Hampton Pool Trust is a small independent not for profit company and educational charity run by volunteers.

Our vision is to maintain Hampton Pool as a safe, welcoming, enjoyable, sustainable and inspirational heated, open air swimming environment, all year round. Hampton Pool was saved from closure by members of the local community over 30 years ago. As a local social enterprise HPT exists to secure the future of the valuable local asset of Hampton Pool with its individual character and intimate charm for community use.

Hampton Pool Trust members are passionate about the facility and how it is run and aim to make Hampton Pool an inspiration for the popularity of sustainable, open air swimming, and good management of a local community facility.

Would you like to see improvements to the pool buildings?

If you would like to know more about Hampton Pool Trust’s development plans, the answers to some frequently asked questions and the opportunity to join the Trust, please go to the development area of this website.

Hampton Pool Trust: Positive changes

Since it was built in 1922 Hampton Pool has evolved and changed to provide the local community with a friendly, accessible place to relax and exercise. Hampton Pool Trust wants to progress our wonderful community gem so it can continue to benefit all who use it.

Back in 1922 if you were using the pool you would have been swimming just 25 yards with wooden changing cubicles all around the pool. By 1939 it was a 40 yard pool with pump filtration. By the beginning of 1960 the pool was widened and the current building constructed. The learner pool was built in 1990 but since then there have been no significant changes to the pool footprint.

There have, of course, been other changes to Hampton Pool which have encouraged a wider range and number of people to use the pool. For example, the pool was first heated in 1985, the changing rooms have each been halved to create a gym (1990) and a studio (2006). Also there have been major refurbishments of the main pool tank, the roof and changing rooms which ensure users can safely enjoy Hampton Pool all year round.

With the centenary of Hampton Pool coming up in 2022, the Hampton Pool Trust Board have been considering how the pool needs to change so that it can continue to thrive as the community around it evolves. Over the past few years, with extensive consultation with all the different users of the pool, the Trust has been looking at various options. One of the key considerations is how to make more beneficial use of the unused area at the deep end of the pool site to create better dryside facilities. This would release additional space to improve the current changing facilities and cater better for families.

What we ARE planning:

You may have seen plans around the pool, responded to requests from the Trust as to what you want, or indeed heard people talking about it. This is how we are planning to make improvements:

  • New additional unisex changing areas with family sized and individual cubicles, whilst maintaining male and female only changing rooms;
  • Lift to the roof where there will be a redesigned bigger café with new kitchen and serving area;
  • Covered areas on the roof for colder and rainy days but with half of the area still open to sit and enjoy the view, your coffee and meal all year round;
  • Better dryside facilities ensure the site is well used all year and is not so dependent on the weather. At the deep end of the pool a new gym and studios will provide more space for equipment and classes;
  • Better staff facilities with new office space, changing area and drying room for their equipment and wetsuits;
  • Re-laid and set out car park additional secure bike racks and new pedestrian access pathways to improve safety. New green areas with new plants and bushes will enhance the entrance to the pool.

Behind the scenes we are taking care of some sustainability issues. New pool equipment, filters, pumps and heaters along with solar panels and a combined heat and power unit which will reduce our energy costs and our carbon footprint.

We are NOT building a ‘leisure centre’:

Just in case you are reading this worried that Hampton Pool will no longer be the special place we all love, we would like to assure you that it will remain primarily an open air pool with 75% of the site devoted to swimming.

It won’t be a huge gym but our current gym is overcrowded with equipment and people and a new larger gym will allow the equipment to be better spaced for easier access – especially for those with disabilities.

The studios are sized to give more space per person with a few additional spaces to make the classes viable and to avoid disappointment in our popular classes.

We have looked at creating another pool for learning and training however the costs of creating and maintaining it are hard to recover in comparison to an expanded gym and studio.

We don’t plan any long closures and we are working to remain open for business as usual with minimal inconvenience to you, our customers.

Hampton Pool Trust is working hard to evolve the Pool in order to continue to provide you with a great customer experience and improved facilities for the benefit of the whole community as everyone at the pool has been doing since 1922.

Artist impression of the new development

On 18 and 19 July from 3pm to 8pm, Hampton Pool Trust hosted a public consultation at Hampton Pool about the proposed development of the facility to ensure the future of Hampton Pool for the next 25 years.

The architect Will Wimshurst and other members of the team from Wimshurst Pelleriti and members of Hampton Pool Trust presented a series of concept boards of the development to be submitted to planning this summer and answered questions from the public.

To download a high res PDF document (8.5Mb) of the concept boards please click here.

Read more: Public consultation for building development plans

In 1996 Hampton Pool Trust achieved full planning permission for a 2.3 m project to rebuild and extend the facilities at Hampton Pool to give over half the building to a large gym and to build a fitness studio adjacent to the deep end. Unfortunately, the project was turned down by the Lottery as open air pools were excluded from lottery funding on the basis that they were not open all year round.

Despite being prevented from executing the grand plan, in 2004 - 2006 the Trust used what resources they could pull together from reserves, grants and soft loans to reline the tank, refresh changing rooms and create a small fitness studio. These improvements helped to ensure the survival of Hampton Pool as a community asset. In 2007 the Trust entered into a management agreement with the YMCA to provide more professional management of the facility to protect Hampton Pool for the foreseeable future. Both investments prove worthwhile and since 2006 Hampton Pool has gone from strength to strength, numbers using the pool have increased to 255,253 in 2014.

Read more: Realising the 1996 dream

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