In June 2014, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC) commissioned Wavehill to undertake an evaluation of the Pontypridd Lido (Lido Ponty) Restoration Project. The evaluation comprised of three phases ending in 2016.
Pontypridd Lido was completed in 1927 and is Grade II listed. The Lido is situated within Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, which is adjacent to Pontypridd town centre. In the past the Lido was the largest of its kind in Wales however by the 1980s it had gradually fallen into a cycle of disuse and disrepair, eventually closing in 1991. The restoration of the Lido site is now complete and the facility has been operational since its official opening on 24th August 2015. The existing Lido buildings have been refurbished, with historic features such as the original changing stalls retained. Additional buildings have also been created to upgrade the facility to modern standards with an adventure play park adjacent to the site.
Our evaluation engaged with the community and local traders in each phase to gauge impact of the facilities and used ‘hotspot’ techniques to estimate usage of the play park. Primary and secondary data gathered through the research enabled the calculation of impact from the construction and then also from the operation of the facility.
Reflecting on the context set out within the business plan, it is clear that the Lido project has been an overwhelming success which has exceeded stakeholder and community expectations. Importantly it also provides a statement of intent and should play a central role in catalysing further regeneration within Pontypridd town centre in future years.
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