Saving Saltdean Lido

A Community project Saltdean, Brighton, United Kingdom

We're restoring the UK's only Grade II* listed lido - and we need your help to raise £70,000 for a new electricity sub-station.


We've raised £25,000 so far as donations made using cheques or direct bank transfers are not included in the crowdfunder total.  Hurray! Making progress.

Opened in 1938, Saltdean Lido is the only Grade II* listed Lido in the country, described by Historic England as one of 'the seven wonders of the seaside'.  It is now being restored by Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, a group of local residents with the vision and drive to build a sustainable and commercially viable future for the pools - and the unique iconic building.  The directors of Saltdean Lido CIC are all volunteers.

You can read more about our project here:  and there's a better video here...

To achieve our goal of getting wonderful new heated swimming pools open next year, we need your help because we’ve hit an unexpected roadblock.

Earlier in the year, the Saltdean Lido CIC’s advisers discovered that there is insufficicent electricity capacity left in Saltdean to power the lido. A sub-station that had previously existed on the lido site has been removed (despite a lease which isn’t due to end until 2045). Neither Brighton & Hove City Council nor UK Power Networks can account for its removal.

We asked both Brighton and Hove Council and UK Power Networks (which builds the infrastructure over which companies like EDF provide electricity) to help. BHCC offered us a loan of just £10,000 whilst UK Power Networks said it couldn’t help due to OFGEM rules.

Furthermore, our existing grants cannot be re-allocated to cover this unexpected expense - more information below.

You can read more here Electricity row halts Saltdean Lido restoration (BBC Story)

So we are now reaching out to our loyal supporters and asking you to adopt a brick in our Wall of Fame to help fund the new sub-station.

The bricks can feature your name or a customised message dedicated to someone special from as little as £52.50. The wall itself won’t be built until early next year but in the meantime you will receive a certificate that you could wrap up as a Christmas present.

Alternatively for those with deeper pockets, you could make your mark in a more individual way by sponsoring a beach hut in the lido grounds which your family will be able to use.

Whatever you choose, you can be assured that your contribution will make a difference in helping us raise the money we need. If we manage to exceed the £70,000 target, then we will put this money towards other parts of the project.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your brick dedication, then please contact Bridget Fishleigh, one of our volunteer directors on 07946 342 903 and  You can also pay by cheque or bank transfer. Please call for details.


You say you've raised £8M so far - why can't you just use that?

We've raised just under £3M so far for the pool, and have an in-principle committment to another £4.8M from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the building itself. 

The funders who've provided the money so far did so against costed proposals to deliver specific pieces of work, and diverting the money from those grants would leave us in breach of our grant conditions (and in case, we'd be robbing Peter to pay Paul and just creating a gap somewhere else even if we did).

Who are you?

Saltdean Lido CIC was formed in 2011. You can see more about us on this video made by one of our funders, Social Investment Business:


About Saltdean Lido

Opened in 1938, Saltdean Lido is the only Grade II* (star) listed lido in the country and was recently named as one of Seven Wonders of the Seaside by Historic England (formerly English Heritage).  The site was added to English Heritage’s Buildings ‘At Risk Register’ in 2011 following a community campaign against the former operators and their plan to turn this amazing building in flats.

Since then, the site owners - Brighton and Hove City Council - have agreed to lease the building to the Saltdean Lido CIC, a community-owned volunteer body which has been working for 3 years to restore the building not just to former glory but fit for the 21st century and has raised over £8M to date.


The Small Print

Your donation will be made to Saltdean Lido Society Limited ("SLS") which is the parent organisation for the The Lido Complex (Saltdean) Community Interest Company ("The CIC"), which will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Lido, and which has applied for charitable status.Your donation will be acknowledged via an inscription on the adopted brick(s) but the CIC remains the legal owner of the "adopted" items and retains control over them at all times.  Over time it is possible that the adopted items will become worn, weathered or damaged without liability to The CIC or SLS and in exceptional circumstances, the CIC reserves the right to relocate adopted items to a reasonable alternative location.