Ravenscraig Sports Centre, North Lanarkshire Building, News, Architect, Design, Project
Ravenscraig Sports Facility, North Lanarkshire
Scottish Steelworks Redevelopment: North Lanarkshire Sporting Facility – design by Populous
10 May 2011
Ravenscraig Sports Building
RAVENSCRAIG REGIONAL SPORT FACILITIES HIGHLY COMMENDED BY THE RICS SCOTLAND AWARDS 2011
Ravenscraig Sports Centre was Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category for the creation of new sports facilities in the heart of the former industrial site, giving the local community access to state of the art leisure facilities.
Architects Populous designed the building on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, SportScotland and Ravenscraig Ltd. The judges agreed that full credit was to be given to the team involved in delivering such a fantastic and well received facility by the sports community, not least on the sheer scale of the project. Laura Johnstone, head judge of the RICS Scotland Awards, commented: “The quality of the entries to the RICS Scotland Awards this year was particularly high, giving us much to consider. The exceptional development and refurbishment projects in Glasgow alone aptly demonstrate this, and it was great to be able to commend Ravenscraig Sports Centre.”
Jim McCabe, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This award is highly deserved. Ravenscraig isn’t just architecturally stunning but it’s also become a highly valued sporting resource by people living in North Lanarkshire and Central Scotland.
“In just a few months since opening, it boasts a thriving gymnastics club with hundreds of members, and each week more than 1,000 children take part in football and our athletes are going from strength to strength due to the first class sports facilities available.
“The facility has staged well over 100 events since opening, including judo, karate, athletics badminton gymnastics, handball, football, conferences and even a charity fun run in the football hall and even hosted a sell out performance of the National Danish Performance Teams World Gymnastics Tour.
“Almost every SPL team has used the indoor football pitch – which came in really handy during last winter’s bad weather. It’s been used by rugby teams, including the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland U19 teams, hosted athletics events and Badminton championships.”
John Barrow, Senior Principal at Populous said when hearing the news: “We made a determined effort to make reference to the history of the site through the architectural language of this new facility, designed to serve the whole community from elite to amateur athletes and school classes; we are delighted that this beacon building, which is due to host the 2011 International Children’s Games and will be one of the national training bases for the 2014 Commonwealth games, has been Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category in the RICS Scotland Awards 2011.”
Ravenscraig Sports Centre
New £29m sports facility at former Ravenscraig steelworks by HOK Sport received £7m funding from sportscotland Autumn 2007:
Green Light for Ravenscraig and HOK sport : info from HOK 2 Nov 2007
Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
HOK Sport yesterday received a boost from Stewart Maxwell, The Minister for Communities and Sport when he announced that the green light had been given for construction of a £29 million sports facility at the former Ravenscraig steelworks in North Lanarkshire. HOK Sport have designed the new Regional Sports Facility which will host local, regional and national sports and leisure events as well as cultural events.
The Ravenscraig Sports Facility will be part of a larger masterplan for the regeneration of this area of Scotland. The Ravenscraig facility will set the highest standard in urban design and architecture, ensuring an integrated, consistent approach to developing the environment.
“This announcement is great news and the investment will help to create a strong sense of place and distinct identity for Ravenscraig. We are delighted to have been appointed as Architect.” said HOK Sport Senior Principal John Barrow. “HOK Sport have designed an iconic cost efficient building for Ravenscraig and this building will lend itself well to creating a high quality recreational facility for both local residents and people outside the area.”
The history of the site and its link to the steel industry has been incorporated into the architectural language of the building and has ultimately influenced the choice of materials. Its metal bands that rise from out of the ground to wrap the structure are a visual reminder reminiscent of rolled metal sheets.
The Ravenscraig Sports Facility is the latest of ten projects to receive stage two approval under the Government’s £50 million National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy (NRSFS), which includes £21.2 million of sportscotland Lottery funding.
The Ravenscraig project will feature a full-size indoor synthetic football pitch, a 135metre by six-lane athletics track with associated field event training areas, a regional nine-court indoor sports hall, a full-size floodlit outdoor synthetic grass pitch and six floodlit synthetic five-a-side outdoor pitches. A state-of-the-art gym and two dance studios will also feature in the completed facility.
“Our aim was to create an expressive building giving a focus and identity to the new Ravenscraig Development”, said HOK Sport project architect Alex Hoppe. “The facility will be a focal point of public life for the whole community, especially the young people of Motherwell”.
Ravenscraig : Phase 1 Housing
Ravenscraig Sports Centre : HOK Architects
Ravenscraig : Regional Sports Centre
HOK SVE Architects
The project by North Lanarkshire Council and Ravenscraig Ltd’s features a full-size indoor synthetic football pitch, six-lane athletics track, nine-court indoor sports hall, full-size floodlit outdoor synthetic grass pitch, six floodlit synthetic five-a-side outdoor pitches, gym, two dance studios & indoor soft play area.
Area: approx. 1100 acres
Houses proposed: approx. 3500
Start on site: due early 2006
Ravenscraig : Masterplan
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