Beard takes the water to restore the Lido Bath


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The Cleveland Pools were built in 1815 and were in use until the 1980s, but have fallen into disrepair, as lead contractor Beard has to ship all machinery, materials, and the plant for work worth £ 6.5 million by barge as Cleveland Pools are accessed by River road. Cleveland Pools is the UK’s oldest public outdoor pool, built in 1815. The pools have not been in use since the mid-1980s and the building is listed on the Buildings in Danger Register of English Heritage. The site is described as a “hidden gem – so hidden that many residents of Bath itself still do not know its existence”. It is only accessed via a quiet cul-de-sac and a narrow path, tucked away by the River Avon (which originally fed the two pools). For Beard, this means using a river is the only option. The restoration work comes on the heels of a 17-year community campaign led by the Cleveland Pools Trust. Lido swimmers in 1960, the machinery, building materials and equipment needed to carry out work must be loaded on site at the nearby Avon Rugby Club, which is being used as a base, and carried upstream on a pontoon propelled by a purpose-built barge. Among the works to be undertaken are the restoration of two swimming pools – the main crescent-shaped pool for adults and a smaller pool for children. There will also be a renovation of Grade II listed buildings * that have not been significantly altered, and the central cottage has been modernized for use as a main entrance and payment point, with the first floor becoming a caretaker apartment. The work is due to be completed in time for the swimmers’ return next summer, for the first time since 1984 and will be available to everyone, both physically and financially. Beard Project Manager Mark Tregelles said there are some unusual logistical challenges in terms of getting to the site and getting started. He said, “We recognize how culturally important this development is to the community and the wider region, not only as a Grade II listed building * but also as a space for the community to use and enjoy upon its completion. We are working closely with the Cleveland Pools Trust to realize their vision to make it an accessible and enjoyable place for all. Users, and also to reflect the rich history behind the nationally important site. ”But it is definitely a different possibility for Beard as we had to do a lot of work in preparation for creating a base down the river at Avon Rugby Club, which we would use as a download site to get everything we needed on the barge and sail to the site. . “There cannot be many construction projects today that require access by boat. Therefore, we are pleased to begin after months of planning, leveraging years of experience working on culturally important buildings to ensure timely delivery to the community.” The project was supposed to start in March 2020, but was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic struck. This is also increasing costs. The Cleveland Pools Trust found funding from the National Lottery Heritage Trust, Department of Culture, Media and Sports, Local Council, Historic England, and public donations. The total costs of the project for the period 2019-2025 are just over the £ 8m limit, as the fund needs to raise another £ 400,000 over the next 18 months to achieve all results. Do you have a story? Email [email protected]


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