Twickenham lido closed for refurbishment at the end of the summer in 1980. That refurbishment never took place and the lido never re-opened but now there is a campaign to build a new lido.
The campaigners say that a lido complex on Twickenham Riverside, along with the Stand Up Paddleboarding club, will provide sport and leisure on the river in the centre of Twickenham. They are looking to model the lido and integral restaurant on a similar successful scheme in Bristol and believe the lido would act as a magnet in the area, contributing to the rejuvenation of local shops and businesses. Finally, and importantly, the campaigners say they have the funds and organisation in place to make the vision a reality.
Unfortunately, the local council may have other ideas as they have invited proposals from architects for ideas on how to re-develop the site, one of which includes an arcade of shops and 40 homes.
The local paper is currently running a poll to see which idea is most liked by their readers, and the lido is currently joint front runner. You can add your vote here.
In addition, there is a petition in support of the lido that you can find here.
At this point, we should add that H2Open would love to see a lido re-instated in Twickenham. Firstly, why should Twickenham only be known for rugby and, secondly, it’s really close to H2Open HQ so you can be pretty sure we’d be using it.
Main image: Bristol Lido from Twickenham Alive website