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Ipswich Borough Council seek "Expressions of Interest" for Broomhil Pool

As part of an “All Options Appraisal” for Ipswich’s grade II listed lido, Ipswich Borough Council have taken out “Expressions of Interest” advertisements, in two respected industry journals. Ipswich Borough Council are “seeking parties wishing to work up detailed proposals to either refurbish, or redevelop, the existing redundant outdoor swimming pool, as a leisure facility in north-west Ipswich”.

Ipswich Borough Council states that “Ipswich is the fastest growing centre in the East of England... With 350,000 people within a few miles of the facility…this provides a unique leisure related opportunity. Ipswich is the cultural envy of other regional centres, its diversity of arts, entertainment and leisure is unparalleled. The development of University College of Suffolk along with the £1 billion investment in Ipswich Waterfront makes for exciting opportunities within Ipswich”.

Interested Parties can obtain further details and information pack, by contacting Simon Unthank, Ipswich Borough Council on 01473 432217 or email Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is noon 23 October 2009.

Mark Ling, Press Officer, Broomhill Pool Trust says:

“We welcome any initiative by Ipswich Borough Council to find a suitable, long term solution for Broomhill Pool. This is a tremendous opportunity for any leisure operator, and not least IBC themselves, if they have the political vision & will to make it happen. The 50m + pool IS the answer to Ipswich’s acknowledged, desperate shortage of swimming space.

The facility has tremendous potential, providing many future opportunities for an interested leisure operator:

1. Broomhill was built as a out door, HEATED POOL. The boilers were removed for WW2, but the proposed restoration includes sustainable energy heating. This means the pool can be potentially be open all year round. It has the only outdoor high diving boards in East Anglia.

2. The pool can additionally be used 12 months a year for many other leisure pursuits such as training, triathlon, sub aqua, wind surfing, dinghy sailing, water polo, and model boating.

3. There is also great interest from outdoor theatre, dance, arts and music to stage suitable events, using a unique setting, and the 700 seat grandstand.

4. The facility has also buildings ideal for conversion to exhibition centres, class rooms, and community rooms.

As just one of twelve grade 2 listed lidos left in Britain, Broomhill represents a practical & prestigious asset for any leisure operator !”


Mark Ling.
On behalf of The Broomhill Pool Trust


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