The Birth of BLU
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
BLU was conceived, but not named, on a sunny day by the Brockwell Lido pool in 2001. Three regular swimmers who knew the days of Brockwell Lido were numbered, because Lambeth were unable to contribute any further funding, decided to set up a Friends of the Lido group to discuss how it could be saved. By September the group was established, and the name BLU – Brockwell Lido Users – was agreed. Before the end of the season we had designed a survey questionnaire and had responses from 874 swimmers.
Armed with these results, which showed the passion people felt for the Lido, we approached Lambeth Council. To cut a long and complex story very short (see Peter Bradley’s book Out of the Blue), Lambeth brought in consultants and held public meetings. A Lido Steering Group was created with three of the six stakeholders coming from BLU. And in 2003, Fusion was chosen out of three options, to create a “lifestyle centre” that would bring in enough money to make the Lido as a whole financially viable. It comprises wet and dry side changing rooms, a superb gym, three exercises studios and fantastic spa and sauna.
After four more challenging years, during which BLU soldiered away to make sure that the desired outcome would be achieved, the Lido as we know it opened its doors in October 2007.