Peckham in South-East London has launched its Spacehive crowdfunding campaign to bring back its historic lido, with a bold new design envisioned by the architects of the Thames Baths.
With thousands of signatures on its initial online petition, and with backing from Harriet Harman to Southwark Council, Peckham Lido looks poised to meet its £60,000 target. This funding will allow them to progress to the next phase in development and planning applications.
Once a sparkling 50 metre outdoor swimming pool, the original Peckham Rye Lido served the swimmers and sun-bathers of South East London for over 50 years. But in 1987 it became outdated and fell to disrepair. As a sign of changing trends of the time, it was closed and filled in. Now all that remains is a crumbling blue fountain and a mound of grass.
In recent years, the tides have turned again. Peckham is among a growing number of British outdoor pools that are re-opening their turnstiles – from Saltdean to Tarlair – as part of the renaissance of British Lidos and outdoor swimming.
If they meet their target, the plan will be to resurrect Peckham Rye Lido on the exact site of its predecessor – as an Olympic-size pool, complete with wild swimming pond channelling the River Peck. The designs for ‘Peckham Beach’ also boast roof-top sunbathing areas, an outdoor cinema, gym and yoga studio, and a function room. It will be a modern mecca for sun-bathing, health and well-being, to attract all walks of life in South East London.