A creche, tea room and art gallery could be among the attractions at a treasured Aberdeen landmark when it is brought back to life.
That is according to a group of volunteers hoping to return the Bon Accord Baths to their former glory – and now they want to know what residents think.
Trustees of Save Bon Accord Baths got just under £10,000 in a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to carry out a survey asking what features people would like to see when the building is refurbished.
The questionnaire, which can be filled in online, asks if people would like to see shops, a function room, an office, a meeting space or a therapy space at the Justice Mill Lane landmark.
It also poses whether people would take part in sessions such as aqua aerobics, diving lessons and lifeguard training.
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The group’s secretary, Vanessa Smith, said: “We have come up with some initial ideas and we’re asking people what it is that would bring them to the baths.
“Besides the swimming pool area, there is a lot of space in the building, and we want to make use of it and transform it into a thriving community hub, whether that means a tea room, an art gallery or a creche.
“It may be that people want to call in for a cup of coffee after their swim or they may want to leave their little ones at a creche while they go into town – we want to hear people’s ideas.”
The lottery grant will pay for independent consultants to analyse the survey results.
Mrs Smith added: “Once we have that data, we will be able to look at using it for a feasibility study – for example, can the building potentially accommodate a creche with its infrastructure?
“We would really appreciate people taking part in the survey so we can move the project forward knowing exactly what people want.”
The Bon Accord Baths welcomed generations of swimmers between 1940 and 2008, when the building was closed by the council.
In May, vandals scrawled graffiti on the sides of the pool and damaged furniture and wooden boards.