Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is looking for a contractor to start work in June on the construction of a new £25m world-class sports centre.
The university is working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and SportScotland to build Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport.
It was selected ahead of competition from Stirling and Dundee in September 2013.
"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,” said principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, at the time.
Construction work entails upgrade to existing facilities, and new build in the form of a high-specification training complex for elite athletes and students.
The new National Sport Performance Centre will be built in the parkland setting of Heriot-Watt University’s campus. It will feature a Hampden replica pitch, an outdoor synthetic pitch, four outdoor natural football and two rugby pitches, nine court sports hall, a 3G indoor football pitch and a fitness suite, and world class facilities for sports science and medicine all linked together by a ‘sports promenade’.
One of the main features, created by top Scottish architects Reiach & Hall, is the centre’s roof, which said to be inspired by the angle and low trajectory of the famous long-range goal scored by Brazil’s Roberto Carlos’ against France in 1997.
Completion is scheduled for June 2016.
Oh, and in case you don’t remember that goal, here it is: