Broomhill Pool gets a mini makeover after graffiti damage

A swimming pool set to receive a major facelift has received a mini makeover after vandals covered the site in graffiti. Fusion Lifestyle is looking to secure Heritage Lottery Funding to protect Broomhill Pool’s future as a community asset.

The site has been has been kept clean, tidy and graffiti free for seven years under a partnership of Community Payback and The Broomhill Pool Trust. But, when vandals broke in just hours before a site visit from the Mayor of Ipswich, KLH Architects, the firm charged with its redesign, knew they had to act.

Wanting to make a good first impression, the Ipswich firm sent in a team of volunteers to assist Broomhill Trust and Broomhill Library Friends members with scrubbing brushes and paint brushes on one of the hottest afternoons of the year.

Alan Wilkinson from KLH Architects, who supported the clean up, said: “It’s vital to everyone involved in the project that we have the full support of Ipswich Borough Council and everyone knows that first impressions count.”

The Broomhill Pool has been shut for 13 years. But the site was the subject of a public consultation late last year, where 95% of those who took part said they wanted it re-opening.

Mr Wilkinson said: “The pool could be a fantastic asset which will sit at the heart of the community when fully restored.”

Mark Ling of the Broomhill Trust added: “It’s such a shame that one or two oblivious people decided to graffiti the site when so many people are working hard behind the scenes to bring our dreams of the pool re-opening to reality.”

“It will benefit so many people here in Ipswich and will be an attraction which will bring people into the area.”

“We must give our thanks to KLH Architects for supplying vital elbow grease to get it looking smart again.”

A Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been submitted by Fusion Lifestyle, who are spearheading the ‘Save Broomhill Pool’ initiative, the result of which is due to be revealed in September this year.

Subject to planning permission it is envisaged that the works, based on the designs done by KLH Architects, would take 12 months to complete.

Mr Wilkinson said: “Local projects are important to us. We are proud to be from Ipswich and are in an enviable position of being able to influence how some of our most notable buildings will look.”

“We do an awful lot of local community and charitable work in our town and our Trading for Good application, which we are currently compiling, will demonstrate that.”

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The pool could be a fantastic asset which will sit at the heart of the community when fully restored