We are delighted that Fusion Lifestyle will lead the long planned £10m restoration of Grade II listed Broomhill Lido and ongoing service delivery, supported by a £6.8m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund alongside further funding from Ipswich Borough Council.
Broomhill Lido joins our family of heritage leisure sites, which includes Brockwell Lido, Cleveland Pools, Park Road Lido, Shepton Mallett Lido, Hinksey Outdoor Pool, Wycombe Rye Lido, and Newcastle City Baths.
The grants will help cover the almost £10m required to complete the project, with the restoration seeing the open-air pool in the centre of Ipswich returned to its former glory; providing swimming, fitness, and community facilities to the local area.
The new facility will undergo some modernisation but will maintain its characteristic feel and will be enhanced with a new gym and studio offering, as well as the reinstatement of the lido and nursery pool.
This would not have been possible without the 20 years of efforts from campaigners and user groups in support of the proposals, and the funding from key partners.
Robyn Llewellyn, Director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: "We are delighted to support Fusion Lifestyle with their ambitious plans for the restoration and redevelopment of Broomhill Lido. Once restored, Broomhill Lido aims to be an inclusive, vibrant hub which gives renewed purpose to a site steeped in history.
"At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we aim to ensure heritage sites like this Grade II listed lido are valued and sustained for all to enjoy now and into the future, and we look forward to seeing visitors and locals enjoy the Lido when it reopens."
Councillor John Cook, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Sport, said: "Ipswich Borough Council is thrilled that Broomhill Lido will be brought back to life. Thanks to funding from the Council, Fusion Lifestyles, and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, this historic local landmark will be restored to its former glory.
The restoration of Broomhill Lido stands as testament to the Council's and Fusion Lifestyle's tenacity and strategic commitment, alongside the support of our community to bring this cherished attraction into use.
Ipswich Borough Council is providing a £3.3 million grant to the partnership, which will see the regeneration of Broomhill Lido, creating an attraction which entices more people to work, live, and visit Ipswich."
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt said: "This is an exciting project, and I'm pleased to see everyone's hard work pay off. I have worked tirelessly in support of the Broomhill Lido; I believe it is a local treasure which has created a great many memories for the people of Ipswich, and I'm thrilled that we will be able to support this legacy for future generations."
Mark Rogers, Communities and Partnerships Director, at Fusion-Lifestyle said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this exciting project and reinstate the Broomhill Lido at the heart of the local community. It's been a long-planned project that we're sure will delight the community. We want to take the opportunity to thank The National Heritage Lottery Fund and Ipswich Borough Council for all their support in making this happen."