Long awaited plan for landmark Saltdean Lido on show

Joan Papworth, Simon Doyle and Trina Requina
Joan Papworth, Simon Doyle and Trina Requina
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An exhibition detailing exciting plans for the revival and preservation of Saltdean Lido will be held on Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14.

The rejuvenation includes plans for an indoor swimming pool, an improved library and arts and entertainment venue, as well as a community hub.

Saltdean residents inspired by a vision and ethos for the future success of the Lido formed a charitable trust called Saltdean Community and Leisure Centre to bring the grand design about.

Together they will be putting in a bid to Brighton and Hove City Council to run the complex.

In a statement the group said: “We will protect and enhance the beauty and integrity of the 1930s building.

“We will work in partnership with local authorities to improve sporting and community provision.”

The exhibition will open from 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm on Saturday in the main hall, then on Sunday from noon to 3pm in the lower hall, which will be wheelchair accessible, at the lido, just off South Coast Road.

The group said award winning technology and contemporary design would be combined with the classic and beautiful 1930s architecture of our wonderful Lido.

Plans also include renovating the outdoor pool, state of the art gym, yoga, dance and exercise rooms and café.

The curvy Lido building will be brought back to life, forming a community hub, offering activities and relaxation, attracting visitors from along the South Coast.

The community group is also running a campaign on its website urging people to support its bid to run the complex.

To support their campaign and get involved visit their website where you can sign a petition.

For more information about the group and their plans visit their website www.letsmakeithappen.org.uk

Saltdean Lido is on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.

The freehold and lease of the entire Saltdean Lido site is owned by Brighton and Hove City Council which is putting the lease out to tender during 2013.

The golden age of lidos was during the 1930s, due to the rise in popularity of swimming, sunbathing and outdoor exercise, such as hiking.

The lido was built in 1937-38 to designs by the architect Richard Jones.

It was hailed as the most innovative design of its type in Britain.