NEWCASTLE Ocean Baths will be out of action for "just one summer" as part of City of Newcastle's upgrade contract.
The iconic venue will close early next year for works, with councillors due to vote on Tuesday on who will undertake the first stage of upgrades.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the baths would remain open through this holiday period, encouraging people to visit before works began and since COVID rules had changed.
"Newcastle Ocean Baths turns 100 next year and while this upgrade is well-needed, starting construction after this coming summer means locals who have been staying home and visitors itching to get back to Newcastle can enjoy the space over the holidays," Cr Nelmes said.
"The upgrade to Newcastle Ocean Baths' pools, lower promenades and pumping system is significant, which means that shutting after this coming summer it's expected construction will continue through to autumn 2023."
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"This summer I encourage everyone to visit Newcastle Ocean Baths and enjoy this iconic local facility before it undergoes a generational upgrade and is returned improved for the community in 2023."
Council staff have selected a preferred tenderer after a process than involved an independent external probity advisor.
"The preferred tenderer has significant experience in large construction projects and their response to the tender demonstrated a thorough understanding of the construction requirements," City of Newcastle Acting Director of Infrastructure and Property, Joanne Rigby, said.
The council will splash $9.5 million from the sale of the Frederick Ash Building into the upgrade, with $3 million from the state government helping to fund stage one.
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