Carnegie Leisure Centre

Carnegie Leisure Centre

The Leisure Centre is a Grade ‘B’ listed building built in three phases; the original 1905 Andrew Carnegie bequest, a 1970s Swimming Pool and a 1980s Sports Hall. The Centre required major refurbishment and enhancement as its building fabric and services were failing and it was poorly insulated. The building did not meet the growing aspirations of its many users and was expensive to manage and maintain.

The full refurbishment provides a modern leisure centre with considerable additional facilities within the original building footprint, while retaining the original Edwardian features. The structure has been covered in a new highly energy efficient, air tight envelope. By reusing the local district heating system, its own water source and a new grey water system together with a solar thermal installation, we have ensured that future energy use is minimised.

The building interior has been redesigned to incorporate a new stainless steel, 25 m / 6 Lane Pool with moveable floor within the original Edwardian pool hall. A three-storey structure has been built within a former gymnastics hall, providing new aerobics studios, changing village and ancillary spaces.  In addition a 90+ station gym, separate circuit gym, health spa, multi-level children’s play area and several activity studios together with a café and enlarged entrance foyer have been provided. Major upgrades to the 1970s main and junior pools, together with works to the 1980s sports hall, squash courts and climbing centre complete the refurbishment. The project was completed in October 2011.


Location: Dunfermline

Value: £18 million

Start Date: January 2009

End Date: October 2011

Main Contractor: Barr Construction