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Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Commonwealth Pool
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Structural Engineers Ove Arup, with Tom Ridley in charge. Steenson, Varming & Mulcahy Partners (engineers). QS George Berry & Partners, Main contractor James Laidlaw & Sons.

Contractor for Sauna Suite additions Tensa Construction.

Cost 1.6m

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Swimming baths  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 221 , Dalkeith Road  
Item 2 of 222, Gracemount Drive  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 9 1975CompletionSauna Suite added
Item 2 of 919651967Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 3 of 919671970Build/construction 
Item 4 of 91970 Won award or awardsRIBA Regional Award
Item 5 of 91970 Won award or awardsStructural Steel Design Award
Item 6 of 916 January 1970 OpenedBy Princess Anne
Item 7 of 91972 Won award or awardsCivic Trust Award
Item 8 of 91976 Won award or awardsRIBA Regional Award Commendation for Sauna Suite
Item 9 of 91980s AdditionFlumes added


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 12Harold Medd B(?)1970 
Item 2 of 12Andrew Llewllyn DaviesArchitectA19651970RMJM
Item 3 of 12John Deacon RichardsArchitectA19651970Partner-in-charge
Item 4 of 12Ove Arup & PartnersEngineerA19651970 
Item 5 of 12Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19651970In overall charge
Item 6 of 12Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19651970 
Item 7 of 12Steenson, Varming, Mulcahy & Partners A19651970Mechanical
Item 8 of 12Thomas ('Tom') RidleyEngineerA19651970for Arup
Item 9 of 12Euan Kidston ColamArchitectB19651970As architect with RMJM. Project architect
Item 10 of 12John Deacon RichardsArchitectB1975 Sauna suite addition
Item 11 of 12Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceB1976 Suite suite addition
Item 12 of 12Graeme John Selwyn DoreArchitectC1980s Flumes added - project architect. It is as yet unclear in which practice he as working when he designed this.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh CorporationJack Black - the Baths and Laundries Department Manager


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 11Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp637
Item 2 of 11Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 3 of 11Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press LtdJohn Richards (Interview 1993) 'The architecture of precision: the Royal Commonwealth Pool'
Item 4 of 11Glendinning, Miles2008A Beacon of Modernity: the Royal Commonwealth Pool 'Elevation' magazinepp31-36
Item 5 of 11Gordon, Ian and Inglis, Simon2009Great Lengths: the Historic Indoor Swimming Pools of Great Britain English Heritagep250-255
Item 6 of 11Miles Glendinning, Diane Watters, David Whitham Docomomo Scotland Leaflet  Cover, p231
Item 7 of 11Murray, Peter and Trombley, Peter (eds)1984Guide to Modern British Architecture since 1945  p156-7
Item 8 of 11RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 9 of 11Royal Commonwealth Pool1970Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, opened by HRH Princess Anne: commemorative booklet    
Item 10 of 11Sinclair, Fiona1984Scotstyle, 150 Years of Scottish Architecture  pp110-111
Item 11 of 11Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p76-9

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architects Journal16 September 1970  pp645-662
Item 2 of 4Architectural DesignJanuary 1967   
Item 3 of 4RIBA JournalAugust 1970 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Scotsman25 February 2012  p47: obituary of Tom Ridley

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Euan ColamInterview of Euan Colam by Kirsten McKee 3 December 2008
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild March 1967 and September 1969 (amendments)
Item 3 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register43148 
Item 4 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership Dore's papers


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