We love Zaha Hadid’s Olympic swimming pool in Stratford. We love its sinuous curves and swooping roof like a great flounder frozen in mid belly-flop. We love it’s welcoming staff, easy access and surprisingly cheap ticket price (£3:50 before 5pm). But, sad to say, the people responsible for the pool’s signage need to be dunked in the deep end. After only a few short months since the building first opened to the public – the signs inside are already falling apart. Can someone explain please: what exactly is the ‘dving pool’?
Perhaps you’d expect a little wear and tear in a normal municipal swimming bath, but this is a state-of-the-art £269 million building – and it’s only been open since March. What will swimmers find next: the ‘hanging room’ perhaps?
We trust the problem will be put right soon and that it doesn’t imply the entire building is about to fall apart. Hopefully, the utopian splendor of London’s best ever swimming pool wont be compromised for long. It would be a real shame if Tom Daley had to take his budgie smugglers somewhere else.