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Closure Update – 19th March 2020

Just before last Christmas, we reflected back on 2019 as a year of mixed fortunes and looked forward to a more positive 2020.

Not too far into the New Year, we find ourselves in a situation of unprecedented uncertainty. The Coronavirus pandemic is going to wreak a massive impact on the whole leisure and hospitality sector, including Jubilee Pool and, there is no visibility on how long that’s going to last.

As previously announced, we’ve had to take a decision to close down all our current activities and will now remain closed until we have clear advice that it is prudent and safe to re-open. Our plans to open over the next two bank holiday weekends with a launch of the new geothermal facilities around Whitsun are now on hold.  

We are currently establishing our eligibility to access the financial support pledged by Government for small businesses and the hospitality sector. We hope that this will enable us to retain our core staff team who will be vital to ensure that, as soon as the time comes, we are ready and prepared to open.

The work to complete the capital project, including the power upgrade will carry on whilst Jubilee Pool is closed and the contractors have told us that they remain on target time-wise.

The Jubilee Pool team will continue to build for the future and we’re all looking forward to the day we can open the gates again!

Given the gravity of the current situation, we will now be issuing a weekly update.

SITE CLOSURE – 17th March 2020

Following the Governments advice on Monday 16th March, it is with a heavy heart that we’ve had to make the incredibly tough decision to close Jubilee Pool & Jubilee Pool Cafe with immediate effect until such time as its deemed wise to reopen.

At this unprecedented time, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff remain our priority during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We want to thank our incredible team for their understanding and our customers and the West Cornwall community for their continued support.

Please check our website and social media channels for further updates.

Geothermal Update – 9th October 2019

We have decided to move the launch of our geothermal facilities to Spring next year. It had been hoped that we could launch this winter but the power upgrade we need to get that done won’t be in place and we’ve also become increasingly worried about the business risks of a winter launch.

Most of the building work is now nearing completion and although we won’t have the geothermal pool up and running, we’re putting together an exciting programme for the winter. The pool will open on selected weekends for activities and events. From the end of October, the new community space and treatment rooms will be offering exercise and cultural classes, massages and therapies as well as art and craft activities. The community space will also be used to house Jubilee Pool’s heritage exhibition. The café will remain open 5 days/week throughout the winter with lots of “specials” and some exciting events. Information on the winter programme will be available over the next couple of weeks as the plans are finalised.

Susan Stuart, Chair of our Board of Directors for the pool commented: “We remain excited and optimistic regarding the long term prospects for Jubilee Pool and look forward to seeing the new geothermal facilities up and running next year. We’re investing in a major capital project which will create a step change for Jubilee Pool and secure long term financial sustainability.  It’s also a regeneration project which will bring benefits for the community and economy of Penzance and the local area. The construction programme is now well advanced, the geo-pool is in place and the Café and Community Space on the Top Terrace completed and operational.

As a Board, we are very mindful that we receive public funding, are custodians of funds contributed by shareholders, grant funders and lenders. As such, we think it’s important to take a prudent stance on delivering our business plan and seek to minimise risk. In the light of that, we have taken a decision to defer our planned winter launch of the geothermal project until spring 2020.

The rationale is two-fold. Firstly, it is apparent that the power upgrade required for the geothermal launch cannot be delivered in time and it would be an imprudent use of funds to gear up the organisation and recruit more permanent staff for the geothermal facilities as previously planned. Secondly, we had already been looking at the considerable risks associated with a launch at the dead of winter. We came to the conclusion that whilst there’s no doubt that the launch would attract a lot of interest, the remainder of the winter would be far from predictable and arguably represent an unjustifiable risk to the business. We are now in the process of producing a revised business plan for the remaining months of this financial year and our initial review indicates that we can deliver on budget.

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