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 25 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. Read more...
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.
The receipt of a generous £100,000 donation from the Dowler family in 2011 acted as a catalyst to enable HPT to work with renewed energy to realise the dream of the 1996 plan and the strategic objectives of the board. An electronic public consultation carried out in 2013 received a fantastic response from users and local residents with 197 respondents and five individual email responses. The survey revealed that an improved gym and reception and improved café facilities were the top priorities to improve Hampton Pool. The Trust put together a plan and held open forums with both members and less frequently with the general public in the summer of 2012, March and September 2013, March and November 2014 and March 2016. All these occasions provided opportunities to keep people informed of their plans and to collect feedback. Progress has been reported on the HPT website and in Poolside Chat. Members of the Hampton Pool Consultative Group which includes Hampton Pool Swim and BBQ Club, Thames Turbo, Water aerobics, Water Polo, gym, family swim, neighbour’s councillors and LBRuT officials has been kept up to date with all the plans as they have been produced. The key additional ideas that came from this consultation process was to future proof the facility for the next 25 years, to work sustainability into the fabric of the plan and to provide more changing facilities for families. It was agreed that if the facility needed to be enlarged it would be better to use the waste land at the deep end rather that extend out into the car park.
In May 2014 the Trust went through an informal formal tender process, inviting three leisure companies to present to the board their intent to manage the facility and their vision of the future facility of Hampton Pool. As a result of these presentations the YMCA was awarded the contract as the company with the most synergy with the board in terms of vision for the future of Hampton Pool. Working in partnership with YMCA, Hampton Pool Trust has engaged award winning architect Will Wimshurst and M&E experts Max Fordham to achieve the dream. The aim is to take the gym and fitness studio out of the existing building to give back space to swimmers and to put swimming at the heart of the project. Changing room areas will increase from 135 sqm to 416 sqm. The old building will be retained but refurbished to a high standard. A lift will be installed to provide access for all to the roof top café overlooking Bushy Park. Alongside an enlarged café will be a covered area to the deep end side to provide open air shelter from the heat of the sun and winter elements. A new gym and fitness studios will be built adjacent to the deep end with room around fitness equipment to accommodate wheelchairs. New filtration plant and variable speed pumps will be installed to reduce water usage and energy use. Both the old and new buildings will be designed with energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction in mind. The car park surface will be replaced with environmentally friendly materials.
You can also help HPT’s application for a grant to The London Marathon Trust. We need to prove to The London Marathon Trust all the benefits this facility offers to the local (and wider reaching) community. You can support Hampton Pool Trust’s application by sharing your passion for the pool by filling in a short questionnaire available on line at http://www.hamptonpool.co.uk/ or at reception. Thank you for your support.