Guardians of Cool Waters: Tooting Bec Lido's Drainage Upgrade

Guardians of Cool Waters: Tooting Bec Lido's Drainage Upgrade

Yes, it is winter now, cold and rainy, but I am bringing today a project we are proud of, because we have helped a “jewel” keep its charm ;) Although on these cold days, this picture brings a happy summer day atmosphere.

Tooting Bec Lido in London, the majestic 90-meter aquatic wonder, stands as the largest open-air freshwater pool in the UK, a historic jewel dating back to 1906.

Also known as, the “jewel in the crown” of Wandsworth’s sports facilities; it proudly hosts the National Cold Water Swimming Championships, with guest teams from several countries competing, which enhances the pool’s international reputation.

Now a new chapter unfolds beneath the surface with the upgrade of its drainage system, with the installation of ULMA plastic channels and composite gratings.

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Why choose: Plastic Channels and Composite gratings?

The ULMA plastic channels, mainly intended for pedestrian use, are chosen for their durability and loading capacity (up to C-250). Accompanying these channels are the Composite Gratings designed to withstand a C-250 load type, and these gratings redefine the drainage game with unique features:

These channel and gratings are not your typical pedestrian fare.

Here is why they are a game-changer:

  • Non-Corrosive: manufactured from a high-performance composite material, these gratings resist the corrosive effects of time and water, ensuring a prolonged service life. They are chlorine resistant, so the products used in the swimming pool, do not affect them.
  • Theft-Proof Security: made from a material with no resale value, these gratings provide an added layer of security to the lido's infrastructure.
  • Heel-proof design: This heel-proof slotted composite grating is ideal for this area, because many trees surround it, so this grating design helps protect the channels from falling leaves inside, as the inlets are smaller than other grating like slotted standard, or mesh. This design is also ideal for areas where people walk barefoot over them.

Below you can see the grating design, heel-proof, available in two colours.


ULMA is always at their customer disposal; in this project, a small customization was necessary. ULMA’s team made a special open cap to make 90º turns in the Hydro channels to cover the corners.

See detail below:

As you dive into the refreshing waters of Tooting Bec Lido, remember that beneath your strokes lies a bit of ULMA – the Polypropylene Channels and Composite Gratings silently ensuring your experience remains as splendid as ever.


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P.D. Brad Pitt's Dive into Tooting Bec's Legacy:

Not just Londoners appreciate Tooting Bec Lido's charm. Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt himself took a plunge while filming "Snatch." The unheated waters and historic ambiance have attracted even the stars, proving that beneath the glamorous surface, Tooting Bec Lido remains a timeless icon.

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