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Meadowbank Stadium to be demolished in redevelopment plan

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December 12 2013

Meadowbank Stadium to be demolished in redevelopment plan
The City of Edinburgh Council has published three distinct visions for the redevelopment of Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium following a preliminary appraisal of options for the venue.

The trio of concepts have been drawn up by Reiach & Hall and the Sports Consultancy and all envision demolition of the 1970’s structure to make way for modern facilities

At a minimum this would see a ten-court sports hall with seating for 2,500, a five-court sports hall with bleacher seating for 650, a full-sized 3G training pitch for football and rugby, an outdoor athletics track with a central grass pitch and seating for 500 built on the site for £35.1m.

Should it be deemed necessary then this basic concept could be extended to include a full-size 3G pitch and an indoor 3G pitch at a total cost of £41m.

A final, maximum, option would include a 10,000 capacity stadium, an indoor athletics training facility, indoor tennis centre and an indoor velodrome – but comes with a maximum price tag of £85.2m.

Councillor Richard Lewis said: “Meadowbank is a much-loved and well-used facility but it is now nearing its fiftieth birthday and those facilities that were once considered state-of-the-art, are now no longer fit for purpose.

“I strongly believe that this city desperately needs new facilities at Meadowbank and that we should focus on a more compact, regional standard training facility that is tailored to the current and future sporting needs of both the community and the national governing bodies.”
Glasgow's stint as Commonwealth Games host has spurred the long-held plans
Glasgow's stint as Commonwealth Games host has spurred the long-held plans
The so-called 'maximum' option is thought unlikely to be delivered due to cost restrictions
The so-called 'maximum' option is thought unlikely to be delivered due to cost restrictions

1 Comment

Maggie Bisset
#1 Posted by Maggie Bisset on 22 Feb 2016 at 12:15 PM
Although I see a photograph of a gymnastics training facility I cannot find any mention of it above? I have coached gymnastics at Meadowbank since 1971 and am therefore rather anxious not to see it mentioned in the 3 plans. I also realise that plans may have changed since then. I would welcome feedback on my concerns. Many thanks!

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