A natural geothermal lido similar to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has opened in the UK
The UK’s first natural geothermal lido has opened – and it rivals Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.
The sustainable spa, filled with natural salt water is located in the iconic Art Deco Jubilee swimming pool in Penzance and uses all-natural methods to maintain its waters at a gentle temperature of 35 Â° C all year round.
The much anticipated swimming pool also offers stunning sea views, providing the perfect place to relax in the warm waters watching the world go by.
It opened to the first wave of swimmers on September 1, with bosses saying the pool will be open year-round – although that may not be possible this winter due to coronavirus restrictions.
A family of local swimmers had the inaugural honor of being the first group to experience the Geo Pool.
The geothermal pool is the latest step in a Â£ 1.8million upgrade to the site – the UK’s largest lido.
It works by taking hot sea water from a geothermal well more than 410m below the surface, extracting the heat from this water using heat pumps and distributing it to the swimming pool, before reinjecting the colder water into the soil.
The entire pool can accommodate up to 600 swimmers, but due to current social distancing guidelines, it can hold up to 150 people.
The normal capacity of the geothermal pool will be 50 people, but under current rules the limit will be 15.
There will be at least five sessions per day, with morning sessions for adults only. In addition, there will be three early evening adult-only sessions per week.
The development is the first of its kind to provide heated water to a lido in the UK and will now serve as a showcase for the supply of low-carbon geothermal heat. The heated pool has also improved changing rooms and showers, a new cafe with double seating capacity, and a new multi-purpose community space as part of the investment.
There are also plans to combine geothermal pool sessions with drinks, meals and treatments such as facials and massages in the future.
The standard price for a 1 hour session in the geothermal pool is Â£ 11.75 for an adult and Â£ 8.20 for a child, although children under four are free, but there are rates reduced for residents. Sessions must be booked in advance.
The pool has already proven popular, with most September dates sold out.
Commenting on the opening of the new facility, Jubilee Pool boss Nicola Murdoch said: âThe opening of the geothermal pool marks the completion of the Â£ 1.8million upgrade to our facilities here. at Jubilee Pool.
“We are incredibly proud to be the first in the UK to have such a pool and we are delighted to be able to provide such a unique resource to our community.
âThis redevelopment project is the result of the tenacity, resilience and commendable commitment of the directors (past and present) who have ensured this project becomes reality despite some significant challenges along the way.