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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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  • This is a wonderful facility for folk in the city. Something for everybody. I use the gym on a morning, my son loves 'Clambers' soft play and we take a dip in the family pool at the weekend. Staff are friendly and the changing rooms are clean. Our only issue is that in the family changing village (for swimming) there's no staff, and we had teenagers swearing in front of our toddler which wasn't very nice. When we asked them to stop they were very abusive which made that trip a bit awful so it would be good to have notices or staff there. Otherwise, great.
  • Good venue for selection of different activities. I have used the gym since the refurbishment at night and you can't move sometimes it's so busy and full of posers. Will be glad to be back to my part time hours so I can go in the morning when hopefully quieter and not so many posers about lol Good selection of new equipment both cardio and weights and you can even sync your mobile or any other devices should you wish to log your workout.
  • Great pool but overcrowded and often dirty. Around x5/6 people to a lane on an average weekday after work. They have oversold the space and have clubs taking up half the pool every weekday and then split the pool size at the weekends to accommodate other activities. Not the best place if you actually want to swim.
  • The pool is olympic-sized and perfect for competitive swimmers. Unfortunately, the facility is poorly managed and not oriented toward providing responsive customer service. Sometimes I showed up at the pool to find the schedule had been changed without any notice.
  • Use the pool every morning. Staff are friendly and the changing rooms have all been recently refurbished.