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Pontypridd Lido Architect Wins Prestigious Title

Ponty Paddling pool

Architects responsible for developing Pontypridd’s iconic Lido have been awarded a prestigious title for their expertise in the conservation of historic buildings.

Davies Sutton Architects co-founder Michael Davies was presented with the “Welsh Architect of the Year” title at the Royal Institute of British Architects Wales Regional Awards.

Mr Davies, who has run the practice with Kevin Sutton for more than 20 years, received the award by the chair of the judging panel and past president of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales Robert Firth. He will now go forward to the national finals in London.

Following a lengthy career where he has specialised in historic buildings, Mr Davies was recognised for his outstanding achievements in conservation architecture. He also received a RIBA Award for his work in restoring the grade 1 listed 13th century Galilee Chapel in Llantwit Major which has been a ruin for about 400 years.

The Royal Institute of Architects Awards are the most rigorously judged awards for achitectural excellence and their winning buildings set the standard for good architecture.

On winning the award Mr Davies said, “It is always nice to receive awards, but this one is particularly pleasing as it is recognition from your piers. It is an honour to be named Welsh Architect of the Year and I am delighted.”

His expertise is now focused on Pontypridd’s much loved Lido at Ynysangharad WarMemorial Park, which is one of the largest and most historic in the UK and is currently benefitting from a £6.3million investment programme to create a Wales-wide visitors’ destination.

The restoration of the Grade II-listed Lido is taking place thanks to £3million from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport Cllr Ann Crimmings said, “The restoration of the Lido will create a regional tourist attraction for Pontypridd, strengthening community ownership, encouraging local pride and contributing to the economy of the town centre and its wider communities.

“To deliver such an ambitious project we have appointed a team of experts in their own field, a fact illustrated by the excellent news that our conservation architect, Michael Davies, has been presented with this Wales-wide award.

“We congratulate him on his achievement and look forward to working closely with his practice on the restoration of the historic Pontypridd Lido.”

The restoration project will include restoring and remodeling the Grade II Listed Lido with three heated swimming pools that offers maximum flexibility to accommodate different age groups and facilitate a varied and fun activities programme.

There will be a large-scale restoration of the Lido’s original historic features such as the turnstiles and wooden cubicles.

The restoration, which is due for completion in summer 2015, will include new features such as heated changing facilities, a café serving users of the Lido, and also general park users, and a viewing gallery and visitor interpretation space permanently depicting the history of the Lido and the wider park. There will also be a state-of-the-art adventure dry play facility open all year round.

For further details visit www.pontylido.co.uk

AberdareOnline would add

Ponty Paddling pool was HISTORIC

Architects responsible for developing Pontypridd’s iconic Lido have been awarded a title for their expertise in the conservation of historic buildings.

It would seem the Ponty Park Paddling Pool was built at the same time as the Lido, you have to ask the question why was Ponty Park Paddling Pool not classed as listed just like the Lido? Photographs taken 1932
Why are Rhondda Cynon Taf Council destroying our heritage its vandalism on a grand scale.

The Labour manifesto 2012 clearly says
Pontypridd Lido
If re-elected Labour will work to secure the necessary funding from HLF and WEFO to deliver a new Lido facility. If successful with securing funding we will ensure that the facility becomes a regional tourism attraction. We will also ensure that the existing paddling pool facility is protected.

The RCT Labour Group guarantee to you the voter


Photographs Britain from above


What have RCTC done to the paddling pool? did they keep their word can you trust the Labour Party

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