Improvements Made to Pontypridd £6.3 Lido Design Plans
Improvements are being made to the regeneration plans for Pontypridd’s historic Lido. The iconic Grade II listed building in the heart of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is about to undergo a £6.3m restoration project, transforming the site into a state-of-the-art leisure facility for the whole family. £3m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government is being made available to restore the derelict lido with additional funding of £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £900,000 from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a contribution from Cadw.
A design team has now been appointed to complete the remaining design stages and following their recommendations, the Council has revised the technical designs for the ambitious restoration project further. This phase has allowed a number of improvements to the restoration proposals, and to incorporate some of the wider feedback received as part of the project’s progression.The changes to the original planning application will help to:
- Retain greater elements of historic fabric by maintaining a greater proportion of original features, and more closely replicating the original timber cubicles.
- Integrate eco-friendly technology on the new build changing block in a discreet manner by introducing a louvered plant screen, alongside installing further green technology on the new build café.
- Enhance the lidos accessibility, with improved level access to the lido entrance, increased depth of timber cubicles to assist wheelchair users, and enhanced provision of toilets.
The alterations will require a new planning application to go before Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Development Control Committee in the coming months. Completion of the restoration of the Lido is planned for the Summer of 2015.