Royal Commonwealth Pool
|Royal Commonwealth Pool|
Royal Commonwealth Pool West side
The pool's situation within Scotland
|Alternative names||Commonwealth Pool, the RCP, or the Commie|
|Client||Corporation of the City of Edinburgh Architects|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||John Richards of RMJM|
The Royal Commonwealth Pool is a category-A-listed building 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 commissioned by the Council under a plan by the then Lord Provost, Sir Herbert Archbold Brechin in 1966 as part of a wider project to bring the Commonwealth Games to Edinburgh. This, with the help of other committee members such as Sir John Inch came to fruition in 1970.
The pool was closed 2009 to 2012 for major internal remodelling.
Architectural award nominations
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.
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.
In June 2009, the pool was closed to the public to begin refurbishment. The project,led by Frank and Charlie of S&P Architects (now AFLS&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. It was originally expected to be finished by mid-2011 but did not reopen until March 2012.
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