The present Poplar Baths building opened in 1934, and is one of the finest early 20th century municipal swimming pools in the country. It has remained a much loved local landmark for generations, but since its closure in 1986, has fallen into disrepair.
In 2011, the council revealed its plans for the regeneration of the Grade II listed Poplar Baths and to restore it as a public leisure centre for the surrounding community. Guildmore was selected to restore this Grade II listed building to its former glory with a stylish, modern sports facility, which includes a new 25-metre swimming pool.
21st century facilities for the community
English Heritage officials have already commented that they are happy with how the project is progressing and that it is one of the best developments they’ve seen.
Discover more about the project
Look through the pages and photos here to discover how, what and why the Poplar Baths, Haileybury & Dame Colet developed into one of London’s newest and most successful community regeneration projects..
Growing demand for affordable rented housing in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has forced the council to examine its land portfolio to release space for the construction of much needed residential accommodation.
After a competitive public tender, Guildmore were selected as the successful contractor to restore the Baths and construct 60 new council rented flats alongside, as part of an environmentally responsible ‘green building’.
Design, build & finance
Working together with GLL, one of the UK’s largest operators of public leisure facilities, Guildmore established a consortium to design, build and finance this project, including the maintenance and operation of the leisure centre over a 35 year period.
This partnership has allowed us to focus on creating a new facility of lasting quality, worthy of the craftsmen who designed and constructed this fine building over 80 years ago.
Tower Hamlets council recognise that there is a vital need for affordable housing in the borough. With the provision of 60 new flats, Guildmore contribute to meeting the council priority for affordable housing.