The outdoor King’s Cross pond designed by Ooze Architects has become a firm favourite for both swimmers and urban wildlife enthusiasts. In April we reported that it was threatened with closure. Shortly after that it appeared to have been saved. However, it is now under threat again. Local residents have started a petition to try and persuade the property developer, Argent, to save this much loved local resource. We reproduce the text of that petition below.
We understand this innovative fresh water outdoor swimming pool is to close for ever this October, despite its growing popularity.
This swimming oasis in the urban centre of a world-class city, originally designed as a usable art installation, is a wonderful and popular asset for the local community and for visitors. When opened it was originally to be on site for at least two years, but with the possibility of the lifetime of the pond being extended. (kings cross pond club faqs). But it seems that the plan is now to close it after only 17 months.
The pond is helping the city to move towards being a liveable habit. Families, friends and people from near and far come and test the waters, and then – refreshed and renewed – bring a clean energy back to the city with new friends and a greater investment in the city’s environment.
Over the year and a few months it has been open the pond has grown in loveliness and popularity and people are learning about the possibility to create natural habitats and water filters. It is a green lung in this built-up area: an affordable leisure facility all can enjoy.
The UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond has become one of London’s best-loved amenities, bringing benefits to the area and beyond.
As users of the pool and members of groups representing the growing numbers of outdoor swimmers we ask you to keep it open all year, and to discuss with us ways it can continue to thrive and develop at the heart of Kings Cross.
Do not close and scrap it: instead keep it as a truly sustainable and green centre for the Kings Cross area.
Who is responsible for deciding the future of the Kings Cross Pond?
Argent Kings Cross Ltd Partnership are the developers of the area (who is developing kings cross?) and Fusion Lifestyle run the Kings Cross Pond (kings cross pond club website; contact Fusion) The local councils are Camden (camden council on the kings cross development) and Islington (islington council on kings cross).