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£37m pool upgrade gets go ahead for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Edinburgh’s grade A listed Royal Commonwealth Pool is to be refurbished for the 2014 Commonwealth Games diving competitions, it was confirmed by Edinburgh City Council last week.

Work is due set to start on site next year.

The original pool, designed by RMJM Architects, was built in 1967 and used twice for the Commonwealth Games in the past – once in 1970, and again in 1986. The pool will now undergo a £37m upgrade and refurbishment, led by S&P Architects and engineered by Buro Happold.

The refurbishment will involve replacing the three existing tanks with state-of-the-art pools, meeting the standards for national swimming, water polo and synchronised swimming competitions, and international diving ones.

The existing 50m pool will be replaced with a level-deck pool, 51.5m long by 21m wide, which will have a traversable boom and moving floor. This will allow the pool to be divided into two according to need.

Meanwhile, the existing diving pool will be replaced by a pool 25m wide, 16.25m long, and with a variable depth of between one and five metres, so it can be used for diving, swimming and synchronised swimming.

Finally, the teaching pool will be replaced with a 25m pool with a moving floor for variable depth, providing flexible training facilities.

The existing building is located just a mile south of the city centre, and enjoys a dramatic backdrop provided by the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat.

The work is being funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and by Sport Scotland.

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