“Dangerous” Blackrock Baths to be demolished

“Dangerous” Blackrock Baths to be demolished

Blackrock Baths are to be demolished after various structures on the site were found to be dangerous, according to a statement from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

The council said that following a recent inspection by senior staff, “it emerged that the structures have suffered from extensive weather damage and from the ravages of the sea, making the structures and adjoining land dangerous for members of the public.

“It has also been confirmed that the concrete has been seriously affected by the wind and wave action. The pool structure is beyond repair and the seating and changing block, which is constructed of structural steel clad in concrete, is in danger of collapse. The guard rails to the upper seating area have rusted away and the steps are exposed. The diving platform is seriously corroded and detached from the pool base.”

The council said extensive graffiti and rubbish present in the building suggested it is subject to regular unauthorised access.

A follow-up inspection by consultant structural and civil engineers confirmed this assessment, the council said.

As a result county architect Andree Dargan has decided that the structures on the Baths constitute ‘dangerous structures’ under the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964, and that “measures must be taken to remove the danger that exists”.

“The council is now proceeding to make arrangements to carry out the necessary demolition work, including the removal of the diving platform,” said Dargan. “The elements of the structures and pool/sea wall that are not considered to be dangerous will be retained.”

In relation to the future of the site, county manager Owen Keegan said proposals are being prepared to make improvements to the seafront, including access at this location. “Subject to consultation with the site owners, consideration will be given to what can be done with the remainder of the baths structure and a report will be brought to councillors in due course.”

Blackrock Baths were opened in 1839 and closed by the council in the late 1980s.