Sports and leisure management organisation Fusion Lifestyle is looking to return Broomhill Pool to its former glory by reinstating its original use.
Broomhill Pool is one of Ipswich’s lesser-known treasures, a Grade II listed 1930s lido that is currently lying unused. Historically, it was a much-loved local attraction, drawing up to 60,000 swimmers each year during its 1970-80s peak, with declining regular numbers prior to closure in 2002.
As well as the historic “Olympic-size” pool, Fusion Lifestyle’s proposal for the restored facility will include health and fitness facilities and opportunities for other water based leisure activities, such as canoeing and water polo. This will help to ensure that the site would be well used throughout the year and financially sustainable.
It is proposed that the Broomhill Pool complex will include:
• restored lido, grandstand and sun terraces;
• children’s pool;
• reinstated clock tower;
• warm-weather refreshment kiosk;
• health and fitness centre with a state of the art fitness suite, studios and an indoor cycling room;
• dedicated changing facilities for the lido;
• café with indoor and outdoor seating;
• an exhibition celebrating the Pool’s heritage.
Fusion Lifestyle is currently preparing a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support, which would make a crucial financial contribution towards the careful renovation of the Pool’s remaining historic fabric.
As part of this process they are looking to gain the views of local people and incorporate your ideas into the design process. They want to hear about your suggestions for new and restored facilities and possible additional activities and to capture memories of how you used the Pool before it closed.
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Fusion Lifestyle will have a stall at Cornhill Market on Saturday 4 October 2014 between 10.00am and 4.30pm to discuss their emerging proposals with local people.
An exhibition will also be available to view at the following locations during normal opening hours:
Monday 6 to Sunday 12 October 2014
Whitton Sports and Community Centre
Monday 13 to Sunday 19 October 2014
Northgate Sports Centre
Monday 20 to Sunday 26 October 2014
Fore Street Pool
Monday 27 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
Maidenhall Sports Centre
Monday 3 to Sunday 9 November 2014
Gainsborough Sports and Community Centre
Monday 10 to Sunday 16 November 2014