Woodhall Spa derelict baths to re-open within two years

Derelict spa at Woodhall Spa

A former spa, which has stood empty for more than 30 years, will re-open within two years, developers say.

The building in Woodhall Spa, which gave the Lincolnshire village its name, closed in 1983 and residents said it had become an "eyesore".

In its current state, it has broken windows and numerous holes in the roof and walls.

However, developers said they hoped to "bring it back to life" by 2016, and use the original water supply.

GN Construction will work with Wheway Lifestyle International to renovate the Victorian baths, retaining as much of the old building as possible.

Project partner Geoff Cull said despite the state of the building, two years was a reasonable timeframe to work with.

Although, he said it was important to get it right.

"I just hope we can fulfil that dream," he said.

He said the first job was to look at whether it was possible to reconnect the original water supply.

Image caption Inside, there is extensive damage to the walls and roof space, with broken glass strewn across the floor
Image caption Developers say they hope to retain as many of the original features as possible
Image caption They also hope to use the original spa water supply

Tanya Wheway, from the team, admitted it was a "sizeable project" to restore the baths, but said there was enormous potential.

She said: "The building is beautiful in its proportions, and there is an outside area to be developed.

"That helps to make the experience we will be able to offer here very special."

Image caption The original building was constructed in the 1830s, following the discovery of a natural mineral spring nearby
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Image caption Visitors would once travel for miles to visit the baths at Woodhall Spa

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