Saltdean Lido, Brighton

Saltdean Lido newly installed pool

Saltdean Lido is one of the finest remaining examples of modernist lidos in the UK.  It has been saved by local residents who set up a Community Interest Company (CIC) and successfully secured a 60-year lease from Brighton & Hove City Council (the freeholders) to operate the lido site.

The vision of the CIC was to bring the building, swimming pool and grounds back into use for local residents and visitors by creating a range of all-year round vibrant amenities.

Over a year of refurbishment works involved the installation of heated water, a newly created children’s paddling pool, a new changing room facility and re-landscaping of the external grounds.

As part of this work, Surfacing Group was appointed to design and install a new wetpour surface surrounding the pool. Saltdean Lido was originally a ‘sand lido’ having sand instead of lawn, so Surfacing Group was asked to come up with an imaginative and bright design for the rubber crumb. The result is a fun, beach inspired splash zone with water jets.

“Saltdean Lido’s paddling pool is a historic feature of the UK’s only grade II* coastal lido. We have restored the pool to its original 1938 footprint but we wanted to give it a modern twist for 21st century families. The friendly and creative contractors from Surfacing Group worked with us to ensure that our vision was successfully achieved. Every step of the way, they sought our input on mapping out the design. They walked through the final pattern with us until we were 100% satisfied. The end result has far exceeded our expectations.  The design is a fun sandy beach effect with vibrant blue splashes which work with our wet-play apparatus. The workmanship has been beautifully executed. We know that children will enjoy this away for decades to come. These guys are friendly, creative and reliable. I can’t recommend them enough.”

Deryck Chester, Heritage Director, Saltdean Lido CIC

Grow and play

Introducing children to gardening

More and more schools are teaching children about where their food comes from and creating gardens so that pupils can get involved with planting and growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and other plants.

Research from the organisation Edible Playgrounds shows that 33% of UK primary school pupils believe pasta is made from meat and that cheese comes from plants, 10% believe potatoes grow on trees, and 25% think fish fingers come from chicken or pigs. Hands-on involvement in growing their own food means children understand the process of where their food comes from, as well as giving opportunities for education on diet, health and healthy living.

Even if you don’t have much space in your playground it is easy to incorporate a small growing area, whether that be an area of garden, a raised bed or a few pots. But if you are planning a new or renovated play area then it gives the opportunity to incorporate a garden area in the way that best works for you.

At Surfacing Group we design and install play surfaces including wetpour safety surfaces, artificial grass and bonded bark. As part of this process we can advise on planting areas and incorporate these into the overall design. Wetpour surfaces can incorporate different colours and designs so that your overall area can even be themed if you wish.

If you are planning a new or improved play area – whether it be in a school, public area or a private home – get in touch to discuss how we could help.

Hole in one!

Golf Course

Have you ever wished you could practise your golf without going to the golf course?

We can design and install artificial turf to create your very own mini golf course or putting green in your garden. We use turf specially designed for putting greens, which mimics as far as possible the feel of a well-maintained grass surface. The omnidirectional grass gives a perfect surface that delivers an authentic playing experience.

We provide bespoke designs to suit your requirements and the space available and can include different types of artificial grass for the putting green and the walkway surrounding it.

We can also supply hole cups with steel edging if required.

Take a look at the photos below for examples of garden golf areas we have installed.

Golf CouseClient on Golf course