A synchronised swim marks the opening of Saltdean Lido!

Posted: 19/06/17

Saltdean Lido’s pools are once again shimmering bright blue and full to the brim of smiling swimmers enjoying its coastal location and creamy Art Deco back-drop. As long-term supporters of the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign, we have led on its historic renovation over the past 7 years alongside local residents who have fought tirelessly to save it from dilapidation. This weekend is a proud moment for all involved as we look forward to the final years ahead when the iconic 1930’s building will be unveiled.

Photography by Stewart Drew
Five miles east of Brighton, Saltdean is a coastal village surrounded by green rolling hills with the lido sitting proudly on the seafront. Originally built in 1938, Saltdean is the UK’s only Grade II* listed lido and one of only three remaining at the seaside. The concept was to give swimmers the impression of being on a cruise liner; an inventive design that was largely admired.

On Saturday morning, a synchronised swim marked the ticketed opening of the pool to the general public. As architects and designers living and working in the area, we have an immense passion for the project, and were there to experience the elated occasion for ourselves.
Photography by Stewart Drew
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The opening of the pool at Saltdean Lido returns an important amenity to the local community and with heated water, the pool can now stay open for a more extended period of the year. It's a proud moment for all involved and we look forward to the challenge of working on the restoration of the main building over the coming years.

Paul Zara, Partner, Conran and Partners
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As a keen swimmer, architectural heritage lover and local resident there was no way I was going to lose [it] to flats. And after seven years, thousands of dedicated volunteer hours and the raising of £3m, here we are. A sparkling main pool restored to its original 40-metre length, refurbished surroundings and a paddling pool.

Rebecca Crook, director and co founder of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company.
Now that the majority of the pool area is complete, attention is turning to the larger project of renovating the rest of the 1930’s building which will include community facilities to support the long-term life of the project. And in the bigger picture, there is another £3m to be raised. In the meantime, come down and experience it for yourselves. The beautiful art deco building may be behind hoardings, but you can still feel its glory.
Read more about the story and its history in The Telegraph, The Guardian The Argus and The BBC
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