Brighton’s Saltdean Lido – one of the Seven Wonders of the English Seaside – reopens with a big splash!

Posted On 17 Jun 2017 at 11:48 am

The exact moment the Saltdean Lido reopened at 10am on Saturday 17 June 2017

Perfect English summer weather was the order of the day as, after a seven-year wait, the wonderful grade II* listed Saltdean Lido finally reopened with a big splash and a synchronised swimming display. The Lido has a fantastic new-look heated pool and children’s pool and play area.

Director Rebecca Crook and her team

This was all made possible by the tireless work of director Rebecca Crook and her team of unpaid volunteers and local residents.

The group, officially known as Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC), have spent thousands of hours fundraising around £3 million to date.

Kids padding pool and wet play area

This money was used to rebuild the main outdoor pool and reinstate the paddling pool and wet play area. A new plant room and changing rooms have been built and new paving and grass have been laid.

The CIC has appointed Fusion, a leading leisure company with vast experience in running lidos, to operate the pool this summer.

A practice run for the synchronised swimming team at the Saltdean Lido

Unlike most indoor and outdoor pools in the UK, the Saltdean Lido receives no subsidies whatsoever towards its running costs. Therefore all the overheads for this exciting opening season, including lifeguards, receptionists, cleaners and pool heating and maintenance, must be covered the entry fees.

Behind the wooden facade shown in the photos, you can see the actual Art Deco lido building which was designed by RWH Jones and built in 1938. Sadly it’s now on the Historic England Buildings at Risk register with parts of it being held up by iron rods.

Saltdean Lido just prior to opening

The CIC’s ultimate goal is to restore the building, which constitutes stage 2 of the project.

The CIC is working with the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund to secure £4.5 million while Brighton and Hove City Council has pledged £700,000.

Alas, this still leaves a funding gap of about £2 million to £3 million which must been raised before the Heritage Lottery Fund will release its funding.

There are a number of grant applications in place but there is still work going on behind the scenes. People can also adopt a brick for the wall of fame by emailing Bridget Fishleigh at info@saltdeanlido.co.uk

Adopt a brick on the Wall of Fame

The Lido has got to where it has today in part thanks to architects and designers Conran and Partners, of Queen’s Road, Brighton. The practice previously brought Embassy Court back to life.

First synchronised team jump

Everyone is welcome back to the Lido and this is reflected in the session times. If you’re an early bird, then you can swim from 7am to 9am or in session one, from 9am to 1pm. Session two runs from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Or if you fancy a late dip after work, then the 5.30pm to 7pm is the one for you.

You can pay per swim or purchase a season ticket. For more information, visit http://saltdeanlido.co.uk.

Synchronised swimming team members

Now that’s impressive!

Meet the whole synchronised team

  1. Faynia Williams Reply

    Looks wonderful. It was built the year I was born!

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Yes it looked wonderful and I have just driven past tonight at 10pm and it was all lit up. Very nice indeed.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Yes it was wonderful and I enjoyed capturing the exact moment that it opened when all of the general public jumped in. That was magic.

  2. samantha Reply

    We drove pass there yesterday about 16.30 looked packed and also looking great x

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Yes it did look great didn’t it Samantha.

  3. Sue Boxell Reply

    When I was 18 me and my boyfriend climbed over the gate after the swimming pool had closed and dived straight into the pool, but the water was freezing and the shock took my breath right out my body for a few minutes! Fond memories…

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      But if you did it now Sue, it would be heated! But please don’t do it 🙂

  4. Carole Jeffcock Reply

    Really pleased to see you have finally opened to the public. Wishing you well for the future!

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Nice one Carole

  5. Susie Reply

    Great news it’s open again!! So how much is a session and does that include as many swims as you like? can you go for 2 sessions? Do you still have a cafe? Is it open 7 days a week?

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