Community support

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Saltdean Lido is an iconic Art Deco landmark in the coastal resort of Saltdean, just east of Brighton. Built in 1937-38 to a design by R.W.H. Jones, it was created to position Saltdean as a fashionable destination in the competitive 1930s’ British holiday market and is regarded as one of the finest examples of an outdoor swimming pool of this period.

Saltdean Lido is the only Grade II* (star) listed lido in the country and one of only three remaining seaside lidos. Following many years of decline it is currently on English Heritage’s At Risk register.

Greatly saddened by this local people came together to establish the ‘Save Saltdean Lido’ campaign and in 2012 managed to stop a commercial developer and successfully tendered for the 60 year lease from the freeholder, Brighton and Hove City Council.

Now as Saltdean Lido Trust our overall project is to renovate and revitalise the entire Saltdean Lido site and bring both the iconic 1930s building and pool back into use as it was originally intended. We will be creating a community hub, tourist destination and heritage centre which will provide much needed community and leisure facilities and regenerate Saltdean as a tourist destination.

The large local population is lacking decent sporting, recreational and particularly swimming facilities. We also lack a defined community space and an accessible venue for the increasing young families, elderly population and people with disabilities. We want to provide the resource that more than 13,000 local people of all ages have told us they want, via an extensive consultation process. From 8,600 local households surveyed, 91% stated they would use the renewed lido site at least once a week for either leisure, recreational or meeting room space.

Over the last 6 years there have been countless local fundraising events to support the lido.From Saltdean Lido Fun Days encompassing local children choirs, theatrical and entertainment groups, dog shows, craft tents and more. Through to specific events such as Comedy nights, open air pop up cinema nights, Beer & Wine festival celebrating local Sussex produce, open air children’s theatre and even farmers markets both in the adjacent park and the actual Lido site once the lease was ours.

Now, thanks to all this support and goodwill from the local people and to significant grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Coastal Communities Fund and The People’s Millions, the restoration of the open-air swimming pool is and children’s play area is complete.

We had an incredibly successfully opening weekend in late June with over 4,000 people taking part in the activities and the pools and received widespread interest and support not just from the local community but wider across the county and featured strongly in national media across titles such as the The Guardian, The Sun, The Daily Mail online, The Telegraph and Country Life plus live coverage on ITV Meridian and the BBC. Everyone was over the moon that this first stage was achieved.

The second stage, work on the main building, is still to be started, but for the opening we required a set of changing rooms. It was essential to provide a facility, particularly for young families and older visitors, that held toilets, showers and lockers as well as changing rooms. Longer term this building will provide a full health suite.

We currently have the framework of the building but still need to install heating, lighting, changing room cubicles, additional drainage works, cladding of the building and doors as well as reinforcement of the roof. This is what we are looking for in terms of this community award.

Saltdean Lido trust

Moment of Pride

The Lido restoration has shown what a strong and committed community we are. Young and old helping out from fundraising events to putting up posters. Delivering consultation exhibitions to weeding the site. Working together as volunteers to restore the swimming pool and community facility for benefi

Location: Saltdean