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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  • This used to be well run in the 80's not so now. If it was privately owned it would have no doubt been closed down on grounds of health and safety , cause its Edinburgh leisure it no doubt gets a inde...  more »
  • Great to have swim in an Olympic pool. Diving facilities were amazing - dare you go off the 10m board? Staff were great, very helpful and polite. Only criticism of the place and hence lost one star - ...  more »
  • Went for national comp, staff were friendly and helpful, lack of seating in cafe area when a big event on. Many people sitting on floor to eat, parking is a nightmare car park really small for events....  more »
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  • A fabulous facility, with good parking. Very clean, with plenty of room for the length swimmers. Great sessions for the kids too. Also houses an equally well equipped gym with lots of floor space if you want to do floor bound body weight stuff. Very good adjoining studios with lots of preprogrammed fitness sessions. A great location, beside Arthur's seat, with fab views of the cliff faces. Only down side was £6 for a swim, though free parking and if you'd come for the 50m pool, most of the time it's divided into 2 25m pools. Otherwise, it's a great facility. Plenty of meeting rooms for hire too.
  • Brilliant pool with great changing facilities. They even have both changing tables and chairs in the family changing which make it super easy for Getting your baby changed. Great child pool too.
  • This pool is amazing. Clean, well maintained and supervised. You cannot take a picture while people are in that’s why could not put one here. For £6 you get to swim for a good 2-3 hours in the morning. They even have masters program. Staff is very friendly and the locker room is very nice and clean. Do not forget to put on the blue cover on your shoes.
  • Great recreational facility just a few minutes away from the Old Medical School. Top notch for some exercise to get the head free.
  • Awesome facility. Great for babies / kids. Family changing is good. Public swimming available most times. Very busy at weekends.
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