The site began construction in August 2022 and is on track to open in May 2023 to members and on a pay-per swim basis.

Local Leisure Trust, South Downs Leisure confirmed membership to the new 50m, 6-lane, open-air heated swimming pool, as being 90% locals from the BN1, 2 and 3 postcodes highlighting the support for the new development.

The commercial units at the site are all let and tenants include Paddle People, The Endurance Project Coaching, Here Spaces, Photomatic, Policy Impact Partners, Luna Wave Yoga, Hove Village Nursery, Bison Beer, Wood X Coal, FIKA and Swim Trek.

Joe McNulty, Sea Lanes Brighton Director, said:

The build of the pool and the commercial sites are on track to open in May, and we are really looking forward to welcoming both members and locals to enjoy the new seaside attraction.

“We welcome our new partners who will be letting the commercial units and can’t wait for them to move in and provide the regeneration that Madeira Drive deserves.

Duncan Anderson, CEO of South Downs Leisure commented:

We are really pleased that local residents have very much got behind the project, with over 90% of all memberships sold taken up by residents of the BN1, BN2 and BN3 postcode areas. Although the pool will bring in members from outside of the city too.

“The number of people taking up membership at this early stage highlights the level of trust in the venture ahead of the pool opening and shows how keen everyone is to get swimming in what will be fantastic new facilities. Reaching this milestone at this time is a fantastic achievement.

Eleanor Whittaker who signed up as a member of Sea Lanes said:

I cannot wait to swim at Sea Lanes, it is just what we need in Brighton! Everyone knows the British weather doesn’t allow us in the sea or to swim outside all year round, this is the next best thing and now we can.