The Oasis Leisure Centre has been given Grade II listed status after a year-long campaign to save it. 

The news comes after landlord Seven Capital revealed plans to rebuild and reopen the popular building as a leisure centre, while removing the dome and lagoon pool that attracted visitors to Swindon for 44 years. 

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The decision was announced on Historic England's website today. 

The organisation said in a statment: "The swimming pool dome at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on Historic England’s advice.

The Oasis Leisure Centre, designed by Peter Sargent of Gillinson, Barnett and Partners in 1974, opened on New Year’s Day in 1976.

"The swimming pool is the best and earliest example of the newly developed building type, which went on to gain huge popularity in the 1970s and 80s, marking the cultural shift from swimming for fitness to swimming for fun. Most early of the early examples of these buildings have now been lost to redevelopment.

"The 45-metre swimming pool dome is an architecturally-striking and technically accomplished structure. Externally, it rises from a grassy bank, while internally, the aluminium spaceframe provides a dramatic setting for the pool and is well-suited to its use, having withstood the corrosive pool environment.

"While the glazing has been replaced, the architectural concept remains apparent. It was carefully planned by the architects to create a fun and attractive leisure space, and the key features of the concept survive, including the free-form lagoon pool with its sloping, beach-like approach, and the infrastructure for a tropical planting scheme.

"Its design remains synonymous with the early development of the leisure pool.

But, the listing only applies to the domed pool area, and not the dry-sports side of the building or the waterslides, the launch tower and the splash pool. 

Historic England has added that it will support Swindon Borough Council and the owners to address the condition of the building and find a sustainable future use.

Swindon Borough Council and Seven Capital have been approached for comment