Brighton and Hove City Council has granted the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (SLCIC) a 63-year lease for the grade II* listed art deco pool and building. This means that some of the £4.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund can be released and restoration plans started.
The main building is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and in a dilapidated condition and has been largely closed to the public for some time. In 1938 its innovative reinforced concrete structure enabled Saltdean Lido's iconic streamlined design, however, due to its sea-facing location, the structure has suffered decades of chloride-attack which has penetrated the building.
Derek Leaver, SLCIC Director said, “Today is a significant step forward in Saltdean Lido’s history, as securing the lease enables us to access funds to start engaging with structural engineers and architects. We need to design how we can restore the building within the guidelines set by Historic England and the National Heritage Lottery fund while providing a sustainable building for use by the community.
“We thank everyone who has generously helped raise funds and volunteered so far for this historic project and look forward to presenting plans for getting the best use out of this potentially lovely building in due course. The project is currently costed at just under £8m and we need to continue to fundraise for the last £700,000, which is required before we can actually start any of the building work.”
The SLCIC aims to make the site financially sustainable with revenue from the pool, a café, fitness and workspace areas plus venue hire for community groups, weddings and other events.
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