Quixotic Architecture unveils St Leonards lido plans
Plans for new facility on site of Sidney Little’s 1930s pool
Quixotic Architecture has unveiled plans for a £1 million lido in St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings.
Designs for the new lido, which stands on the same site as Sidney Little’s famous 1930s bathing pool, have been drafted up by Quixotic on behalf of West Marina Lido.
West Marina Lido has agreed a five year-lease with Hastings Borough Council to regenerate the seafront area, and aims to use the lido to act as a focal point with the addition of a restaurant, bar and cycling facilities.
According to Quixotic, the lido has been designed to be a temporary fixture on the St Leonards seafront to minimise construction time and costs, but could nevertheless operate beyond the initial five-year time period if the lease were extended.
The architect is working with Bullmans Marine Supplies & Containers to modify a number of shipping containers which will be used for the main structure. The design will also incorporate the colours of the original 1930s lido.
Speaking to the Hastings & St Leonards Observer, Bob Tipler, marketing manager for the project, said: “We want first and foremost to create a real asset for the local area, for people to come and enjoy this fantastic and largely undiscovered part of the town’s seafront.”
The project has been inspired by existing seafront schemes in Holland and Belgium.
A planning application for the lido is expected to be submitted to Hastings Council in December.