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. Sign up for your FREE membership click here.
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- Brockwell Teams hit Tooting - Brockwell Swimmers entered two teams for the South London Swimming Club Mid-Summer Races held annually at Tooting Bec Lido. As usual it was an amazingly well run event with 34 teams entered, totalling 136 swimmers in the pool. Impressive stuff. Other teams included the Metropolitan Police, Out to Swim, Tooting, Hampstead and Serpentine swimmers. It […]
- South Coast Swim/Walk - Make a note in your diary for a coast swim/walk on Saturday 23rd July. We’ll be taking the 9:17am train from London Victoria to Lewes for a swim at the charming Pells Pool lido. Suitably refreshed we’ll then be taking an 8 mile walk along the South Downs Way to Saltdean for a bracing sea […]
- Water Polo – Brockwell Style - The 2016 Brockwell Water Polo season opened to an unusually chilly 16·2°C start on Tuesday 31st May. Big thanks to everyone who came and braved the low temperature. Also big thanks to our wonderful coach Jim who kept us so busy none of us seemed to notice how cold it was. Our next session will […]
- 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 […]
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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