The Grade II* Health Hydro was built for and by the workers of GWR in 1891 to provide free health services before the NHS came into being. Now, over 130 years later, the building has been given grant funding to help relive its original purpose.

Lack of routine maintenance and investment and the disuse of over half of the building’s original spaces meant that a conservation deficit existed and a building of historic and communal value was in danger of being lost.

As conservation architect and historic buildings advisor BiBO’s Heritage Director worked alongside a multi-disciplinary team to prepare condition surveys and repair schedules and alongside Loop Architects in guiding new interventions and protecting the building to ensure it had a viable future.

The communal value of a building can often be overlooked in favour of fabric based significance, but our work ensured that the spaces and places which were valued by past and current users were recognised and at the heart of proposed interventions.

Donald Insall (Previous practice)
Doug King
Fourth Street
Ian Walker

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