The Lido heritage facade restoration project

by Winchester Lido in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

The Lido heritage facade restoration project


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th January 2021 at 7:44pm

We must urgently restore the Palladian-style heritage facade of the Winchester Lido building, so it remains safe and structurally sound.

by Winchester Lido in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

The Lido – its history and role in our community


The Wi1599837975_screen_shot_2020-09-11_at_16.24.50.pngnchester Lido and Sports Club were built in 1934. The beautiful outdoor pool was the hub of the city until its demolition in the late 1970s, while the clubhouse was rescued from the same fate by a group of local volunteers. It has served the community for many years – as a badminton hall (originally with two squash courts as well), a dance hall, bingo hall and music venue ... yes, it even hosted the Rolling Stones in 1963!

The pool itself may have long gone, but this historic venue remains an important and valued community sports facility today. The Winchester Lido Sports Association (WLSA) – registered charity no 1085447 – owns and manages the b1599743539_screen_shot_2020-09-10_at_14.05.05.pnguilding, which caters for all ages and abilities, offering badminton (clubs, coaching groups and casual hire), fitness group workouts, gentle movement classes and a ‘sporting memories group’. The building’s dojo (a matted martial arts facility) hosts Judo, Aikido, Katori, jiu jitsu and dance.


However, the clubhouse building is now in need of significant repair and refurbishment. The charity is undertaking a series of works that is essential if the building is to remain structurally sound and usable for the coming decades. 

What we've done so far

We reclad parts of the building so it is watertight, the cost of which was met by our charity, the WLSA. We also funded several repairs to the roof and replacement of the boiler. The sports hall flooring has been replaced, due to it becoming significantly worn and increasingly slippery, and the walls and ceiling have been repaired and repainted. The old broke1599053760_screen_shot_2020-09-02_at_14.35.30.pngn seating in the sports hall was also replaced. Sport England and Winchester City Council provided grant support towards this internal refurbishment – and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue was thriving with a rapidly growing junior club and new groups for older people.

The impact of COVID-19

Sadly, the Lido building had to close in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Th1599743590_screen_shot_2020-09-10_at_14.01.01.pngis resulted in significant loss of income and we were unable to progress any major work1599743924_screen_shot_2020-09-10_at_14.17.30.pngs. However, we did not furlough our centre manager (the charity's only employee), and this allowed her to support FirstBite in using the building during lockdown, to pack and distribute meals to vulnerable people across the city. Even in the midst of the pandemic, the Lido was there for its community.

To prepare our sports facilities for use in a COVID-19 scenario, we have added a new door entry system, remote monitoring via CCTV, sanitiser stations and signage. These were all funded from WLSA reserves. The building reopened on 10 August 2020, and our users were gradually returning prior to the new lockdown on 5 November. We reopened once again during December, but were then plunged into Tier 4 restrictions followed by the national lockdown – so our worst fears have been realised and we are now closed AGAIN. Sadly, it seems there is much uncertainty ahead.

Why we need your help

We must now progress urgent repairs to the Palladian-style heritage façade of the building. Parts of the wooden soffits and fascia are rotten and several pieces have fallen off – this can be seen from the main photograph above and the images below. Pigeons are now roosting in the exposed space beneath the roof. There is a risk of water ingress here, and also from masonry cracks, particularly at ground level. The cost of the required work is estimated at around £35,000.


In short, the Lido needs some love – and we can't afford to rely entirely on our charity's critical reserves to repair and restore it at this time. Were we to do so, this would leave the Lido very vulnerable given we are now in yet another COVID-19 lockdown, which may last for several months.

PLEASE HELP US SAVE THIS FANTASTIC COMMUNITY BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE! We need your help to restore the Lido building to its former glory. **Any contribution, no matter how small, is welcome and very much appreciated.** THANK YOU! #lovethelido


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Help us out

Please give us a little boost! All supporters receive a Thank You message!

£10 or more

A place on our roll of honour

Your name added to the "roll of honour" on our Facebook page

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Give swimming a try!

Pack of two 30-minute children's swimming lessons with the city's best instructors, courtesy of Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club. Choose a venue, stage and age – from 1.5 to 15 – in discussion with the Club. (COVID-19 restrictions apply. RRP £23.)

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

One-on-one PT session

Boost your fitness with a one-on-one personal training session with Adam, from Delta Nutrition and Fitness. An hour focused on you and your needs, at a location convenient to you. (RRP £38.50)

£30 or more

Supporters Board

Your name added to our "Supporters Board" in the Lido sports hall, as well as to the "roll of honour" on our Facebook page

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dodgeball party

Celebrate with a dodgeball party for up to 12 children, courtesy of Transform Sports Coaching. Duck, dive and dodge for an hour at the Lido! (COVID-19 restrictions apply. RRP £40.)

£50 or more

4 of 20 claimed

Honorary membership of the Lido for one year

You'll become an "honorary member" of the Winchester Lido Sports Association for one year, entitling you to book badminton courts at a discounted rate – as well as having your name added to our "Supporters Board" and Facebook "roll of honour". (Choose whether to join for the rest of 2020-21 or for 2021-22.)

£60 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Self-defence course

Would you like to boost your personal safety skills? Then take a self-defence course with expert instructor, Francis. You and a group of friends or family will benefit from 3 sessions in our matted dojo (each lasting an hour). This course can be taken by a group of 2 to 8 people, at any time during 2021 to align with COVID-19 guidance.

£80 or more

1 of 10 claimed

A year's honorary membership and a court hire pack

A year's "honorary membership" of the Winchester Lido Sports Association and 5 hours of play on one of our badminton courts – as well as having your name added to our "Supporters Board" and Facebook "roll of honour". (Choose whether to join for the rest of 2020-21 or for 2021-22.)

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Toast your honour!

A bottle of red wine (courtesy of Majestic Wine in Winchester) to celebrate your name being added to the "roll of honour" on our Facebook page! (Note: the bottle will need to be collected with ID, from the Lido building.)

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cheers to you!

A beer lover's gift box, courtesy of Alfred's Brewery in Winchester. Three tasty brews to celebrate your name being added to the "roll of honour" on our Facebook page! (Note: the gift box will need to be collected with ID, from the Lido building.)

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two group training sessions at OrangeTheory

Enjoy two 1-hour training sessions at OrangeTheory Winchester. Certified coaches will guide you through a group workout focused on heart-rate based training, so you can track your results as you go! (RRP £50)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A round of golf at Chilworth Golf Club

Do you love golf? Then enjoy a game in the spring, at the beautiful Chilworth Golf Club. The Lido's Treasurer, Nigel, will guide you round the course's 18 holes. Weekday or weekend – your choice.

£220 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Treat yourself at Rick Stein Winchester!

A fabulous reward – a three-course meal for four people, with a bottle of house wine, at Rick Stein's restaurant in Winchester! (Worth up to £285. COVID-19 restrictions apply.) With many thanks to Rick Stein Winchester for their generosity in supporting our campaign.

Let's make 'The Lido heritage facade restoration project' happen

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