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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- Farnham to Frensham - This months walk swim was from Farnham to Frensham, following Walk 4 from the Wild Swimming Walks book published by Wild Things Publishing. We really could not have picked a better day for it, a crisp Autumnal day with blue sky and brilliant sunshine, perfect for walking and wild swimming. The intrepid party duly met […]
- Winter Swim Prices - Winter Season Ticket: November 2016 to March 2017 inclusive £96·10 (including use of outdoor sauna and indoor health suite). 10% discount if bought before 1st November 2016. Winter Day Ticket: Adult £ 3·00 Over 60 £ 1·20* Child £ 2·40 Concession £ 2·10 Sauna add-on £ 3·10 *Free before 10am. share on...Winter Swim Prices was last […]
- Club Survey 2016 - Please complete this 5 minute survey and help us find out what you want from a swimming club at Brockwell Lido and how you can help. This information will decide what events we plan to run next year, so your input and time is much appreciated. If you have any further suggestions please add them […]
- Team Brockwell raise over £2,000 - Congratulations to Team Brockwell at today’s MacMillan Cancer Support All Out Swim event at Brockwell Lido. Our relay team members Charlotte Endacott, Betony Kelly, Michelle Ovens and Tim Sutton swam 25 lengths each, 5K total, in an impressive time of 1 hour 55 minutes. Well done. Money raised so far is £2,030·00 but please click […]
- Poland Plunge 3rd December - Brockwell Swimmers are heading to Poland with Tooting’s SLSC for the 4th International Open Polish Championships in Winter Swimming. This will be held in the beautiful city of Gdańsk on Saturday 3rd December. The water will be cold, between 4°C and 5°C, but distances short, between 25 metres or 450 metres for the real die […]
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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