Stratford Park Lido

Stroud District Council and a group of volunteer supporters have been working together to investigate the future of Stratford Park Lido, how it can be improved and whether it can be restored or regenerated to celebrate its historic 1930s features. The group was awarded a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Stroud Town Council which was used to pay for Tricolor, a heritage planning consultancy. Tricolor specialises in historic properties and HLF-supported projects and was commissioned to produce a feasibility study for the Stratford Park Lido on their behalf.

Although initially heated before the war, the lido is now a cold water pool, open for around 100 days a year during the summer months. The lido has some repair requirements and also, offers no access for disabled people.

This lack of access is reflected in the community’s engagement with the pool. The visitor numbers have been falling each year with an average of between 5,000 and 8,500 visits over the summer season.

As part of the feasibility study, Tricolor have undertaken the following processes:

● A Market Assessment to better understand the offer within the area and the different audiences
● A Market Comparator Review to better understand what works well / doesn’t work well at other lidos and historic swimming pools
● Community consultation to better understand the views of the people of Stroud and key stakeholders
● A Longlist of potential options for the future of the lido based on the market assessment
● An outline of Shortlist of Feasibility Options outlining in more detail the impact and opportunities available to the lido.

The final report, including the shortlist of options, was presented to the public at a Feedback and Evaluation Open Day on Saturday 30th September 2017 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

A copy of the final report can be downloaded Stratford Park Lido – Final Report (v7) – 09.11.2017.