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.
To sign up for your FREE membership click here.
- More Water Polo Players Please - Our Water Polo Sessions have proved popular, but we need more players to make the Summer Lido sessions financially viable. As well as paying for equipment and our coach, we also have to pay around £300 club insurance to cover the eight evenings we are allowed to play. Please help spread the word by downloading […]
- Swimathon 2017 for Marie Curie - Team Brockwell took part in Swimathon 2017 at the Lido on Saturday 8th April raising £1,407.32 [now risen to £1,662.20] for Marie Curie; an amazing charity who care for people living with terminal illness, offering expert care, guidance and support for them and their families. Our JustGiving page is still open so if you wish […]
- Who is running the Lido? - There seems to be some confusion from members as to who is running our lido so we thought we would have an attempt at trying to unravel the mystery of what is going on. Here goes… The property is owned by Lambeth Council, the appointed managing company is Fusion Lifestyle and the body set up […]
- Water Polo 2017 – book now - We’re excited to announce the dates for Brockwell Water Polo 2017. For the colder months we have six indoor sessions at the nearby Alleyn’s School indoor pool in Dulwich, and then eight outdoor sessions at the Lido when the weather, and the water, gets warmer. Click here to book – Members – Non-Members Places are […]
- Flying the flag for Brockwell - Brockwell Lido Swimmers fought off another successful battle to come last at the annual Heron Cup Invitation Relays at Tooting Lido. If nothing but consistent our ten strong team battled through the sixteen races to come third out our three. New to the team was Ashleigh McLeigh who produced a jaw dropping first width of […]
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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