Broomhill pool, Ipswich’s lido to be brought back to life by KLH Architects

The future of Broomhill Lido looks bright after an exhibition of artwork demonstrated how the historic baths could be brought back to life.

The images were created by KLH Architects’ senior architect Alan Wilkinson and his team, who are thrilled to be playing a key role in its restoration.

They were unveiled ahead of Heritage Open Days by Fusion Lifestyle, a sports and leisure management organisation set to run the venue.

Broomhill Lido in Sherrington Road was Broomhill Pool was built in 1938 at a cost of £17,000 and flourished for several decades.

But a lack of funding, a steady decrease in opening hours and new health and safety regulations meant the number of swimmers started to decline.

And in 2003 it was closed by Ipswich Borough Council.

However, the Grade II listed pool, which is the only remaining outdoor 50+ metre pool in East Anglia, was not forgotten and for a decade The Friends of Broomhill Group fought to save it.

Now, thanks to scheme by project managers Fusion Lifestyle and The Broomhill Pool Trust, backed by Ipswich Borough Council, renovation plans for the Grade II listed building were announced.

And these will be delivered by KLH Architects.

The restoration and redevelopment plans will see the complete restoration of the outdoor swimming pool, reinstatement of the site’s art deco clock tower and will incorporate a new permanent exhibition celebrating the historic and architectural significance of the site.

The redevelopment will also include a new build extension which will provide health and wellbeing facilities and a cafe, creating a commercially viable leisure destination.

A survey – part of a wider public consultation - has been launched to help the developers get a steer from the community on the overhaul.

This online questionnaire will be open from Friday 9th September until Sunday 26th October 2016.

To get involved visit http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BroomhillLido