An iconic art deco lido has been given a further boost after receiving an additional £4.7 million in funding.

Saltdean Lido was awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the site and bring the historic 1930s building and pools back into use.

The one-of-a-kind bathing pool, which originally opened in 1938, was earmarked for redevelopment as flats.

But Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to take back control of the site after a community campaign to save it.

A 60-year lease was granted to Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) in May 2012 with a view to restoring the facilities.

Rebecca Crook, of Saltdean Lido CIC, said: "The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area.

"However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use."

The Heritage Lottery Fund cash follows £2.3 million donated by The Coastal Communities Fund in January and £490,000 from the Social Investment Bank last year.

The project still has another £2 million to complete the work.

However when complete, a heated outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor play areas, cafe, gym, community and function rooms will all be waiting for visitors.

Ben Greener, historic environment adviser for the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "When it was built Saltdean Lido was the beating heart of a successful seaside resort.

"Sadly, as the lido declined, so did Saltdean.

"Yet local people have never forgotten how important this heritage icon was to their town.

"Now, through our Heritage Enterprise scheme, the community can breathe new life into this precious local landmark, signalling Saltdean's return to prosperity whilst saving one of the most significant lidos in the UK."

The lido is grade II-listed and the site is on the English Heritage At Risk Register.