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Broomhill Pool was built by Ipswich County Borough Council and opened on April 30th 1938. The pool was designed, in glorious Art Deco style, by the Ipswich County Borough Surveyor, Mr E McLaughlin. The main pool was 55 yards long and eight lanes wide. The diving pit at the deep end was approximately five metres deep and there was a grandstand for spectators.
The post-war period was boom time for Broomhill Pool (as it was for many outdoor pools). The 1970’s and 1980’s saw as many as 2,000 swimmers a day packing into the pool during the heat waves and as many as 50-60,000 swimmers over the season as a whole. However, the rapid increase in availability of indoor swimming facilities in the 1970’s onwards created significant competition for the Pool and participation reduced significantly.
At the end of the 2002 season, in the face of mounting pressures on capital and revenue budgets, Ipswich Borough Council announced that the Pool would not be reopening in 2003. Soon after, the Friends of Broomhill Pool group (subsequently the Broomhill Pool Trust) was set up and the Pool gained formal Grade II listing.
Fusion Lifestyle has developed an unrivalled track record in the restoration of historic and listed buildings for the development of community sports and wellbeing facilities, including Brockwell Lido in Lambeth, Wycombe Rye Lido and the City Baths in Newcastle.
Fusion has entered into a 50-year lease for the Broomhill Pool site and has gained listed building consent and conditional planning permission for a full restoration and redevelopment of the site which will deliver the following outcomes:
Fusion has committed £2million to this project and has successfully secured a further £3.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £1.5million from Ipswich Borough Council.
KLH Architects became involved with the Broomhill restoration project when Alan Wilkinson and his team from the former practice WPP Architects joined KLH in 2015. Alan had been involved in the project since 2002 when the pool was closed and Broomhill Pool Trust’s campaign began to save it. Initially in a voluntary capacity and later as contracted professionals, WPP and then KLH have worked with the Trust and with Fusion and have supported the project throughout this time. The practice believes in the value of this facility for the community in and around Ipswich and is very pleased to be leading the design team that is working hard alongside Fusion to try to bring the project to fruition.
KLH Architects are an RIBA Chartered practice formed in 1988. The Directors Rob, Graham, Alan, Martyn and Bryan are committed to the day to day running of the business and are proud of how the practice has matured over the last three decades. The practice has extensive experience in healthcare and education projects, along with private residential commissions and a growing experience in conservation and conversion of older buildings.
Wider aspects of architecture and its benefits are actively promoted by the practice and it is very much involved in the community, giving time and experience to support the local area, businesses and charities.
On the Broomhill Pool project, KLH are supported by a great team of specialists and all are engaged in tackling the challenges that are presented by the task of restoring an 80 year old concrete structure so that it may be re-opened for public use. Structural engineers MLM, have grappled with the technology of concrete repair and restoration alongside the structural design of the new-build Health and Wellbeing Centre. Johns, Slater & Haward are mechanical and electrical engineers whose challenge is the design of the systems that supply and treat the water to the pools, the heating and ventilation of the buildings and the complete new electrical installation across the site.
Assisting all the designers, the team also includes Castons Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers, whose task is the management of the construction project finances and the process of appointing a Contractor to carry out the work. Castons have extensive experience in delivering projects similar to Broomhill and they keep a watchful eye over the development of the design and the solution of the various technical issues that the designers have to address.
In addition to all the design professionals, a project like this needs a range of specialists providing input on matters of ecology, highways engineering, tree care and planting, asbestos removal, diving stage restoration and the many facets of health and safety planning.
As we have previously described, our current programme for the restoration and redevelopment of the Pool expects the main construction works to start in Spring 2020, but, prior to that, we will need to undertake some enabling works to some of the trees within the boundary of the site. These works have to be carried out early in the year, outside of the bird nesting season.
We can confirm that local specialist company MB Trees have been appointed to carry out these works and the works themselves are due to start on Monday 3rd February. At the moment we anticipate that the works will be completed some time in week commencing 17th February.
The majority of the works will take place within the boundaries of the Pool site itself, but, at various stages of the works, some of the footpaths around the Pool will be subject to temporary diversion and/or closure. We will ensure that these diversions and closures are minimised, but you will understand that our priority is to ensure that the works are carried out in a way that guarantees the safety of the general public and those carrying out the work.
Whilst there will be vehicles on site through the course of the works, we do not expect that any significant disruption to access to the car park associated with the Pool.
In our efforts to care for the environment we are currently in discussion with a local charity that may be able to use some of the timber from the felled trees in its workshop where people with disabilities produce garden furniture. The charity will be visiting the site and identifying which timber sections they wish to have. We are also looking at whether some of the wood chips and smaller timbers might be re-used within the park to create wildlife habitats etc.. Any timber that cannot be used in this way will be removed and sent for use as a renewable energy source or put back onto land as a mulch where it will benefit the eco-system.
You might also be interested to know that as part of the planning permission, we have given an undertaking to plant new trees on a 2-for-1 basis, so that for each tree felled, two others will be planted in locations to be determined by Ipswich Borough Council.
If you have any comments or queries about the Broomhill Pool project and, in particular, if you have any interest in supporting the project and/or any ideas for the future use of the restored facilities, please do contact us