Save Grange Lido plans to restore the Lido as a community-owned leisure facility. The group raised money through crowdfunding, secured the pool’s Grade II listing in 2011 and has now been given an opportunity by the owners, South Lakeland District Council, to raise funds for its restoration. The phased plan includes a comprehensive restoration of the Lido complex, including the creation of a café, gym/spa and community room. Once complete, the swimming pool will be the only 50m long-course pool in Cumbria. Its uniqueness means not only that the project is strongly supported by local schools, swimming clubs and swimming organisations, but Grange Lido could become an attraction to complement the destination Midland Hotel in Morecambe and the proposed Eden Project North.
This project hopes to demonstrate the role that built heritage can play in supporting the wellbeing of a community: a restored Lido has the potential to offer a range of social and health benefits to this part of South Lakeland, as well as to revitalise the entire promenade, improving the local economic outlook.
The AHF has supported this project through the viability stage and continues to support the project development work, now underway, to give this bold project the best chance to succeed. Save Grange Lido has been awarded planning approval for Phase 1 of their restoration, and work is expected to commence after the present crisis. Meanwhile, the group continues developing funding proposals to finance the