Off the starting blocks with the new Meadowbank Sports Centre

Off the starting blocks with the new Meadowbank Sports Centre image
Crawford McGhie, Senior Manager, estates and operational support, CEC, GRAHAM senior project manager, Stephen Caughey, GRAHAM social impact advisor, Suzanne Stevenson, councillor Adam McVey, leader, CEC, GRAHAM strategic business director, Craig Bridges

City of Edinburgh Council leader Adam McVey visited our Meadowbank Stadium project to see the progress being made on the £45 million project to build a new state-of-the-art sports centre.

The project, which we were awarded in 2018, involved demolishing the existing 50-year-old building and constructing a new facility, designed to meet the current and future needs of the local community, the people of Edinburgh and beyond.

Councillor McVey toured the site to receive an update and see the development first hand, ensuring a strong working relationship between ourselves and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Work to demolish the existing building began mid-January 2019 and strong progress has been made with most of the structural elements now in place and the footprint of the new centre beginning to take shape.

Craig Bridges, strategic business director at GRAHAM, said: “It was a pleasure to host the City of Edinburgh Council Leader, Adam McVey on-site at Meadowbank and show the progress that has been made so far. Works are on-track and on-time and we look forward to delivering this fantastic new facility to the City of Edinburgh Council for the use and enjoyment of their people.”

Mr McVey added: “This is one of the biggest investments in sport taking place in Scotland and it’s happening right here in Edinburgh. Visiting the site and seeing the progress first-hand was really encouraging and over the next year we’ll see even more progress take place, as our construction partner GRAHAM work to deliver this first-class facility for future generations to access and enjoy.

“Already, you see how the new centre will have much more height than the old facility and make much better use of space. It will be bright and modern, accessible and inclusive for all abilities, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fantastic designs realised as construction moves ahead.”

Upon completion at the end of the year, the new Meadowbank Sports Centre will feature indoor facilities including an athletics hall, dedicated gymnastic and martial arts halls, squash courts, multi-use sports halls, gym and fitness studios. Outside there will be an athletics track with a dedicated, purpose-built space for throws and two all-weather 3G pitches.