Pools on the Park

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Pools on the Park
Pools in the Park, Richmond - geograph.org.uk - 1618785.jpg
Main entrance and forecourt
Coordinates: 51°27′55″N 0°18′21″W / 51.4652°N 0.3059°W / 51.4652; -0.3059
Address Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond
Postcode TW9 2SF
Opened 1966
Operator SpringHealth Leisure
Owner Richmond Council
Architect Leslie Gooday
Type heated indoor and outdoor
Former names Richmond Baths
Status Grade II
Length 33.3 metres (109 ft)
Width 13 metres (43 ft)
Depth 3.6 metres (12 ft)[1]
Website http://www.springhealth.net/richmond/index.html
6-lane main pool, learner pool, 6-lane outdoor pool
parking, cafe, gym, sauna, steamroom, extensive grounds

Pools on the Park (previously known as Richmond Baths) is a Grade II listed[2] swimming pool and leisure facility in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. Construction on the 6.5 acres (2.6 ha) site started in 1964 and was completed in 1966; the architect was Leslie Gooday.[3][4] The pool replaced the previous Richmond baths nearby which had been built in Parkshot in 1882.[5]

Pools on the Park is recognised by English Heritage as illustrating "the more ambitious use of glazed curtain walling and the post-Wolfenden Report[6] emphasis on providing large banks of spectator seating".[7]

The building, which includes 33.3 metre pool and a learner pool inside, and an open-air pool outside, received a Civic Trust award in 1967.[2][8]

The pool is built on land leased from the Crown Estate; the lease is due to expire on 4 April 2016.[4] The pool and leisure facility is operated by SpringHealth Leisure on contract to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.[5]


Pools on the Park has its own pay and display car park and is the terminus for London Buses route 490 from London Heathrow Terminal 5.[9]


  1. ^ "Springhealth Leisure Club (Pools On The Park Richmond)". British Swimming & the ASA. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Richmond Baths, Old Deer Park, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 520. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  4. ^ a b "The Old Deer Park, Richmond – A Framework for Conservation and Development". Friends of Richmond Green and others. June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Andy Hoines (February 2011, with minor updates August 2013). "Richmond Pools on the Park". Lidos in London – open for swimming. Oliver Merrington. Retrieved 17 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ The Wolfenden Report referred to in this instance is that of the Committee on Sport & the Community, chaired by John Wolfenden, whose report, commissioned by the Central Council of Physical Recreation, reported in 1960. "Sport & the Community: the report of the Wolfenden committee on Sport 1960". Sports Development. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sports and Recreation Buildings". Designating Heritage Assets. English Heritage. December 2012. p. 7. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Richmond Baths". Winners, 1967. Civic Trust Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Ian Mason (27 June 2009). "New bus link to Richmond's Pools on the Park". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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