Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


Solar powered Clifton Lido to re-open in the autumn by nadiacatkinhillman
August 7, 2008, 9:49 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The revamped Clifton Lido should be open this autumn after a renovation costing £2 million.

Bristol-based businessman Arne Ringner is overseeing the project to restore the dilapidated 1850s building.

It has lain unused since 1990 and it was almost demolished before a successful last-minute application to award it Grade II-listed status.

Now the eco-friendly project is reaching completion and will see the attraction renamed.

Mr Ringner, who also owns the Spyglass and Glass Boat restaurants in Welsh Back, plans to drop the word Clifton in the name, in order to give it more popular appeal.

Click here!Heat for the Oakfield Place complex, which will include spa treatment rooms, a cafe and restaurant as well as the 24 metre-long pool, will come mainly from 300 square metres of solar panels on the roof.

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It will be the biggest installation of solar panels in the South West and will provide eight to 10 months’ worth of heat each year.

The restaurant kitchen will use a wood-fired oven and in the basement a super-efficient combined heat and electricity unit will generate power.

There will be no car park, to encourage cycling and cut down on congestion in the crowded Clifton area.

But Mr Ringner said he is keen not to compromise on the quality of the development, despite the appeal of its green credentials.

He said: “If you are doing something that is contrary to good environmental sense, it will catch up with you and then it is very difficult to rectify.

“We are doing things as correctly as possible. Very few places are built for the future. This is built to be here for 150 years.

“I get very irritated when people sell their products on their environmental credentials and not on how good they are.

“It’s fake marketing and I don’t like it.”

The spa will have six therapy rooms with treatments priced between £30 and £60, while membership will cost £450 a year, with one session available each day for non-members.

Around 200 of the 1,000 membership places have been sold so far

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