UK’s first geothermal pool opens and it’s like Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
The UK’s first geothermal pool has opened in Penzance, Cornwall – and based on these great photos, we don’t need to save for this Blue Lagoon vacation in Iceland anymore!
Art-deco style, the vast lido uses underground heat to keep the seawater pool at a very swimmable temperature of 35 ° C.
Visitors can relax in the natural salt waters while taking in panoramic views of Cornwall’s rugged coastline, including the nearby landmark St Michael’s Mount.
Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
Tourists have flocked to take in the waters since the original lido – built on the same site – opened in 1935.
The pool – which is the UK’s largest saltwater lido – is community-run, community-run and recently underwent a £ 1.8million upgrade.
Partly publicly funded, the redesign saw 1,400 people (including 970 local in Penzance) donate £ 540,000 to the project.
The BBC reported that the first person to swim in the reopened lido was the family of local swimmer and Project supporter Joyce Cooper.
Ms Cooper was an appropriate choice, as she had been at the opening of the popular lido 85 years ago, but sadly passed away before the lido redesign was complete.
The Jubilee Pool website explains that: “The geothermal system works by extracting hot water from the geothermal well by removing heat from that water using heat pumps and distributing it to the pool through a heat exchanger. , before reinjecting the colder water into the soil. “
“This combined system makes it possible to maintain the temperature of the swimming pool with a very low carbon footprint. It is the first of its kind in the UK and will serve as a showcase for the supply of low carbon geothermal heat.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the lido has implemented a number of health and safety measures.
While the normal pool capacity is 50 people, under current restrictions the limit will be 15.
Anyone else very tempted to book a stay in Penzance after looking at these photos ?!