Renovations are well underway at Brighton’s Saltdean Lido to restore the outdoor pool to its former glory.
Last year funding was secured to refurbish the main swimming pool and install a new plant room within the grounds, plus temporary changing rooms and toilets.
The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) are working with swimming pool consultants Aqua Platinum Projects, with a view for completion in May 2016 in time for the summer season.
Bridget Fishleigh, director at Saltdean Lido CIC, a volunteer position said: “Previously the plant room was inside the main building and still had equipment dating back to the 1930s, which has all been condemned of course.
“We will shortly be starting work on a new tank and we will also be restoring the children’s paddling pool – another original 1930s feature.”
The lido has been closed for several years and the Grade II listed building is on the English Heritage ‘At Risk Register’. In 1997 the lido was divided into two separate pools, so the renovation project will return it to its natural state.
Bridget adds: “As the only Grade II listed lido in the country, the redevelopment of Saltdean Lido will continue to be challenging. Listed buildings officers demand that improvements to the pool do not affect the setting of the pool, the grounds or the large associated building.
“We still need to raise a further £2million to restore the building, but we are delighted that the project is underway and heading in the right direction.”