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January 6 2016

Work to get underway on £12m Largs sports centre
Work to deliver a £12m upgrade of Sport Scotland’s National Centre Inverclyde is to get underway this month after the project was given the go ahead by North Ayrshire Council.

Designed by Reiach & Hall Architects the project will entail selective demolition and expansion of facilities to bring all accommodation under one roof, connected by a ‘gymnasts ribbon’ circulation space linking gymnasiums, a conference hall, café and bar with a 120 bed accommodation block stacked above.

In their design statement the practice said: “The new sports facilities are placed in front of the existing and the new bedroom wing and hotel will be moved to a location adjacent to the existing games hall - helping to create a compact new building that minimises travel distances. A ribbon facade will mask the existing low grade facades and tie the scheme together.

The ribbon facade avoids and weaves a path through the trees and provides a new face to the National Centre as well as an endless variety of views out to the landscape.”

Clad in glass curtain walling, metal composite panels and polycarbonate the centre will be ready for occupation by March 2017.
Burnside House will make way for new level sports spaces
Burnside House will make way for new level sports spaces
The centre will accommodate large numbers of para sports players for the first time
The centre will accommodate large numbers of para sports players for the first time

9 Comments

Chris
#1 Posted by Chris on 6 Jan 2016 at 14:25 PM
So it's not in Inverclyde at all then?
Urban Realm
#2 Posted by Urban Realm on 6 Jan 2016 at 14:37 PM
The centre itself is in largs, North Ayrshire. Although its official title is National Centre Inverclyde (confusingly).
Brian Stewart
#3 Posted by Brian Stewart on 6 Jan 2016 at 14:53 PM
Looks just right for the site - well done! Hope the funding includes improvements in the sports hall interior lighting!
Fraser
#4 Posted by Fraser on 6 Jan 2016 at 19:47 PM
Putting semantics aside, I think it looks rather elegant.
Bill
#5 Posted by Bill on 6 Jan 2016 at 20:20 PM
Chris, Inverclyde House used to stand on the site in Largs where the sports centre is, which is why it is named Inverclyde. It is confusing though.
E=mc2
#6 Posted by E=mc2 on 7 Jan 2016 at 11:38 AM
As its intended to be an exemplar for accessibility and a fully inclusive facility, where are the less able bodied in the images?
Rem Koolbag
#7 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 7 Jan 2016 at 12:27 PM
#6

The man in the blue shirt in image no2 walks with a stick. It is in his right hand though, away from camera so he looks just like a 'normie'. He enjoys the odd game of snooker and darts. They are proper sports.

The lady far right in image no3 actually has a prosthetic leg which you can see she can't quite achieve the yoga pose correctly, but she's giving it a try dammit and isn't going to be labelled by her ability.

Not to mention the 2 ladies again in image no2 who are in the cafe having their weekly meeting of their support group for those who have no lower body. They truly are an inspiration.
Rem Koolbag
#8 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 7 Jan 2016 at 12:31 PM
#6

And of course I didn't feel the need to highlight the person in image no1 sitting in the wheelchair....
E=mc2
#9 Posted by E=mc2 on 7 Jan 2016 at 17:32 PM
Ah, subliminal usage....well spotted ;)

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