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The council are redeveloping Hilsea Lido as part of the Hilsea Lines project in the north of the city. The aim of this project is to improve the area and encourage residents and visitors to use it. The project has been enabled by funding from the UK government’s Levelling Up fund.

Our fortnightly Hilsea Lines e-bulletin has the latest information on the project.

What's happening now?

The council have been working closely with consultancy company Mace, and contractors Beard, to plan this complex project. Lots of work is needed to bring the lido back into public use. This stage has been completed, and work has now started on-site.

The first thing you may have seen was the removal of some of the fountain parts at the west end of the site. Pipework under this fountain needed to be removed as part of the project, so a replica is being created by stonemason Darren Somerville. It’ll be restored in its place in the middle of the site when the project is complete.

The spectator stand at the north of the site was declared unsafe, so this has been removed. This includes the mural by My Dog Sighs. The council have worked with him to record the demolition as part of the project. Watch what My Dog Sighs has to say about the ongoing works on our YouTube playlist ‘Hilsea Lido Renaissance’. The artist will come back to paint another mural once the lido is up and running again.

The plant room roof has been removed, the old pool equipment has been cleared away, and it will be replaced with a brand new, modern filtration system. The pool has also been drained, work is now taking place to stabilise the base and restore the original lagoons that had been removed.

What happens next?

Now the initial phase of the work is complete, the project has moved into the build stage where new pipework will be installed in deep trenches, the pool and the surrounding area will be restored, and new modular changing units will be installed. The project is due to be complete by summer 2025, ready for the lido’s 90th anniversary and will be open to the public for the summer season.

The council will be appointing an operator to run the lido once this phase of renovations is complete, and will work with them on future phases including the restoration of the lido buildings and the Blue Lagoon.

Results from previous consultations

The Hilsea Lido project team held consultation events in early March 2024. View the plans and consultations boards: