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Tuesday29 July 2014

Quixotic Architecture unveils St Leonards lido plans

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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.

 

 

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  • James Balston

    Really excited to see this project. I used to swim in the old lido as a child in the 70s. Tragic that they let that one go, along with our fabulous 1930s terraced beach huts next door

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  • tesserae

    I also remember the old lido as sophistocated, and cool! In the days when people dressed! as young adults, not old teenagers, it was buzzing. The pool was sunken a couple of levels below the promenade which surrounded it affording everyone a birdseye view of the large pool. Sounds quite strange until you have experienced the wicked relentless winds blowing off the sea making its way along the cliffs and coastline. So the sunken pool area was given total protection while the beach would have been a windswept lonely wasteland!!

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