Edinburgh wins National Performance Centre for Sport race
September 12 2013seen 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
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