Cleveland Pools Restoration

Constructing Excellence

The project saw a decaying Grade II* listed site being reinvigorated to its original purpose and glory, with fit-for-future environmentally friendly improvements. The restoration was the culmination of an extraordinary 18-year community campaign by Cleveland Pools Trust, supported by thousands of Bathonians. This project is special because it went the extra mile to fulfil its commitment to the community, the environment and the site’s heritage.

The 207-year-old Georgian site had significant logistical challenges – not only due to its heritage and listed status, nor the complexities relating to the topography of the site, nor the fact that we were carrying out major works in what could be seen as our neighbour’s back gardens – but we were also tasked with bringing 98% of all our plant, materials, and waste in/out of the project via the River Avon. The only exception to this was concrete and tarmac which was permitted to be brought in via a
narrow footpath, nestled between two houses on the quiet residential street.

This complex and unique project had significant and unprecedented challenges and required changes to some of our usual ways of working; but true collaboration between all project partners ensured the success of this project.

Three Winning Facts:
  1. 95% of all materials, plant and equipment used for the central Bath project were delivered via the River Avon
  2. Cleveland Pools are nestled into the back gardens of a quiet residential street, which required a high level of stakeholder engagement to keep local residents informed of the progress on site.
  3. 40 years after the last swimmers entered the water at Cleveland Pools, the pools have been returned to their former glory but now with warm showers, a kiosk and pool water sustainably heated by a water source heat pump.