The Jubilee Pool in Penzance is set to become UK’s first geothermally heated facility thanks to a hugely successful local fundraising campaign.
A Crowdfunder page was created to raise funds for the ground-breaking project and, after hitting its minimum target of £350,000, an additional target of £500,000 was set. On 30 October, 2018 the project successfully raised a total of £528,680 from 1380 investors in 153 days. With the additional money, the pool hopes to fund revamped disabled access and facilities and refurbishment of the changing rooms.
Jubilee Pool Director Susan Stuart said: “The additional fundraising really is a game changer for the pool and Penzance. This project means people will visit all year around from far and wide and will boost the local economy and help regenerate the town. It also means for us we can borrow less and pay less interest so we can spend our money as efficiently as possible and improve our facilities and service from not just ‘great’ but to ‘excellent’.”
Widely considered to be the best example of a pre-war Lido in the world, the Jubilee has provided safe seawater swimming for people of all ages for decades.
In June 2018, planning permission was granted for the Jubilee’s ambitious geothermal project, which aimed to heat the pool all year round with temperatures up to 35 centigrade.
Drilling had already started to reach the hot rocks which will be used to heat the water – however this was put on hold to enable better traffic flow during the summer holidays. The work restarted in mid-September and remains underway.