Doncaster’s St James’ baths is closed again

St James' Lesiure Centre
St James' Lesiure Centre

Doncaster’s crumbling St James’ lesiure centre has shut its doors again after more structural problems.

The building on Waterdale is currently closed to the public after the premises sustained structural damage on August 21.

Michael Hart, chief executive of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “While no one was injured, this is the third time we have had to close the building, and we believe that this currently poses a health and safety risk and for the protection of our staff and the public the venue will remain closed until the damage has been assessed.

“Experts have been called and will visit the site to give their opinion on suitable next steps.”

The building first closed its doors in April this year after part of the gym roof collapsed.

The swimming pool and gym facilities later re-opened but the centre’s Turkish baths, one of only a handful of remaining original baths in England, have been closed since the original incident.

The historic town centre swimming pool, built in 1932, once played host to The Beatles as well as The Searchers and Freddie and The Dreamers during the 1960s.

The building was saved from demolition last year after being given listed building status.

The centre was threatened with the bulldozer as part of Doncaster Council’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter development, which has included the construction of new council offices, a town square, and a new theatre venue, Cast, in the area.

Campaigner Ray Nortrop, who died last year, made an application to the Secretary of State for the leisure centre building to be protected and the Government, backed by English Heritage, agreed and the building was given Grade II listed status and incorporated into the new project.