A Major Step Forward for Meadowbank
A key stage for the redevelopment of Meadowbank Sports Centre has been achieved with the approval of the planning application by the Development Management Sub-Committee on the 29th June 2018.
The replacement of the existing Meadowbank has been on the Council’s agenda for over fifteen years. The development of such a major facility project is a significant task and involves options appraisals, feasibility studies, conceptual designs and detailed designs. Progression through these phases takes time and expense but ultimately without planning permission the plans cannot come to fruition.
‘Both Scottish Athletics and Edinburgh Athletics Club were very appreciative of the opportunity to input into the design phase’
Above all the process of consultation was critical. The consultation was led by Graham Croucher, from the Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit. According to Graham ‘ Given the number of years the city has discussed the replacement of Meadowbank, gaining planning approval and formal permission to make the plans a reality was a significant achievement. We had to listen and learn from the lessons of previous schemes that had stalled. We had to gain the backing of the key sports using Meadowbank’.
A sport that is synonymous with Meadowbank is Athletics. The initial design did not meet the needs of the Athletics community. The Council, therefore, had a difficult decision to make and in the end, chose to go back to the drawing board and redesign the sports centre to create the key features required.
Extensive consultation and engagement took place with athletics stakeholders to design a facility that meets their needs. The steps taken included the redesign of the facility to increase the indoor athletics space and the provision of outdoor throws areas and long/triple jump pits.
“Both Scottish Athletics and Edinburgh Athletics Club were very appreciative of the opportunity to input into the design phase through the consultation process. The steering group which met semi-regularly between ourselves, the club and City of Edinburgh Council proved invaluable and allowed us to address the key issues and move forward with a coherent and transparent communication. This has resulted in a facility that is certainly fit for purpose for the athletics community”
Mark Munro - Chief Executive Officer
The main sporting facilities include:
- Outdoor athletics track with 500 seats
- An additional 3G pitch
- Indoor athletics space
- 8 court badminton hall
- 4 court badminton hall
- Gymnastics hall
- Gym and studios (inc boxing)
It is hoped the sports centre shall open in the late summer of 2020.