Published on December 11th, 2014 | by Luke Hardy4
Thames Lido plans given green light
Plans for the complete restoration of Kings Meadow Baths in Caversham have been given the go-ahead by members of Reading Councillors at a planning committee meeting yesterday evening.
The proposals, submitted by the Thames Lido Ltd, include the construction of a new pool, spa facilities, treatment rooms, a bar and restaurant. The company were chosen as preferred bidders by Reading Borough Council back in 2013 due to their previous successful redevelopment of Bristol Lido from a disused and derelict building into a popular attraction.
Kings Meadow Baths is a grade-II listed building which can trace its origins back to the 18th Century. Its redevelopment into Thames Lido will see it open to the public for the first time in over forty years.
Despite overwhelming support for the project, some criticisms of the proposals have been made. Some Reading residents previously had concerns that the price of admission would be too high; however, Thames Lido Ltd responded by announcing they would offer reduced rates to those in possession of a Your Reading Passport.
Additionally, Reading CAMRA raised concerns over the future of the Reading Beer Festival in wake of the redevelopment. However, Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport, responded to these concerns – expressing Reading Council’s continued commitment to the Reading Beer Festival and other regular events that use the Kings Meadow site.
With the proposals given the green light, work is expected to begin on the Thames Lido project soon following current repairs to the building.