About the Lido
Opened in 1932 and closed in 1993, the Lido is an important heritage asset and was Grade II listed in 2011. Save Grange Lido Ltd is working with the site’s owners, South Lakeland District Council, to bring about a full restoration of the site.
It is much loved and prized by local people and folk further afield who overwhelmingly want to see it fully restored as an iconic cultural, community and heritage destination with a swimming pool at its heart.
In recent years there has been a huge renaissance in lidos and outdoor swimming nationally, and Grange finds itself in the privileged position to have a magnificent Art Deco pool.
The Lido has now been closed for almost 30 years. Thankfully the deterioration in the structure of the site is being addressed. SLDC is to spend c£2.8m on phase 1 of the restoration which will see the terracing, sea defences and central pavilion improved and restored. Save Grange Lido Ltd is getting ready to submit a planning application for Phase 2 of the restoration. Our plans for the Lido will see it fully restored as community swimming facility and regional tourist attraction.
At a time when health, wellness and community engagement are in the fore, an outdoor pool would be a valuable asset, fun for our children and would strengthen the seaside appeal of Grange.
Local swimming clubs, schools and swimming organisations strongly support the plan for a restored 50m long-course swimming pool which would be the only one in Cumbria and invaluable as a safe, accessible place to train and learn to swim.
Grange Lido is very fortunate to have a good range of useful buildings which present excellent opportunities to generate income to cover the running costs of the whole facility. The imaginative use of these buildings is the key to the successful redevelopment and future of the Lido and Save Grange Lido Ltd’s plans include a café/restaurant, gym, community rooms and a Changing Places facility in addition to the 50m pool.
The Lido would make a perfect destination for people from a large catchment area and bring important economic benefits to local businesses. An independent assessment of Save Grange Lido Ltd’s business plan estimated that a fully restored Lido would bring £8.05m in lifetime health benefits and £5.1m in lifetime well-being benefits.
About Save Grange Lido Ltd
Save Grange Lido Ltd incorporated as a Community Benefit Society in January 2019 and evolved from a campaign group established in 2011. The Society is an exempt charity registered with HMRC for the purpose of Gift Aid.
The Society has grown year upon year, and now comprises people from a range of different backgrounds and specialisms. It includes experts in leisure management, lido operation, business, restoration of historic buildings, tourism, marketing, planning, law, IT, journalism, history and architecture, as well as concerned mums, dads and grandparents. All those involved in the Society are volunteers.
Save Grange Lido Ltd has developed partnerships with a large network of organisations, including the National Trust, Cumbria Tourism, Historic Pools of England and the Eden Project North.
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