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September 12, 2013

Heriot-Watt University to house Scottish national sport performance centre

Heriot-Watt University and City of Edinburgh Council in the UK have won the competition to be the location for the new £30m national performance centre for sport (NPCS).

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National sport performance centre

Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council in the UK have won the competition to be the location for the new £30m national performance centre for sport (NPCS).

The new centre will be constructed at the university’s Riccarton campus. Edinburgh beat off competition from Stirling and Dundee.

Upon completion, the centre will feature a Hampden replica pitch, an outdoor synthetic pitch, four outdoor natural football pitches and two rugby pitches, plus a nine court sports hall.

The centre will also feature a 3G indoor football pitch and a 100 station fitness suite as well as facilities for sports science and medicine, which will all be connected together by a ‘sports promenade’.

The university said one of the main features, designed by Scottish architects Reiach & Hall, is the centre’s roof, inspired by the angle and trajectory of what is recognised as one of the greatest goals in football history, Brazil’s Roberto Carlos’ strike against France in 1997.

Heriot-Watt University principal and vice-chancellor Steve Chapman said, "We have the go-ahead to create a world class sporting facility, combining the expertise we already have at Heriot-Watt with a tremendous location, design and setting, which have proved a winning formula and will continue to do so for Scotland’s up-and-coming sports men and women."

Construction of the centre is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and complete in January 2016.

The NPCS will be backed by £25m from the Scottish Government and £2.5m each from the university and council.

Scotland Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the centre will be the jewel in the crown for Scottish sport.

"It will be the best place for our elite athletes to mentally and physically prepare to compete on the world stage, helping more Scots win, more often," Sturgeon said.

Image: Main promenade, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects. Photo: Courtesy of Heriot-Watt University.

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