Thames Lido Commended


ThamesLidoOn Thursday 12th July at the London City offices of architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, it was announced that the Thames Lido, the restored Edwardian Ladies Baths in Kings Meadow, had won the Highly Commended Award in the Civic Voice’s Design Awards 2018 – Historic Buildings Category.

The Thames Lido received the Highly Commended Award alongside Turner’s House with both projects costing around £3m each.

Thames Lido also saw success in the “People’s Choice2 category, reaching 3rd place with around 250 votes.

Richard Bennett DL, Chair of Reading Civic Society said:

“The Reading Ladies Swimming Baths, believed to be the oldest surviving outdoor municipal pool of the Edwardian era, was THMSLD POOL7 311017built to allow women to bathe in privacy. Closed by the council in 1974, the building quickly fell into disrepair and, listed on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register, demolition beckoned. Since 2000, the local community has campaigned for a brighter future for the building; for a future to restore the baths into a community asset. In 2004 the campaigners succeeded in having the building added to Historic England’s list of Grade II buildings, which undoubtedly saved it from demolition.

Society members were taken from around the Lido by owner Arne Ringer in 2017 to see work in progress. We were impressed by his approach, it was clear how careful he was being to get the job he wanted.”

The Councillor for Environment, Planning and Transport, Tony Page, said:

“I’m delighted at the recognition accorded to the splendid Thames Lido, which is a credit to all involved in this project”.


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