Construction & Design
The finished results are the culmination of 12 years work at the site. The work has encompassed different phases - the design phase, the preparation of tender drawings and construction phase, which took five years to complete. Significant structural work was required to underpin and stabilise the main building when extensions were removed and to restore walls along the embankment at Queens Road. Additional challenges included the rocky coastline and proximity to the sea.
Speaking at the opening, Andrée Dargan, County Architect, said:
With access to outdoor public spaces taking on a whole new significance in our lives in recent years, I am delighted that this breath-taking space is now accessible. This milestone is another step in the incremental implementation of our overall vision for the town as set out in our urban framework plan, and as recognised by the recent award of Dún Laoghaire as the Great Town 2022 by the Academy of Urbanism.
There are plans for a new walkway between Dún Laoghaire’s East Pier and the Dún Laoghaire Baths in 2023. The original plans did not include a swimming pool, but a future phase of development on the site can include an open seawater pool, subject to approval. During the construction, a rectangular concrete void was left below the surface of the amphitheatre area, with a concrete “lid” covering it, allowing for the inclusion of a tidal pool.
The project was mainly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with a contribution by the European Regional Development Fund. Final costs are estimated to be in the region of €18 million. There was an increase in the cost due to the significant structural work required to underpin and stabilise the main building and to restore walls along the embankment at Queens Road as well as the construction of the jetty.
Watch our video on the Dún Laoghaire Baths here
Coinciding today with the launch of the Dún Laoghaire Baths, the dlr Arts Office are now asking artists to apply for the new workspaces. There are four awards currently available to support local artists with rent free, purpose-built artist workspaces and project funding. Details can be found here.
Meet Anna Murray who lived at the Dún Laoghaire Baths
We also had the pleasure of talking to Anna Murray who was born at the Dún Laoghaire Baths in 1932 and lived there for over 20 years. Anna’s father, William Hill was the caretaker of the facility from 1917-1958. We invited Anna to visit the Baths prior to the opening to speak about her treasured memories of growing up at this unique coastal home.
Watch the full video here.
Anna also features in the Dún Laoghaire Baths Exhibition which will be on display at the dlr LexIcon, Level 3, Dún Laoghaire.
The Dún Laoghaire Baths Exhibition
The Dún Laoghaire Baths Exhibition will be on display at the dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire to mark the opening and to celebrate the 180th anniversary. The exhibition is a pictorial celebration of life, work and play in the baths.
You can also see the digital exhibition here.