Central Leader : February 4th 2010
4 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. ESCAPE The best of travel, food, wellbeing and entertainment. n Tip top - Marcus Lush discovers the true North n A taste of Martinborough n Richard Hammond's new TV gamble n Next Top Baby Model - Tantrums and fierceness at the search for NZ's freshest face n Whole Again - Life after losing a limb n Audrey Hepburn - The agony and elegance of an underused actress SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES, Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) Whole again Ray McVinnie does desserts for special occasions Fancy feast Life after losing a limb The agony and elegance of an underused actress Audrey Hepbur n Tantrums, fierceness and perfect skin at the search forNewZealand'sfreshestface NEXTTOPBABYMODEL WIN Be in to win a $20,000 trip to the UK with The King's Speech. IN CINEMAS 20 JANUARY 2011 WWW.THEKINGSSPEECH.CO.NZ Iconic pool in makeover New beginning: Auckland Council manager Sharon Rimmer at the Tepid Baths, which are undergoing a massive renovation and should be complete by 2012. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Single sex: The women's pool at the Tepid Baths in the early 1900s.Photo: AUCKLAND LIBRARIES HERITAGE COLLECTION The Tepid Baths are set to get a new lease of life. Demolition has begun on the central city pool s interior after the facility was closed in 2009 because of structural issues. It looked okay but under the surface the issues were reasonably significant, Auckland Council pro- gramme manager Sharon Rimmer says. The pools were at risk of collapse if an earthquake hit, with bricks in places where concrete should have been, and chunks falling off con- crete support poles. A $15.8 million upgrade is under way to fix the problems, with the facility scheduled to reopen early next year. Along with strengthening work, the new facility will house a bigger gym, better changing rooms, spa and sauna, while a mezzanine level that has been at the pool for more than 20 years will be demolished. The new, modern look is likely to be hugely different from when the baths opened in 1913 with separate pools for men and women. A focus on maintaining the heritage value of the building is also considered important, with the original outside structure not changing at all. The original trusses that sup- port the roof could be used to decorate part of the building. Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says it s pleasing work is under way. It s obviously going to be a great facility when it s com- pleted. I m very, very pleased. Waitemata Local Board member Greg Moyle, who played an influential role in the project under the former Auckland City Council, agrees it s great work has started. But he says it would have been better if work had begun in October as orig- inally scheduled. Ms Rimmer admits there s been a slight delay, but says clarifications were needed on several design issues.
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