Nearly £540,000 of the £1.8m funding for Jubilee Pool came through community shares and the Power to Change. The Architectural Heritage Fund provided the largest-ever loan from our Heritage Impact Fund to the project, and Cooperative Community Investment Fund stepped in to offer the rest. Together, the community and funders have enabled Jubilee Pool to become a year-round operation, creating a unified ‘hospitality zone’ along the pool’s top terrace comprising of a café, reception area, and retail and community/event space.
The Jubilee Pool project has balanced local need and tourism potential to create an environmentally and financially sustainable, year-round attraction using innovative green technology.
Andy Richardson, Head of Investment at the Architectural Heritage Fund said:
"The first-of-its-kind geothermal pool is an excellent example of how heritage sites can use new green technology to benefit their communities. We were really pleased to support Jubilee Pool with significant long-term social investment allowing them to develop the site and provide an environmentally sustainable year-round visitor offer. We hope other sites and social businesses can be inspired by, and learn from, ground-breaking projects such as this one."
Susan Stuart, Chair of Directors at Jubilee Pool said:
"Jubilee Pool is thrilled to be recognised for the environmental impact of our geothermal pool. This achievement is the result of countless hours of work from our team and an engaged community of local people and far-flung supporters with a desire to create positive change. We believe that the protection of a heritage asset is not mutually exclusive with environmentally focused innovation; the historical significance of Jubilee Pool played a fundamental role in securing the support required for the geothermal pool."