We have been working with Grange-over-Sands Town Council to look at future options for Grange-over-Sands former Lido site.
We recognise the need to resolve the derelict state of the former lido site and are progressing with 'light touch' renovation scheme compatible with the Grade II Listing of the site, presenting a long-term, viable redevelopment, to once again allow public access to the site.
In 2016, we were rewarded £50,000 from the Coast Revival Fund to progress options on the future of this site, with further funding being committed from our budget to progress the RIBA design stages. IBI Group were awarded the design contract, and by working closely with a team of local and regional consultants we presented a costed and viable scheme to cabinet in Summer 2018.
A consultation event was held at Victoria Hall, Grange between January and February 2017 with consultation boards and proposals for the former Lido site available to view. Residents, businesses and local schools were encouraged to leave their feedback on the current proposals to take the site forward and deliver a sustainable and realistic future for the Lido.
Three options were put to the public for their suggestions. This included repurposing the pool area as an outdoor, open space, with options to open up access to the entire site, make the site more accessible from the promenade level, and allowing the site to once again become part of the popular promenade.
The consultation asked for comments on proposals for non-pool options, compatible with the listing of the site, which would include a temporary or permanent in-fill of the pool. Long term, sustainable future uses for the site could include a multifunctional public space for outdoor events and festivals, alongside use of the buildings year-round as a cafe or restaurant, with additional space for independent businesses including arts, crafts, leisure and educational uses.
Commercial property experts Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), supported by Amion Consulting and IBI Group, completed a series of studies and held discussions and steering meetings with key stakeholders, including Grange Town Council, District and County Councillors about potential site options.
|Options||Percentage of responses|
|Option 1: Demolish buildings||22%|
|Option 2: Viewing areas||14%|
|Option 3: "Light touch" renovation||57%|
|Potential uses||Number of responses|
*including information point, leisure centre, pub, viewing platform, play group, museum, market, small business hubs, drama space, splash park, retail units, community hall, sand pits, animal park).
Councillors have approved a “light-touch” refurbishment to open up the entirety of the site to the public.
Plans include a multi-functional space within the pool area, refurbishment of all buildings, landscaping and potentially a removable infilling of the pool, so as not to prevent any future use for the site.
This would mean that a long term, phased restoration to the pool could be adopted, though in the short to medium term, we are committed to making the site structurally safe and accessible to the public.
The cabinet's decision needs the approval for £2 million funding at a meeting of the full council next month.
We are working with local residents, Councillors and community groups to make sure that the site caters for community needs, and achieve repairs and refurbishment that are long overdue.
We will continue to work with the local town council, the Grange Lido Community Interest Company and other interested parties to secure the future of the lido site in a way that is sympathetic to its listed status.
Local entrepreneurs who may be interested in renting the refurbished building spaces, and event organisers interested in utilising the large public, open space, are welcome to register their interest with our Economic Development team.