The new pavilion, which has been drawn up jointly by the council and the South London Swimming Club, in consultation with Sport England, would provide space for workout and exercise classes plus new toilets and a first aid room, and could open in August 2015.
The pavilion would be built at the deep end of the Lido – Europe’s second biggest outdoor freshwater swimming pool at 91.5m long – and would be contained entirely within the lido’s existing boundaries.
The council has agreed to pledge £150,000 towards the scheme with a further £311,500 being provided by the SLSC. A bid for the remaining £248,500 has been submitted to Sport England and a decision on this funding is expected early in the new year.
Over the past decade £1.5m has been spent by the council in improving the facilities and ensuring the pool’s long term future.
The council’s leisure spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “If these proposals get the go-ahead from Sport England then swimmers at the lido and also the wider community will have a really great new health, fitness and leisure facility.
“The lido is already widely recognised as one of the best open air pools in London, if not the country. This proposal, which has been drawn up with very great care to make sure it fits in with the Lido’s historic setting and the wider environment of Tooting Common, would add great value to this popular leisure destination if it gets the backing of Sport England.”