The Twentieth Century Society


Welcome back, my Lido!


Broomhill Pool, Ipswich, Suffolk

We are delighted to see that the Society’s campaign and accompanying report “Farewell my Lido” (published twenty years ago, back in 1991!) remains relevant today and has actually gained momentum: Saltdean Lido (Brighton; RWH Jones, 1938) was upgraded to Grade II* earlier this year (the first Lido to achieve this status) Saltdean Lido campaign posterand yet another lido at Grange-Over-Sands in Cumbria (Bernard Smith, 1932) was listed in August. Now, even more wonderful news reaches us from Broomhill Pool, Ipswich, Suffolk (1938, Grade II), put forward for listing by the Society in 2001.

LasBroomhill Pool, Ipswich, Suffolkt Tuesday Ipswich Borough Council‘s ruling Executive Committee gave the green light for the Broomhill Pool Trust’s favoured operator to work towards the re-opening of Broomhill lido – a highly commendable and very brave and far-sighted decision in the current difficult times. The Council also renewed their pledge to give £1 million to the project, which will, they hope, help to attract other funding. The operator, which has expressed a strong interest in restoring the pool and changing rooms and building a new fitness suite on the site, will now be asked to develop detailed plans for the £5 million project – which will also need Heritage Lottery Funding in order to succeed.

Broomhill Pool, Ipswich, SuffolkIt has always been a great pleasure for the Society to support this great cause, and we remain committed to it, but the full credit goes to Broomhill Pool Trust! Our congratulations to them for this great result and for their incredibly hard work on this project for many years. There is of course still a lot more to be done at Broomhill, but this latest news gives us confidence that both BPT and IBC will see this through and deliver a restored lido to the people of Ipswich!


5 responses to “Welcome back, my Lido!”

  1. […] Following Ipswich Borough Council‘s Executive Committee “green light” for an interested, proven operator to work towards the re-opening of Broomhill lido, The Twentieth Century Society has publically praised the Administration. […]

  2. Sally Wainman says:

    Many thanks for all the 20th Century Society’s steadfast work over the last ten years: it’s the longhaul that counts.

    See article on Ipswich Spy website – I have added your article into the Comment section:

  3. mr.gordon ruddock says:

    great news for all, olympic games coming up, should put ipswich on the map, still like to see sir. alf ramsey connected somehow by name for winning world cup in this olympic year 2013.

  4. […] Lidos continue re-gaining their popularity: Rhondda Cynon Taf council are positive that a £4m scheme to reopen the inter-war lido in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, part of the ongoing regeneration of the town, will boost visitor numbers. Built in 1927, this featured a swimming pool, semi-circular diving area, bath gallery and changing rooms. In its heyday it accommodated up to 1,000 people, but fell into decline in the 1980s and eventually closed in 1991. The council drew up initial restoration plans four years ago and secured £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to further develop the project. Listed at Grade II, the case can be clearly linked to that of (also Grade II-listed) Broomhill Pool in Ipswich, Suffolk, as Broomhill Pool Trust have already acutely noted. We hope to have similar news to report from Ipswich any time soon! Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

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