Work to revamp the interiors of the Clontarf Baths will start next month.
Irish-owned, Serendipity By Design, who're based in Dubai, has been awarded the contract to start redesigning the derelict baths. The design firm is owned and managed by Dubliner Rebecca Gernon and has already done work for members of the Royal Family.
Work on the interiors of the baths is due to get underway in August 2017 and the facility is set to open to the public late this year. When completed, it'll include a family friendly restaurant, café and bar, and a complete facelift of the baths and changing facilities.
“We chose Serendipity By Design because they are an Irish firm [and] have their own unique vision", said David Cullen, Director of Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Ltd said:
"We’ll be providing a place for familly gatherings, business lunches, evening dinner and cocktails drinkers! We want to make the location a focal point again, bring it back to its former glory”.
The baths have existed since the 1890s but have laid derelict for years and are finally set to re-open after a 2 million euro investment. The open air pool will be at sea temperature but there'll be water heaters to facilitate swimmers through the winter months. Seawater from Dublin Bay will be used and there'll be a filtration system to keep it clean.