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Everything going swimmingly at capital's new pool.

Byline: By Phillip Nifield South Wales Echo

The first water has begun flowing into Cardiff's spectacular pounds 23m swimming pool. By Wednesday, a total of 640,000 gallons of water - the equivalent of 80,000 bathtubs - will have filled the leisure complex in Cardiff Bay. Swimmers will be able to take their first plunge into the 50-metre pool in just over two months' time. The 10-lane complex also has a 25-metre warm-up pool, leisure water, including a beach area, lazy river, plunge pool, four water slides and play equipment, along with a huge health and fitness suite.

Councillor Nigel Howells, the executive member for leisure, who made a special trip to see work in progress, said: "It's fantastic news that the pool is filling up fast. I was stunned when I saw it. It has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few months and I'm sure people are going to be really impressed.

"It's sure to be a fantastic hit because it will appeal to all people. The quality of this pool will be as good as anything in the UK."

Its opening in January will come almost a decade after the city's last 50 metre complex - the Empire Pool - was demolished.

The pool will be managed and operated by Parkwood Leisure.

Its marketing director Philippa Lloyd-Harris stressed that the pool would be a centre for everybody, whether they were competitive swimmers, families or just wanted to have fun.

"It will take swimming facilities in Cardiff to the next level. We really believe people are going to be extremely impressed when the pool opens next year."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 29, 2007
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