Saltdean Lido

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Saltdean Lido
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The lido from the south
Location Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Built 1938
Architect R.W.H. Jones
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Saltdean Lido
Designated 18 March 2011
Reference no. 481229
Saltdean Lido is located in Brighton & Hove
Saltdean Lido
Location of Saltdean within Brighton and Hove

Saltdean Lido at Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, in the city of Brighton and Hove, is an Art Deco Lido designed by architect R.W.H. Jones. Originally listed at Grade II by English Heritage for its architectural and historical importance,[1] its status was upgraded further to "Grade II*" on 18 March 2011.[2]

The Art Deco design has been described by The Daily Telegraph as "particularly glorious, with its elegant, curved lines – rather like a stately ocean liner."[3]


The pool measures 140 by 66 feet (43 m × 20 m)[4] and can accommodate 500 bathers, and is currently closed (2013). After an extensive campaign by local residents, the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign successfully lobbied the freeholders of the site (Brighton & Hove City Council) to stop housing development and take back the lease on the site. Following a 9 month procurement process the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (set up by the campaign group) will take ownership of a 60-year lease in 2014.


The lido was built in 1937-38 to designs by the architect Richard Jones, and was hailed as the most innovative design of its type in Britain. With its tea terrace, sun deck, café, perched on the flat roof and distinctive curved wings at either end, it became the only lido to be featured in the Design Museum in London.[5]

In 1958, Butlins attempted to buy the derelict lido for development, the application was opposed by residents and eventually rejected by the Ministry of Housing.[6]

In 1998, the lido was reopened by Sports Minister Tony Banks. The restoration was achieved through a public and private sector partnership costing £2 million. Banks revealed he had a personal link to the Grade II listed building through his mother, who used to visit it during the Second World War. He said: "Open air sites are not able to attract National Lottery funding, so the money for this had to come through private investors having the vision to bring a piece of our heritage back into use." The reopening ceremony came two days after the lido let in its first visitors for three years.

On 18 March 2011, John Penrose, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, approved the upgrade of Saltdean Lido's listed status from Grade II to the second highest grade, Grade II*.[2] Such buildings are defined as being "particularly important ... [and] of more than special interest".[7]

On 30 May 2012, it was announced that the ownership of the Lido would be handed back by leaseholder Dennis Audley to Brighton & Hove City Council after legal discussions.[8][9]

See also


  1. "Detailed record: Saltdean Lido, Saltdean Park Road (west side), Brighton". Images of England. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lumley, Ruth (19 March 2011). "Saltdean Lido given new protective status". The Argus. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 19 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Windig, Elizabeth (27 September 2008). "Britain's top 10 lidos". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 3 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Collis 2010, pp. 297–298.
  5. Goodbody, John (24 May 1997). "Why are we closing our lidos?". The Times. Jill Sack, the administrator of the 20th Century Society, says that swimming is only part of the experience of going to the pool. "Children can play. People can sunbathe. The lido duplicates many of the conditions of the seaside, but in a city." The buildings which surround the pool are typical of late 1930s design. There is the emphasis on communal areas for sunbathing and lounging, and plenty of space for fresh air and sunshine to ease tired, city-weary limbs, both facets that Le Corbusier exploited extensively in his architecture.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Saltdean Divided By Lido Ruling; Residents' Association Likely To Fight On". The Times. London. 19 August 1958. p. 5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Listed Buildings". English Heritage. 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Saltdean Lido: Campaigners' joy as pool handed back, BBC News, 31 May 2012
  9. James, Ben Residents joy over Saltdean Lido deal, The Argus, 1 June 2012
  • Tom Dyckhoff (5 August 2003). "It's summer: Take me to your lido". The Times (London).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Collis, Rose (2010). The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton. (based on the original by Tim Carder) (1st ed.). Brighton: Brighton & Hove Libraries. ISBN 978-0-9564664-0-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Smith, Janet (2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage. ISBN 0-9547445-0-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Pages 146-151
  • Douglas D'Enno (1985). The Saltdean story. Phillimore. ISBN 0-85033-573-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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