Iconic Victorian pool closing for major refurbishment

Edinburgh Leisure | Thursday 28th June 2018 10:45am

Iconic Victorian pool closing for major refurbishment - update 8th November 2018

8th November 2018 Update

Best laid plans- Dalry delayed 

As anyone who has ever renovated an older property will know, there’s usually something uncovered that requires a change of plan and a different approach to the work. 

In Dalry’s case we have identified an issue with the replacement of the  beautiful bespoke glass roof panels. Scaffolding is needed in the pool hall to undertake this work. The pool cannot be grouted until the scaffolding is removed and only after completion of the grouting work can we fill the pool and commission the new filtration scheme. The impact of this is to delay to the completion of the refurbishment works. We are now expecting Dalry to re-open in January 2019.

We are obviously disappointed at this delay but we are working hard to complete the works and welcome you back as soon as possible. We will let you know the re-opening date as soon as we can.

Original article June 2018

Edinburgh Leisure’s iconic Victorian Dalry Swim Centre will be closing for a major refurbishment on Friday, 13 July, with a planned reopening in early December 2018.

The significant investment in the building will include:

  • Mechanical and electrical upgrade including wiring and new ventilation system to make the building more energy efficient;
  • A self-service kiosk and access facilities to make it quicker and easier for customers to enter the building and enjoy their activities, avoiding queues;
  • New toilet and changing facilities, including disabled and family provisions;
  • New tiling, flooring and cosmetic upgrade throughout the building.

Wendy Avinou, Leisure Manager at Dalry Swim Centre said: “Whilst there’s never a good tim to close for a refurbishment, we’re investing a significant amount in this much loved and well-used Victorian building, to ensure that we can continue to offer a venue that’s very much at the heart of the community and that’s fit for purpose for many years to come.

“Whilst the refurbishment is taking place, Dalry-only members will be upgraded giving them access to Edinburgh Leisure’s other venues to ensure they can continue to keep active and healthy at the biggest club in town, with the closest gym being Craiglockhart Leisure Centre and the nearest swimming pool being the beautiful Victorian Warrender Swim Centre.”

Updates will be posted on Edinburgh Leisure’s social media channels and website during the closure.

A hidden gem in the west city centre, Dalry Swim Centre is located on Caledonian Crescent, just off Dalry and around a five-minute walk from Haymarket Station.

This beautifully presented Victorian bath has a real community feel, with a traditional 25-yard swimming pool bathed in natural light, two saunas, one on the poolside and one on the balcony and a compact but fully functional gym.


Further information

Background to historic pools

Many of the UK’s heritage baths are in a ‘sad’ state. There are 116 listed baths buildings, of which only 52 are operational or in the process of being refurbished. Edinburgh Leisure is fortunate enough to have five fully-functional historic Victorian pools in their portfolio, and the A-listed Royal Commonwealth Pool too.

Many of the city's Victorian swimming pools were part of a much wider scheme to build public baths to promote cleanliness and hygiene amongst the working classes, who did not have routine access at the time to sanitation.

Whilst Edinburgh Leisure has succeeded in keeping the character of the ‘Baths’, they have added modern twists to them so whilst they have kept their charm, they are able to meet the demands of a modern leisure /fitness customer, which includes modern heating, upgraded changing facilities and meets the environment’s demands where energy recovery is essential.


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