A proud day coming up for all those who have worked towards the restoration and re-opening of the Cleveland Pools, as the Chair of the Trust visits will be in Venice tomorrow.
Paul Simons will be there to receive a Europa Nostra heritage award. The regeneration of Cleveland Pools was one of just 30 projects to be honoured as an ‘outstanding heritage achievement’, from a wide-ranging field of applications from 21 countries across the European area.
Europa Nostra Awards judges highlighted that the restoration of the Pools had been ‘driven by the local community’. They praised the use of ‘green energy and a holistic approach to reinstate the site’s original function while adapting it to 21st-century standards.
The restoration of the Cleveland Pools in Bath is a good example of rescuing open-air pools for northern Europe, and is a great example for other similar sites across the continent.’
Paul Simons, Chair of the Cleveland Pool Trustees said: “After three national awards the Cleveland Pools Trust is delighted with this European Heritage Award from Europa Nostra. It is further evidence of the appreciation of the amazing achievement of all involved. With the construction of the pontoon to provide a river boat bus-stop now underway, the project is in its final stage and we look forward to opening the pools for swimming in the coming months”
Meanwhile l hear, since the recent official opening, the Pools have been busy and most of the sessions have been full.
The Pools is now moving towards cold water swimming. I hear two workshops were held on the weekend and were booked out within minutes and there are two more next month.
For more information about the award visit https://www.europeanheritageawards.eu/winners/cleveland-pools
To learn more about Europa Nostra visit: https://www.europeanheritageawards.eu/about/