Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex
Saturday 18th January 2014. A modern retractable roof will be added to the classic art deco Lido swimming pool, according to reports of plans for a £2m makeover published today in Brighton’s Argus newspaper.
The report says a new retractable roof would transform the former swimming pool – which now hosts music and other events – into an all-weather attraction. It is hoped the improvements could more than double visitor numbers and create a range of new opportunities.
Designs have been submitted to Worthing Borough Council. If permission is granted, work could begin in the autumn and be finished in two weeks.
The roof will cost £1.25 million with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. It will be designed to withstand gusts of up to 90mph and is expected to help preserve the band enclosure, which opened in 1925. The retractable roof operates by weather sensors and can close within minutes.
The lido owners will be able to add amphitheatre-style seating around a stage area. A flat area be used for Christmas markets, fares and an ice rink in off-season.
The unheated swimming pool was built in 1957 and the site was renamed the Lido. The pool closed in 1988 and was converted into a family entertainment centre.
The consultation ends on February 14.
For more on his story, visit Worthing Lido set for £2 million makeover (From The Argus).