Royal Commonwealth Pool

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Royal Commonwealth Pool
Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh.JPG
Royal Commonwealth Pool West side
Royal Commonwealth Pool is located in Scotland
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Shown within Scotland
Alternative names Commonwealth Pool, the RCP, or the Commie[1]
General information
Architectural style Modernism
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates 55°56′21″N 3°10′22″W / 55.939202°N 3.172731°W / 55.939202; -3.172731
Completed 1970
Cost $3.84 million
Client Corporation of the City of Edinburgh Architects[2]
Design and construction
Architect John Richards of RMJM
Other information
Seating capacity 2000[3]

The Royal Commonwealth Pool is a category-A-listed building[4] in Edinburgh that houses one of Scotland's main swimming pools. It is usually referred to simply as the Commonwealth Pool and known colloquially as the "Commie".

The pool was closed for a major refurbishment between August 2009 and March 2012.

History[edit]

A long course pool, the Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed by John Richards of RMJM;[5] construction began in 1967,[6] costing $3.84 million.[7] In January 1970,[8] the pool was completed in time for the year's Commonwealth Games, and used again in the 1986 games.[9] The pool was an official training site for swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2012 London Olympics and will be for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[10][11] Diving competitions for the Glasgow games will also be hosted at the pool.[12]

Architectural award nominations[edit]

In 1993 it was selected by the international conservation organisation DoCoMoMo as one of sixty key Scottish monuments of the post-war period.[13]

Swimming gala at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in 2013

It was also nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage. These sentiments were echoed in Prospect 100 best modern Scottish buildings, published in 2005.[14]

S&P Architects were the architects and lead consultants for the 2012 refurbishment and were awarded the Scottish Design Award in 2012 for the best reuse of a listed building.

Refurbishment[edit]

In June 2009, the pool was closed to the public to begin refurbishment.[15] The project,led by Frank and Charlie of S&P Architects began in August 2009, costing approximately £37 million, and included new 25 metres (82 ft) diving and teaching pools as well as improvements to the changing rooms, café, reception, and the dive gym.[16] It was originally expected to be finished by mid-2011[17] but did not reopen until March 2012.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gyford, Sue (24 June 2009). "End of an era as Commonwealth Pool gets ready for refurbishment". Edinburgh Evening News. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Willis, Peter; Ignatowicz, Jon (1977). New Architecture in Scotland. Lund Humphries. p. 76. 
  3. ^ McWhirter, Norris; McFarlan, Donald (1992). The Guinness Book of Records 1992 (38 ed.). Middlesex, England: Guinness World Records. p. 298. ISBN 0-85112-378-3. 
  4. ^ "Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Childs, Peter; Storry, Mike (1999). Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 459. ISBN 0-415-14726-3. 
  6. ^ "Buro Happold To Revive Landmark Edinburgh Pool For 2014 Games". buildscotland.co.uk. 8 June 2008. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Miller, Geoffrey (15 July 1970). "New Timer To Be Unveiled In Commonwealth Games". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 17 November 2010.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Revamp closes pool for two years". BBC News. 27 June 2009. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Fraser, Douglas (30 November 2003). "Scotland bids for Commonwealth Games". Sunday Herald (BNET). Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Ferguson, Brian (8 August 2007). "Splashing the cash on Commonwealth Pool". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (4 March 2008). "Scottish training centres in frame for 2012". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Gourtsoyannis, Paris (20 November 2007). "Edinburgh looks to cash in as Glasgow gets its Games". The Journal. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Glendinning, Miles (1997). Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-1975. DoCoMoMo. p. 29. 
  14. ^ Black, Edward (7 October 2002). "Hill House one of best modern buildings". The Scotsman. AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved 17 November 2010.  (registration required)
  15. ^ Ferguson, Brian (18 December 2007). "Stadium sale will fund refit for Commonwealth pool". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Royal Commonwealth Pool refurbishment: update". City of Edinburgh Council. 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "T&A Pool resources". Urban Realm. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  18. ^ Fraser, Gemma (19 April 2011). "Commie to reopen next spring . . but it will look the same sss". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  19. ^ (20 March 2012) Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh officially reopens BBC News, Retrieved 28 February 2013

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