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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). Parkwood won the contract to manage the facility for 10 years, with a projected turnover of £2.5m each year.
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.
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.
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.
Cardiff International Pool Reviews
After ringing twice on the monday to check what time the open. We were told 11am. Turned up at 10.45 to find the pool heaving. After asking at reception we were told the pool opened at 10. The... more »
Cardiff International has been a place my children have been going for years on end. Despite it being unclean, the slides and buzz bring such thrill. The place has sadly has it’s fair share of blips..... more »
It was amazing!!!! I had a great time. The slides were really cool. My parents also loved it and we are definitely going back. It's a really good place to spend time with your family. I suggest others should go there.
Really great pool with good pieces. Great kids area and a lengths pool. It does get very busy during peak times such as half term and summer holidays though so if you can't manage crowds it may not be the best time. The flooring around the pool is very slippery and you need to be careful not to fall.
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