The UK’s first fully inclusive residential sport facility
Reiach and Hall Architects for sportscotland
Contract value: £11m
Cost per m2: £1,600
Modern, sustainable and flexible, this residential, learning, conference and office facility supports the client’s high-level sports/para-sports training aspirations. Used by local clubs and sports organisations, it’s the UK’s first fully inclusive residential sport facility. Set on a woodland hillside overlooking the town of Largs, the centre has stunning views of the Firth of Clyde and the mountains of Arran. A primary design move was to place the new facilities in front of the existing ones, forming a new facade. The idea of a ribbon weaving its way through the trees became a motif that helped integrate the new spaces into the site, while providing a new image for the centre. Athletic performance is directly affected by exposure to light – it increases serotonin and enhances energy levels – so the large bedroom windows are augmented by the gentle soft light coming through the ribbon of translucent polycarbonate that binds the whole project together.