Northcroft Lido

Project Overview

To deliver a major redevelopment of the lido at Northcroft Leisure Centre

Client: West Berkshire Council

Project value: £5.7 million

Partners: Myrtha Pools, Universal Civils & Build, UK Leisure Framework

About the Project

Commissioned by West Berkshire Council and developed by Alliance Leisure working in partnership with Myrtha Pools and Universal Civils & Build through the UK Leisure Framework, the new outdoor facilities include a 50 metre, Olympic size outdoor swimming pool supported by a splash pad and fun slide, beach hut style changing rooms, a sun terrace and a relaxation area, all of which are fully accessible.

It is anticipated that the new facilities, opened on the 21st August 2023, will accommodate 50,000 attendances each season. In addition to attracting more visitors to the facility through the inclusion of the splash pad, main pool, slides, residents will now also enjoy an extended season.

Moving forwards, Everyone Active has been appointed under a ten-year term to manage the Northcroft Leisure Centre and Newbury Lido as part of a wider leisure management agreement with West Berkshire Council.

It's fantastic to see so many people enjoying this amazing space again. There has been a lido on this site since 1870 so it’s part of the local DNA. The original pool was affected by ground water levels, which, over the years, undermined the integrity of the structure and became increasingly expensive to maintain. Now that the pool has been re-engineered with the benefit of modern-day learnings and technologies, families will be able to enjoy the many physical mental and social benefits of this amazing facility for many generations to come.
Greg Walker
Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure
This is exactly the kind of project we launched the Framework to support. The Northcroft lido has been a part of the community’s landscape for more than a century and its fantastic to secure its future for many more years to come. This was a technical project that required a high level of specialist expertise. Through the UK Leisure Framework we were able to engage expertise at all levels of the supply chain and feed this back through a single point of contact, Alliance Leisure. This helped to mitigate any risks that could threaten the budget or timescale of the project and ensured a smooth transition from concept through to launch.
Jamie Groves
Managing Director, Denbighshire Leisure

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