Orion Land and Leisure appointed SPACE & PLACE for the architectural design of a new pool facility to replace the 50m Empire Pool Cardiff (demolished to make way for the Millennium Stadium).
The facility is the centre piece of the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay. The plan of the building is ovoid, with the encloser formed by a 360 degree glazed curtain wall.
Since its completion in 2008 the Pool has performed way beyond the operator’s expectations and been highly praised by the general public.
The facility is divided between Leisure and Competition/Training water. The leisure pool, comprised of a 660m² water areas includes an interactive multi-levelled play structure, 2 ’Body’ rides and a ’Space Bowl’.
The 50m Olympic sized swimming pool has 2 moving floors and 2 vertical booms for maximum pool flexibility. There are 850 spectator seats for competition viewing.
The dry side facility offers a spa health suite, 116 workstation gym and 22 dance studios.