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Reduce energy use at Chester Baths

Funded on Spacehive 14 December 2021 Delivered 1 December 2022

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Reduce energy use at Chester Baths

Reduce energy use at Chester Baths

Chester Swimming Association Ltd By Chester Swimming Association Ltd

Chester Baths is heavily used by children and adults who want to learn how to swim and to also to keep fit. The pool plant has been updated and we now need to invest in a pool cover to keep heat in.

Chester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Dec 2021!

A major drain on finances when operating a swimming-pool is the cost of heating the water, in our case by gas-fired boilers. A daily headline news item is the rapid increase in the cost of gas, so it is imperative that we reduce our consumption to lower our financial outlay, to ensure the future security of swimming in Chester, and to reduce our impact on climate change. The easiest way to do this is to fit a professionally-designed pool cover that can be easily and quickly put in position when no-one is actually using the pool. This project seeks to provide sufficient funds to purchase such a pool-cover, and make a significant long-term contribution towards a reduction in harmful gasses caused by our gas-fired boilers.

What we'll deliver:

  • This project will purchase a pool-cover for the Atlantic Pool.
  • Warmer water for our swimmers.
  • A more secure future for Chester City Baths.

Why it's a great idea:

Chester Swimming Association is the charity determined to keep swimming alive and well at Chester City Baths, a Grade Two building in the centre of Chester. Following the lockdowns, we are rapidly re-building our 'Learn-to-Swim' program for children, our sub-aqua club recently won a trophy for the best diving-club in the UK, we have successful water-polo and triathlon clubs, along with swimming sessions and lessons for all ages, both competitive and for leisure. The cost of our gas-fired heating urgently needs to be reduced, something that can easily be done by fitting a pool-cover. This will also reduce our impact on climate change, promote our membership and therefore increase the number of staff required, support the clubs that use our facility, provide a long-term future for our building, and provide warmer water in our pool, an essential part of teaching that essential skill to children - the ability to swim.

Steps to get it done:

  • Obtain quotes
  • Install pool-cover.

The recent Olympic Games in Tokyo showed just how well the sport of swimming features in the UK, both for fully-able swimmers and those with disabilities. Today's report by Swim England suggests that the number of swimming-pools will reduce over the next decade, but we believe that with a little help, Chester City Baths has a part to play in producing our athletes of the future. We believe that installing a pool-cover is essential to that future.

Location Chester

About the space

Chester City Baths is located at the junction of Union Street and Bath Street, opposite Grosvenor Park, and close to the centre of Chester.


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £21,072

Pool cover - £19,860 (94%)
Other - £1,212 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Pool cover
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees

Total £21,072

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