Royal Commonwealth Pool

History, ingenuity and sporting legacy

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Project Overview

Client City of Edinburgh Council
Project Value £37m
Expertise Building
Sector Leisure
Sector Local Authority
Timeline July 2009 - February 2012
Location Scotland
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Project summary

An infrastructural icon of British sport since 1970, the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh triumphantly returned to its former glory in February 2012 following an innovative £37 million redevelopment project.

Completed on programme, within budget and in compliance with Historic Scotland regulations, the Grade A listed building, a proud venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (its third), is now a world-class centre of sporting excellence and a catalyst for the creation of Scotland’s next generation of aquatic stars.

The detail

Bespoke, and tailored to this elite environment, our solution for the redevelopment and upgrade of the Royal Commonwealth Pool was, in itself, world class and involved stripping the Grade A listed building back to its bare shell before rebuilding from within.

Conserving all of the listed features, and the significant internal remodelling of a 25,000m2 floor area, were the backbone to the creation of a multi-use main pool hall, inclusive of three distinct pools, a 900 seater spectator viewing gallery, changing village, soft-play area, fitness studios and conference facilities. Included in the scope of works was the complete refurbishment of 7000m2 of listed Iroko timber ceiling panels throughout the building.

Some 390,000 tiles were laid, 3000m3 of concrete poured and 300 tonnes of reinforced steel manipulated throughout the two and half year programme, which concluded with a ‘National Silver Award’ from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for our commitment to social inclusion and community engagement.

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"Right from the start, everyone understood that the project had to be delivered on time and on budget and there was a real team spirit generated by all of the Design Team members in trying to achieve this"

Stephanie-Anne Harris Head of Sport and Physical Activity, City of Edinburgh Council