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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  • A kind of Club with public pools, of the highest level. Parking for vehicles and bicycles, is very well maintained, well sized, and with various activities for local residents. WONDERFUL
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  • Visited here today for a swim. Waiting 40 mins for the kids pool which is fine. It's the holidays I understand it's going to be busy. The kids had a brilliant time... they loved the slide so I hope it...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Gotta love the soft play here. Kick back and relax while your kids run wild.... I mean, carefully nurture your children as you explore Clambers together. A good soft play, a reasonable cafe. The swimming pool is good too. We swim in the little pool from time to time. Relatively expensive compared to other pools.
  • The swimming pools for every age are great fun. There is diving as well. And for toddlers the soft play area will keep them busy for two hours easily.
  • For a swimmer like myself a great place. A 50m pool with separate lines depending on speed/abilities. Great opening hours. Clean and friendly staff. Absolute recommendation for sport swimmers. Only parking can be difficult if you visit during popular hours.
  • Honestly can't fault the place other than the carpark can be busy sometimes. Coming from Ireland I have nothing to compare this too, so it's an impressive place that accommodates families right up to elite athletes. The staff are great but none better than the staff in the soft play area. They're brilliant with kids & very vigilant.
  • We have 3 kids and we used this venue for all sorts of things. Softplay is great as you can exactly where your kid is and no need to worry. Swim classes are great as well and for extra £3 you can swim with your kid after class. Pool changing rooms are generally clean and organised. We are planning now birthday party there as well. Great all in one place.

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