We couldn't fill the pool with water for the grand finale night time reflection shot, so we did the next best thing by placing tea light candles in the changing cubicles to let them glow orange in contrast to the blue night sky illuminating the pool.
It wasn't really until after the First World War that bathing became a habit. By that time most of the houses being built had their own bathrooms where baths could be taken in ease and comfort. This improvement in housing meant that public facilities were no longer required for sanitary purposes. Similarly, relative cheapness and availability of domestic appliances meant that laundries also fell into decline. Manchester City Council closed all its laundries in the early 1980s.
Harpurhey baths were shut immediately during a routine inspection in
2001 amid major health and safety fears when it was discovered there
were serious defects in the building's walls and machinery.
Cracks in the baths' walls repaired five years earlier had widened beyond repair, and the walls were bowing. There was also problems with the baths' steam boilers and the drainage system.
On seeing the consultants' report the council then asked there own architects to carry out an examination.
''Their conclusion was that the building should be closed as It had
gone beyond the point of being tired and was at the stage where it
could be considered a danger to public safety.