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Listing boosts Saltdean lido survival chances

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The listing status of Brighton’s Saltdean Lido has been upgraded by architecture minister John Penrose from Grade II to Grade II*

The 1938 seaside pool, which was listed in 1987, had been earmarked for partial demolition by the building’s private lease-holder who wanted to build flats on the site.

As a result the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign group called in the 20th Century Society for help and asked Conran & Partners to come up with an alternative plan which would see the water of the swimming pool heated using renewable energy sources and rework the rotunda into a café/bistro.

Paul Zara, partner, Conran & Partners said: ‘The upgrade of the listing of Saltdean Lido to Grade II* further illustrates its national significance. It is now officially one of the UK’s finest 1930s buildings and its best lido. 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.’

Comment from the 20th Century Society

Jon Wright, senior case worker said: ‘Lidos remind us that water and sunlight are both basic human rights, they are emotive and special places and too many of them have been lost.

‘This important upgrading of Saltdean Lido by the Secretary of State illustrates the affection in which these wonderful structures are now held. Saltdean is a particularly elegant example of its type and the Society is extremely pleased to have worked with such a passionate and vital campaigning group to achieve this result. May it be the beginning of a new chapter in the lidos long history.’

See attached letter for full architectural appraisal.

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