco baths were opened in August 1940. As a pool hall the baths have a fantastic “wow” factor. The pool itself holds over a million Litres of water and provides one of the deepest “deep ends” in Scotland.

Local group, Friends of Bon Accord Baths, had submitted two plans to the local authority and believed the site should be ‘a community hub serving the needs of a wide population by providing value for money, affordable access to physical development and leisure facilities centred on water based activities’, but with the announcement of Carpe Diem Trust as Aberdeen City Council’s preferred bidder for the site, it seems the site has an altogether different future planned.

The trust - a consortium of local professional people and businessmen/women - is looking to turn the 1930s property into a commercially operated, unsubsidised facility.

The former baths will provide a theatre; arts and dance studios; a music recording studio; a bar/restaurant; and a café, as well as plans for function rooms.

Chris Wood of the Carpe Diem Trust said: "Our proposal is to create a public arts centre within the former Bon Accord Baths. It will be run as a commercial, self-supporting and private venture. As a much loved, world-class building of significant historical interest, we believe it needs to regain its status by being brought up to 21st century standards, whilst maintaining its original character and charm."

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