New lido to be built in East London park with 6 swimming lanes and café

A CGI image of what the Lido will be like in Valentines Park
-Credit: (Image: Redbridge Council)

A new lido will be built in East London, the city's first new outdoor pool built in decades.. The swimming facilities in Valentines Park, Gants Hill, will include six 25-metre swimming lanes, changing facilities and a children's splash pad.

There will also be a café, a gym, a dance and exercise studio, a meeting room, an outdoor picnic area, and a car park.

Building will start later this year, to be ready for opening in autumn 2025, following the approval from Redbridge Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday, June 5.

The outdoor pool will be close to the original pool in Valentines Park, which was open from 1923 to 1995. The new pool is being built with the hopes that it will boost the local economy and restore the heritage of Valentines Park.

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The lido will include sustainability technology with solar panels for energy generation, air-source heat pumps, water recycling systems, and energy-efficient lighting.

Valentines Park has been recognised as one of the nation's favourites in the Green Flag Award
Valentines Park is one of nine parks in the Redbridge that received the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2023. -Credit:MyLondon

Mark Baigent, corporate director of regeneration and culture, said: "We're delighted we can now move forward with plans to deliver the first new lido in London for decades.

"The old Lido in Valentines Park holds a special place in the hearts of local people. It is where families enjoyed idyllic summer days right on their doorsteps and it is so exciting that after nearly 30 years, a brand new lido and more will be introduced in the park for people to visit and create new special memories.

"As a council, we will continue to invest in leisure facilities so local families and visitors can access everything they need right on our doorstep."