The Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has performed the ground breaking ceremony for Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, at Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus.
The £33m multi-sport Centre is designed to provide Scotland’s top sportsmen and women with the facilities, programmes and services for them to excel on an international stage, but will also be open to the wider public, inspiring future generations of Scots to aim for sporting excellence.
It will include a full-sized indoor pitch with seating for 500, top-level grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning centre, a high performance medical centre and hydrotherapy pool, fitness centres and studios and support services.
The Minister was accompanied by Professor Julian Jones, Acting Principal of Heriot-Watt, Chair of sportscotland Louise Martin and representatives of Oriam’s partners, funders and stakeholders, as well as Grant Gilchrist, Vice-Captain of Edinburgh Rugby, Robert Snodgrass, Scotland A Squad National Player currently playing for Hull City, and Lynne Beattie, indoor and beach volleyball national player and Regional Development Officer of the Scottish Volleyball Association.
Inspiring generations to come
Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said, “I am delighted to be part of the ground breaking ceremony at Scotland’s new Sports Performance Centre. This multi-sport facility will equip Scotland’s top athletes with the necessary resources to compete on an international level, as well as inspire generations to come.
“This is another excellent example of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games. There is already a significant Games legacy embedded in Scotland, and initiatives such as this will mean our sports men and women of today and tomorrow will continue to benefit from the Games.”
Professor Julian Jones said, “We were delighted when our vision for Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre was chosen as the winning bid. Now that vision is becoming a reality.
“We believe that Oriam and all that it will offer to key athletes and the wider sporting public will strengthen Scotland’s sporting credentials and help to put the country firmly on the international sports stage.”
Chair of sportscotland Louise Martin CBE said, “This is an extremely exciting milestone for Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre. Scotland’s sporting facilities are the best they have ever been and this world-class addition will contribute enormously to the performance system and provide terrific community access to those living in and around Edinburgh.
“Oriam will facilitate sporting excellence in Scotland by helping our performance athletes develop and maximise their talents across many sports, supported by performance experts and sports scientists.”
The ceremony also launched Oriam’s new name and brand, with a vision of Scotland’s future as a dominating force in world sport and a mission to enable athletes to reach their fullest potential and to grow the nation through sport.
Oriam is scheduled for completion in summer 2016. For further details of the project you can visit: www.oriamscotland.com
The 17,139m2 Centre includes:
- Full Sized Indoor Pitch with 500 spectator seating
- Upgraded Grass and Synthetic Pitches
- High Performance Strength and Conditioning Centre
- High Performance Medical Centre and Hydrotherapy Pool
- Large Public Fitness Centre
- Two Fitness Studios
- 12 Court Sports Hall with 300 spectator seating
- Restaurant and Private Dining Area
- Meeting Rooms
- Heriot-Watt University
- The Scottish Government
- The City of Edinburgh Council
- Scottish Football Association
- Scottish Rugby Union
- Scottish Basketball
- Scottish Volleyball
- Scottish Handball
- Scottish Squash and Racketball
Reaich and Hall Architects
Bowmer and Kirkland