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Peckham Lido planners give update, one year after crowdfunding target reached

An update has been given on the project to reopen Peckham Lido, a year on since its crowdfunding target was reached.

The campaign to reopen the open-air pool in Peckham Rye Park, which existed between 1923 and 1987, was launched in May last year by architects Studio Octopi.

It quickly reached its crowdfunding target of £63,000, meaning it could progress with drawing up plans for a 180 foot pool with café and community area.

James Glynn and Ben Lloyd-Ennals from the project have now said: “It has been a year since we reached crowdfunding and we have been working to realise the Peckham Lido dream as fast as we can. The project is a mountain of work and we are slowly but surely working our way through it.

“Since crowdfunding, we have built a website, hosted a programme of initial consultation to ask what people want from the lido, and now we are currently building a business plan around all of the feedback we were given and making the numbers stack up.”

A splash mob party held on July 10, 2017 to raise cash for the Peckham Lido

James and Ben said after completing the business plan, a design proposal from Studio Octopi architects will be produced, taking residents’ consultation feedback into account. They will then commission reports on its landscape and environmental impact. This would be followed by further public consultations, and a pre-application report to be sent to Southwark Council and the Mayor of London.

The campaign was pledged funds by 1,085 people, including a £7,500 pledge from the Mayor of London’s office, as well as £10,000 from Southwark Council.



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