The new Meadowbank Sports Centre will replace the existing Meadowbank complex, originally constructed in 1968 to host the 1970 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the Games in 1986, becoming the first venue to host the Games twice. Meadowbank Sports Centre has been at the heart of sport and physical activity for almost 50 years, and we have been chosen with the ‘creation of a new Meadowbank’. The new state of the art Meadowbank will be located on the same site and is due to open in 2020. The 15,000m2 building 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. It will support physical activity, sport, health and wellbeing in Edinburgh for generations to come. Upon completion, 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.
The redevelopment of Meadowbank is a major Council led regeneration project which will deliver a modern sports centre with new homes and community facilities on the surrounding site. 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. This strategic place-making project is expected to bring significant opportunities to the area. The proposals will help to improve health and wellbeing, protect mature trees and reduce carbon.
“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.”