Kentish Town Sports Centre presented Roberts Limbrick Associates and Strata Tiles with an entirely new type of challenge. A Grade 2 listed building, with the modern requirements of a bustling sports centre in our capital city, requires an especially thoroughly considered specification. The Grade II listed baths were due to be converted into flats as little as five years ago, and English Heritage have described the restoration as a ‘major triumph’.
Roberts Limbrick recognised the importance of a sympathetic restoration, with Associate Director David Anderson stating that they wished to ‘enhance the original heritage and characteristics’ of such a historic building. The Kentish Town project, comprised of three pools, a sports hall and an extensive gym suite, take inspiration from history, with modern technology that ensures the centre will be put to good use for many decades to come. Ian Dungavell, director of the Victorian Society, and at the forefront of the fight for the baths to be reopened, is pleased with the results of the restoration, “It shows you can put a 21st-century leisure centre in an Edwardian building,” says Dungavell.
Our Hydrotect coated range provided the perfect match for this project. With classic style and innovative properties, these self-cleaning, air-purifying tiles help preserve our surroundings. Beneath the glazed gothic roof, exposed for the first time since the 1960s, lies the main pool, a 33 metre, 5 lane pool that offers the local community a swimming bath that reflects their heritage. Hydrotect coated tiles provided the perfect fusion between the modern and the classic in this exciting project, Kentish Town.
A tile that cleans the air we breathe? Surely not! Hydrotect coating does just that. It not only removes bacteria and dirt without abrasive cleaning, it also purifies the air we breathe. It’s been proven – 1000sqm of Hydrotect tiles provides the equivalent oxygen levels as 70 deciduous trees. This innovative coating also provides a self cleaning effect. Formaldehyde, bacteria, germs and algae are all decomposed, and maintenance costs are greatly reduced. This innovative coating can also help maintain a comfortable room temperature. An innovation for the modern world.
Hydrotect – perfect for areas where hygiene, life cycle costs, and environmental responsibility are key – including kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools, hospitals and high traffic areas.