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Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre, Inverclyde

The UK’s first fully inclusive residential sport facility

Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall

Reiach and Hall Architects for sportscotland
Contract value: £11m
GIA: 6,700m2
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.

  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
  • Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre.
    Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre. Credit: Reiach and Hall
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