THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND AWARDS FUNDING TO HELP RESTORE THE GRADE II LISTED BROOMHILL POOL

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced it has awarded funding to help restore, redevelop and reopen to the public the Grade II listed Art-Deco Broomhill Pool lido in Ipswich. We prepared the stage one HLF bid for Fusion and facilitated a major consultation initiative which attracted 3,000 responses. We acted in a similar role for Fusion for Brockwell Lido a few years ago.

HLF will provide £180,000 in development funding with a view to granting £3.3million at a later stage to fund the restoration of the site.

Built in 1938, Grade II Broomhill Pool lido in Ipswich, attracted 50-60,000 annual swimmers in its heyday. Described by English Heritage as a classic example of early to mid 20th century open air lidos, it is unique in Britain today. Closed since 2002, it is in considerable disrepair, the 165ft pool leaking and unusable.

Fusion, a not-for-profit leisure operator, will completely restore Broomhill Pool with trained apprentice support, including reinstating the Art-Deco clock tower, ensuring the listed site is returned to its original function as an outdoor swimming pool, revealing its historic and architectural significance with a new permanent exhibition supported by volunteers. A new build extension will provide fitness and community facilities and a cafe, creating a commercially viable leisure destination.

With considerable public enthusiasm the project will restore this neglected historic site, deliver economic growth, new jobs and a much loved and needed, sustainable community asset.