North East contractor awarded National Sports Performance contract

Oriam - indoor 3G synthetic pitchA north east contractor which specialises in the design and installation of mechanical and electrical building services has recently been awarded a £3.5 million contract for the construction of Oriam, Scotland’s new National Sports Performance Centre, costing a total of £33 million.

Hebburn-based Castle Building Services Organisation, has been appointed by main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland to work on the prestigious new centre which will be constructed on site at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus. It will act as the performance base for both the Scottish FA and Scottish Rugby Union, as well as the sportscotland institute of sport (East), Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball, Scottish Squash and Racketball and Scottish Volleyball.

The new centre will include a full-sized indoor pitch with seating for 500, top-level grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning centre, a high performance medical centre and hydrotherapy pool, fitness centres, studios and support services.

Castle’s scope of work includes the installation of all mechanical and electrical services to both the sports dome – which features hydro therapy pools and sophisticated HD/CCTV for the elite sportsmen and women training, who will be able to video themselves – as well as the outdoor MUGAs.

The biggest challenge on the scheme for Castle’s team is going to be lighting the 3G pitch from the perimeter rather than using traditional 23m high lighting suspended over the centre of the pitch. Working closely with sports pitch lighting specialist, Abacus and Reiach and Hall Architects, the team have designed a lower height solution to the problem. This will be of significant benefit to the client, as it offers time and cost benefits by eliminating the need for specialist access equipment.

Whilst this scheme is the largest single sports performance facility Castle will have undertaken to date, the contractor has developed considerable experience of this type of scheme working on smaller scale projects, such as the recently completed sports block for Sunderland College on its Bede Campus.

Speaking about this latest contract win and Castle’s further opportunity to work closely with Bowmer and Kirkland, the firm’s operations director, David Harland said:

“We are delighted that Bowmer and Kirkland has once more chosen to appoint us to work on their behalf, on such a prestigious scheme as Oriam. We have a number of challenges to overcome with the project having to cater for a multitude of activities. However I am confident that our ability, coupled with our experience of working on smaller but similarly complex projects, will ensure the building and outdoor facilities will be delivered to meet all Sport Scotland requirements.”

Bowmer and Kirkland’s regional director for the North East and Scotland, Alan Johansen, added:

“We have developed a great reputation for delivering landmark buildings and our work on Oriam will be no different. We have worked with Castle Building Services Organisation on a number of projects both here in the region and in Scotland and have every confidence that they will do a good job. Work is progressing well on what will be a true state-of-the-art facility which will support Scotland’s top athletes to be the best they can be. “

Councillor Richard Lewis, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Sport convenor, said:
“The centre will provide an excellent national home to the next generation of top athletes and those involved in helping them achieve their aims, but crucially it will also support local rising stars and those who are still developing a passion for sport. The community and local sport groups will be able to take advantage of this world-class facility on their doorstep.”