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GRADE II LISTED
CLIFTON POOL RE-OPENS
Heritage Pools helps re-create the splendour of the Lido’s Victorian glamour
he iconic Grade II listed Clifton
T
Pool in Bristol has completed a
renovation and is open for
business, together with spa,
poolside bar and restaurant. The pool
opened at the beginning of last month and
is heated throughout the winter to 25°C
which has attracted some keen swimmers.
Two of the first to dive in were Richard
Barnes and Richard Nuell, who both swam
15 laps of the 24m pool before enjoying a
stint in the spa and relaxing in the 85°F
sauna. The general manager, Mark Thwaites
added: “What an amazing morning to finally
see the Lido welcoming swimmers.”
The pool dates back to the Victorian era
when lidos were created as people sought
to achieve the glamour of the Venice Lido
(from where they took their name) in an
urban setting.
Lidos lost their popularity due to poor
British weather and the increase in cheap always wonderful to see such a historic pool “Space is very limited on site, which meant
flights to the sun, which meant that the restored to its former glory. The brief was that we had to use every bit of space
British public could jet away. Lidos were also to recreate the splendour of the original, available. The old pool plant equipment
hampered during the 1980s by legislation with a distinctly modern twist on the theme was ancient but once we had removed it
that forced local authorities to subcontract as the end result is to include both a spa and installed the new kit, the project
out the management of services. With no and glass fronted restaurant, all of which began to really take shape,” said Andrews.
statutory requirement to keep Lido’s open, will add to the visitor’s experience.” As an infinity edge was requested,
they were often subcontracted to private Pool contractors will know that a Heritage created a ‘pool within a pool’ by
firms who discovered that in order to keep restoration can be more difficult than a creating a new reinforced concrete pool
them, savings had to be made. This meant new build and with Clifton Pool being shell inside the existing pool, with the
that buildings went into disrepair and fewer hemmed in by adjoining buildings, edges raised to achieve an all round infinity
made the effort to visit. Heritage Pools had their work cut out. effect. The interior and raised outside edge
At their height of popularity, there “The site certainly provided some of the pool has been finished with dark
were 300 Lidos open in the UK, now there challenges,” said Andrews. “The entrance blue porcelain 500mm tiles, and the pool
are just 87. has a listed façade and so many build surround is a contrasting porcelain tile. At
The Clifton Lido has been closed for the materials had to be craned into the site. Our the perimeter there is a stainless steel deck
past 18 years until businessman Arne trademark sprayed concrete had to be run in channel grating. Pool heating is
Ringner thought it deserved some through the reception with an exceptionally supplemented by solar panels to reduce
attention and decided to restore it. large pipe because we were unable to park the carbon footprint of the project and a
Ringner selected Heritage Pools to do the the mixer lorry next to the pool. This also waste heat exchange system further adds
work as he wanted a pool company that meant that we had to complete this stage of to the project’s green credentials. spn
could achieve a sympathetic restoration of the job as fast as possible to minimise
a very high quality. disruption to local residents.”
HERITAGE POOLS
Brian Andrews, managing director of Besides restoration of the pool, the pool
telephonesolid 01483 235858
Heritage Pools said, “We were delighted to plant equipment had to be removed and
envelopeback info@heritagepools.co.uk
win such a prestigious contract and it is new machines installed underground.
pc www.heritagepools.co.uk
“THE BRIEF WAS TO RECREATE THE SPLENDOUR OF THE
ORIGINAL, WITH A DISTINCTLY MODERN TWIST ON THE
THEME AS THE END RESULT IS TO INCLUDE BOTH A SPA
AND GLASS FRONTED RESTAURANT, ALL OF WHICH WILL
ADD TO THE VISITOR’S EXPERIENCE”
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