A new time-lapse video shows how close Cleveland’s pools are to completion.
Work began in May last year after a 17-year campaign to bring the disused site back into use. The project leaders, in their May this year update, said they were “almost there” after an “epic journey with lots of ups and downs”.
They assured that the completion of the multi-million pound project is getting closer “with each passing day”. The reopening is scheduled for this summer but no specific date has been set.
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The project managers said in their monthly update: “In the past month, incredible progress has been made on site with the marquee lowered to reveal two fully tiled pools. The children’s pool is fabulous with tiles designed by local students bringing a splash of color and storytelling.
“These will be visible from the newly cast terrace steps, which we are sure will be a very popular spot once the pools open. The eastern end of the crescent is being planned; the toilet block moving forward quickly; and the gateway to the caretaker’s house is now installed.
“This week we are starting to lay the walkways around the site – a sign that the major works are coming to an end and we are heading towards the final touches of the restoration. Watch the video and time lapse photos below to see how how close we are to getting the job done.”
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Most recently, after a huge fundraising effort by the Cleveland Pools Trust, Historic England increased its financial support for the project to £123,681. This money will be used to pay for additional repairs to the historic masonry that has been unearthed.
The increase follows an initial grant from the agency of £412,960 in December 2020. Cash was also generated from a month-long crowdfunding to take the project to £8million.
The project has the support of hundreds of people in Bath, many of whom have recorded their happy memories of summers spent by the pool, learning to swim, early romance and the coldness of the water.
Bristol-based Beard is leading work on the UK’s oldest outdoor swimming pool, which was built in 1815 and is now considered a site of national significance.
Paul Simons, Chairman of the Cleveland Pools Trust, said: “The 18-year campaign to bring Cleveland’s swimming pools back to community use will finally be complete in 2022. Despite rising costs, technical challenges and the unforeseen impacts of the Covid pandemic, the Trust has We have had the continued support of Historic England throughout. The enhanced grant is welcome and will enable the Trust to complete the work on site this year.”
The Cleveland Pools are believed to have been designed by local architect John Pinch, who was born in the mid-1700s. They are shaped like a miniature Georgian crescent, making them unique in Britain. Find out more about them here.
The lido first opened as a swimming pool fed by the river and flourished in Victorian times until its heyday in the 1970s until it was finally closed for swimming in the 1970s. 80. It was used as a trout farm for some time, then threatened with demolition instead of repair.
The Cleveland Pools Trust (CPT) was set up in 2004 to save the pools from disrepair and they were placed on Historic England’s Endangered Heritage Register in 2005. Now, after a long campaign, this Georgian lido will be soon to be open so that everyone can still enjoy it.