Plans for a 50m outdoor swimming pool have been brought forward by 5 years to transform Brighton seafront. Sea Lanes Brighton are accelerating their plans to open a 50m National Open Water Swimming Centre on Brighton seafront in 2020 following feedback from the local community.
A Summer Pop Up hosted by Sea Lanes Brighton saw thousands of visitors enjoy yoga, guided sea swims and open water events from their base in Madeira Drive. Building on the success from this, they were persuaded to push on with the project sooner than planned.
The Director at Sea Lanes Brighton, Joe McNulty, spoke about the encouragement for the upcoming plans:
“We are so grateful to the Brighton community for embracing Sea Lanes Brighton and the Summer Pop Up activity. We have been able to gain a better understanding of the local appetite for future water based activities and want to bring forward the opening of the 50m pool by 5 years to fulfil the needs of the Brighton people.”
“Currently the nearest 50m pool to Brighton is over 20 miles away and we want to change this. We are working closely with Brighton & Hove City Council to revise the plans so we can begin the transformation of the seafront and provide much needed swimming facilities for the local community.”
Sea Lane Brighton’s initial proposals for a 25-metre pool on the seafront were denied in December last year, down to concerns over building design and the project’s impact on the area’s heritage and ecology. However, revised plans saw permission being granted in April to transform Madeira Drive with a 25m swimming pool and 39 small business units.
Joe McNulty has said that Sea Lanes Brighton will reveal more 2020 plans shortly.
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