Work Underway At Storm Damaged Lido

Major renovations will see the lido restored to its former glory and is due to open next year.
Major renovations will see the lido restored to its former glory and is due to open next year.

Jubilee Pool, an iconic feature of the Penzance seafront for 80 years, is undergoing a major renovation, following significant damage suffered during the winter storms of 2014.

The £2.95 million project includes essential structural improvements and repairs, which will return the lido to its former glory.

Works to be completed include: • Anchoring the pool floor to the rock bed • Repairs to external wall and structure • Stabilisation and repairs to terraces and changing rooms • Replacement of paving and hand railings • Upgrading the pool drainage system and electrical systems

Described as one of the most unusual and pleasingly designed lidos of the era, Jubilee Pool was designed in the early 1930s and was opened with great celebration in May 1935. The pool was a popular amenity for over 50 years, however, by 1992 the pool had become dilapidated to the extent that its future operation was in doubt. The Friends of Jubilee Pool was formed to secure essential grant funding to contribute to the pool’s restoration over two phases in 1994. Since then The Friends have kept a watchful eye on the pool and have continued to ensure it receives the vital public funding it requires to remain open.

In 2009 there was a real threat that this annual funding might be lost, but in recent years Cornwall Council has recognised its importance as a local amenity and national heritage asset.

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “Cornwall Council welcomes the fact that we have reached this long awaited milestone and works have begun at Jubilee Pool. This project is a celebration of the spirit of collaboration and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners in the future.”

Martin Nixon, chair of The Friends added: “We are delighted that this project is finally underway and are very grateful to all those who have contributed to our fundraising efforts; helping to contribute to the restoration of the pool and in turn creating a sustainable future for this much loved amenity.”