About Broomhill Pool
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool is located at Sherrington Road, Ipswich IP1 4HT. The lido was designed by County-Borough of Ipswich Engineer and Surveyor, E. McLauchlan. The facility was built during 1937 and early 1938 at a cost of £17,000. It was officially opened by County-Borough of Ipswich Mayor George Underwood on Saturday 30 April 1938.
Broomhill Pool is just one of seventeen Grade II listed lidos in the United Kingdom.
Thanks to the work of local supporters and the Twentieth Century Society, Broomhill Pool secured Grade II listing in August 2001.
The lido is built within Broomhill Park. It is close to Broomhill Library which was built in 1942 as a WW2 bomb-proof decontamination unit. Broomhill Lbrary was also Grade II listed in 2012.
English Heritage highlighted the "Group value: the relationship between the former gas decontamination centre and the adjacent Broomhill lido holds important group value; the style of the decontamination centre was designed to mirror the facade of the adjacent Broomhill Lido (listed at Grade II), and both were designed by Borough Engineer E. McLauchlan".
The lido is included as a national monument on the Historic England "Pastscape" website.
Broomhill Pool is a founding member of Historic Pools of Britain (established in 2015). "Historic Pools of Britain is the first body ever to represent historic swimming pools in this country. These unique indoor and outdoor pools make a significant contribution to the social and architectural history of Britain and play a hugely important role in our communities"
Affectionately and simply called "Broomhill" by locals, the pool has been central to summer for many generations. It has a special appeal for children who are able to spend all day in the fresh air in attractive surroundings, in a safe, healthy environment. The Pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park. Broomhill Pool is the only Olympic length open-air pool in Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk. In addition to its appeal to recreational swimmers, many local groups have used Broomhill Pool for a wide range of water sports including Life Saving Training, Canoeing and even Dinghy Sailing. At 15 feet deep the pool offers Sub-Aqua divers the only "deep water pit" in Suffolk.
In December 2017, Fusion Lifestyle secured Heritage Lottery Funding stage 2 full grant of £3.4m. Fusion will invest over £2m. In August 2018, Ipswich Borough Council increased their commitment to £1.5m to secure the scheme. KLH Architects in Ipswich have been appointed to lead the project team. http://www.klharchitects.co.uk/-170709.php The £7.25m restoration will commence in mid-2019. Broomhill Pool is due to be reopened by mid 2020.
About The Broomhill Pool Trust
The Broomhill Pool Trust is a registered charity (No.1102659), established in 2003. The Trust’s objective is to seek and offer solutions to restore Broomhill Pool in Ipswich - one of Britain’s finest listed lidos - for full public use. The Trust's activities are to lobby, explore and liaise with Ipswich Borough Council and all interested parties to preserve Broomhill Pool for future generations. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that this wonderful pool is saved.