It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Salford is finally going to get a permanent lido. Open to the public, open-air swimming pool ‘Harbour Baths’ is to be built as part of the Cotton Quay developments.

Cotton Quay is the new development coming to Salford Quays that was approved for construction early in early 2020. The project aims to create a ‘vibrant’ new neighbourhood, building 1,500 homes, two hotels, and floating gardens.

Most importantly, they’ll also be building Salford’s very first public lido in the St Francis Basin, with three – yes three – water basins, including a 50m-deep pool. Just up the road at the St Peter Basin, the new site will also feature a timber boardwalk, with visitors able to walk up close to the water’s edge (just try not to fall in).

Behind the project is five major bodies: clients Royalton and Frogmore, and developers Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher and Studio Partington. The construction space for Cotton Quay is currently taken up by two small commercial buildings and a car park, which are said to be barely used and ‘underutilised’. Despite concerns from local residents about gentrification, developers have assured that the new development will enrich the area further, rather than cause problems.

The new Harbour Baths will be available to all, located just a stone’s throw away from the Salford Quays Metrolink stop, and only 15 minutes from Manchester City Centre. Watch this space for updates and opening dates…

Fri 2 Jul, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AZ
Sophie Cunningham
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Fri 2 Jul 2021