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Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

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2.8/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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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  • The "commy" was always the best place to take your baby for their first swimming experience. The water was warm and the shelving steps into the pool made it easy and safe to enter and exit the water w...  read more »
  • The pool itself is really good for lane swimming and for kids since their is kids pool, their is also diving boards. 3m, 5m, 7m, and 10m but they are only open at certain times so if your looking to g...  read more »
  • The system corresponded exactly with the bus as we were staying nearby, at Pollock Halls; so, go and brush up on the side, we decided to peek; This is a nice Sports Center, in my opinion quite well equipped and several attended, but as there are elsewhere.
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  • Great soft play area. Kids love it and the fact that we can go for a walk or a little picnic beside Arthur seat after
  • Great gym very helpful and nice staff nice building all round.
  • Soft play excellent for kids till 3 years.
  • The Royal Commonwealth Pool has one of the best gym facilities in Edinburgh, with its only contenders being the Edinburgh University Pleasance gym and Edinburgh Leisure's Meadowbank facility. It contains two hammer strength power racks which most gyms in Edinburgh are lacking, a large variety of free weights including a big free weight zone with five benches and a plethora of cardio machines in high quantity. Staff members are polite, helpful and incredibly motivational which is also a plus. The gym, its quality of weight resources and staff members is something that ALL Edinburgh gyms should take note of, ESPECIALLY the Portobello Edinburgh Leisure which suffers from obnoxious, freeloading staff who act like assholes when you give them any form of constructive criticism. (I needed that dig, but both gyms are part of Edinburgh Leisure, and every Edinburgh Leisure gym SHOULD BE up to the standards of the RCWP.) I don't swim, so my review is only based on the gym itself. However, the RCWP hosts a variety of competitions and is renowned throughout the UK and a lot of the world for its swimming pool and swimming facilities. Definitely worth checking out next time you're in the area.
  • It's a disgrace to be advertised as 50 metre pool as every time I visit it's being separated into 4, 5 sometimes even more little pools. Absolutely overcrowded due to the fact that the management are trying to accommodate 4 - 5 different activities at the same time.As my wife said when we tried to file in a complaint - "I could swim more in my bath tub"! While I was in the changing room 2 members of staff sat in one of the cubicles playing some game on the mobile phone laughing and commenting on it for over 20 minutes. Is this how your staff works?
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