A detailed investigation into the condition of St James’ Baths in Waterdale has been commissioned by Doncaster Council to enable options for its future to be considered.
The grade II listed building is in a poor state of repair having suffered a roof collapse. Interim repairs will be made to a flat roof over part of the complex and a comprehensive structural investigation will identify the true extent of the problems so the viability of refurbishing the building for a future use can be established.
The proposals have been agreed with Historic England who have advised that detailed investigations are needed to understand the level of corrosion to the steel frame over the pool hall, the pool tank and the subway tunnel. Stone Edge will undertake the inspections and testing.
Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment, said: “The detailed investigations will uncover the true state of the problems faced by the building going forward. We are working closely with Historic England during this process and the findings will help us explore options for the future of St James’ Baths.”
Historic England's Inspector of Historic Buildings, Emma Sharpe, said: "We welcome these investigation works to establish the condition of the building. We are keen to keep working with Doncaster Council to explore options for the future of the Grade II listed St James’ Baths."
St James’ Baths was closed in September 2013 on health and safety grounds following sustained structural damage to the building.
The investigations will be complete in the summer.