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White Rock Baths

Architect: Saville Jones Architects

Having been involved in the assessment of the Hastings seafront structures for a number of years, Conisbee were asked to provide Structural Engineering services for the repair and refurbishment of the White Rock Baths to enable the building to be used as a nationwide hub for BMX and skateboarding, Source BMX Park.

Built in 1879, the building was originally a Victorian subterranean baths complex situated next to the Hastings sea wall and directly below the sea front promenade, which had not been used since 1987 following a period as a skating rink centre.

In order to enable reuse of the building in the most economic manner and in line with the conservation principles of ‘minimal intervention’, the refurbishment focused on managing the risks associated with advanced deterioration of the structure caused by the aggressive marine environment. As well as specifying testing and repairs of the concrete, Conisbee assessed the structural adequacy of the building as a whole and as part of the refurbishment works provided structural designs for new floors, balconies and balustrades.

The project was joint winner at the Historic England Angel Awards 2017, in the category Best Rescue of a Historic Building.

Photographs: © Rich Moore.

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