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Sportscotland National Centre

An extension to improve gymnastics provisions at the sportscotland National Sports Training Centre, Inverclyde in Largs, Scotland has been completed.

The £310,000 Scottish Gymnastics Facility extension project was completed in May 2012. The project was implemented by sportscotland – the national agency for sport in Scotland – to provide the Scottish National Gymnastics Team with suitable training facilities ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Clark Contracts was the main contractor on the project and McMillan & Cronin Architects was the architect. ATK Partnership was the structural engineer, T C Stewart was the quantity surveyor and the CDM co-ordinator was CDM (Scotland) Ltd.

Sportscotland National Centre

Works began in January 2011 and saw the existing hall extended by 11 metres in order to provide additional floor space for new equipment.

The new hall has been fully equipped with all relevant equipment and features include low energy lighting, a suspended concrete floor and improved air conditioning and heating systems.

Work on the external facade was completed to match the design of the existing hall and landscaping included the construction of a walk way and improvements to a main access route.

Sportscotland National Centre

sportscotland National Sports Training Centre, Inverclyde remained open to the public throughout the project. In order to facilitate the operational hours of the building, work areas were sectioned off to reduce any potential disruptions for visitors.

sportscotland Inverclyde Principal John Kent said:

sportscotland National Sports Training Centre opened  the existing gymnastics facility in 1984 and it was always our intention to extend the hall as part of a second phase of works, but it just never happened. Now that the work has been undertaken it is great to see those original intentions complete.

“McMillan & Cronin Architects designed the extension to work around the space requirements of the new equipment and they handled the operation perfectly.

Sportscotland National Centre

“In total the Centre caters for 23 different sports and provides a training space for national teams, school groups and colleges, as well as the local community. With the work complete, not only will gymnasts be able to train up until the Games but also the local gymnasts will be able to use this facility for years to come.”

A spokesman for McMillan & Cronin Architects added:

“McMillan & Cronin Architects was appointed to provide multi-discipline professional services utilising a team of consultants from the local area. Working closely with sportscotland, a variety of design options were explored to provide the necessary footprint that could accommodate the additional training provision.

“Given a challenging budget and a tight delivery programme, value engineering and a proactive partnering with Clark Contracts enabled us to deliver a building that has fully met the requirements of sportscotland and the National Gymnastic squad.”

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