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Former Victorian baths re-open as Alloa civic centre

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October 13 2014

Former Victorian baths re-open as Alloa civic centre
A Victorian baths complex in Alloa has been given a second lease of life after being converted into a library, tourist information point, museum and customer service centre for Clackmannanshire Council.

The Speirs Centre occupies the ‘A’ listed Scottish Renaissance style building alongside a new build extension on the site of a former boiler house.

Delivered by Marshall Construction and LDN Architects on behalf of Hub East Central Scotland the £3.1m scheme retains a distinctive hexagonal chimney, the last of its type to survive in Scotland.

A community fun day will take place on 18 October for locals to get their first taste of the new facilities.

Council Leader councillor Gary Womersley said: "This will be an exciting day for all of Clackmannanshire, as this important but previously underused historic building can now be enjoyed by the community and visitors for a wide range of services.

“I hope that many members of our community can come along on the 18th to see this landmark building given a new lease of life in our enhanced town centre in Alloa.”
A one-stop shop for all council services will be offered in the revamped building
A one-stop shop for all council services will be offered in the revamped building
The 1898 bathhouse was originally designed by John Burnet & Son
The 1898 bathhouse was originally designed by John Burnet & Son

4 Comments

Ian Alexander
#1 Posted by Ian Alexander on 13 Oct 2014 at 16:36 PM
Great to see the bathhouse being recycled. Hope is it as much loved as the former baths in Infirmary Steet Edinburgh, now an arts centre hosting the Doocot Tapestry company.
Gib
#2 Posted by Gib on 13 Oct 2014 at 16:56 PM
I spent many an hour louping around in here when it was the foam pit Spier's Centre!
The library area is reminiscent of the Alloa library when it was sited in Mar Street (a long time ago), but the library layout, or carpet, doesn't seem that inspiring.. Still, a positive development and good to see the town going through a resurgence.
Paul Sweeney
#3 Posted by Paul Sweeney on 13 Oct 2014 at 17:42 PM
Brilliant. This should be the benchmark for all civic assets of architectural value. Let's repurpose and revitalise these assets, not displace (and then destroy) them!
Ross
#4 Posted by Ross on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:05 PM
If only they could try salvage the Whitehill Bath House in Dennistoun.

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