Open day announced for Bon Accord Baths

L-R: Silvia Bassanese, RGU The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment Academic Project Lead Theodore Allen, Architecture Student Bruce Strachan, Bon Accord Heritage Chairman Arthur Morgan, Architecture Student Hamish Munro, Architecture Student

BON Accord Heritage, the charity restoring Aberdeen’s iconic Bon Accord Baths, has announced its first Open Day of the year. 

Taking place on Saturday 18th May, the event is an opportunity for members of the public to explore the building, discuss project plans and development with the charity, and dive into an exclusive exhibition hosted by Robert Gordon University (RGU).

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The exhibition, titled ‘Lost + Found. Diving into the future of the Bon Accord Baths’, is the culmination of more than six months of design studio work of RGU’s third year architecture students. First visiting the Baths in September 2023, the students had the opportunity to meet with Bon Accord Heritage to learn more about the Save Bon Accord Baths project before conceiving various forms of adaptive reuse.

The open day will be the second time that Bon Accord Baths doors have been open to the public this year following the hugely successful Aberdeen Jazz Festival ‘Soundbath’ event which welcomed more than 400 to the building. Further cementing the importance of the project to the local community, Bon Accord Baths was announced as one of five chosen charities for the Press & Journal Community Fund following a public vote. 

Commenting on the upcoming Open Day, Chairman of Bon Accord Heritage, Bruce Strachan, said: “We are immensely proud to open the doors to our local community once again. Over the last year, there have been significant advancements in the survey and reporting stages of the project which will underpin the final restoration works, so we are looking forward to sharing future plans with attendees on the day.

“Bon Accord Heritage and the Save Bon Accord Baths project are run entirely by volunteers, so ongoing support from the local community is essential to the continued success of the restoration.”

First opening in 1940, Bon Accord Baths is a category B listed Art Deco swimming pool located on Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen city centre.

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