An art deco swimming pool in Cornwall has been given a new lease of life thanks to the addition of geothermal heating and community facilities designed.
The Jubilee Pool in Penzance is the largest of five seawater lidos in the UK and the first to be upgraded with a geothermal borehole, which provides a natural and low-energy method of heating the water.
Webb Yates worked with Scott Whitby Studio to complete Phase 1 of the project, which delivered a new café and restaurant alongside a suite of community and therapy spaces that has tied in with the pool’s long term plan to use geothermal energy to create a warm thermal bathing facility.
The triangular site is framed by a series of art-deco buildings which are infilled with new high-performance glazed extensions. Bi-fold doors allow the buildings to open up to the public promenade, allowing them to be used for various community events and activities. A sculpted roof structure – a timber stressed skin formed from a series of layers - unites the scheme with an undulating form facing the street.