Cardiff International Pool

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Cardiff International Pool
Pwll Rhyngwladol Caerdydd
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Location Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales
Owner Cardiff County Council
Operator Parkwood Leisure
Capacity 1,000
Surface Swimming and diving pools
Construction
Built 2006-2008
Opened 12 February 2008
Construction cost £32m
General contractor Orion Land & Leisure and Explore Investments

The Cardiff International Pool (Welsh: Pwll Rhyngwladol Caerdydd) is a sport facility located in the Cardiff International Sports Village in Cardiff, capital of Wales.[1] It opened to the public on 12 January 2008 and was officially opened on 26 February 2008 by Duncan Goodhew.[2]

Cardiff International Pool

It is a public-private funded project, with a partnership between Cardiff Council (land owner), OLLC which is a partnership between Orion Land & Leisure and Explore Investments (developers) and Parkwood Leisure (operator).[3][4][5] Parkwood won the contract to manage the facility for 10 years, with a projected turnover of £2.5m each year.[6]

Construction of the GB£32 million facility commenced in April 2006 and includes two pools; an Olympic size 50 m (160 ft) 10-lane competition swimming pool with seating for 1,000 spectators and a 25 m (82 ft) 4-lane indoor waterpark with flume rides, a beach area with water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzi. The centre also has a fitness suite and studios, conference rooms and a café.[3][5]

The opening of the pool brought to an end 10 years without an Olympic size pool in Wales since the closure and demolition in 1998 of the Empire Pool (which had been build for the Cardiff-hosted 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games) to make way for the Millennium Stadium.[7]

The pool was also built to support the London 2012 Olympics as a training facility. Several other sporting venues in the city of Cardiff were used for Olympics, such as the Millennium Stadium for football events.

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Coordinates: 51°26′59″N 3°10′52″W / 51.449755°N 3.181078°W / 51.449755; -3.181078