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Description: The Empire Pool
Date Listed: 14 October 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 198759
OS Grid Reference: TQ1914285752
OS Grid Coordinates: 519142, 185752
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5581, -0.2828
5006 EMPIRE WAY
The Empire Pool
TQ 18 NE 1/6 14.10.76
Designed by Sir E Owen Williams and built in 1934. It has a reinforced concrete
frame of 3 hinged arches spanning 240 feet which was the largest concrete
span in the world at that time. The pool was 200 feet long and 60 feet wide
with a deck for ice skating. The end of the building opens and used to lead
to sun-bathing terraces and lawns. The sides have 15 massive concrete buttresses.
The ends are galed with 20 narrow lights of increasing height from the edges
to the centre. Used for 1948 Olympic Games.
Listing NGR: TQ1914285752
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Source: English Heritage
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