The highly anticipated reopening of the Meadowbank Sports Center in Edinburgh took place today as the new £47million project opened to the public after a four-and-a-half-year closure.
Owned by Edinburgh City Council and managed by the charity Edinburgh Leisure, this new state-of-the-art community sports facility will support physical activity, sport, health and well-being in Edinburgh for generations to come, while recognizing the legacy and heritage of the old Meadowbank.
The new site supports accessible participation and has improved indoor facilities, including two multi-sport games rooms with seating, three fitness studios and a gym with three times the number of exercise stations.
The project team included:
- Contractor – GRAHAM Construction
- Architect – Holmes Miller
- Project Management – Thomas and Adamson
- Quantity Surveyor – Gardiner and Theobald
- Building Services Engineer – RSP
- Structural engineer – AECOM
- Landscape Architect – LDA
Edinburgh Leisure Managing Director June Peebles said: “Meadowbank Director Donald Goldsmith and his team are incredibly excited (as am I) about this much-anticipated opening and look forward to welcoming old and new to this multi-million pound investment which will provide countless opportunities for the citizens of Edinburgh to be active and will undoubtedly contribute to the well-being of our city.
Edinburgh City Council Leader Cammy Day said: “Edinburgh City Council Leader Cammy Day said: ‘We are delighted with the new Meadowbank Sports Center – I think it will be one of the best facilities for community and club sport in the country. I hope the fantastic, high-end facilities will encourage people to move more and more often. I was very impressed when I was given my first look and I’m sure old and new members will be too.
“Participation and accessibility are at the heart of the centre, and it will bring enormous physical, mental and social benefits to generations of local people for years to come. There is a busy schedule of activities and a range of courses to suit all interests and abilities. Meadowbank has been an iconic part of the capital’s sporting history and I’m confident the new Center will build on that heritage.
sportscotland contributed £5 million to the project.
Sportscotland Chairman Mel Young said: “The Meadowbank Sports Center has been a sporting and social hub for so many in the Edinburgh area over the years. With this incredible £47 million renovation, people of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy the benefits of the newly refurbished facilities. The reopening of Meadowbank will provide the local community with access to a state-of-the-art sport and physical activity center on its doorstep, creating important opportunities for participation.
“This collaboration between Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh Leisure and sportscotland is a great example of a partnership that develops real opportunities that will help make sport and physical activity a way of life for local people.”
The new Meadowbank has much to offer the local community and Edinburgh communities and includes the following facilities:
- An eight-lane outdoor athletics track with a 499-seat grandstand and an outdoor throwing and jumping area
- A 60m indoor athletics track with 6 lanes and a jumping area
- Two multi-sport halls with fixed and mobile spectator seats
- A trampoline and dance hall
- Two fitness studios (capacity – 30 each), which include the world famous Les Mills workout program, smart tech bars and weights
- Fitness class schedule will open with 92 classes
- A Cycle Studio (capacity – 30) with Life Fitness IC7 bikes and ICG myride and Les Mills RPM classes
- A gym with Life Fitness equipment, dumbbells up to 50kg, Watt bikes, SkiErg, row and Cybex SPARC machines (capacity – 90)
- Bump Plates Combined Weigh in the Gym – 2927.5kg
- Combined dumbbell weight in the gym – 1,918 kg
- Over 40 pieces of resistance equipment and free weights
- Two squash courts
- A fighting studio for martial arts
- A boxing hall
- Two 3G locations (synthetic) including one with a 499-seat grandstand
- A hospitality suite and event hosting facilities
- Cafe and meeting rooms
Meadowbank has been the home of elite sport in the Scottish capital since the 1930s. The former Meadowbank Sports Center was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and has been used by various sports clubs and celebrities. It hosted two Commonwealth Games in 1970 and 1986.
It has also hosted large-scale music events over the years, including T on the Fringe, an annual music festival. Muse, My Chemical Romance, Snow Patrol, Radiohead, Pixies, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight all played in the room between 2005 and 2007.
The closure of the site on December 3, 2017 marked the end of an era and the start of a new one as the building was decommissioned to make way for a new sports center which residents of Edinburgh and beyond can enjoy for decades.