A £1 million repair and refurbishment will start on Monday (March 23) at the White Rock Baths as it takes on a new lease of life as a world-class BMX and skateboard facility.
Hastings Borough Council, the trustee for the Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust which owns the building, has commissioned Saville Jones, a Worthing-based practice, to design and manage the construction work.
We look forward to seeing the works progress and are expecting the facility to open around Christmas timeCouncillor Peter Chowney
Local firm Colours will move on to the site next week to carry out initial works in preparation for the major repairs that will start in the spring and continue through into winter.
The plans for the skatepark were first revealed last summer. They include a main skatepark, a small beginners skatepark plaza, a retail store, a cafe, a reception, and outdoor ramps. Last April The Source was given the go-ahead to develop the site.
Councillor Peter Chowney, the council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “We are very pleased to see that the transformation of the dilapidated White Rock baths is at last about to start.
“The building will be let on a 10-year lease to The Source, a fast growing Hastings-based company that was voted National 2014 BMX Retailer of the Year by
“The company will establish the south coast’s first major indoor BMX and skateboard leisure centre in the refurbished White Rock Baths, installing a main arena that will attract the brightest and best riders from around the UK and Europe. A smaller training arena will offer opportunities for local young people to train alongside the country’s finest riders.
“We look forward to seeing the works progress and are expecting the facility to open around Christmas time.
“With the opening of the pier, this will be an important part of the regeneration of the White Rock area.”
Richard Moore, managing director of The Source, said: “This is a really exciting milestone. After 18 months of talking and planning, it feels very real now that the building work is starting.
“The next nine months up to opening will be full of exciting things like fitting out the retail store and cafe, constructing the ramps, planning events, and developing all the necessary systems and IT.
“We have a very experienced manager due to start soon and will be looking to recruit a great team in the autumn.”
The council successfully applied for a Regional Growth Fund grant through East Sussex County Council and a smaller grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund to help with the approximate £1 million cost of the project, to mainly be funded by the council and the Foreshore Trust.