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Edinburgh Council seek planning for New Meadowbank

January 26 2018

Edinburgh Council seek planning for New Meadowbank
City of Edinburgh Council has filed its plans for a long-awaited overhaul of Meadowbank Sports Centre with Holmes Miller Architects with a ‘bold, contemporary, ordered and rational design’ fronting London Road.

New Meadowbank forms part of a wider masterplan for the area the scheme builds on the parallelogram plan form of the existing 1968 building as part of a like-for-like replacement in terms of mass and position.

Split between two volumes; a main entrance and track entrance, the facility will meet London Road by way of a grand plaza, physically connecting with a running track behind.

Outlining their vision for the main façade Holmes Miller observed: “At street level glass curtain walling affords passersby views through the building, with glimpses of sporting activity from the fitness suite, athletics hall, the athletics track and football pitch that lie beyond to the North of the building.

“The building takes influence from Nordic Architecture, and the characteristics of the building reflect this style through the simplicity of the design. Functionality is key, with considered approach to composition, proportion and appropriate materials.”

Mew Meadowbank will open its doors in Easter 2020.
A 'grand plaza' will form the public face of Meadowbank
A 'grand plaza' will form the public face of Meadowbank
Longer term aspirations for the site include a perimeter of new development
Longer term aspirations for the site include a perimeter of new development


Stevie Steve
#1 Posted by Stevie Steve on 26 Jan 2018 at 13:51 PM
Looks like theres no big seating stand next to the running track? Shame.
#2 Posted by tara on 26 Jan 2018 at 14:02 PM
The design of this is so bad they'd be better keeping the existing facility. Why do sports arena designers have an aversion to daylight?
#3 Posted by taradumb on 26 Jan 2018 at 15:21 PM
you don't think that it might be something to do with keeping the sun out of elite sports peoples eyes ?

imagine a badminton player getting blinded by the sun.
#4 Posted by MV on 26 Jan 2018 at 15:51 PM
Spot the difference between the white massing blocks and the "bold" scheme proposals. There are 3 differences to prizes, its just for fun.
Graeme McCormick
#5 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 26 Jan 2018 at 19:34 PM
Nordic? Hardly comparable with Stockholm or Helsinki's Olympic Stadiums. They should look to the new arena in Tampere for something memorable to transform the city
#6 Posted by StyleCouncil on 26 Jan 2018 at 21:15 PM
Nordic as in a destatured, monochromatic IKEA store?? More verbal diarrhoea from a commercial and bland practice justifying a dull proposal.
It appears to a have very little civic aspect or landmark quality for a predominant city building. Bit rubbish really.
#7 Posted by TheOJ on 27 Jan 2018 at 01:35 AM
Looks like housing/hotel/(yet more) student accomodation is the real driver here, dressed up as a revitalisation of Meadowbank. Watch this space for further pressure to increase residential development at the expense of a sporting venue.
#8 Posted by Cadmonkey on 27 Jan 2018 at 09:15 AM
Looks like it was inspired by the design for the new Queensferry High School.
#9 Posted by MV on 27 Jan 2018 at 12:48 PM
I see what you did there Cadmonkey. Nice.

More white, than brown brown browny brown, though.
#10 Posted by Terra on 3 Feb 2018 at 20:12 PM
Hmm; its better than what's there now but that isn't much of a compliment. They ought to be a bit more ambitious.

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