Ladies Pond Building

Yesterday marked a significant landmark in the Ponds Project with the arrival and successful installation of the Ladies Pond buildings. These compromise of changing facilities, toilets and a lifeguards unit. The whole building is DDA compliant and was designed in consultation with the Kenwood Ladies Pond Association.

The building was prefabricated in Yorkshire. BAM Nuttall worked in partnership with IC Mining and Catfoss to engineer the building.  It arrived  on the Heath in five modules which were craned into position. This prefabrication method was chosen to minimise the construction period so that the pond only needed to be closed for the absolute minimum period. It is also a much more sustainable construction method and has less impact on the Heath, with fewer vehicle movements to and from the pond.

This part of the project has not been without its challenges, the first being how to get five large modules through the Heath with the least amount of impact. The carefully planned route through the Heath was necessary due to a promise by the City not to use Millfield Lane for construction traffic. One tree was removed and branches cut back to enable the buildings through. The paths along the way have also been impacted but these will be repaired soon.

The following photos tell the story of how a building was built in one day:

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The final installation will now take place over the next week and the building will be ready for swimmers in early May.

 

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6 Responses to Ladies Pond Building

  1. Absolutely fascinating. What a feat! The new buildings look very smart indeed.

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  2. miles says:

    Seems like this method did more damage to the heath than any other would have.

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    • Hi Miles, If we had gone for a traditional construction technique it would have taken around eight months to construct the building and resulted in many more vehicles bringing supplies to the Heath. Prefabrication was a far more sustainable method for this building. Any damage to paths will be repaired by the contractors.

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  3. diana says:

    Why was it necessary to remove the old buildings? The ladies pond has lost all of its charm and timelessness with this pre-fabricated monstrosity. It is a great shame and a huge loss to the Heath and to those Londoners for whom this was a sanctuary.

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    • Hi Diana, it was necessary to replace the building as survey’s found the old concrete deck to be in very poor condition structurally. The new building was designed in consultation with the Kenwood Ladies Pond Association and a prefabricated building was chosen to minimise the period of time the pond was closed. We’re sorry you don’t like the look of it – we think its a great improvement on the previous building and provides more space for swimmers and for the lifeguards. It is also much safer, with better visibility for lifeguards.

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