A new seafront swimming pool has announced its grand opening date

Brighton’s Sea Lanes, a 50m open air pool on the site of the former Peter Pan playground in Madeira Drive, will open to the public on June 2.

The hotly-anticipated swimming pool will have a grand opening event led by retired Olympic Silver medal winning swimmer Kerri Anne Payne, the day before.

More than 1250 have signed up to be members of Sea Lanes which will be National Open Water Swimming Centre.

The pool will be open to members of the public on a pay per swim basis. There are also beachside cold showers and lockers available for sea swimmers to use free of charge.

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As well as the heated pool, there are 23 carbon-neutral modular units, which house businesses including a bar, coffee shop and yoga studios.

The business spaces on the site have been fully let and some have already opened including Bison Bar.

Other tenants include South Downs Leisure, Swimtrek, Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, The Endurance Project, Sea Gym Brighton, Paddle People, Reach Physiotherapy, The Little Beach Clinic, Luna Wave Yoga, Photomatic, Barre Set, Fika, Bloomsbury on the beach, Policy Impact Partners, Moore Law and Wood x Coal.


“From our initial planning application in 2018, we are delighted to be able to confirm our opening date for the only National Open Water Swimming Centre in the UK to date,” said Joe McNulty, Sea Lanes Brighton Director.

“We have been on a long journey working with the local community adapting our design to reflect Brighton’s heritage and environment whilst regenerating a derelict brownfield site with what we believe will become another iconic Brighton destination.

“Sea Lanes is centred physical wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The design of the scheme also respects the adjacent Grade II Madeira Terraces.”

Planning for Sea Lanes was approved in March 2021 and building work has taken place over the past couple of years.

The expected opening date for the pool was May 2023.

Duncan Anderson, chief executive of South Downs Leisure said: “We are all extremely excited to get this unique project over the start line and welcome swimmers to Sea Lanes to train in a safe open water swimming environment.”