Plans and Business Plan

Save Grange LIdo Business Plan June 2019Our revised business plan is now available.
Click the image or click here to view or download the revised plan.
You can also view and download the accompanying appendices here.

Save Grange Lido is working with South Lakes District Council (SLDC) with the aim of restoring the Lido in two phases. Phase I will be undertaken by SLDC who will restore the buildings and structures. This phase has council capital expenditure approval of c£2 million and will proceed in 2020.

Phase II will be by Save Grange Lido and will include the restoration of the iconic 50m pool, fit out of changing rooms and extensions to the central pavilion to create space for lido administration and kitchens for the café-restaurant. This work is likely to cost c£3 million and SGL have an experienced professional team including architects, quantity surveyors, fundraisers, heritage consultants, engineers etc working on the project.

The plans produced for SGL by Studio Octopi are currently to RIBA Stage II and are below. We have now instructed them to develop the plans to RIBA Stage III. The work has been funded by generous donations from our Friends and the public plus two grants from the Architectural Heritage Fund and one from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Our Business Plan is 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, Jubilee Park Pool in Woodall Spa, Saltdean Lido, Faversham Pools, Thames Lido in Reading, Lido Ponty in Wales and Stonehaven in Scotland. A copy of the Business Plan is available below and a revised version will be available soon.

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. We believe that this natural catchment area combined with the substantial number of visitors to the region each year would provide a very healthy market for the restored lido.

Click on a plan below to view larger version.

The plans include the restoration of the 50m six lane pool which will be the only 50m pool in Cumbria and for a considerable distance. In addition, there will be a heated 25m pool alongside a paddling and play pool. The pool complex will also include  a community space, café-restaurant, gym and shop.

The Architects, Studio Octopi, were chosen because they have a wealth of experience in swimming pool design. They 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:

A visualisation of how the restored Lido should 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 lido administration and kitchens will look.

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