UK’s second oldest outdoor swimming pool re-opens after £750,000 refurbishment

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool will re-open tomorrow, Thursday 19th May, following a £750,000 refurbishment and investment in new facilities.

The works, which include new changing facilities, meeting rooms, an office and housing for the Pool’s pump and heating machinery represent Phase One of redevelopment works at the 147 year old public swimming pool.

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool was originally built in 1869, it is heated, and used annually by more than 20,000 people and run by a small group of volunteers and trustees. The pool, which is closely linked to the local community, is fed by natural spring water from an onsite well, which has been revealed and covered with a glass top as part of the works, allowing visitors to see the source of the water

The planned works, which is hoped will be completed during the 2016/2017 winter season, should an additional £160,000 of funding be sourced, will include solar panels, disabled access ramps and pool covers.

Mike Cutts, Chairman of Cirencester Open Air Pool comments: “The initial work was made possible through the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of several local organisations. We are lucky that one particularly supportive local donor provided a significant percentage of the funds needed, allowing the project to go ahead. The new changing rooms and facilities were a much needed change to the Pool. Our old facilities were becoming harder and more expensive to maintain and the work we have undertaken will ensure another 100 years of use and pleasure for both local residents and visitors to Cirencester.”

An official opening ceremony and gala evening will take place on June 24th, 2016 at Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool, attended by the Pool’s patron – The Rt. Hon. The Countess Bathurst and Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP. Members of the press are welcome to attend. Please contact Adam Baggs of Soaring Worldwide (adam@soaringww.com) for further information.