The ArgusWorthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover (From The Argus)

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Worthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover

The Argus: Worthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover Worthing Lido set for modern £2million makeover

A historic seafront building is set for a very modern £2 million makeover.

Plans have been revealed for Worthing Lido to have a new retractable roof installed that would transform the former swimming pool – which now hosts music and other events – into an all-weather attraction.

It is hoped that the improvements could more than double visitor numbers and create a range of new opportunities.

The designs have been submitted to Worthing Borough Council and if permission is granted, work could begin in the autumn and be finished in two weeks.

Focal point Philippa Bradbury, the lido’s marketing manager, said: “This project is for the community.

“Obviously it is for a business as well but we want to make this a hub for the community.

“I think it will be really nice to have a focal point on the seafront for Worthing that will join the town centre and the seafront together.

“Hopefully it will attract people from outside the area and a lot of other local businesses will also benefit.”

The roof will cost £1.25 million with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

It will be designed to withstand gusts of up to 90mph and is expected to help preserve the band enclosure, which opened in 1925.

The lido’s owners have called in Bristol-based experts Base Structures to work on their project.

The company previously designed structures for The O2, London Zoo, Lord’s cricket ground and London 2012 venues.

The retractable roof operates by weather sensors and will be capable of closing within a matter of minutes.

With a roof in place, the lido owners will be able to add amphitheatre-style seating around a stage area, which will be run on a not-for-profit basis for schools, youth groups and theatre groups.

A flat area inside the lido could then also be used for Christmas markets, fares and even an ice rink throughout the off-season.

A birdcage bandstand was first built on the site west of Worthing Pier in 1897 and stood for almost 30 years before being knocked down to make room for the D-shaped band enclosure, which remains today.

The unheated swimming pool was added in 1957 and the site was renamed the Lido.

It was used to house dolphins from the Brighton Sealife Centre before the pool closed in 1988 and was converted into a family entertainment centre.

The consultation ends on February 14.

To comment visit www.worthing-adur.gov.uk.

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9:22am Sun 19 Jan 14

whoee! says...

And then you won't be able to park anywhere to see it lol Good old Worthing Council have not got a clue
And then you won't be able to park anywhere to see it lol Good old Worthing Council have not got a clue whoee!
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12:24pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Hove Actually says...

Lucky Worthing
BHCC would be looking to sell off the site as an enabling project and then position the new smaller not fit for purpose replacement the other side of town in an area that they overcharge for the parking.
and all at 20mph
Lucky Worthing BHCC would be looking to sell off the site as an enabling project and then position the new smaller not fit for purpose replacement the other side of town in an area that they overcharge for the parking. and all at 20mph Hove Actually
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

marvels says...

What a brilliant wonderful idea to keep Worthing on the map for everyone, young and old alike. Love the idea that it will be used out of season with a Christmas market the temporary ice rink is a brilliant idea...I feel it be great for an Antiques fair, locals selling their Arts and Crafts even a world wide food festival like the Diwali celebrations, even school plays. Brilliant, now that parking is now reduced l personally cant wait to see it started and finshed for all to enjoy.
What a brilliant wonderful idea to keep Worthing on the map for everyone, young and old alike. Love the idea that it will be used out of season with a Christmas market the temporary ice rink is a brilliant idea...I feel it be great for an Antiques fair, locals selling their Arts and Crafts even a world wide food festival like the Diwali celebrations, even school plays. Brilliant, now that parking is now reduced l personally cant wait to see it started and finshed for all to enjoy. marvels
  • Score: 2

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