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Report - Uxbridge Lido - 17/02/07

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by yorkie, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. yorkie

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    Thought I'd get over to Uxbridge and take a look at the Lido before it gets redeveloped by Hillingdon Council. The plans aren't to knock it down and put luxary flats on it, they plan to redevelop the grade 2 listed pool into a new Lido. Originally built in 1936 it closed finally after the 2002 season.

    If anyone is interested the plans are here:

    http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/education/amr/lido.php

    They have already started to alter the site and put a big green security fence around the site, which does everything but keep people out! lol!

    I decided to focus my report on the pool as I always thought that there would be a strange atmosphere about an abandoned pool, but it was quite the opposite. I did have a look around the buildings, but they are trashed, so you wouldn't see anything that hasn't already been posted.

    140 mile round trip for 2 hrs of exploring in the lovely crisp morning was well worth it. I totally underestimated how difficult it is to photograph a pool as its all on bloody slopes! (sorry about the pissed appearance of some of the pics!)

    Main Pool - Not a single sq foot remains untagged!

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    Its a fairly big pool, but its not as big as it looks. Didnt feel as deep as it looks either.

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    It was an absolutely fantastic morning, to bright really to take pics.

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    This is my favorite! A unopened can of Becks found just before the diving pit ?!?

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    Yummy beer. I left it there if anyone wants a free bottle :thumb

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    Looking out of the diving pit. I love diving and it was strange to be stood at the bottom of a pit :eek:

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    The place is littered with spray cans. It did smell of pain too so I suppose someone had recenly spayed shit on the walls:

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    Deep end (about 10fts worth)

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    Tour of the pool ends with the steps:

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    ....and the obligatory scary rocking horse ride!

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    I took about 100 pictures when there. If anyone wants any of these hi-res give me a shout. I think next time I visit it will hopefully have water in it!
     

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  2. jackpm

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    Hi Yorkie, I work for Hillingdon Council and we're interested in using some of your photos - sort of a before and after piece. Would you get in touch so we could discuss using them please? jmundy2@hillingdon.gov.uk Thanks, Jack
     
  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    @jackpm
    This report is 9 years old and it looks as if Yorkie is no longer a user of this forum. I think it's unlikely your request will be seen.

    Is redevelopment of the lido complete now? Just curious as I work in Hillingdon Borough
     
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    Wow! I had the urge to visit the site after a very long absence and seen this report at the top of the list! Funny old world. I don't know what happened to my original account, but yes please use them. I chucked some of them on geograph at the time so you can see they match up.

    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/344348

    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/344341

    Can you give a link if you do use any?

    Thanks

    Carl
     
  6. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    I will put this tag in so that your message reaches it's target @jackpm
     
  7. jackpm

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    Thank you both for replying and so glad you had the urge Carl! Are you able to email me some of your images to jmundy2@hillingdon.gov.uk with any credit line you would like? They would need to be high quality images ideally. Please get in touch directly, your help is really appreciated!

    Jack
     
  8. yorkie.

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    Hi Jack

    Have dropped you an email.

    Cheers
     
  9. bally787878

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    Always great to hear when sites featured get reactivated. So often its a case of the seeing the last pics before the bulldozer. Great news :thumb:thumb
     
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