Over the last couple of years Jubilee Pool has received major investment in the form of engineering and refurbishment work to repair and protect it from seasonal storm damage. Thanks to the extensive work by Cormac and Cornwall Council, the project has received a People’s Choice Award at the Institute of Civil Engineers at the 2017 South West Civil Engineering Awards. It was also ‘highly commended’ for another award, in the ‘over £1 million’ category.
Jubilee Pool, based in Penzance, now boasts a refurbished pool giving it a more robust future. The project used an in innovative approach, with technical expertise and an environmental focus to really bring the pool back to life.
One of the key groups in making the project happen was the Friends of Jubilee Pool. For many years, the group has championed the pool’s heritage, provided volunteers, and sought the funding and political support needed to bring it back to its former glories. Now, they are running it with local people as a community benefit society.
Martin Nixon, chair of the friends group, said: “This award shows exactly how important Jubilee Pool is, not only to the people of Penzance, but to people well beyond the borders of Cornwall. It also demonstrates what can be achieved when a community takes ownership of a cause close to their hearts.”
Welcoming the award, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for Customers, said: “This provides recognition of the close partnership working between the Friends of Jubilee Pool, Cornwall Council, Penzance Town Council and Cormac to deliver this challenging project.
“This accolade speaks for itself. The pool is open and is being enjoyed by local residents and visitors to Penzance, and long may that continue”.
The pool is an important part of the town’s architectural heritage that until recently was in danger of falling into disrepair, and it’s fantastic to be able to have it brought back to life and enjoyed by so many again.
Jubilee Pool is being supported by a number of professionals including RIO through the Engine Room programme, which seeks to provide expert support for start up community businesses in Cornwall.