New lease of life for Meadowbank

Thursday September 14th, 2017

After a run of almost 50 years, Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium will shut its doors on 3 December 2017, it has been announced (September 14th).Government Opportunities

The closure of the flagship venue, which was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, will mark the start of major redevelopment plans to create a new state-of-the-art sports centre on the same site.

Architect designs released today (Thursday 14 September) reveal the planned look and feel for the new Meadowbank, which is due to be operational by Easter 2020.

The news follows the closure of the Meadowbank Velodrome earlier this month, and will see the centre decommissioned before on-site inspections take place this winter and works begin in 2018.

Users and members of the public will have the chance to attend a final Fireworks Concert, which will take place on 5 November.

Further information will be made available prior to the submission of a planning application later this year, featuring a masterplan for the wider site development.

Councillor Ian Campbell, Vice Convener of Culture and Communities for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

“This is the end of an era for Meadowbank and the start of a major redevelopment to support physical activity, health and wellbeing in Edinburgh for generations to come. The facility will support both the local community and clubs and it is important we get the design right. That is why the facility mix has been revisited, and now incorporates improved indoor athletics facilities in line with feedback from individual users and sports clubs within the budget we have available.

The old Meadowbank has been at the heart of sport in Edinburgh for almost half a century. We now need this new-look venue to greatly support physical activity in Edinburgh for at least the next 50 years to come, while catering for the city’s ever demanding housing needs. I’m looking forward to seeing the proposals submitted as a planning application soon.”

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