The existing Baths Pavilion will be retained and will be fitted out to provide a new public café and art gallery space. The new café will be linked to an outdoor terrace providing a great location to sit, admire and enjoy the panoramic views over Scotsman’s Bay. The lower levels of the Pavilion will accommodate studio workspaces for artists and new life guard facilities.
The original Baths entrance along Windsor Terrace will be restored giving access to the Café while new public toilet facilities at street level will be fully accessible for the mobility impaired. A new jetty and changing areas will provide access to the water’s edge for swimmers and landing points for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, etc.
The construction works will be carried out by a joint venture between SIAC Construction and Mantovani Group from Italy, who are specialists in maritime infrastructure. The works will take approximately 22 months with the new Dún Laoghaire Baths opening its doors again in the spring of 2020. Some disruption can be expected for the duration of the works but all effort will be made to keep this to a minimum. The contractors will be setting up a compound in Newtownsmith for the duration of the works resulting in the reduction of a number of car parking spaces. However, the area lies halfway between two DART stations and we would encourage people wishing to avail of the amenities at Newtownsmith and the People’s Park to walk or cycle where possible, or to take public transport. All car parking spaces at Newtownsmith will be fully reinstated after the works have been completed. A comprehensive traffic management plan will also be in operation in the area for the duration of the project, ensuring the safety of all pedestrians and road users, with special regard given to the needs of people with disabilities.
The new Dún Laoghaire Baths will be a long-term amenity for the area and the county, and will provide not only a connection between Newtownsmith and the People’s Park, but will also bring together the town of Dún Laoghaire with its seafront. The project will breathe new life into the seafront and will attract more visitors to the town and we look forward to opening it to the public in the spring of 2020.