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All the details of the Cleveland Pools renovation project – as work starts again in spring 2021

2nd March 2021

One of Bath’s most beautiful and unusual historic sites is set to be restored to its former glory, as the Cleveland Pools renovation project gets back on track. 

The Georgian outdoor swimming and bathing pool is the last of its kind in the UK. In fact, Cleveland Pools is Britain’s oldest lido, with a history spanning more than 200 years. 

The facility has been open to the public for many years, but sadly the swimming pool itself closed in 1984 and fell into disrepair. It even ended up on the at-risk register at English Heritage Buildings, before being granted Grade II listed status in 2006. 

After numerous delays, renovation work is now set to start up again this spring. Project managers are optimistic that this glorious outdoor swimming space could be open to the public again by summer 2022. 

The Cleveland Pools Trust managed to win a huge £4.7 million National Lottery Grant in 2019 to save the original buildings and get the lido back open. A successful fundraising campaign also raised an additional £800,000. 

Speaking of the new branding the Cleveland Pools Trust have recently launched to kickstart their 2021 renovation plans, project director Anna Baker said:

“This year marks a significant step change as we finally start construction work to bring the site back to life for public use.

“We have recently completed a project to refresh our identity, to align with this new phase and remind the public of what the project is all about.”

The original plan was to reopen the facility in 2018, but a combination of delays and then the COVID-19 crisis derailed the renovation schedule. So, it’s fantastic news that the project is soon to be back up and running again! 

What to expect from the new-look Cleveland Pools 

The team undertaking the renovation of this Grade II listed gem are aiming to restore all of its best original features. This includes the Georgian changing cubicles and the largely unaltered listed buildings, including the central cottage which will be used as the main entrance.

The two pools will be restored for open air swimming, one to be used as an adults pool and the other as a shallower pool for children. The water will be naturally treated, and heated by pumps in the River Avon. There will be a new lounging and sitting area, a refreshment kiosk and new facilities such as toilets and showers. 

The site will benefit from improved disabled access, and a new heritage exhibition and learning space – which will work in partnership with local schools and Bath’s Holburne museum. 

Excitingly, there will also be a brand new river pontoon installed. This means you’ll be able to hop on a boat from Pulteney Bridge and travel along the river for a day of outdoor lido fun at Cleveland Pools. You’ll also be able to stay nearby, as our beautiful Herschel Place and Daniel St apartments are only a stones throw away.