19 Nov 2009

Auckland's Tepid Baths to close for repairs

8:40 pm on 19 November 2009

An Auckland landmark is to close for several years for a multi-million dollar emergency makeover.

The 95-year-old Tepid Baths in the central city will shut in six months, with a fresh structural report showing rapidly accelerating deterioration and the possibility public safety may be compromised in the near future.

Auckland City Council says it has set aside $12 million for the redevelopment of the Category A heritage building in time for its 100th birthday in 2014.

It is currently operated by the YMCA.

The YMCA's chief executive John Fairhurst says the building is a unique family-orientated facility in the heart of the city, and it will be sorely missed by the many people who use it.

Mr Fairhurst says the facility will be redeveloped in line with its historic nature.