The Future Is Certain for the UK's Oldest Lido; Cleveland Pools Trust Announce Operator
Cleveland Pools Trust is thrilled to announce its future operating partner will be Fusion Lifestyle. Following the completion of restoration work in Summer 2022, Fusion Lifestyle will manage the day-to-day running of the Pools. This will enable local people to enjoy swimming at this nationally important historic facility once again, following a major campaign and capital project to restore the venue.
Fusion Lifestyle is a registered charity created to promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles and encourage participation in sport, physical and cultural activity. It manages around 60 facilities on behalf of its partners most of whom are either local authorities or trusts. Fusion Lifestyle operates existing renowned and successful outdoor swimming pools including Saltdean, Brockwell Park and Shepton Mallet lidos.
Paul Simons, Chair of Cleveland Pools Trust said:
'Fusion Lifestyle is an ideal operating partner for the Trust, they have a wealth of experience in the leisure
sector and a real passion for engaging with communities to ensure maximum local benefit. We are very
pleased to be working with them to deliver access for all to this remarkable, restored unique heritage
Anna Baker, Cleveland Pools Trust Project Director said:
'I am delighted with the progress we have made this year. Securing an operator for the project is the next
step in ensuring the Pools' long-term use after years of hard work by so many people. The Trust set out to
save this unique site which was at risk of being lost forever - thanks to community backing and huge
volunteer efforts we are proud to say the Pools have been saved. The installation of the pontoon and
water source heat pump later this year will complete the work required to make the site fit for purpose
for many generations to come.'
Anthony Cawley, CEO at Fusion Lifestyle said:
'Fusion Lifestyle is delighted to be selected by the Cleveland Pools Trust as operators of this unique pool.
The work that has been done by the Trust and volunteers to restore the pool is incredible and we look
forward to working with the Trust and local community to ensure that as many people can benefit from
access to this fantastic site as soon as possible.'
Pools Preview Period: September 2022 - Spring 2023
The restoration of the site including the pools and listed buildings is on track to be completed in August. From September, Fusion Lifestyle plans to hold several events including cold-water swimming, guided tours, family activities and community group visits. Typically, high season for the Pools will run between April and September, therefore there will be a series of launch events to be held in Spring 2023 when the pools will be open to heated water swimming.
Planning Permission for the Pontoon
At the request of the Environment Agency, due to the potential impact of climate change, the Trust has revised the design of the pontoon structure to be positioned in the River Avon. Once installed, the pontoon will provide infrastructure not only for visitor access as required under the conditions of the planning permission but to enable the operator of the pools to run a water source heat pump at that location, which will use energy from the river to heat the pool water in a sustainable way. Swimming in 2022 will be offered in unheated water; the first full season offering heated water swimming will commence in spring 2023.