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Report - Temple Cowley Pools - Oxfordshire - Feb 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by CookieRaider, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. CookieRaider

    CookieRaider 28DL Full Member
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    Temple Cowley Pools in Temple Road was a public swimming and gymnasium complex run by Oxford City Council which closed in December 2014 for redevelopment as housing. It first opened in 1938, and had a major refit in 1987. Its main pool was 25 metres long, it also housed a baby pool and a diving pool. It was built on the site of part of a former Knights Templar estate.

    This explore was an interesting explore for me for two reasons, first being that I learnt to swim here as a youngster. Second being that for my job I design swimming pools, it was clear to me to see why this was closed and a new complex was built!

    A re-visit is on the cards soon as I missed out on the gym complex due to setting off an alarm, with other places to be I didn't want the hassle of getting caught.

    On with the photos

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  2. Bugsuperstar

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    That looks great!
     
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  3. obscurity

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    for a modern pool this looks a lot nicer than most. Nice find :thumb
     
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    I learnt to swim here too - my school was only up the road so we use to walk down once a week. Brings back a lot of memories!
     
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    Good stuff.
     
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    Nice. Especially interesting that you design pools - this one looks just fine to me though!
     
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  7. CookieRaider

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    Yeah its a interesting job that's for sure! The pools themselves are fine, however most of the plant and pipework are so out dated it would cost too much to replace it.
     
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