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September 12 2013

Edinburgh wins National Performance Centre for Sport race
Edinburgh has seen off competition from Dundee and Stirling to win the right to host a £30m National Performance Centre for Sport after winning the unanimous approval of judges.

Their decision will see a new Reiach & Hall designed facility built at Heriot Watt University’s Riccarton Campus for the training of elite athletes.

It will offer a full-size indoor football pitch, a full sized Hampden grass pitch with seating for 500, a synthetic 3G pitch, two goalkeeper training areas with floodlights, two grass rugby pitches, five grass football pitches, three outdoor tennis courts, a nine court sports hall, a 100 station fitness suite, hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning and treatment areas and office accommodation.

Commenting on the award deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said; “The Heriot Watt and City of Edinburgh Council team presented an inspiring vision which clearly demonstrated a positive commitment to developing high performance and a strong focus on partnership. I am confident they will deliver an iconic project, in a great setting, that takes Scottish sport onto a new level.”

Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2014 for completion by 2016.
Reiach & Hall's design features a curving roof which tracks the trajectory of Brazil’s Roberto Carlos’ goal against France in 1997
Reiach & Hall's design features a curving roof which tracks the trajectory of Brazil’s Roberto Carlos’ goal against France in 1997
Scottish Rugby would use the facility as a training base
Scottish Rugby would use the facility as a training base

11 Comments

bill
#1 Posted by bill on 12 Sep 2013 at 13:58 PM
who came up with that statement !.....bet it wasnt with a straight face !

Reiach & Hall's design features a curving roof which tracks the trajectory of Brazil’s Roberto Carlos’ goal against France in 1997
brian
#2 Posted by brian on 12 Sep 2013 at 14:04 PM
Lovely isn't it.
The Bairn
#3 Posted by The Bairn on 12 Sep 2013 at 14:55 PM
No!!
wonky
#4 Posted by wonky on 12 Sep 2013 at 16:47 PM
Never thought Edinburgh would actually win its bid- thought it was a dead on dual between Dundee and Stirling. Stirling as a stick on really. Edinburgh gets exorbitantly overpriced parliament, trams, Forth road bridge etc- and now this.
Stirling is equi-distance from Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh. You have to wonder if there's a danger of centralization and favouritism post independence.
We wouldn't want to repeat the mistakes of London-centric Westminster.
sep
#5 Posted by sep on 12 Sep 2013 at 21:08 PM
Or you could describe it as looking as a nissan hut
Big Chantelle
#6 Posted by Big Chantelle on 12 Sep 2013 at 21:42 PM
Why is Scotland's national sport centre based un the trajectory of a football that a Brazilian guy kicked?

@Wonky : Scottish rugby is based in Edinburgh. That helps justify the legacy of this facility. Stirling already the national performance centre for sport or some other such b*ollocks. I don't think its fair to accuse Edinburgh of scamming the rest of the country for getting a parliament. Where should that have been built if not the capital city?
SAndals
#7 Posted by SAndals on 13 Sep 2013 at 12:12 PM
I've sketched the new roof based on the path of the ball in Archie Gemmell's goal against Holland in '78 and it results in a roof that looks like the Parliament...
Banjaxed
#8 Posted by Banjaxed on 13 Sep 2013 at 13:03 PM
http://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20070620&t=2&i=988092&w=460&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=988092
Craig
#9 Posted by Craig on 16 Sep 2013 at 10:31 AM
It would be sooo much better if it had been based on Ronaldinho's goal against England in 2002. Sweet.
Egbert
#10 Posted by Egbert on 17 Sep 2013 at 16:16 PM
Wonky - I take your point about the risks of centralisation but your examples are a wee bit daft. Would have been difficult to justify siting the Parliament elsewhere; the trams were (initially) locally-funded to deal with an Edinburgh-specific transport problem; and I'm not sure you could build a new Forth Road Bridge that wasn't on the Forth...
wonky
#11 Posted by wonky on 18 Sep 2013 at 18:16 PM
Personally I don't think they're as daft as they might seem: the parliament could have been anywhere really. Glasgow for example is by far the biggest city in Scotland, with easily the best transport links. It wasn't written in stone for the parliament to be in Edinburgh. Why were trams any more in need than Dundee or Aberdeen or again Glasgow. You're just taking the big "P" with that last one though- its a bridge that with obvious and direct 'benefits' for Edinburgh- but why another 'road' bridge? We need to get cars off the road, not encourage more, or even worse with this scheme in adding more car infrastructure to the surfeit we already have.

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