Support Saltdean Lido and safeguard its future
11th April, 2018
Saltdean Lido has begun a crowdfunding campaign to raise £100,000 towards the cost of restoring the historic attraction. The money is required to release £4.2 million of lottery funding towards the overall project cost.
The lido will reopen on Saturday 26th May for swimming after phase one of the project opened in June 2017, to open the pool to swimmers. The pool welcomed 40,000 visitors last season and picked up two Business Awards. Phase two of the project is to renovate the building and the funding is urgently required before the end of May when the Heritage Lottery Fund bid is assessed.
Brighton and Hove City Council, the building’s freeholder has agreed to put £700,000 towards the restoration, which is being run by the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC). The volunteer group opened the pools and grounds last year for the first time after seven years hard work.
The Grade II listed Art Deco lido is one of the finest examples of a 1930s’ outdoor swimming pool. Funding is still required to restore and preserve the main lido building, and transform it into a leisure facility, community hub and tourist destination. The poolside café takes centre-stage in the lido’s iconic ‘rotunda’ – the curved front of the building designed to resemble the bow of an ocean liner. Its restoration and reinstatement as a profit-making enterprise will be the first major step towards safeguarding the building’s sustainability and survival.