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©  Lorna Freeman

IoE Number: 481229
Location: SALTDEAN LIDO, SALTDEAN PARK ROAD (west side)
  BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON AND HOVE, EAST SUSSEX
Photographer: Lorna Freeman
Date Photographed: 22 November 2006
Date listed: 13 July 1987
Date of last amendment: 13 July 1987
Grade II

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BRIGHTON TQ3802 SALTDEAN PARK ROAD, Saltdean 577-1/14/1098 (West side) 13/07/87 Saltdean Lido II Lido. 1938. By RWH Jones. Reinforced concrete with sprayed cement finish painted white. Flat roofs overlaid with concrete tiles or bituminous felt. Symmetrical plan on a north/south axis. EXTERIOR: one and 2 storeys facing south across the pool and surrounding paved terraces to the coastal road and the sea. The lido comprises an open-air swimming pool, changing rooms, cafe service rooms, tea and sunbathing terraces. There is a central 2-storey block, semicircular in plan, curving forwards towards the pool; this is surmounted by 2 pavilions and a partly-roofed terrace, and is flanked by single-storey wings curving forward in plan to reflect the segmental curve of the north side of the pool. The front of the central block is surrounded by a broad canopy at first-floor level which links with the terraces over the wings. The canopy is supported on slender concrete columns (6 bays) which are carried up as vertical supports or structural mullions in the glazed first-floor wall. The ground-floor foyer in the centre gives access to changing rooms in the wings and to a reinforced concrete circular stair at its south end which rises into the cafe on the first floor and to covered tea terrace and solarium on the roof. The central block projects to the north of the wings with vehicle access, boiler and staff rooms at rear, and cafe kitchen on the first floor. In each bay of the facade at first-floor level are large folding/sliding glazed panel doors, with horizontal glazing bars, opening onto the canopied terrace. Above, in the centre of the curved fascia, 'SALTDEAN LIDO' in large letters painted blue. At the back of the terraces above the wings, tall screen walls with upper cantilevered canopies for shade. At either end the wings terminate with convex return walls which conceal access stairs to terraces and chair stores at upper level. At pool terrace level, a central double-glazed door in each wing to the changing rooms, each flanked to either side by a pair of long, high-level windows. An entry to the foyer flanked by a 6-light casement in either side of central block. The bottom and sides of the pool are lined with concrete slabs coloured blue. There is a 3-stage, semicircular inlet cascade in the centre of the north side of the pool, but the former diving tower in the centre of the south side is missing. Pipe balustrades to the pool and the upper terraces. Concrete and glass screens on east, south and west side of pool are mid-C20 additions. Addition at rear of centre block of similar but less accomplished design with entry to library foyer on east side. (Architect and Building News: 19 August l938).

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