Hopes of progress in effort to restore and reopen historic Aberdeen pool

A business plan to restore a historic Aberdeen swimming pool could be brought forward by the end of the year.

The Bon Accord Baths on Justice Mill Lane have lain empty since being closed due to Aberdeen City Council cuts in 2008.

Bon Accord Heritage has campaigned for years for the baths to be brought back into use but work has been on hold while experts check the building.

Evidence of alkali silica reactions – known as concrete cancer – was identified in a survey of the baths in 2015.

The volunteer group has since been working with Aberdeen City Council to fully establish the extent of any issue.

Papers circulated to members of the finance, policy and resources committee, said: “A report on the outcome of the survey was provided to council officers on August 11 with a presentation by the contractor to council officers and members of Bon Accord Heritage on August 17.

“Bon Accord Heritage is to review the findings of the report, prepare their own cost estimates for their proposed development and provide a costed business plan and project plan to the council.

“The current timescale from Bon Accord Heritage is the end of the year to provide this to the council.

“A report will be brought back to the committee as soon as this is provided.”

The findings of the structural survey have not yet been shared but a draft report on their findings is currently being discussed between the two parties.

Concrete cancer occurs when water gets into the concrete and gradually turns it more acidic.

Steel inside the concrete then swells, causing splits and weakening the structure.

The 1940s building on Justice Mill Lane was Aberdeen’s first purpose-built public swimming pool.

Bon Accord Heritage wants to see the swimming pool renovated and brought back to its former glory.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Both parties are considering the impact of the study with the intention to report back to the finance, policy and resources committee in February 2018.”