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Save Grange Lido

Grange over Sands,

Client - Save Grange Lido


Community effort to save rare Art Deco Lido

Grange over Sands Lido is a complete example of a salt-water seaside lido in Art Deco style, ‘an evocative reminder of the inter-war cult of fresh air, fitness and mass leisure. It is one of only four remaining seaside lidos in England, the only one in the north and the only one not ordinarily in use. Sited in a prominent position at the end of the promenade on the north side of Morecambe Bay, the Lido opened in 1932. Sporting a 50m swimming pool shaped like a cross-section of a mushroom, with a stepped 5-level diving stage, the Lido complex includes a range of Art Deco ancillary buildings. In its heyday, it attracted 60,000 visitors per year, and was still a popular and much-loved community asset until it was closed in 1993. Since then, various alternative uses have been considered though none has stuck. It was a proposal to infill the pool that inspired the formation of Save Grange Lido.

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



About Save Grange Lido

Save Grange Lido is a community benefit society with charitable objects, whose aim is to ensure the Lido is fully restored as a community swimming facility and regional tourist attraction. A group of local people, concerned that the Lido may be lost forever, got together to try to save it in 2011 and this became the nucleus of the team that is working to restore, renovate and re-open the Lido.



AHF funding

Project Viability Grant, £7,500 (2018)   (For Architectural fees, setting up as a Community Benefit Society)

Project Development Grant, £14,560 (2020) (Architectural plans, transport impact study, QS, heritage impact statement)

These grants were made possible by funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


External Funding

£500 – Reach Fund (set of organisation)

£10,000- NLHF (For open days and open days)

£36,000 through donations, Friends scheme and merchandise sales


October 2020

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