With continued support from Conran & Partners, campaigners from Brighton have now managed to upgrade the listed status of Saltdean Lido from Grade II to Grade II*, leading Paul Zara, Partner at Conran & Partners to comment: “There is no debate to be had regarding its future, it needs careful and sensitive restoration and to be run by people who will nurture and cherish this asset.”
Plans to revitalise the popular if rather run-down Art Deco venue were cast into doubt when the current private lease-holder announced their intention to partially demolish the facility in order to develop a residential development on the site.
Extensive protests from the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign have resulted in the facility having its Grade II listed status – first achieved in 1987 – increased to Grade II* by English Heritage and the Heritage & Tourism Minister, John Penrose. Conran & Partners have composed an alternative plan which suggests heating the water in the pool using renewable energy sources, developing a cafe/bistro on the rotunda, modernising meeting rooms for use by local community groups and a general overhaul of the surrounding grounds.
Rebecca Crook, Chairperson of the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign said: “We couldn’t be happier that this iconic building situated in the centre of our community now has the architectural and heritage recognition that it deserves. It’s a wonderful building that we feel represents an important part of our British seaside heritage and we hope that with the new listing in place it can be preserved and safeguarded for many more generations to enjoy.”