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The Oasis 

Swindon's world-famous dome and pool
 
The first day of 1976 introduced Swindon and rest of the world to the wonder that is 'The Oasis'.

Owned and commisioned by Swindon Borough Council, the truly innovative space-frame design for the town's flagship leisure centre was soon attracting thousands of pleasure seekers keen to experience the lagoon style pool area and the famous wave machine. The addition of three giant "Domebuster" slides and a sports hall extension were made during the early 80's.

To prove its world-wide fame and longevity, the Oasis experience had a particularly dramatic effect on one Noel Gallagher who decided to call his new band (guess who?) after a visit there in 1993 (see story below).
 
New investment

The centre is now run by a private company on a long-lease from Swindon Borough Council. Plans for a 100 million pound update, which would include an indoor ski center, concert venue, cinema and hotel, are currently in the pipeline (see story below).
 
Facilities Include:

Lagoon pool in tropical setting, including the Dome busters (3 giant water flumes), Hydro slide, learner pool, water cannon, elephant slide.
Active Lifestyle Centre (Gym)
Snooker tables
Squash courts
Large sports hall (8 courts)
Small hall Indoor Bowling Green (6 rink)
Kiddies Kove and Captain Capers soft play area
Multi-play outdoor pitches (floodlit)
Meeting rooms (available for hire)
Wholefood and Fast Food Cafe Bar

Key Architectural Facts:

Structural System, space frame
Architect, F Gillinson Barnett & Partners
Year of construction, 1975
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