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Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

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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'.HistoryThe 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.Construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1970. The architecture was by Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall with structural input from Ove Arup & Partners.The pool was closed 2009 to 2012 for major internal remodelling.Architectural award nominationsIn 1993 it was selected by the international conservation organisation DoCoMoMo as one of sixty key Scottish monuments of the post-war period. 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.
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  • My husband and I are doing a sort of your of Scotland's best swimming pools (as seen in an independent article). While the Commonwealth is certainly a gorgeous place to view and the swimming facilitie...  more »
  • Have visited for a swim a number of times. The timetable varies a lot but have always been able to swim. This visit the pool was at 50 metres long and 2 metres deep. Plenty of space in the lanes. Like...  more »
  • Not only diving but soft play, gym, vast spaces in the basement with all sorts of sports halls. Food is expensive though advise taking packed lunch if staying a while  more »
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  • Fitness equipment is very good but mornings for the staff appear to be about cleaning the place instead of interacting. Interact boys and girls. Make sure people are using the equipment correctly
  • One of the best swimming competition venues in the UK. Maintained to a high standard despite being built in 1970. It had an extensive refurb and modernisation in 2010-2012 and is now used for many local and national events. There is an 8 lane 50m pool plus a 6 lane by 25m training pool which is also 5m deep and equipped with a full set of diving boards (up to 10m platform) that are used for competitions including international events. Everyone enjoys a trip to the Commonwealth Pool, or the Commy as it is known to locals.
  • A 1960's A listed building developed to bring the Commonwealth Games to Edinburgh. It has an Olympic diving pool, full length main pool and a kids/training pool. It also had a cafe, large multi story soft play and extensive gym. A myriad of sports classes are available to participate in, fencing, diving, martial arts to name but a few. Known as "the commie" locally it can get busy at peak times. The main pool is can be split in two and fast/slow swimming lanes are always in operation for swimming enthusiasts. The kids pool is not always available as can be used for keepfit or swimming classes. Best to check the schedule before you go. The facilities are top notch and kept clean with friendly staff.
  • Olympic sized swimming pool with a huge soft play for the kids. Reasonably priced as these things go, although the food was a touch lacking. Parking is free, but limited.
  • Great facilities, cafe and warmer 'training' pool which is good for babies. Only issue is that it is a bit expensive and for a family to swim costs a lot.

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