A popular lido in the Cotswolds has received a grant-aided, low-carbon refurbishment, which includes a ground source heat pump (GSHP) and solar PV. Chipping Norton’s award-winning outdoor pool, which was saved from closure back in 2003 thanks to a high-profile campaigner, has undergone a two-year renovation programme to help reduce its energy costs.

The refurbishment involved stripping out the plant room to install the GSHP, a UV water treatment system as well as 60 solar PV panels on the roof to help provide power as well as an income out of season. The 45kW Dimplex GSHP was installed by Ecovision and draws heat from nine 120-plus metre deep boreholes drilled in the car park. The additional electricity demand of the heat pump is offset by the solar PV panels on the changing room roof.

Grants for the £140,000 refurbishment were secured from sources including the Community Sustainable Energy Programme, the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2, the EDF Green Energy Fund and the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment.