JUNE 2015

As an update, work is well underway to the external grounds with foundations in for the new plant room.  We have also removed the mast to the main swimming pool.  You can see the moment it is taken down here.  We will keep you up to date with the building progress but our core focus is now on finalising our second stage HLF bid and working towards securing the final £2million which we require for the project.

APRIL 2015

Due to receiving funding for the external areas quicker than we expected we have taken the decision to commence works this month however the swimming pool will not re-open this year.  We have around 9 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.


We have secured first round development funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund (£576,000) with £4.2million assigned for the next stage of the project. Read more about it here.


We are delighted to announce that we have secured £2.3million from the Coastal Communities Fund which will enable us to  fully restore and refurbish the pools and outside areas. This hard fought success is our biggest grant to date and represents a major milestone in our campaign to revitalise and relaunch the lido and its iconic modernist building. Read more about it here.

25th November 2014 - We've won!

A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us and helped campaign.  With a real team effort and nationwide appeal for votes, we managed to win the most votes and have won £49,500 for the refurbishment of the children's paddling pool. You can read the full press release here and catch the short film on us collecting the cheque here.

24th November 2014 - We need your help

We are delighted to announce that we have reached the final of The People's Millions which will be broadcast on ITV Meridian (West region) on Monday 24th November.  You will be voting to help us win £49,500 which will enable us to get the children's paddling pool open for next summer (2015).  This would be an amazing boost to the project as we have secured funding for the main pool and it would be so sad to see the paddling pool still covered in stones.  Back the lido, lets get the kids pool open.  

The phone number for voting will be available on Monday 24th October and you have just that day to cast your vote - its 15p a call - and you can call up to 10 times from any one number.

October 2014 - The pool will re-open next year

Thanks to funding we have secured from SIB, we have submitted a planning application for works to the external grounds, the swimming pool and the creation of a new plant room.  Rebecca Crook, Director & Chair of Saltdean Lido CIC said "This is a significant milestone in achieving our longer term vision of restoring the iconic Grade II* listed site. After 4 long years of campaigning, our hard work is paying off and we can't wait to get the pool open for local residents to enjoy." You can read more about it here.

September 2014 - News Update

You can read the latest news about the project and our progress to date by downloading our news alert here.

February 2014 - Conran appointed as architects to restore the UK's only Grade II* Lido

Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) today announced it has appointed award-winning architectural practice, Conran & Partners, as the lead consultant in the renovation of the Saltdean Lido site. Paul Zara who heads up Conran & Partners' Brighton Office said "Saltdean Lido is an iconic site of immense cultural value." Saltdean Lido CIC held a competitive tender inviting a number of companies to submit proposals. Richard Mason, a director of Saltdean Lido CIC and local architect consultant, said: "The quality of the proposals we received was extremely high and many firms were understandably keen to get involved with the project. Conran's expertise and passion for modernist architecture shone through and we are delighted to be able to choose a local Brighton-based practice."  Sir Terence Conran added: "We are delighted that we have now been formally appointed by the Saltdean Lido CIC to work with them on the important job of breathing new life into this beautiful Lido." Read the full story on The Argus website and BBC News.

February 2014 - first major grant awarded to us

We have moved another step closer to the renovation of Saltdean Lido thanks to the Social Investment Business (SIB) grant of £61,330 which is awarded this month. Caroline Forster, Director of Investments, at SIB said "Saltdean Lido is an iconic site of immense cultural value. Our mission is to support groups like the CIC in providing services that make life better for the community they serve."  Rebecca Crook, Chair of Saltdean Lido CIC, said "We sincerely thank SIB for this grant which is the first step of many that will be needed for us to raise the funds we need. The CIC hopes to take full ownership of the site later in the year, although extensive building works required will mean it is closed for around two years."  The full press release is available here.  And you can read about it on BBC News.

December 2013 - Council confirm 60-year lease to the CIC

At this month's Brighton & Hove City Council Policy & Resource meeting the Council approved for us to ownership of the Saltdean Lido site on a 60-year lease.  There will be more news and next steps announced in the new year but you can read all about it on the BBC website. 

October 2013 - Argus Achievement Awards Winner!

Delighted to announce that at last nights Argus Awards we picked up the gong for Best Community Event of the Year for our June Fun Day weekend.  The event is only in the third year and its the second time we have won.  Amazing!  


11th September 2013 - It's us!

After a 6-month evaluation process undertaken by the Freeholders of the site, Brighton & Hove City Council, we are delighted to announce that we are recommended as provisional preferred bidder.  This is subject to further negotiations but in the meantime you can read our full press release by clicking here.

August 2013 - Decision due soon

Over the past few months we've completed all the tender stages reaching the shortlist and are now anxiously awaiting Brighton & Hove Council's recommendation.  This will be put to the Economic Development & Culture Committee on the 19th September at Hove Town Hall (4.00pm).  

June 2013 - Youth survey

 So far we have consulted with the adults of Saltdean and its neighbours three times about what they'd like to see at the lido site.  Now it's time to ask younger residents. If you are between 11 and 16 then please will you complete this survey (5 mins max).  This is your opportunity to tell us what you want.  We will then take these ideas and include them in our business plan wherever possible. Nothing is being ruled out at this stage so please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

May 2013 - National Lottery support

The local voluntary team behind the former "Save the Saltdean Lido" campaign and the current bid to run the lido as a Community Interest Company" (CIC) are delighted to announce that the National Lottery have awarded them £7,350 to support this years Saltdean Lido Fun Day.

This years event which is free to attend, like in previous years will seek to harness community spirit and pride in the area with a focus on the 75th birthday of the iconic art deco lido.

Rebecca Crook, Director, Saltdean Lido CIC says; 'It is a special year for the lido with its 75th birthday so the funding from the National Lottery is a great boost. The event is now in its third year and attracted around 10,000 residents to attend last year. We really are delighted to receive a grant from the National Lottery which will enable us to provide even more activities for the community to participate in as well as involving more volunteers locally in the project.'

April/May 2013 - the bid 

You can also download our April newsletter which is being delivered to all local households and CIC members.  Click here to download the April newsletter.   Our bid to Brighton & Hove City Council was submitted before the deadline of the 19th April. We can confirm that our bid has been shortlisted to the final two organisations. This stage of the process is now confidential so we are unable to provide any further details. The Council will make an announcement for their preferred bidder in September 2013.

April 2013 - Simon Kirby MP backs our bid

Simon Kirby our local MP has supported the campaign since its inception.  He has just released an official press release supporting and backing the CIC bid.   You can read the full press release on his website.  

March 2013 - the tender

Brighton & Hove City Council have released the expression of interest tender information for the site. The deadline for this first stage bid is the 19th April 2013 and we can confirm we will be submitting a formal application.

January 2013 - public exhibitions

In January we held public exhibitions to showcase our plans developed by Conran & Partners and vision for the Lido.  We also announced our partnership with Wave Leisure, a not-for-profit based leisure trust based in Seaford, East Sussex.

Over 700 people attended including local Councillors and Simon Kirby MP. You can see us on Meridian News  and read about the exhibitions in The Argus and the Sussex Express

Brighton & Hove City Council approved their recommendations for the lido on the 24th Jan 2013. You can read the Council report overview here and read about the current situation on the BBC News.


Work start on site April 2015

Work start on site April 2015

Coastal Communities Fund
Us picking up our award for Best Community Event of the Year (2nd year running)

Us picking up our award for Best Community Event of the Year (2nd year running)