Architects looking forward to starting work on restoring Saltdean Lido

Saltdean Lido in the snow
Saltdean Lido in the snow

Conran and Partners is set to begin work on detailed designs to restore Saltdean Lido to its former glory following the award of almost £5 million in Lottery Funds.

The London and Brighton based architecture and design practice is a long-term supporter of the campaign to save the Lido and has advised extensively on its restoration and revitalisation.

Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) has been granted a 60-year lease to operate the pool by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The 1930s art deco structure is the UK’s only Grade II*-listed lido and Conran will bring its expertise to the project.

The restored lido will have a heated outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor play areas, a cafe, a gym and a library.

Director of Conran and Partners Paul Zara said: “We are looking forward to seeing work begin on the Lido.

“A considerable amount of work has gone into securing funds and proving the Lido has a viable future – to be used by the community for the purpose for which it was originally designed.

“Saltdean Lido is one of only three remaining lidos in the UK. They are an important part of our heritage and should be preserved, improved and enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

Conran and Partners, the architecture and design studio founded by Sir Terence Conran, has decades of experience restoring and rethinking 20th century buildings.

Past projects in Brighton include Embassy Court, a radical 1930s building on the seafront designed by Wells Coates and one of the first modernist buildings to be constructed in Britain.

Argus Lofts is another historic Brighton building that was transformed into loft-style apartments by Conran in 2004. The mix of private homes and social housing has become a residential landmark in the city.

In London, Conran architects are working on new residential plans for Centre Point, the 1960s modernist skyscraper that towers over the West End.

Rebecca Crook, director of Saltdean Lido CIC, confirmed the £4.7 million application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (Enterprise Programme) has been successful. It follows the success last month of securing £2.5million from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Rebecca added: “The backing of HLF has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work on behalf of the community is coming to fruition.

“The lido project will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area.”

HLF will award £576,000 to the CIC for development funding with £4.2m to be awarded later in the year.