Cardiff International Pool

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Cardiff International Pool
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Cardiff International Pool '09.jpg
Cardiff International Pool in 2009
AddressOlympian Drive, Grangetown, Cardiff
PostcodeCF11 0JS
Opened12 February 2008
Operated byParkwood Leisure
Owned byCity of Cardiff Council
Type2 swimming pools plus diving pools
CostGB£32 million
WebsiteCardiff International Pool
50 m (160 ft) 10-lane
Seating for 1,000 spectators
Second pool 25 m (82 ft) 4-lane indoor waterpark with flume rides, a beach area with water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzi.
Entrance to the Cardiff International Pool

Cardiff International Pool is an Olympic-sized swimming pool built as a public-private funded project, with a partnership between Cardiff Council (land owner), OLLC which is a partnership between Orion Land & Leisure and Explore Investments (developers) and Parkwood Leisure (operator).[1][2][3] Parkwood won the contract to manage the facility for 10 years, with a projected turnover of £2.5m each year.[4]

Construction of the GB£32 million facility commenced in April 2006 and includes two pools; an Olympic size 50 m (160 ft) 10-lane competition swimming pool with seating for 1,000 spectators and a 25 m (82 ft) 4-lane indoor waterpark with flume rides, a beach area with water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzi; the centre also has a fitness suite and studios, conference rooms and a café.[1][3]

The opening of the pool brought to an end 10 years without an Olympic size pool in Wales since the closure and demolition in 1998 of the Empire Pool (which had been built for the Cardiff-hosted 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games) to make way for the Millennium Stadium.[5]

The pool was also built to support the London 2012 Olympics as a training facility. Several other sporting venues in the city of Cardiff were used for Olympics, such as the Millennium Stadium for football events.

The construction of the pool was the subject of a legal dispute. [6]

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  1. ^ a b Signing ceremony for pool Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Parkwood Leisure manages Cardiff's newest International sport and leisure venue
  3. ^ a b "£32m world-class pool is opened". BBC Wales News. 12 January 2008.
  4. ^ Parkwood wins Cardiff pool contract[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Empire Pool". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  6. ^ Parkwood Leisure Ltd v Laing O'Rourke Wales and West Ltd [2013] EWHC 2665 (TCC)

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Coordinates: 51°26′59″N 3°10′52″W / 51.449755°N 3.181078°W / 51.449755; -3.181078