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Royal Commonwealth Pool set to make a splash

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March 20 2012

Royal Commonwealth Pool set to make a splash
The grade A listed Royal Commonwealth pool, has been officially reopened following a £37.2m refurbishment by Graham Construction, Buro Happold and S+P Architects.

The two and a half year project was instigated by Edinburgh City Council and sportscotland in a bid to upgrade diving facilities ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It now boasts a 50m, eight lane pool and a brand new diving area - replete with moveable floor to allow swimming when not in use. There is also a ‘dry dive’ practice facility, refurbished gym and upgraded changing facilities for patrons to try out.

Michael Graham, executive chairman of GRAHAM Group, said: “Transforming the Royal Commonwealth Pool to provide a modern, world-class sports facility while protecting the legacy of such a well-loved Scottish landmark has been a showcase project for GRAHAM Construction.

“The extent of the redevelopment coupled with the historic nature of the building made this an incredibly complex project, but by applying precise planning and expertise, GRAHAM Construction is incredibly proud to have delivered an outstanding facility for Scotland and its sporting stars of the future.”

Swimmers will be able to dip their toes in the water from 10am on Wednesday March 21.
The 25m teaching pool, photography by Chris Watt
The 25m teaching pool, photography by Chris Watt
The pool interior has been completely remodelled whilst preserving the facade - a tricky engineering challenge
The pool interior has been completely remodelled whilst preserving the facade - a tricky engineering challenge

2 Comments

Rod
#1 Posted by Rod on 20 Mar 2012 at 18:02 PM
I visited the project the other week there and have to say the quality of finish and the clarity of the water in the pool is absolutly 1st Class. Top marks to the project team on this. Its an outstanding facility
SAndals
#2 Posted by SAndals on 21 Mar 2012 at 10:59 AM
I must agree with Rod. Had the pleasure of a tour with the Graham PM last week and the final product, let alone the extraordinary efforts the contractor went to, is astonishing. Great job!

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