Perth Leisure Pool

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Perth Leisure Pool is the main indoor public leisure and recreation centre in the city of Perth, Scotland,[1] one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland[2] and a major tourist attraction,[3][4] which in 2006 was noted for receiving more than 700,000 visitors a year.[5]


It was designed in 1984 after an architectural contest run by the RIAS and Perth Council which was won by architects FaulknerBrowns.[6][7] Councillor John L. Wilson presided over the development of the Perth Leisure Pool[8] and it was opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 29 July 1988.


The complex includes 5 swimming pools with flumes, bubble beds and other water features;[9] a gym,[10] health spa, cafe, creche and outdoor children's play area. The combination of leisure and swimming facilities has proved outstandingly successful[11] and, in twenty years, it has had over ten million visitors.[12] The separate children's lagoon varies in depth to between 1 and 2½ feet. The small slide for this pool provides suitably scaled-down thrills for children and is very popular.[11]


It has been well maintained since opening, with refurbishments taking place every few years. However, in August 2002,[13] there was an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis which caused gastrointestinal illness for 74 people.[14] This resulted in the closure of the pool while the matter was investigated.[15] Numerous improvements to the cleaning and water treatment processes were recommended by the Outbreak Control Team and these were made prior to the reopening of the centre.[3][16]


  1. ^ Geraint John, Kit Campbell, Sports Council (Great Britain). Technical Unit for Sport (1996). Handbook of Sports and Recreational Building Design (2, illustrated ed.). Architectural Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780750622561. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Sidey, Laura. "Perth Leisure Pool". Visit Scotland. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b Julie Cavanagh; Professor Tony Wells (13 March 2003). Outbreak of Cryptosporiosis associated with Perth Leisure Pool (PDF). Tayside NHS Board. 
  4. ^ Harvard Student Agencies, Let's Go, Inc (1993). Let's go (2002 ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312082338. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Miers, Richenda (2006). Scotland (7, illustrated ed.). New Holland Publishers. p. 326. ISBN 9781860113390. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  6. ^ The Architects' journal. 1985. p. 60. 
  7. ^ Royal Institute of British Architects (1990). "Journal". Journal. RIBA Magazines. 97. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  8. ^ John Swinney MP (19 September 1998). Councillor John L. Wilson. The Scotsman. 
  9. ^ Pickard, Quentin (2005). The architects' handbook (illustrated ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405135054. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Katy (20 January 2009). "More power to you!". Perthshire Advertiser. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Geraint John; Kit Campbell (1996). Handbook of Sports and Recreational Building Design: Swimming pools and ice rinks. Architectural Press. ISBN 978-0-7506-2256-1. 
  12. ^ 20 years go swimmingly. Perthshire Advertiser. 25 Jul 2008. 
  13. ^ Water bug outbreak linked to pool. BBC News. 8 August 2002. 
  14. ^ "PARASITE POOL CLOSED". Daily Mirror. 10 August 2002. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Fresh outbreak of water bug". The Daily Telegraph. 8 August 2002. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  16. ^ "Forty Changes Made After Perth Swim Pool Illness Alert". Aberdeen Press & Journal. 14 March 2003. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 

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Coordinates: 56°23′41″N 3°26′34″W / 56.3947°N 3.4427°W / 56.3947; -3.4427