Save Grange Lido Business Plan


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 a magnificent 4,800sqft cafe & restaurant, with a 1,800sqft terrace looking directly over the lido and across Morecambe Bay. The cafe and restaurant building has its own independent entrance, kitchens and toilets, so it can be open all year round, generating an income from visitors from the local area, and tourists from far and wide.

In addition to essential pool facilities, changing rooms and lifeguard station there is space for a stand-alone 3500sqft spa and wellness facility, which again has an independent entrance, and can be open all year round.

Obviously, the centre piece of the plans is the historic mushroom shaped pool which is one of just a very few 50m swimming facilities in the north of England and the only one in Cumbria. This will be open for the summer months for general swimming and could be opened for one off swimming galas and events outside the summer season.

Part of the basin will be divided so that it could be heated and the ever-popular children’s splash pool will be restored. The basin will be fenced, lit and managed so that it remains a dramatic focal point, even when not in use for swimming.

The Lido has historically had a large car park which was important for coaches and cars visiting the complex. Part of the Lido car park is still in use and we think this should remain available to the Lido in the future. The car park would be used much more than it is at present and could generate additional income.

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.