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Penzance Jubilee Pool restoration voted favourite civil engineering project

jubilee pool looking out to sea

The restoration of Jubilee Pool, a Grade II listed saltwater lido in Penzance, has been voted the UK public’s favourite civil engineering project in the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) annual People’s Choice Award.

Jubilee Pool is the largest seawater swimming pool in the UK - one of the last of its kind in Europe - and restoration called for major rock anchoring work.

Stablisation work to safeguard the Grade II-listed seafront structure started in 2015, following storm damage during the winter 2014.

Geotechnical contractor Saxton Drilling worked with Cormac Solutions to anchor the base of the tidal pool to the underlying bedrock. Work was temporarily halted in December 2015 when it was discovered that some of the newly installed ground anchors had failed. 


jubilee pool excellent visitor facility

jubilee pool excellent visitor facility

Cormac head of contracting Nick James said “Jubilee Pool has won this award though the support of the general public who have been asked by the Institution of Civil Engineers vote for their favourite civil engineering project in the UK. It reflects what the people who benefit from an improved built environment really think and it’s a great opportunity to say a big thank you to those who delivered the project. 

“As a Cornishman, it fills me with great pride that local engineering work, designed and delivered by a local company, on a local architectural gem, has been recognised across the country and won an award. The guys involved are absolutely thrilled and rightly so. They did a tremendous job.”

jubilee pool

jubilee pool

In winning the award the Institution of Civil Engineers director of UK regions Wendy Blundell said, “Projects like the Jubilee Pool restoration project underline how civil engineers directly transform people’s lives and safeguard the future for their families.

“We were delighted with the public’s enthusiasm for the ICE People’s Choice Award, with over 15,000 votes cast across the country. As the ICE prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018, we aim to continue raising public recognition for civil engineering and the significant positive impact it has on people’s quality of life.”

Since reopening in 2016, the pool has attracted over 100,000 visitors. Originally built in 1935, it has been extensively repaired and updated following the two-year £3M restoration. 

The restoration saw off competition from 11 other projects across the UK for the award. All projects nominated were chosen to showcase the significant contribution civil engineering makes to the local community and landscape.

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