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Tinside Lido
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50°21′47″N 4°08′33″W / 50.3631°N 4.142389°W / 50.3631; -4.142389Coordinates: 50°21′47″N 4°08′33″W / 50.3631°N 4.142389°W / 50.3631; -4.142389
Address Hoe Road, Plymouth
Postcode PL1 3DE
Opened October 2, 1935 (1935-10-02) (reopened 2005)
Closed 1992-2005
Owned by Plymouth City Council
Architect John Wibberley (1878-1936)
Type open-air, seawater
Status Grade II Listed
Length 180 feet (55 m)
Depth 2 feet (0.61 m) − 9 feet (2.7 m)

Tinside Lido is a 1935 Art Deco lido in the city of Plymouth in south-west England. It is sited beside Plymouth Sound and is overlooked by Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton's Tower. The lido is open in the summer months between May and September.

History

The lido was designed in 1935 by John Wibberley. It was officially opened on 2 October 1935

A victim of declining popularity and neglect, the lido closed in 1992 but a vociferous local campaign led to a renovation, at a cost of £3.4 million, and Grade II Listed Building status in 1998. The facility re-opened to the public in 2005. During refurbishment the three tidal pools, pontoons and diving boards were all removed or filled in.

A lift and hoist were added in 2009 for disabled access.

Description

The lido design is a semicircle of 180 feet (55 metres) diameter.

The site comprises a concrete pool, counter-fort outer walls, reinforced concrete inner walls, duct walls and floors. The main building is reinforced with concrete and has some stone retaining walls. The semi-circular pool has projecting jetties, and at the entrance, there are circular cutwaters separated by steps. The changing rooms are in the art deco style and have square metal windows and a staircase. The pool has three fountains and is surrounded by cast-iron railings.

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