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Pool and spa council's preferred choice for King's Meadow Baths restoration
POSTED 04 Oct 2013 . BY Chris Dodd
A £3m spa complex has been chosen as Reading Council’s preferred choice to be used in the restoration of the Grade II listed King’s Meadow Baths, which has been closed since 1974.

More than £1.25m was needed to restore the lido, which the council did not have the funds for, leaving the site to be offered out on a 250-year lease to tender.

The council chose the spa plans, ahead of four other bids, one of which included turning the lido into a temporary ice rink.

It is thought the new development could include a pool, as well as spa facilities, with those potentially in charge, the Glass Boat Company, responsible for the restoration of a previous derelict Lido in the Clifton area of Bristol.

Other funding was previously being gathered by the King’s Meadow Campaign, however the community group was only able to raise £10,000 after two years.

“The council would need more detail on how the spa plans would impact on parkland surrounding the lido and on whether the pool would be made affordable for local residents to use,” said council leader Jo Lovelock as the proposed development goes for planning approval.

If planning is approved, construction of the facility could begin next spring.
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Spa in Reading's King's Meadow Baths
Plans to restore a Grade II-listed lido in Reading, UK, have been approved by councillors. Thames Lido Ltd is in charge of the £3m (US$4.5m, €3.8m) development of the Kings Meadow Baths lido and spa, having been granted a 250-year lease by the local council in July 2014.

Location: Reading , United Kingdom
Budget: £3m

 


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04 Oct 2013

Pool and spa council's preferred choice for King's Meadow Baths restoration

BY Chris Dodd

The Grade II listed King’s Meadow Baths has been closed since 1974

A £3m spa complex has been chosen as Reading Council’s preferred choice to be used in the restoration of the Grade II listed King’s Meadow Baths, which has been closed since 1974.


More than £1.25m was needed to restore the lido, which the council did not have the funds for, leaving the site to be offered out on a 250-year lease to tender.

The council chose the spa plans, ahead of four other bids, one of which included turning the lido into a temporary ice rink.

It is thought the new development could include a pool, as well as spa facilities, with those potentially in charge, the Glass Boat Company, responsible for the restoration of a previous derelict Lido in the Clifton area of Bristol.

Other funding was previously being gathered by the King’s Meadow Campaign, however the community group was only able to raise £10,000 after two years.

“The council would need more detail on how the spa plans would impact on parkland surrounding the lido and on whether the pool would be made affordable for local residents to use,” said council leader Jo Lovelock as the proposed development goes for planning approval.

If planning is approved, construction of the facility could begin next spring.



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