We’ve been talking to our expert advisors and a new revised plan will be posted soon.
Our plans for the Lido include the restoration of the iconic mushroom shaped 50m swimming pool to be the focal point of the complex.
The Council’s alternative proposals involve filling-in the pool but this removes the key attraction of the Lido it would cease to have any viable function. We fear a Lido without a pool will not attract sufficient visitors and will continue to be a drain on local taxpayers for a long time to come.
Our plans have been based on careful research, financial data and copy business plans from a number of successfully operating Lidos like the Jubilee Pool in Penzance, Portishead Lido, Saltdean Lido, Faversham Pools, Thames Lido in Reading, Lido Ponty in Wales and Stonehaven in Scotland.
We have now published our report and business plan and our architects are currently working on plans to show how the Lido spaces will be re-modelled to create a viable modern facility. More detailed ones including the proposals for the pool will be available soon.
The plans include the restoration of the 50m six lane pool, a heated 25m pool alongside a paddling and play pool. The complex would also boast a community space, restaurant, sauna, steam room and shop.
The plans have been commissioned by Save Grange Lido who have been presenting proposals to South Lakeland District Council which will see the group raise funds to restore the grade II listed facility and operate the site as a not for profit community venture.
Studio Octopi have produced the plans and were chosen because they have a wealth of experience in swimming pool design. The architects are currently working on a floating swimming pool for the River Thames and restoring a lost Lido in south east London.
Chris Romer-Lee, Director of Studio Octopi and Thames Baths CIC said:
“Grange Lido is one of the most important surviving coastal lidos in the UK and to work on such a socially and architecturally significant structure is an honour. Grange Lido has three existing elegant pavilions plus the iconic pool and restoration requires architectural sensitivity but also a sharp eye on the business plan. With 2019 being the Year of the Lido, there is something special happening across the country in reawakening these forgotten water palaces. The team look forward to continuing to work with the motivated and skilled community group on unlocking the future of Grange Lido.”
How the newly restored Lido could look:
The image above is a representation of how the restored lido might look, but we still have more work to do on the final design and in particular, how the new wing buildings for the entrance & shop and for the kitchens & WCs will look. We are planning to ask our architects to do three options ranging from modern to traditional and to consult on them before settling on a final design.
Some 3.5 million people live within a 50-mile radius of the Lido and the Lake District attracts in the region of 40 million visitors each year. This catchment and the visitors to the region provide a substantial market for the redeveloped lido.