Brockwell Lido – a swimming paradise in South London.
Brockwell Lido has been a haven for fans of cold water for many years and our Swimmers Club is an inclusive organisation for people to share their love of this beautiful urban oasis.
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- Suffolk Swim/Walk 4th June - An eleven mile stroll and swim next to the beautiful Suffolk coastline orgnanised by the entrepid Philip Nice, creator of the Swim Walks Facebook group. This all day event will include swims in the sea near Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold. The day starts at Liverpool Street Station meeting next to the ticket office at 7:45am […]
- Book Review – Wild Swimming Spain - The lovely people at Wild Thing Publishing have sent us another one of their wonderful Wild Swimming books to review. This time John Welle and Lola Culsán explore Spain to discover secluded rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. They start their adventure in the north-west of the country meandering through the lush valleys of Galicia where […]
- Taking on Tooting – 15th June - Tooting Bec Lido are inviting local clubs to their annual Midsummer Relay Races on the evening of Wednesday 15th June at 7:30pm. This is always a fun and friendly event, and to wet our appetite they are promising a post-race Felafel Feast. Sounds interesting. Brockwell Swimmers are looking for team members to represent our wonderful […]
- Water Polo Summer Madness - We now have four Water Polo dates fixed for more aquatic antics at the deep end this Summer. Sessions are being led by our firm-but-fair coach Jim who last year somehow managed to transform a bunch of beginners into semi-convincing Water Polo players. Miracles can happen! These sessions are definitely for fun, rather than […]
- Businesses support Brockwell Swimmers - Five local businesses are supporting Brockwell Swimmers club by offering a discount scheme. Bon Velo, Dulwich Fitness, Fison Fitness, Health Hub and Intersport Herne Hill are all offering 10% discount to members. Offers include bike servicing, personal training, fitness classes, medical care, and sports equipment. To prove membership just take along your card and photo […]
History of Brockwell Lido
The Lido was originally opened in 1937 to replace the natural public bathing ponds in the park. The Lido would remain open during the war, though one swimming gala was cancelled in 1944 due to a feared flying bomb attack. From 1947 to 1968 the London Swimming Championships were also held at Brockwell Lido. However, after much neglect and declining usage, the pool was closed by Lambeth Council in 1990.
For 4 years the pool lay empty until two former council employees, Casey and Paddy, won the management contract and reopened the lido in 1994. “It was a time when we let as many things happen as possible just for fun, not necessarily making money, giving people chance to try things out”. However, the future of the Lido again came into question when mounting maintenance costs forced the duo to resign their tender in 2001.
This sparked a strong campaign by local swimmers who produced a survey containing 4,674 signatures from Brockwell Lido visitors that demonstrated the community’s intense attachment to the space. This forced a dialogue with Lambeth Council, resulting in a new three-way framework involving the council, users, and a site management company.
Various management companies were approached and the winning tender was awarded to Fusion Lifestyle who won a 25 year contract to redevelop and run the site (3 million pounds from Fusion and ½ million pounds from English Heritage).
The main alternation to the building was the moving of the south west wall six metres further into the park. English Heritage chose this solution from a number of options developed by Pollard Edwards Thomas architects. Moving this elevation doubled the size of the old changing rooms allowing Fusion to replace these with a new gym and spa complex, ensuring the economic viability of the lido as a whole. The ‘wet’ changing rooms were then moved next to the new entrance on the south east side. Work was completed in July 2007, just in time for the Summer season and the Lido’s 70th birthday.
At first the pool was only open during the Summer, but with the increased popularity of cold water swimming, the unheated pool is now open all year round. Hurrah! As well as the fabulous pool, the building also contains a gym, sauna, steam room, exercise studios, a very fine café… and some very, very enthusiastic swimmers.
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