Health Hydro image wins Swindon photography contest

By Barrie Hudson - 19 July 2021

CommunityArts and Culture
  • Rob Galati's winning image shot

    Rob Galati's winning image shot

A photograph of the swimming pool at Swindon's Health Hydro has won a competition focussing on the town's architecture.

Miles Franklin’s blue sky take on a distribution centre at G Park

The competition attracted 500 entries – covering everything from the Victorian brickwork of Swindon's railway roots to the brutalist architecture of the mid 20th century through to the buildings of the new millennium – but it was Rob Galati's shot of the pool that earned him the top prize in the competition, run by destination marketing organisation Visit Swindon.

The Grade II* listed Health Hydro was built in 1891 and paid for by the workers of the Great Western Railway through their Medical Friendly Society.

The building offered a range of health and wellbeing facilities including consultation rooms, a dispensary, a dental surgery, and Turkish and Russian baths. 

Other entries to make the shortlist included: 

- Simon_mg1’s almost abstract shot of the Great Western Hospital lobby
- Greg Spalding's shimmering shot of the David Murray John skyscraper in a puddle
- Miles Franklin’s blue sky take on a distribution centre at G Park
- Toby Larking’s amber-infused shot of Brunel brutalism
- Chuckbbird35mm’s lomography capture of competing office blocks

Other entries included photographs of the Railway Village, Swindon Town Hall, Tadpole Garden Village, The Great Western Hospital, The David Murray John Tower, The Brunel Centre, Hall & Woodhouse, Lydiard House, Rudi’s, Bath Road Methodist Church, the Old Town Bowl, Windmill Hill, and the Locarno.

The competition was run on Instagram and all the entries can be viewed by typing the hashtag #SwindonArchitecture2021 into the search field. 

Rob's winning entry won him a £300 prize bundle sponsored by businesses in Swindon's Old Town, featuring £50 vouchers to spend in Food Magpie, Magnum Wine Shop, contemporary art and furniture gallery Oink, lifestyle store Kapada Vintage, Willoby’s Furniture, and the Wood Street Food Hall, along with a Sunday Roast for two at The Bank restaurant and bar in Wood Street.

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