Scotland’s £33m sports performance centre open

Oriam, Scotland’s new £33 million world-class sports performance centre, is ready to open its doors on Monday August 29.

The performance centre is located at Heriot-Watt University on the western edge of Edinburgh and will be the performance base for both the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Rugby Union as well as the sportscotland institute of sport (East), Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball, Scottish Squash & Racketball and Scottish Volleyball.

The facility that will also provide extensive access for local communities.

Oriam aims to provide athletes, coaches and officials with the facilities “to create an exceptional performance environment that will re-affirm and strengthen Scotland’s sporting credential and put the nation firmly on the world stage.”

The Scottish Government committed £25 million of funding to the project in 2012 and organisations were invited to bid to host and operate the centre.

Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council were successful and have worked extensively with sportscotland and partner sports to create a world class performance facility.

The performance centre was developed as a result of the findings in the McLeish report into Scottish football.

After extensive research and consultation with the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, sportscotland and Edinburgh Council, it was concluded that there was a great need for a high class sports facility in Scotland.

Oriam’s facilities will include world class facilities for sports science and medicine, a full size indoor synthetic pitch, a full size outdoor synthetic pitch, a 12-court sports hall, five outdoor grass football pitches and two grass rugby pitches.

They will also include eight squash courts and two exercise studios, a fitness suiteas well as conference facilities.