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New life for derelict city lido
Clifton Lido in Bristol
The Clifton Lido closed to the public in 1990
A derelict Victorian lido which campaigners feared would be lost, has been bought by a company for a restoration project.

The Bristol-based Glass Boat Company plans to revive the Clifton Lido by building a restaurant and cafe.

A spokesman said there were also plans for "...a sympathetic restoration of the Grade II-listed property".

Plans to demolish the historic lido and turn the site into flats were withdrawn at the last minute in December 2003.

The lido, which was designed by Bristol architect Richard Shackleton-Pope in 1850 and is grade II-listed, closed to the public 15 years ago.

Alex Reilley, of the Glass Boat Company, said: "As a project, restoring and resurrecting a Victorian lido in the heart of Clifton is about as unique as it comes.

"We see the lido very much as the Victorians did, as more than just somewhere to have an open-air swim, but also as somewhere for families and friends to meet and socialise."

Ben Appleby of the Friends of the Clifton Pool said "I never gave up and lots of other people never gave up.

"We are all delighted that the Glass Boat Company has had the vision to see that the pool can be resurrected."

Lido plan withdrawn
09 Dec 03 |  Wiltshire
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