Work begins on restoring iconic Saltdean Lido

The diggers move in at Saltdean Lido
The diggers move in at Saltdean Lido

Work has begun on restoring Saltdean Lido.

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

On CIC’s website, it said the company had decided to start work early after receiving funding for the external areas quicker than expected. Work started on April 13 on the building of the plant room. However the company said the swimming pool will not re-open this year.

Commenting on its website a spokesman said: “We have around nine months worth of work to do from building a new plant room to re-instating the pool back into one pool as well as landscaping to the grounds. The great news is that next summer when we re-open the grounds/pool the water will be heated and it will be an amazing facility. Worth the wait, we hope you agree. We will be keeping you posted with developments of the build phase.”

Funding for the project came from a successful bid for £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Enterprise Programme) and £2.5million from the Coastal Communities Fund. For more information