Tyne & Wear

Newcastle Turkish Baths plans go on show

Artist's impression of Turkish baths Image copyright Fusion Lifestyle
Image caption Original features, dating from 1928, will be "brought back to life"

Plans to "bring back to life" Turkish baths which closed despite public protests have gone on show.

The Grade II listed City Pool and Turkish Baths in Newcastle shut in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

Leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle Ltd has now been granted a lease and put forward plans for a £5m renovation.

The plans can be viewed at Newcastle Civic Centre. The public has until 17 June to comment.

Image copyright Fusion Lifestyle
Image caption The once-popular swimming pool would also be brought back into use
Image copyright Fusion Lifestyle
Image caption There would be a gym and fitness facility, and a new cafe

Peter Kay, from Fusion Lifestyle, said the plan was to restore the site in a sympathetic way.

"The building is packed with original features and a fundamental part of what we want to do is to retain them.

"So we'll be bringing them back to life to a whole new audience which may not have seen them or experienced them before."

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