Coastal Community Fund update
We have been informed by the CCF that our application has been unsuccessful. To put this in context, they informed us that they received 285 applications applying for a combined £246 million! The CCF actually only had a budget of £40million available to allocate - so the level of competition was very high.
Following this disappointing news, which has left us with a shortfall in our partnership funding, we are focussing our minds on working closely with HLF and BHCC to consider how to proceed and seeking ways to secure the conditional award from HLF while we explore our options.
It is unlikely that there will be a quick resolution to this, but we will update you with relevant information as matters progress.
Getting ready for our Christmas Day swims!
You may have seen that the pool is full again! This is in preparation for our first Christmas Day swimming sessions this year!
Heating has begun, the pool cleaned and the water has been continually treated to ensure it passes the necessary laboratory tests.
Some tickets are still available, so if you’d like to come and join us for a Christmas Day dip - you can get your tickets here.
Changing rooms update
Completion of the roof and external walls of the changing rooms has been hampered by the weather, but much of the cladding has been applied, which is of the same material and colour that will be used on the main building when it is restored.
So what’s going on at the lido?
Well, we’ve just closed another great season and the pool was an immense success with many people enjoying the Lido in our incredible weather. We’ve had in excess of 40,000 visitors which include: community users, serious swimmers, holiday makers and day trippers. Saltdean Lido’s unique 40m tank has also provided an excellent training facility for professional and semi-professional swimming athletes. We are proud to include silver medalist, Fabienne Andre, as one of our regular swimmers. Fabienne won two silver medals and a bronze medal, whilst representing team GB, at this year’s world Cerebral Palsy World Games.
The Main Building
Following the huge generosity of the local community, businesses and countless others we were able to secure a conditional grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for just over half of the amount required to restore and develop the building. We are working with the council to meet the HLF’s conditions and obtain ‘permission to start’ status, which we hope will be within the next few months. We’ll keep you informed and post updates to the website whenever we have news.
In the meantime we’re working very closely with our contractors Project Associates South East (PASE) to prepare the program of works and further the designs with Conrans Architects. The continued enthusiasm and collaboration with Saltdean residents will determine the final layout and usage of the community space. The CIC is fully committed to the provision of a community centre at the Lido for our rapidly growing and diverse community
Over the next few weeks you may see activity on a section of the building to carry out tests. We are using some pretty innovative techniques to remove, reinforce and replace rendering to a standard approved for the Grade II* listed building, in an environmentally attractive way. The techniques we are testing, result in reduced noise and efficient waste management which, if the test works, will be particularly good news for the Lido’s neighbours. Historic England and BHCC are engaged and supportive of these tests as they could benefit other heritage sites in the UK. We’re exciting to be potentially blazing a trail for heritage renovation in the UK!
We will post updates to the site whenever we have them.
In the meantime, if you would like to read our latest news letter - please click here
And if you would like to view the plans for the main building, you can view the plans here.