The Broomhill Pool Trust is a registered charity (No.1102659). The Trust’s objective is to seek solutions to restore Broomhill Pool; the last remaining Olympic length, grade II listed lido in Suffolk & Norfolk for full public use. The Trust's activities are to lobby, explore and liaise with Ipswich Borough Council and all interested parties to preserve Broomhill Pool for future generations.
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool was designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer E McLauchlan. Built at a cost of £17,000, it was opened by County-Borough of Ipswich Mayor George Underwood on Saturday 30 April 1938. The lido is just one of seventeen Grade II listed in the United Kingdom (listed 2001).
55 yards x 20 yards and 8 lanes wide, the competition pool is 15ft deep, making it currently the joint deepest outdoor pool in the country (with Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth). The pool volume is 464,000 gallons/2.1 million litres of water. The pool has the last known Wicksteed (of Kettering) diving stage which accommodates 2, 3, 4 and 5 metre diving boards (with separate 1 metre spring board). This is the joint highest outdoor diving stage in the country (with Faversham Pool in Kent)
The facility includes a children's pool 12.5 yards x 20 yards); plus grandstand for 700 spectators and changing cubicles for 70 ladies and 108 men. The facility was originally furnished with flood lighting and underwater flood lighting
The water was heated to 70f/21c (before the boilers were requisitioned for WW2 in 1941) and filtered and the 3 hour filtration rate for 2,500,000 litres of water was one of the fastest in the country.
Affectionately and simply called "Broomhill" by locals, this pool has been central to summer for many generations. It has a special appeal for children who are able to spend all day in the fresh air in attractive surroundings, in a safe, healthy environment.
The Pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park. Broomhill Pool is the only Olympic length open-air pool in Suffolk, Essex & Norfolk. In addition to its appeal to recreational swimmers, many local groups have used Broomhill Pool for a wide range of water sports including Life Saving Training, Canoeing and even Dinghy Sailing. At 15 feet deep the pool offers Sub-Aqua divers the only "deep water pit" in the Suffolk.
The pool closed in 2002. A friends group was immediately formed, becoming the Broomhill Pool Trust in 2003. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that this wonderful pool is saved.
In December 2017, Fusion Lifestyle secured Heritage Lottery Funding stage 2 full grant of £3.4m. Fusion will invest over £2m. In August 2018 Ipswich Borough Council increased their commitment to £1.5m to secure the scheme.
The £7.25m restoration will commence in mid-2019. Broomhill Pool is due to be reopened by mid 2020.