Broomhill Pool

Coordinates: 52°04′06″N 1°08′28″E / 52.06834°N 1.141071°E / 52.06834; 1.141071
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Broomhill Pool
52°04′06″N 1°08′28″E / 52.06834°N 1.141071°E / 52.06834; 1.141071
LocationSherrington Road, Ipswich
Owned byIpswich Borough Council
ArchitectE. McLauchlan
StatusGrade II Listed
Length165 feet (50 m)
Width60 feet (18 m)
WebsiteThe Broomhill Pool Trust
  • An ongoing campaign has been fought by the Broomhill Pool Trust and lido campaigners since 2002 to see the lido restored and reopened.

Broomhill Pool is a Grade II listed lido on Sherrington Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.


Broomhill Pool opened on 30 April 1938 and closed in the autumn of 2002.

The lido was built in 1938 for £17,000 by the County-Borough of Ipswich. It was designed by E. McLauchlan, the County-Borough Engineer and Surveyor.

Broomhill Pool became a Grade II listed building on 23 August 2001.[1][2]

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 Library was 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".[3]

Broomhill Pool is a founding member of Historic Pools of Britain [4] "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"

Janet Smith wrote, in her definitive book "Liquid Assets" (Published 2005): “Broomhill may lack the national profile accorded to Saltdean, Tinside or Penzance, but it is arguably their equal in architectural significance”.

Proposed restoration[edit]

The Broomhill Pool Trust is a registered charity (No.1102659) which aims to restore Broomhill Pool; the last remaining Olympic length, grade II listed lido in Suffolk & Norfolk for full public use.

In December 2017, Fusion Lifestyle secured Heritage Lottery Funding stage 2 full grant of £3.4m. Fusion will invest over £2m.[5] In August 2018 Ipswich Borough Council increased their commitment to £1.5m to secure the scheme.[6]

The £7.25m restoration commenced in 2020 and the pool was due to reopen in 2021, however this was delayed and the project now faced a shortfall in funding.[7]

In January 2024, a funding deal was finally struck between stakeholders Ipswich Borough Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Fusion Lifestyle. The restoration is now looking toward completion in 2026.[8][9]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Broomhill Pool (Grade II) (1389400)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Broomhill Pool (1438431)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Westbourne Library (1590781)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
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  5. ^ "Ipswich's Broomhill Pool gets £3.4m National Lottery jackpot for Christmas | Ipswich Star". 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Watch: Broomhill's restoration set to be secured by extra £500,000 from Ipswich council". 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Ipswich swimming pool charity's 'last chance' plea to save lido". BBC News. 25 January 2023. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Funding package secured for Broomhill Pool restoration". BBC News. 11 January 2024. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  9. ^ "Campaigner delighted that Ipswich's Broomhill lido will reopen". BBC News. 13 January 2024. Retrieved 8 February 2024.

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