Buried beneath the grass, in an underused corner of Peckham Rye Common, lies the old Peckham Lido. Once a well loved 50 metre outdoor swimming pool, it served the swimmers and sun-bathers of South East London for over 50 years. But by 1987 it had fallen into disrepair and was closed and filled in. Now all that remains visible of the once great Peckham Lido is a crumbling blue fountain.
We think it’s time to bring the lido back again. And we’re not alone. Up and down the country, from Saltdean to Tarlair, many of Britain’s lidos are coming back to life. We think South East London should be part of this great movement to bring outdoor swimming and sunbathing back.
We’d like to rebuild the Peckham Lido on the same site as the original, using the existing mature trees to frame the new buildings. But we’re not just creating a replica. We want to make it better than ever! The following facilities will make it a fantastic hub for the whole of the Peckham Community!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It brings a Olympic-sized pool for local schools, swimming clubs & the local community. If the next Michael Phelps or Rebecca Adlington lives in Peckham, we would never know, without a facility like this. It’s a healthy recreational facility for Peckham’s diverse community, serving all ages and cultures. It 's in tune with the fantastic energy in Peckham right now. Bringing biodiversity, health and wellbeing to the heart of our community. It breathes new life into changing area of London, creating at least 40 full and part time jobs that would suit a range of skill sets and qualifications - including life guards, personal trainers, yoga teachers, admin staff, managers, chefs & waiters. It brings more people into the area and boosts the local economy. Local shops, suppliers, restaurants and bars in Peckham, Nunhead and East Dulwich will benefit from the greater footfall and investment. Architects Studio Octopi and The Peckham Lido Campaign, will bring the vision to life!
Steps to get it done:
Ever since our petition launched, we’ve been bowled over by the response from the public, and both the national and local press.
Southwark Council have also voiced their support and approved the land use in principle, as has our local MP, Harriet Harman.
Peckham Lido will be a vibrant open space, accessible to all. The jewel in the crown of one of London’s most exciting and involved communities. But we need your help to bring it home.
Thank you all for your enthusiasm so far – it’s been great! But now we need you to turn your support into pounds. As much or as little as you can afford to pledge. Let’s show the world that the community of Peckham wants its lido back.
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A quick update to say a massive THANK YOU TO PECKHAM. Through the generosity of 1108 backers, we raised £63,933 in 68 days. This is truly incredible. The team now needs a short rest but we have our architects Studio Octopi already working on developing their competition winning proposals! Look out for us on TV shortly. Today BBC London interviewed Ben and Chris (Studio Octopi) in preparation for a 9min clip to go live soon. We will of course let you know when it’s on. In the clip you’ll see a sketch model by Studio Octopi which is the first glimpse of the designs being developed! These are exciting times for Peckham! Finally, we leave you with a film we made at the SplashMob on July 10th. It captures the magic of the day perfectly and is dedicated to each and every one of you that helped us raise the money to start the return of Peckham Lido. More soon, Ben, Jim and Chris