With funding cuts of £3.7m imposed by UK Sport after a disappointing performance at the Olympics, and a return of just one medal at the World Championships, new performance director Chris Spice is set to undertake a widespread restructuring in a bid to reduce bureaucracy and back-office functions and free up cash for the core task of producing champions.
Of the five ITCs established in 2008, one - in Stockport - has already been scrapped. The other four are under review, including Stirling, which is a joint venture with the town's university and the Institute of Sport.
British Swimming funds the facility's head coach Rob Greenwood, who oversees a range of analysis and support services, as well as those based on-site. With very few of the UK's high- performance centres based outwith England, it is strategically significant. However, Forbes Dunlop, Scottish Swimming's chief executive, is prepared to consider alternative options for the centre's future, provided his leading athletes get the backing they require.
"We're in negotiation with British Swimming, not necessarily on the ITC but on their investment in Scottish Swimming," he said. "I've told them I don't want to get too focused on the ITC because we've got a group in Edinburgh who are swimming fantastically; we have Robbie Renwick in Glasgow and Hannah Miley up north. So the tack we're taking is over how they can support them and the wider performance infrastructure here."
Dunlop has a strong hand. Not only did Glasgow's Michael Jamieson - based at Bath's ITC - deliver the best result of any Briton at London 2012 (silver, 200m breaststroke) but, numerically, Scotland is punching above its weight. Savings must be made in order to finance the pool time and the coaching staff required to achieve results. Yet there will be resistance if Spice opts to follow athletics and concentrate resources on a single performance hub.
"Our philosophy has been to support the swimmer and the coach," said Dunlop. "We've got examples, like with Hannah, that if the environment is right and they know what they're doing, they can produce fantastic results. We don't believe they need to be centralised. There should be choice."