Work to restore Bath’s Cleveland Pools to their former glory is expected to start this summer.
The project has recently appointed a staff team, developed construction plans and appointed a contractor. Physical works are planned to start in earnest in June and are expected to take between 12 and 15 months.
The majority of construction deliveries are planned to arrive via barge along the River Avon from the Avon Rugby Club.
The Cleveland Pools are the UK’s oldest surviving public outdoor swimming pools. They were first opened in 1817 and saw their heyday in the 1970s, before competition from the newly opened indoor Bath Sports and Leisure Centre saw them close in 1984.
The Cleveland Pools Trust (CPT) was formed in 2005 to rescue the Pools from dilapidation.
A spokesperson for CPT said, “The Cleveland Pools Trust is committed to making this a sustainable community asset for our near neighbours and the wider community of Bath and beyond.
“To that end, we are developing a project plan to encourage various groups to get involved now, during the construction phase, and once the Pools are open. One great example of this is local primary school Bathwick St Marys which is working with our volunteers to develop Heritage Learning resources for Year 5.
“None of what has been achieved so far would be possible without the incredible hard work of numerous volunteers. Our plans for the future are bright and ambitious and we are hoping to engage more people who may want to volunteer and join us.”
The project has a challenging fundraising target of £250,000 to meet in order to see it through to completion.
Paul Simons, Chair of trustees, said, “We are delighted to be sharing the latest progress at Cleveland Pools with our great team of volunteers and supporters. They deserve a very big thank you for their continuing efforts to help in all aspects of the project over the years. As contractors move on site later this year the project moves into a new and exciting phase as we work towards a full opening season in 2022.”
For more information visit www.clevelandpools.org.uk