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Historic open air pool to become first to be heated using geothermal energy

A historic open air pool will become the first in the country to be partially heated by geothermal energy.

Penzance's Jubilee Pool have received a £1.4 million European grant to heat sea water to a cool 35C, to enable a year-round opening.

An artists impression of what the new Jubilee Pool will look like Credit: Jubilee Pool

Work hopes to begin on the pool in late-September, but the local community group, Friends of Jubilee Pool, need to raise another £500,000 for the final infrastructure.

It's hoped the money will be secured with the help of crowdfunding and fundraising.

The project means visitors will be able to enjoy a section of the pool, heated using geothermal energy, while the majority of the pool will maintain its normal bracing temperature.

It's being carried out by Geothermal Engineering Ltd, and hopes to be completed by 2019.

They hope a longer season for the pool means its sustainability will be improved, ultimately providing wider economic benefits for the Penzance community.

I'm confident it will be hugely popular locally, and that tourists from around the world will flock to Penzance all-year-round to experience this unique facility. The resulting economic benefits to Penzance should be significant.

– Martin Nixon, chairman of The Friends of Jubilee Pool