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Meadowbank Redevelopment

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New plan to revive Meadowbank

Edinburgh Evening News - 10th December, 2013

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Part of the Meadowbank Stadium site would be sold off to put ambitious plans to secure a world-class sporting facility for years to come on the starting blocks.

The sale will help fund one of two plans for the crumbling stadium – achieving a long awaited future for the London Road sports site, said council insiders.

The plan is the vision of architects who have already overseen a similar £17 million project in Aberdeen.

It would see a parcel of land next to the stadium, which was originally built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, sold off for housing to help part finance the redevelopment.

The rest of the funding needed for the project remains outstanding, in what could be a major hurdle to making the vision a reality. Council leaders want to finish the project by 2017. Full details and the cost of the overhaul is set to be revealed this week, with the plans drawn up at a cost of £60,000 by Edinburgh architects Reiach & Hall, the agency behind Aberdeen Sports 
Village.

The Evening News can reveal both options would see an indoor state-of-the-art running track built at Meadowbank.

A multi-lane, all-weather running track and a 400m 
circular outdoor track would be created as replacements for existing facilities, although the length of the indoor training strip will depend on which option councillors vote for.

Two alternate options will be put to city leaders next week.

A “utopian wish list” proposal to build a 10,000-seater stadium at Meadowbank, will also be included in the report, but it has been ruled out as financially unfeasible.

City culture and sport convener Councillor Richard Lewis said both of the realistic options had been modelled on the Aberdeen facility, which opened in August 2009. He said: “We want to really focus on the options one and two, which is getting the first-class indoor facilities that we need.”

Aberdeen Sports Village boasts a 135m six-lane running straight, with specially designed areas for long and triple jump, high jump and pole vault.

An indoor throwing cage allows athletes to also train in hammer, discus, shot put and javelin. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness suite, giant sports hall wide enough for nine squash courts and a 400m outdoor running track with capacity for 500 *spectators.

Cllr Lewis said athletics would not be relocated to Heriot-Watt University, where the National Performance Centre for Sport is being built, under any of the options.

Lothian Greens MSP Alison Johnstone, who is a qualified UK athletics coach, welcomed the plans for Meadowbank’s future. She said: “If we want to be seen to be serious about catching up, we do have to be ambitious and we do have to invest.”
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Allan Wells: Meadowbank revamp should go further

Edinburgh Evening News - 11th December, 2013

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Sprinting legend Allan Wells has labelled new plans to revamp Meadowbank Stadium as “sensible”, but has lamented the lack of will and funding to create a full-length indoor track for Edinburgh.

Wells, right, the 100m gold medal winner at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, welcomed the fresh proposals to modernise the crumbling London Road facility drawn up by architects Reiach & Hall.

But the former Commonwealth and European champion, who 
regularly trained at Meadowbank in the stadium’s early days, said it was a shame the cash was not available to invest in the most expensive option of a 10,000-seater stadium.

The Evening News revealed yesterday that city chiefs are planning to sell a parcel of land at the existing stadium site for housing to pay for a multi-
million redevelopment of the ageing sports hub. It is believed even the cheapest option would mean borrowing more than £17m to invest in the revived facilities, which are planned to open in 2017.

Plans are understood to be modelled on the Aberdeen Sports Village, with the two feasible options including a modern multi-lane indoor running straight and an outdoor 400m circular track.

However, neither of those scenarios will deliver an enclosed, full-length running circuit capable of hosting elite international athletic events such as World Cup meetings or a world championships.

Wells, 61, said he was pleased that city leaders were not considering moving the athletics base away from Meadowbank, but added: “Athletics isn’t one of the big sports in Scotland. Unfortunately, I’ve got to say it’s not the sport that it used to be. To some extent, you’ve got to refurbish in respect of what is needed and what will be 
suitable for people in the area. This upgrade will attract people and help the community.

“We know financially how bad things are in Edinburgh at the moment and you have to cater for what you can afford. They are being sensible with what they are doing.

“There’s no point in moaning about what we don’t have, even though what we should have had was a full indoor [track].”

Wells has visited the Aberdeen Sports Village and said the four-year-old facility was “very impressive”.

But he pointed out the plans for Meadowbank would not create facilities of the standard required for potential Commonwealth or Olympic Games contenders to train.

We revealed earlier this year how 800m runner Lynsey Sharp, 23, was quitting the Capital to train at state-of-the-art facilities in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
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Council set out three options for future of Meadowbank stadium

STV News - 11th December, 2013



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Three options for the future of Edinburgh’s Meadowbank stadium have been set out.

The sports centre was originally built in the 1960’s for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and many of the facilities are no longer fit for purpose.

The City of Edinburgh Council have spent £60,000 looking at the possible options for the site.

Half a million people use Meadowbank every year, with many coming from outwith Edinburgh to use the facilities on offer.

During the consultation process, two lists of facilities were made; one of those which were essential and a second wish-list.

The cheapest option to be presented to the Culture and Sport Committee on Tuesday will cost £35m and the most expensive comes in at £85m.

Whichever option is chosen, the council will need to sell excess land on the site to part fund it.

The £35m option would see a ten-court sports hall with seating for 2500, a five-court sports hall with seating for 650, full-sized 3G training pitch for football and rugby, outdoor athletics track with a central grass pitch, gymnastics and trampolining hall, four studio spaces, a combat studio for boxing, squash courts, indoor athletics area, indoor five-a-side pitch and outdoor throws area.

The second option, costing £41m, would see the outdoor athletic track’s central pitch upgraded to 3G, and the indoor pitch upgraded to 40m x 60m.

The third option, costing £85m, is the most ambitious with the addition of a 10,000 capacity stadium, indoor tennis hall and indoor velodrome. Due to the large cost, this concept is unlikely to be backed by the local authority.

Each option leaves the council looking for additional funding, from £15m for the first concept up to £72m for the third one.

Cllr Richard Lewis said: "Meadowbank is a much-loved and well-used facility but it is now nearing its fiftieth birthday and those facilities that were once considered state-of-the-art, are now no longer fit for purpose.

"We are, of course, only at an early stage and there is much discussion to be had with the local community, the users of the facilities and sports clubs and groups across the city and Scotland - providing the report is agreed next week. We also need to look at ways in which we can source the funding for a project of this scale and in these financially difficult times, that is no mean feat.

"But I strongly believe that this city desperately needs new facilities at Meadowbank and that we should focus on a more compact, regional standard training facility that is tailored to the current and future sporting needs of both the community and the national governing bodies. I’m keen for this Council to further explore this through extensive consultation with the people of Edinburgh."

Councillors will now hold a consultation on the future of Meadowbank and look at where the funding for the facility will come from.
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Meadowbank – the options

Edinburgh Reporter - 11th December, 2013

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The council has today published the papers for next week’s Culture & Sport Committee meeting which outline the proposals for the future of the 1970 stadium.

Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium could be “a leading edge public sports facility fitting for the 21st century and for the capital of Scotland” said City of Edinburgh Council Culture & Sport Convener, Cllr Richard Lewis, as he today announced the results of a preliminary study into the options for the centre.

Three separate concepts are being put forward in a report to the Culture & Sport Committee next week which represent three different proposals for facilities and levels of investment.

They have been drawn up by a multi-disciplinary project team appointed by the Council, including Deloitte, Edinburgh-based architects Reiach & Hall and The Sports Consultancy along with key partners, sportscotland and Edinburgh Leisure. National governing bodies of sport and the clubs using Meadowbank were consulted as part of the stakeholder engagement.

Councillor Richard Lewis said: “Meadowbank plays a very important role in the lives of many people across the city and beyond. With over half a million visits a year, it is significant not only because it provides sport and health facilities to the local community and wider Edinburgh population but also because it serves many people in the east of Scotland.

“Meadowbank is a much-loved and well-used facility but it is now nearing its fiftieth birthday and those facilities that were once considered state-of-the-art, are now no longer fit for purpose. Edinburgh is keen to build on the legacy for community sport that Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will bring to Scotland, but to do this we need to provide facilities that can encourage and nurture the development of sport.

“Our vision is for a leading edge public sports facility fitting for the 21st century and for the capital of Scotland – a Meadowbank that can inspire future generations of athletes to get involved in sport and physical activity.

“It was originally built as a venue for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and so it seems only right that we look at the facility now, as we approach 2014 and the return of the Games to Scotland.

“We are, of course, only at an early stage and there is much discussion to be had with the local community, the users of the facilities and sports clubs and groups across the city and Scotland – providing the report is agreed next week. We also need to look at ways in which we can source the funding for a project of this scale and in these financially difficult times, that is no mean feat.

“But I strongly believe that this city desperately needs new facilities at Meadowbank and that we should focus on a more compact, regional standard training facility that is tailored to the current and future sporting needs of both the community and the national governing bodies. I’m keen for this Council to further explore this through extensive consultation with the people of Edinburgh.”

The report notes that a further, detailed feasibility study on the options would be required, along with wider consultation with the local community and individual users of Meadowbank.

It details the list of potential facilities that could be included in any future plans for Meadowbank and these have been divided into core facilities and optional facilities.

Core facilities include a ten-court sports hall with seating for 2,500, a five-court sports hall with bleacher seating for 650, a full-sized 3G training pitch for football and rugby, an outdoor athletics track with a central grass pitch and seating for 500. Also identified as core facilities for Meadowbank are a gymnastics and trampolining hall, four studio spaces and a combat studio for dojo/boxing.

The study also identified a list of facilities that were considered optional but not essential. These include a 10,000 capacity community stadium, four indoor tennis courts, an indoor 200m velodrome, an indoor five-a-side football pitch among others.

The three options being considered are as follows:

Option 1 – This would provide the core facilities identified. It would be effectively the minimum level of provision required. This option is estimated to cost £35.1m.

Option 2 - This is an extension of Option 1 and has an increased focus on meeting the needs of pitch sports, particularly football and rugby. This option would include full size 3G pitch (rather than a grass pitch) inside the athletics track and would also included an expanded indoor 3G pitch which would be capable of accommodating three five-a-side pitches. This option is estimated to cost £41m.

Option 3 – This is the maximum option and is significantly larger than Options 1 and 2, containing a range of higher level sports facilities. The main difference between this and the other options is the addition of a 10,000 capacity community stadium (including a 3G pitch) for football and rugby, a larger indoor athletics training facility, a four court indoor tennis centre and a 200m indoor velodrome. This option is estimated to cost £85.2m. The report notes that it would be difficult to secure this level of funding in the current economic climate.

In their report, the project team concluded that refurbishment of the existing stadium or like-for-like replacement should not be considered as a possible option. This is due to the outdated nature of the current facility mix and the fact that although Meadowbank was built for the Commonwealth Games, it is now more used as community sports facility by the wider Edinburgh population.

It was also noted that the disposal of excess land around Meadowbank was crucial to the funding and success of the project, however this would be considered at a later date by the Council following consultation with the local community.
Full council report - Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium: options appraisal and stakeholder engagement.
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Option 3 please.
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Found some pics of the Meadowbank proposals

Option 1 - £35.1m



 10-court sports hall (seating for 2,500)
 5-court sports hall (bleacher seating for 650)
 gymnastics/trampolining hall
 gym (120 stations)
 4 studio spaces
 3 squash courts with 2 moveable walls
 combat studio (dojo/boxing)
 changing rooms
 other areas/event support facilities
 staff accommodation
 indoor athletics (community model e.g. Kilmarnock Arena)
 indoor five-a-side 3G football pitch
 full-sized 3G training pitch for football/rugby
 outdoor athletics throwing area (javelin etc)
 outdoor athletics track with central rugby/football grass pitch (seating for 500)

Option 2 - £41m



Core facilities from Option 1 plus:

 outdoor athletics track with central rugby/ football 3G pitch (seating for 500)
 indoor 60m x 40m 3G pitch

Option 3 - £85.2m



Core facilities from Options 1 + 2 plus:

 10,000 capacity community stadium with 3G pitch inside track
 indoor athletics (regional Model e.g. Aberdeen Sports Village)
 indoor tennis (4 courts)
 indoor velodrome (200m)


I'd love to have Option 3 but it just doesn't seem remotely feasible that the council could afford the necessary £85m. The SRU could conceivably come onboard to fund the stadium for Edinburgh Rugby (£27m from the council report) but my understanding is that they are pursuing other options so I can't see that happening. My guess is that it's Option 1 or nothing.
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First glimpse at some detail from Reiach and Hall's proposed design for Meadowbank (along with the usual doom-laden EEN headline).

EDIT - Except it's not. It's an image of R&H's proposed gymnastics facility for the Aberdeen Sports Village, albeit with an Edinburgh streetscape thrown in to the background.

Historic Meadowbank velodrome to be demolished

Edinburgh Evening News - 12th December, 2013



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The velodrome where cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy learned his craft on the way to becoming Britain’s most successful Olympian will be sold off and demolished to fund a long-awaited revamp of Meadowbank Stadium.

Designs for three different options to replace the crumbling stadium in London Road have been revealed for the first time in a new £60,000 consultancy report commissioned by the city council.

And all three proposals, ranging in cost from £35 million to £85m, would require selling off the site’s eastern wedge, which includes the outdoor cycling track where Hoy first started as a junior.

Plans that include building separate ten-court and five-court halls, a dedicated gymnastics space, fitness suite, all-weather multi-lane running straight and an indoor five-a-side pitch as a minimum have been widely welcomed by sporting groups. But the city’s most experienced track cycling coach, Brian Annable – the man who once trained Hoy on the path to greatness – condemned the planned demise of the velodrome, describing the facility’s loss as a “great pity” for Edinburgh.

Mr Annable, who received an OBE for services to cycling earlier this year, lamented spending more than £10,000 on the ageing track this year to keep it fit for competition and training.

He said of the vision for Meadowbank: “The track does have historical importance to me. Chris Hoy started with me as a schoolboy there, but it’s not just Chris – we’ve had a number of Olympians and many world and European champions that have trained there. It is a great pity.”

Hoy, a six-time Olympic gold medallist, had also called for the velodrome to be preserved as recently as September last year.

The city council is planning to build a replacement outdoor cycling track at the Jack Kane Sports Centre in Craigmillar. Design plans are expected to be finalised by March, with city chiefs intent on completing the project soon after next year’s Commonwealth Games.

City culture and sport convener Richard Lewis said: “We do have to take a national look at this. Chris Hoy was training when he was young and having to go down to Manchester to use an international-class indoor facility. Now we’ve seen the emergence of his eponymous velodrome in Glasgow, people can go the 40 miles from Edinburgh to that.”

Meadowbank Stadium was originally built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and has been labelled no longer “fit for use” by city officials approaching its 50th birthday.

The existing stadium would be demolished as part of any redevelopment, with refurbishing the existing building having been ruled out.
The most expensive design option would cost £85.2m and include building an indoor 200m velodrome, four enclosed tennis courts and a 10,000-seater stadium.

However, Cllr Lewis has already conceded that plan will be ruled out as financially unfeasible.

Edinburgh Rugby has previously expressed a desire to find a new home away from the vast expanses of Murrayfield Stadium, but discussions with the city council are yet to lead to any firm commitment.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Rugby said: “We have met with Edinburgh City Council on a number of occasions to discuss how rugby can sit within the wider plan and we will continue to have positive discussions.”

The two alternative designs for Meadowbank would cost £35.1m and £41m respectively based on the report.

Both options include retaining the existing outdoor 400m running track and the newly-built outdoor 3G football pitch, as well as new squash courts, changing rooms and five upper-floor studios.

The larger sports hall would have seating for 2500 people, while the smaller would have a 650-seat capacity. A stand next to the outdoor athletics track would accommodate 500 people.

Cllr Lewis said the more compact training centre would be built on vacant land at the site, meaning the revamp would not result in a period where people where left without any facility at all.

He said: “That was one of the fears for Edinburgh Leisure, with half a million people using that facility.

“What’s good about this is there is no need for a decant – we can build and as each facility comes online we simply close the existing one.”

Scottish Gymnastics chief executive Brian Samson welcomed the initial proposals for Meadowbank, and Lothian Greens MSP Alison Johnstone, a qualified UK athletics coach, said: “It’s heartening to see costed proposals for restoring Meadowbank as a modern public sports facility. We must be ambitious at the design stage so that we can be proud of this investment well into the future.”

The options will be considered by the council’s culture and sport committee on Tuesday. The authority has already acknowledged that a detailed feasibility study and wider public consultation on the options are needed.

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Another image of Reiach & Hall's Meadowbank proposal, this time from Urban Realm. This looks to be illustrating Option 2, as it includes the indoor 3G pitch.



And a bigger version of the plan for Option 3.


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It would be tragic if one of Scotland's only 3 velodromes (others being Hoy indoor one at Emirates Arena, Glasgow; outdoor one at Caird Park, Dundee) was scrapped. We shouldn't be losing facilities when doing a regeneration project!!

I wish SRU & Edinburgh Rugby would just team with the council up and make plans to do with Meadowbank Stadium what Glasgow Warriors did with Scotstoun. Seems too good an opportunity to miss out on:
A) it would ensure Meadowbank gets regular sustainable crowds.
B) it gives Edinburgh a suitably sized home rather than their fans being lost amongst 69,000 seats at Murrayfield.

If they can't afford all of Option 3 now, at least keep enough land to do it in phases!

(I assume the triangle on the east side of the site is to be sold off to finance the project?)
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It would be tragic if one of Scotland's only 3 velodromes (others being Hoy indoor one at Emirates Arena, Glasgow; outdoor one at Caird Park, Dundee) was scrapped. We shouldn't be losing facilities when doing a regeneration project!!

I wish SRU & Edinburgh Rugby would just team with the council up and make plans to do with Meadowbank Stadium what Glasgow Warriors did with Scotstoun. Seems too good an opportunity to miss out on:
A) it would ensure Meadowbank gets regular sustainable crowds.
B) it gives Edinburgh a suitably sized home rather than their fans being lost amongst 69,000 seats at Murrayfield.

If they can't afford all of Option 3 now, at least keep enough land to do it in phases!

(I assume the triangle on the east side of the site is to be sold off to finance the project?)
The velodrome will be a big loss, but regardless of the current plans I think its days are numbered. The lack of a roof and council neglect has left the wooden track (now nearly 30 years old) in a poor condition.

The council has long intended for the Jack Kane Sports Centre at Hunters Hall Park to become the regional track cycling facility. I believe the plan still is to build a replacement for Meadowbank there, though out of concrete rather than wood, alongside a one-kilometre road loop, with scope to add a BMX facility in the future. According to press reports from earlier this year, they've ring-fenced £1.2m to pay for this. It is certainly no "Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome" but it's important that the city not lose the expertise built up over many years at Meadowbank. Unfortunately, I think this is one case where Edinburgh has suffered because of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games success. The original plan to build an indoor velodrome at HH was essentially switched to Glasgow when they won the bid.

I know there have been persistent rumours about Edinburgh Rugby relocating to Meadowbank but I don't think it will or should happen. The Scotstoun switch hasn't been an overwhelming success. I know the majority of Warrior's fans aren't enamoured with the facilities, especially being separated from the pitch by an athletics track, which does nothing for watching the action or creating an atmosphere. And Scotstoun's capacity has already been exceeded requiring semi-permanent additional stands which might work as a temporary stopgap but gives the club no room to grow. Given those issues I just can't imagine the SRU funding £27.5m (the quoted cost of the Meadowbank stadium) for a similar facility that is primarily designed for athletics and not rugby. And even if the SRU did cover those costs, that would still leave the council with a shortfall of nearly £60m for Option 3 (twice the estimated cost of Option 1). I just can't see it happening much as I wish it would.

I agree that Edinburgh Rugby desperately need a new home. As an occasional fan, I can attest to the tomb-like atmosphere in a mostly-empty Murrayfield, but I don't think Meadowbank is the answer. The obvious and cheapest solution would be to build a modest stadium (10-15k) on the Murrayfield back pitches, close enough the main stadium that they could still use the current changing facilities, hospitality, etc.

And yes, the triangular parcel of land to the east within the dotted line (and the similarly marked smaller rectangular plot to the west) is the land the council intends to sell to part-fund the redevelopment.
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Meadowbank cash boost aims for stadium revival

Edinburgh Evening News - 10th July, 2014

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A multi-million pound grant from Sportscotland is set to trigger the investment needed to restore Meadowbank Stadium to its “glory days”.

The run-down venue – built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games – has been at the centre of redevelopment plans for years but a lack of cash has previously stalled proposals.

Now the pledge from the national sports body is expected to attract funding from other sources to kick-start a major revamp of the stadium.

Sports convener Councillor Richard Lewis said the Sportscotland boost was “fantastic news” and said architectural designs would be drawn up.

The money comes from a £20 million pot for improving sporting facilities across the country. The precise amount Edinburgh will receive has yet to be finalised but a Sportscotland spokesman said: “A multi-million pound figure will go towards redevelopment of Meadowbank.”

The last round of similar funding windfalls saw £45m of grants draw in a further £300m of investment for projects including Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool, Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Aberdeen sports village.

The Sportscotland spokesman said: “We would expect to lever in a similar proportionate amount from this round of funding.

“Meadowbank has been an iconic sporting venue for many years and has served the people of Edinburgh very well.

“We’re working with the council to look at the options to bring it back to its glory days.”

The council last year chose as its preferred option a £35m scheme for Meadowbank which would involve razing the existing stadium to the ground and building two new sports halls, a gymnastics hall, a fitness studio and an indoor, multi-lane athletics straight, as well as a 400m outdoor running track.

It was proposed to raise some of the money needed by selling land to the east of the site for between £10m and £16.7m.

Councillor Lewis said a feasibility study, including a detailed business plan and funding strategy for the revamp, was under way. He added: “We are about to start the next phase of work to redevelop the venue, which will include detailed architectural drawings and designs, coupled with further community and sporting consultation.”

Lothian Green MSP and former athlete Alison Johnstone, who coaches at Meadowbank every week, said the venue was “very much in need of investment”.

She said: “Meadowbank is an example of what happens when you don’t invest in facilities and maintain them properly. The changing rooms have been improved, but the track is desperately needing attention.

“Meadowbank is used by everyone from the casual once-in-a-while user to elite athletes like Lynsey Sharp and it’s important everyone is consulted to make sure the money is spent as well as possible.”
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Fresh bid to redevelop Edinburgh’s St Margaret’s House

Urban Realm - 23rd December, 2014



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Caledonian Trust have renewed an application for planning in principle for a 21,500sqm of mixed use development including residential, retail/commercial, hotel and student accommodation on the site of St Margaret’s House, a disused Edinburgh office block.

In their design statement Michael Laird said: “The proposed tenemental blocks to London Road relate directly to the contextual scale with vertical articulation at each end to allow landmark blocks to be emphasised.

“Height is used to articulate the end block towards the west. This structure is intended for hotel use and would act as an urban anchor for the development, giving an immediate identity and dynamic edge to the development.”

Lower ground floor parking will be offered, with landscaped courtyard decks raised above the level of an adjacent railway line.
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Meadowbank revamp to be funded by naming rights

Edinburgh Evening News - 14th January, 2014



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Naming rights to Meadowbank Stadium are set to be sold off in a bid to fund the redevelopment of the sports centre.

A healthcare centre for sports injuries and a potential base for Edinburgh Rugby are included in £43 million plans to breathe new life into the 45-year-old stadium complex, alongside an athletics track with a stand accommodating 500 spectators, sports halls with seating for a further 1000, a gymnastics arena and studios.

But the council faces borrowing up to £20 million to pay for the scheme which would “future-proof” Meadowbank for the next 50 years.

Selling the naming rights would help to cover those costs at a time when the city is battling to save £67m.

The move comes as council officials warn that the city has only five years to save the facility from closure due to its increasingly dilapidated state.

The venue lost more than £400,000 over 2013-14 despite welcoming more than half a million visitors.

Finding a commercial sponsor for the stadium is also among a range of finance options being examined.

Murrayfield has been sponsored by BT since May in a deal worth £5m a year. Any deal for Meadowbank would earn significantly less but could still prove lucrative given the prominent position of the site, the large number of visitors to the centre and its high profile within the Capital.

City leader Andrew Burns said: “Meadowbank is virtually 50 years old – it was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

“This will hopefully give it another 50 years of life and see it into the second half of this century.

“It’s tired and needs refreshed, but it’s still Edinburgh Leisure’s most successful facility in terms of numbers.”

In addition to indoor and outdoor athletics tracks, fresh blueprints have revealed the revamped centre will boast:

• 3G synthetic pitches for rugby, football and other teams;

• An eight-badminton court sports hall with 500 permanent seats plus benches, as well as a four-badminton court sports hall with seating for 500;

• A gymnastics arena, gym, studios, changing facilities, café and meeting rooms;

• A possible base for Edinburgh Rugby as it seeks to relocate from Murrayfield;

• A healthcare centre offering physiotherapy, remedial massage, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition advice.

Edinburgh City FC, who currently play at Meadowbank, could also benefit from a new stadium as they aim for promotion to the Scottish Professional Football League.

The venue has been at the centre of redevelopment plans for years, but a lack of cash has previously stalled proposals.

It is hoped much of the shortfall could be met through selling swathes of adjacent land to developers, “prudential” borrowing against 
future income, reinvesting savings generated by Meadowbank’s closure during 
reconstruction and a Sportscotland grant worth up to £7m.

But even with these, council bosses have identified a likely funding gap of between £11.3m and £19.8m, which they say will be challenging to plug given relentless budget pressures on roads and schools.

“We know that it’s a very cherished facility – this time I am determined that we get this right,” said Councillor Burns.

“But we cannot take a decision on Meadowbank in the void of all the other pressures that are on roads and footways, school infrastructure, which would be the obvious ones.

“Hopefully if we can take a decision in the round, then people will see some logic in it.

“If we’re going to take this, it has to be part of the wider budget.

“If you’ve been in the building, you’ll know it is now at a stage of its life where it needs significant refurbishment or a complete rebuild.

“That position has been noticeable for about ten years – it’s one of those buildings that got tired, frankly, after about 35 to 40 years.”

Designs show Meadowbank’s appearance will change dramatically if new plans – set to be discussed by councillors next month – get the green light.

The pedestrian bridge which currently takes visitors to the centre from London Road to the main reception is likely to go, with the facility’s boundary brought right up to the pavement.

And extensive use of glass will enable passers-by to see activities taking place inside, the architects have proposed.

Cllr Richard Lewis, city sport leader, said Meadowbank’s decades of service and the success of last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow meant the time had come to consider change.

“For almost 50 years now, Meadowbank has nurtured sporting participation at all levels – from those taking part for recreational and health benefits to those training for success and medals on a Scottish and international stage,” he said.

“It feels right that after Scotland’s successful Commonwealth Games 2014, we kick off 2015 by considering the future of the country’s very first Games venue.

“The feasibility study requested by the council in February 2014 has now been completed and before progressing further, a decision from council is required as to whether it can meet the £11.3m to £19.8m funding shortfall currently projected.

“Over half a million users visit Meadowbank every year and it is a much-loved city sports facility, but we will need to consider how we can source funding for a project of this scale given the financial pressures the council faces.”

June Peebles, interim chief executive of Edinburgh Leisure, also welcomed the plan.

She said: “Meadowbank is part of Edinburgh’s sporting heritage and continues to attract thousands of customers, participating in a wide range of physical activities, through its doors every week.”


A NEW HOME FOR EDINBURGH RUGBY?

Plans for a £43 million revamp of Meadowbank are likely to provide further momentum to Edinburgh Rugby’s long-mooted relocation from Murrayfield.

Council chiefs said they were continuing to explore “whether there is potential to provide a home for Edinburgh Rugby at several locations across the city, including Meadowbank”.

They said their design team’s proposal included the potential for 7000 seats, which could be included in a future phase should funding become available.

The national stadium at Murrayfield has world-class facilities but, with 67,000 seats, has been widely criticised for its lack of atmosphere when Edinburgh regularly play in front of only a few thousand.

Club bosses tried to improve the matchday experience back in 2012 by moving supporters into the East Stand, which sits close to the touchline, and opening up access to the West Stand running track and behind the posts.

A successful Heineken Cup run that year helped boost the mood, with a handful of crowds over 10,000 topped by a record 38,000 attendance for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.

However, Craig Docherty, Edinburgh chief executive at the time, admitted finding a smaller stadium was a priority. “Everyone knows that Murrayfield is not an ideal home, but you do have to be very careful with what you wish for because you see a trail of destruction all over the place with guys who have gone to stadia with big rentals that they can’t fill,” he was reported as saying.

Edinburgh City FC play their Lowland League matches at Meadowbank and are aiming for promotion to League Two, which means the stadium could also host professional football.
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No decision yet on future of Meadowbank Stadium

The Scotsman - 21st January, 2015

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The first hurdle has been cleared in a bid to have Meadowbank Stadium demolished and rebuilt at a cost of £43 million.

Edinburgh councillors have been given two options in regards the stadium, either find the money and save the site or face closing it within five years.

At a meeting of the council’s policy and strategy committee today, councillors agreed to continue to explore all funding options before taking a decision on the future of the venue which was the site of Scotland’s first Commonwealth Games in 1970.

Meadowbank was originally built for Scotland’s 1970 Commonwealth Games and was the setting for Scottish running legend Liz McColgan, under her maiden name of Liz Lynch, to famously win Commonwealth gold in the 10,000m in 1986.

Speaking to The Scotsman last week, Ms McColgan called for the venue to be saved and refurbished to become a new national athletics stadium.

She added: “It would be a shame to lose such a piece of athletic history.”

Councillors have agreed to put future funding proposals before the city’s annual budget meeting on February 12 when members will also be asked to green light £100,000 to carry out a ground survey to better understand the conditions of the existing site.

Funding to refurbish the venue is to be amassed through a range of methods – SportScotland is expected to allocate between £5m to £7m while revenue savings from closing the facilities and the sale of surplus land is hoped to make more than £15m.

This would leave the council with a shortfall of between £11.3m and £19.8m. However at present, the local authority faces having to make £67m of budget savings whilst cutting more than 1,200 jobs from its workforce.

It is understood that councillors hope to plug the gap using funding from a “development partner” in much the same arrangement as Arsenal Football Club has with the airline Emirates.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, told his fellow members at the recent policy and strategy committee that currently the roof, electrics, heating system and water pumps all need replacing at the 40 year old stadium meaning there is “a case for doing something before being forced to something.”

He added: “While further work is still required on possible funding solutions, today’s decision means a brand new Meadowbank with facilities fit for the 21st century remains a real possibility. The decision on whether or not the venue will be rebuilt is subject to addressing the funding shortfall of £11.3m - £19.8m, but members have agreed to consider the future of the venue as part of the Council’s wider Budget discussion in four weeks time, and to also look into all funding options before a final decision is made. If the council decides not to proceed, options for a planned withdrawal of service at Meadowbank over the forthcoming five years will need to be looked at.”

At present, the sports venue is running at a £400,000 annual loss despite welcoming more than 500,000 users a year through its doors and the city council hopes to return it to its glory years by way of a multi-million pound revamp.

The venue has also been used for concerts in the past with Prince playing there in 1993 and the Foo Fighters performing in 2007.

If councillors choose the alternative to refurbishing the site then a planned “withdrawal of service” would take place over the next five years and the prime location in the east of the city sold off for housing.

However according to a senior council source there is understood to be “little appetite among members” to see the famous venue closed and sold off.

The new venue boasting an outdoor athletics track; an indoor 60m six lane athletics track with jumps area; a 3G synthetic sports pitch; an hall with eight badminton courts plus a gymnastics hall could be ready by 2018.

It was announced two years ago that the velodrome at the site where Sir Chris Hoy first learned his craft would be sold off and demolished. A new multi-million pound velodrome is to be built at Hunters Hall Park in the city.
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Quite a few images in the EEN print edition which will hopefully turn up on Urban Realm or somewhere else online next week. It looks really good.

New images show £43m vision for Meadowbank stadium

Edinburgh Evening News - 7th February, 2015



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Exclusive images illustrating how Meadowbank Stadium will look following a planned £43 million revamp have been unveiled for the first time.

Fresh blueprints show a stadium transformed from the purpose-built arena which hosted the 1970 Commonwealth Games with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern architecture and views of Arthur’s Seat.

Boasting indoor and outdoor athletics tracks alongside 3G synthetic pitches for rugby, detailed plans also present a stadium with arched ceilings and an airy, open-plan interior.

It is thought the spacious design will bathe the complex in natural light pouring in from skylights, while upper levels will feature stunning views over the city. Among the facilities are football pitches, an eight-court sports hall with 500 permanent seats, a gymnastics area and even a possible base for Edinburgh Rugby as it seeks to relocate from Murrayfield.

A healthcare centre *offering *physiotherapy, remedial massage, injury rehabilitation, and nutritional advice has also been included in the blueprints.

The designs suggest a pedestrian bridge which currently takes visitors from London Road to the main reception is likely to be scrapped, with the stadium boundary due to rest yards from London Road.

At the heart of the new layout, is an entrance and reception area, with a neighbouring gym, cafe and retail area.

The revamp project faces a £20 million shortfall and the News revealed earlier this month that naming rights to the new stadium could be sold off to fund the redevelopment.

City chiefs argue that the facelift would “future-proof” Meadowbank for the next 50 years.

Accounts reveal the sports centre lost more than £400,000 over 2013-14 despite welcoming more than half a million visitors.

The planned revamp comes as council chiefs warn the city has only five years to save the 45-year-old landmark from 
closure due to its increasingly run-down condition.

June Peebles, interim chief executive of Edinburgh Leisure, insisted Meadowbank was “part of Edinburgh’s sporting heritage”. She said: “Edinburgh Leisure is delighted to be working with the council on this exciting project to design a new Meadowbank for the city, creating the concept for an inspiring and welcoming venue that would support even more people to get active, stay active and achieve more.”

Jim Grimley, director at 
Reiach and Hall Architects – the firm behind the new designs – hailed Meadowbank’s “glorious history” and insisted the firm was “delighted to be helping the council with the project”.

He said: “Our preliminary design places the new building between the existing outdoor sports arena and London Road which achieves two aims – it maintains the facilities at Meadowbank, whilst enabling the creation of a welcoming building, with a strong civic presence on to London Road.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s culture and sport leader, said: “This is a commitment from the council to continue work to the redevelopment of Meadowbank.

“The next step is to carry out a ground survey so we better understand the conditions of the existing site, and to prepare a development brief.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, and the full funding necessary for a project of this scale needs to be identified and sourced.

“The architect plans as they are at the moment would see the existing facility taken down and transformed into a brand new sports complex that would serve sporting needs locally and nationally.

“As we push the project forward we want to continue stakeholder and community engagement and hear what residents think about the designs.”

The plans for the new sports centre will go before councillors at a budget meeting on Thursday and if funding is secured the complex could open its doors as early as 2018.
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Edinburgh Council brush up Meadowbank Stadium concept designs

Urban Realm - 12th February, 2015



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Edinburgh City Council has released updated plans for its £43m overhaul of Meadowbank Stadium, transforming the dated venue into a multi-use sports centre.

Drawn up by Reiach & Hall architects the plan would entail demolition of the existing complex to allow sporting provision on the site to be enhanced, together with ancillary services such as a healthcare centre, café and shops.

Practice director Jim Grimley told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Our preliminary design places the new building between the existing outdoor sports arena and London Road which achieves two aims – it maintains the facilities at Meadowbank, whilst enabling the creation of a welcoming building, with a strong civic presence on to London Road.”

Councillors are still seeking to raise the necessary funds for the project to proceed but have committed to carry out a ground survey and prepare a development brief.




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CEC has added Meadowbank to the development opportunities section of InvestinEdinburgh.

Lots of info on the sports plans - rather oddly - given the site is really aimed at drumming up interest in the residential opportunities for 10 acres on the Eastern end of the site. Together with the plans for the London Road wedge, that area is set to be transformed if all goes ahead.

http://www.investinedinburgh.com/ope...es/meadowbank/
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New Meadowbank Sports Centre step closer as funding shortfall drops

STV Edinburgh - 23rd September, 2015

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The vision for a new Meadowbank Sports Centre has moved a step closer after the City of Edinburgh Council revealed the funding shortfall has dropped dramatically.

The new figures are revealed in the latest Meadowbank report going to the council's corporate policy and strategy committee on Tuesday, September 29.

In February a report estimated the project cost was £43m with a funding shortfall of between £11.3m and £19.8m.

However, due to increased land values, a modified and re-costed design and "no significant issues from the intrusive ground survey", the council say these figures have now been revised to £42m with a shortfall of £6.8m.

Council leader Andrew Burns said: “This new figure is really encouraging and gives everyone hope that a new Meadowbank fit for the 21st century can now become a reality.

“Obviously there is still a long way to go with a project of this scale but I want to assure everyone that the Council is committed to continue our exciting work on redeveloping Meadowbank.

“We will continue to explore all funding options to find the required £6.8m so the existing facility can be demolished and transformed into a brand new sports complex that would serve the sporting needs of the residents of Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.”

Funding options and architectural design concepts for replacing Meadowbank, which was originally built for Edinburgh’s 1970 Commonwealth Games, have been developed with input from relevant governing bodies of sport.

The plans would see the existing site transformed into a brand new sports centre that would serve the sporting needs of the local community as well as the surrounding region with facilities for physical activity, health and wellbeing.

A new Meadowbank would include ann outdoor athletics track with seating for 500 as well as an indoor 60m six lane athletics track with jumps area.

An outdoor throws area, a 3G synthetic sports pitch or grass pitch in the centre of the outdoor athletics track for football, rugby and other pitch sports, and an additional outdoor 3G synthetic sports pitch would be constructed.

The development would also see new badminton sports halls, gymnastics hall, gym, studios, changing facilities, café, and meeting rooms.

The funding proposals estimate the overall cost of building a new Meadowbank facility as £42m.

It is envisaged that this will be achieved through funding from SportScotland of £7m, revenue savings to the council from closing the facilities during construction, prudential borrowing based on forecasts for net income and through the sale of surplus land at Meadowbank.

This would leave funding required to be identified by the Council of £6.8m.

The committee will be asked to begin procurement for a project team for a new Meadowbank.

If the funding shortfall is addressed and the team are appointed in February 2016
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