Ellie Simmonds reopens Ironmonger Row Baths in Islington
Paralympic gold medal winner Ellie Simmonds has appeared at a swimming gala to mark the £16.5m transformation of a 1930s east London swimming pool.
After the celebration gala on Friday, Ironmonger Row Baths in Islington will be open for a week to invited community groups, including local schools.
The Grade II-listed building closed for refurbishment in May 2010.
The swimming pool will fully reopen to the general public on Saturday 24 November.
Ironmonger Row Baths originally opened in 1931 as a wash-house for local people, at the time when more than 95% of local households did not have a bath.
The swimming pool was added in 1938, also with an official ceremony followed by a swimming gala.
The refurbishment includes:
- Full restoration of the main pool, with improved water circulation and a healthier swimming environment
- A new training pool with a moveable floor to improve access for learners and disabled people
- Restoration of the Turkish Baths and new expanded spa area
Islington Labour councillor Janet Burgess said: "The new-look Ironmonger Row Baths is an exceptional place for residents to swim, exercise and relax, and a lasting legacy of this Olympic year."