Tarlair is a unique triple pool structure comprising paddling pool, boating pool, swimming pool and pavilion/ tea-room. The wave replenished pools were one of the first such Art deco structures to be built.
The structures are set in a spectacular bay to the east of Macduff in Aberdeenshire. The lido is a much-loved community asset and has a place in the hearts of the community and others who have visited it.
The pools closed in 1995, and although worthy attempts have been made to maintain the structures, it could not halt the harm caused by waves and weather.
The reality was that the structures may be lost to the elements without substantial repairs.
A Save Tarlair Group were formed in 2012 after a public consultation meeting. There was strenuous support to see this heritage asset saved for the good of the people.
Discussions thereafter were based on the feasibility of the site when restored, but consultants hired by the authorities to take a plan forward did not bear fruit.
In 2013 the authorities brought in a well-respected Conservation and Design engineer, John Addison of Addison Conservation and Design. His infectious enthusiasm took the project through to seeing the Lido restored to Phase 1 of his 3 Phase Conservation Plan.
The repairs included restoration of the paddling pool, boating pool and terraces. £300,000 was allocated by the council for this work. Covenburn Contractors from Ayr completed the excellent conservation repairs in Dec. 2015
The repairs greatly enhanced the appearance of the place, and made the area safe for walking, relaxation and the sailing of model boats. The public returned to enjoy the ambience of the area, but with no facilities their stay is limited.
The authorities employed Addison Conservation and Design to create the detailed Restoration and Repairs document for the Pavilion/Old tearoom Block to allow Phase 2 of the project to move forward.
The authorities had no finances available, so progress stalled.
The Friends of Tarlair Community Group, SCO45727 (established 2014) produced a Business Plan, and used the Community Asset route to gain a 99-year lease. The lease will allow us to fundraise for the completion of Phase 2 and 3 of the Conservation Plan. For further details our Business Plan can be found here.
We gained the Lease this year, and are working hard to raise the necessary funds.
Our target sum is £915,000.