Victorian Swimming Pool To Re-Open After Refurbishment

Submitted by edg on Thu, 1 Jul '10 7.40am

The much-loved, Victorian baths at Glenogle Swim Centre re-open today following a major refurbishment.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor, will lead a formal, Victorian-themed opening event for the swimming baths in Stockbridge at 11am today. A special free day for members of the public is scheduled for tomorrow.

The Glenogle re-opening comes days after the Warrender Swim Centre opened, having had new rooflights installed.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor said she was "enormously proud" of Glenogle's "superb" restoration.

"The renovation, completed on time and on budget, has wonderfully preserved the building's Victorian heritage, while greatly improving accessibility and adding complementary modern touches," said Brock.

Glenogle is the last of the Council's five Victorian pools to be refurbished.

The £5.7m revamp included upgrading the changing cubicles that line either side of the pool, and improvements to the toilets and lockers.

Improved accessibility throughout the building means that the stone staircase should no longer pose an obstacle, with a new passenger lift, new entrance ramp and disabled change facilities.

Glenogle also has a new sauna, steam room and relaxation area. The gym and fitness studio has been refurbished with new equipment, and the building has undergone "comprehensive redecoration."

The pool has also been fitted with solar roof panels, enabling it to meet some of its own energy needs.

sportscotland provided £350,000 of National Lottery funding from its Sports Facilities Fund toward the upgrade.

"The centre has a great character and I'm sure it will prove popular with the local community, clubs and schools, and will encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity," said sportscotland Chief Executive, Stewart Harris.