Jubilee Pool project wins national award!
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) announced the winner of its People’s Choice Award, celebrating the most popular UK civil engineering projects at an awards ceremony in central London.
Jubilee Pool, Penzance saw off competition from 11 other fantastic projects across the UK, thanks to huge support from the general public.
A Grade II listed saltwater lido in Penzance, Jubilee Pool is one of the last of its kind in Europe. This £3 million restoration project has preserved a key landmark of national historical importance, giving it a truly new lease of life.
The pool was officially reopened by Prince Charles in July 2016 and since reopening the facility has welcomed over 100,000 visitors to the pool, having a direct effect on the local tourism industry and economy. Cornwall Council have now handed the pool over to community ownership via Friends of Jubilee Pool, which shows the passion of the local people for this historic asset and their willingness to take responsibility for its long term future.
“This is a fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into keeping this pool going throughout the years”
Cornwall Council Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool steering group, Adam Paynter, said: “This is a fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into keeping this pool going throughout the years. In 2014, the pool was nearly destroyed. In 2017, it’s won a national award and is a real jewel in the crown for Cornwall. This award is testimony to all those involved from concept, design, delivery, to ongoing management, as well as to the people of Penzance and Cornwall and beyond, who supported it so well.
Martin Nixon, from Friends of Jubilee Pool, said: “We're thrilled the pool has been recognised in this way. It's a very popular community owned asset, making a significant contribution to Penzance's economy by attracting visitors to our beautiful town.”
All the projects nominated were carefully chosen by their region to showcase the significant contribution civil engineering makes to the local community and landscape.
The trophy was presented to the project team with representatives attending from Cornwall Council and the contractors Cormac, by Lord Robert Mair, President of the Institution at One Great George Street in Westminster.
Jubilee Pool won this award thanks to overwhelming support from the general public; it has shown how important our heritage projects are. All those involved would like to thank all who voted for getting it to the top spot.