Restoration work to go ahead as Georgian lido receives HLF Heritage Grant

  • | Donald Insall Associates
Cleveland Pools

The oldest surviving public outdoor pool in the UK has just been awarded £4.7m funding for the delivery phase of the HLF Heritage Grants programme. The fund will enable restoration works, allowing pool to re-open to the public for the first time in decades.

The Grade II* listed Cleveland Pools is a 200 year-old Georgian lido located in the World Heritage Site of Bath; it is currently on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register since it was closed in 1984 and abandoned in 2001. Much of the original 1815 fabric survives in an un-altered condition.

Donald Insall Associates was commissioned by the Cleveland Pools Trust in 2015 to undertake condition surveys and compile a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) as part of the round 2 funding application. The CMP outlined the pool’s significance and strategy for redevelopment. The practice will be subsequently involved in the delivery phase of work, conserving the Georgian features and upgrading facilities. Cleveland Pools will re-open to the public as a 25m swimming pool, children’s splash area, pavilion and café.

“We are delighted that the National Lottery are able to support this outstanding project which will see this unique Grade II* Lido restored and re-opened so that the community can enjoy access to its open air pools in a spectacular heritage setting. It seems particularly appropriate as the pool was originally funded in Georgian times by public subscription”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF