Grange Lido, Grange-Over-Sands by Sean O’Donoghue

Grange Lido, Grange-Over-Sands

Grange Lido, a rare Art Deco gem in the coastal Cumbrian town of Grange-over-Sands, is the only surviving seaside lido in the north of England. Built in 1932, the saltwater pool closed in 1993 but was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2011, preventing its demolition.

Three years ago, South Lakeland district council, which owns the site, concluded that reopening the lido for swimming was unfeasible and began to explore using the site for other purposes.

It is planning a £2m “light touch” renovation which could see up to five new business units on site in the former ancillary buildings and changing rooms, alongside a landscaped open space in place of the old pool.

But campaigners insist that with the current al fresco swimming boom, the pool could be commercially viable within three years. Some 74% of local residents want to be able to swim there again, they say.

Situated right on Grange-over-Sands Promenade, swimmers in the mushroom-shaped 50m pool would enjoy panoramic views of Morecambe Bay to one side and the Lakeland hills to the other.

Campaigners have put together ambitious plans which would include a cafe and restaurant, open all year round, with a 167 sq metre (1,800 sq ft) terrace looking directly over the lido and out to sea. They say there is also room for a spa and wellness facility, which will help with running costs of the summer pool operation.