Open air swimming pool plan for ambitious Ardagh refurbishment

July 04 2016

The Horfield Common Community Interest Company (CIC) have plans to improve the Ardagh site regenerating the original sport facilities and adding some new ones.

The Horfield Common Community Interest Company (CIC) have plans to improve the Ardagh site regenerating the original sport facilities and adding some new ones.

Earlier this year, Bristol City Council supported Horfield Common CIC in undertaking a Community Asset Transfer which will result in the Ardagh being run by the community for the community.

Rob Savage, project coordinator, said: “It used to be a thrilling place. It is coming back thanks to the great work of the Friends of Horfield Common and now the CIC has ambitions to deliver on a wider sport and community portfolio for all users of the park.

“The most important thing for us is that everyone can now and in the future access what we aim to offer. Our mantra is affordability, accessibility and sustainability.”

The plans include a new multi-purpose games area for different types of ball and net games, a refurbished pavilion and a fresh water open air swimming pool.

Rob Savage added: “We want to be as green and technologically advanced as possible. We are currently researching into cutting-edge solar technology to provide the power to heat the pool with any over production powering the rest of the site. The freshwater pool will use a natural bio filter so there will be no nasty chemicals.

“Bringing water into public parks has proven time and again to be very successful all around the country.”

All the ideas are still at the proposal stage. In September, students of UWE architecture will come on site to work on development proposals and the results will be presented around Christmas. With keen support from the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body for tennis in UK, as well as the Council and the CIC working really hard on successfully securing additional funding,things are looking very exciting. 

Watch this space!