manchester modernist society

UMIST’s long lost swimming pool

In uncategorized on May 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

High up in the roof space of the Sackville St main building extension (Bradshaw Gass & Hope, designed 1927, completed 1957) is the intriguing K floor.

When we snook in last week it was set up as an exam room but evidence of its former life as an old fashioned Sports Hall is easy to spot.

However it seems that originally a swimming pool was planned for the top floor but the idea was dropped amidst worries that the weight of water might cause substantial structural issues.

Shame….a deco-esque rooftop swimming pool would be just the ticket right now for a cooling dip as the city enjoys a much needed heatwave……

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