About the pool
When will the swimming pool be open? After a long fundraising effort and almost £3million pounds of works we are delighted to be re-opening the grounds this year. The external building works are almost complete so we are working towards a Spring opening which is likely to be in May 2017. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for news updates or join our mailing list to be kept informed by clicking here.
Will the pool be heated? Yes (thankfully!). Both the main swimming pool and children's pool will be heated across the season.
How much will a swim cost? We will be announcing our price lists in April when we intend to hold a series of public exhibitions. However our costs will be in line with other swimming pools and lidos.
What will the opening hours be? We are currently working on our programme for this year and again, will announce all the detail in April.
The rest of the lido site - the main building
When will the main lido building re-open fully to the public? There is still an enormous amount of fundraising work to be done before work can start on the building works as we need to ensure we have all of the funding in place. We hope if funding applications are successful that we could begin works later in the 2017 with a target date of re-opening the entire site in 2020. In the meantime the Saltdean Community Association, Library & The White Rooms remain fully open in the interim.
Do you have the rest of the funding in place yet to start building works? Phase 1 of the project (the external works) has now been fully funded. Phase 2 (the main building) is subject to receiving successful outcomes from pending grant applications. This is a key focus of the CIC and we remain committed to securing the remainder of funding which is estimated to be around an additional £7-£8million pounds.
PLANS FOR THE INTERIOR SPACE OF THE LIDO BUILDING
Will there be a gym? The original aspiration was to include a gym within the main lido building however this is now no longer possible. We recognise this is disappointing however we have spent 12 months attempting to find a viable way in which we could make this work financially however it is not possible. We have consulted with many specialist leisure sector operators who have all advised that the designated space for a gym was not of a large enough footprint to be sustainable.
Will there be a restaurant/cafe? Whilst the building undergoes restoration there will be temporary catering facilities within the grounds for pool users and temporary events. However once the main building is complete there will be a heritage cafe on the ground floor for public use all year round. While the upstairs space will be utilised for events with catering and drinks facilities.
Will there be space for community group hires? Yes. The aim is for the main hall upstairs to become high quality multi-purpose function space available for private hire for both community groups and private companies and individual private hire (birthdays/weddings etc). In additional there will also be dedicated community spaces to hire in the West wing of the building on the ground floor.
Will there be a lift? Yes. We intend to install a lift to ensure the site is fully accessible to all users.
Will there be events at the lido? Yes. There will be a programme of community and heritage based events throughout the year. These are likely to include music nights, comedy nights, food & drink festivals, annual celebrations for Easter, Xmas and participation in wider Brighton festivals such as the The Brighton Fringe Festival etc.
In the plans, you are demolishing parts of the lido building, why? Specialist surveys have revealed that the 1960's and 1970's extensions are not fit for purpose. They are in a very poor condition and architecturally they are of lesser importance to the listing of the building. The way in which they were designed means not only are they poorly constructed but they currently provide ineffective spaces which are impractical and uneconomic to refurbish. We are working closely with Historic England and statutory bodies to redesign the whole scheme in style with the original concept of the building.