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Aberdeen Sports Village / Reiach And Hall Architects

  • 01:00 - 31 March, 2011
Aberdeen Sports Village / Reiach And Hall Architects
Aberdeen Sports Village / Reiach And Hall Architects, © Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

© Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, United Kingdom
  • Consultant Architect

    KSS Design Group
  • Structural Engineer

    SKM Anthony Hunts
  • Services Engineer

    KJ Tait Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Horner + Maclennan
  • Sports Surface Specialist

    PSD
  • Planning Supervisor

    Reiach and Hall
  • Fire Engineer

    Arup
  • Project Manager

    Drivers Jonas Sport
  • Cost Consultant

    Thomson Bethune
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Arup
  • Area

    17650.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. The new building at Aberdeen Sports Village is a civic building and the product of an enlightened community of client groups. The joint funders of the project - the University of Aberdeen, SportScotland and Aberdeen City Council - worked together with Reiach and Hall during 2005-2007 to carefully define a brief that met their contrasting requirements. The building was procured using a single stage design and build contract which lasted 22 months from contract award to building completion. The building opened to the public in August 2009.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

The building is an accredited performance development centre for a wide variety of sports. It contains a dojo, a full size indoor football pitch, a 9-court multi-purpose games hall, an indoor athletics hall, 4 squash courts, a multi-purpose studio, a 100 station fitness suite, a 500 seat spectators stand, offices, a café, changing facilities, sports performance laboratories and an external artificial hockey pitch. The Village has been pre-selected as a training base for the 2012 Olympics.

Sport is about commitment and discipline, but it is also about having fun. All good sportsmen should have discipline and technical ability, but the great sportsmen, the ones we remember affectionately, also have flair and personality, something special that sets them apart from the ordinary. The building in Aberdeen takes this thought as an inspiration. It is rigorously planned, but also contains many gestures and elements relating to sport and play.

For example, the formations of world cup winning football teams inspired the arrangement of the viewing windows to the football hall. A large 104m long structural truss that holds up the floors of the fitness suite, dance studio and weight lifting area is a muscular gesture that represents strength, whilst the slender structural elements of the walls and roof aim to represent elegance and finesse. Colours relating to sports clothing and equipment have been carefully incorporated into the design to enliven circulation spaces and help people to orientate themselves throughout the building.

© Ioana Marinescu
© Ioana Marinescu

In the sports centre in Aberdeen, we have tried to design a building containing inspiring spaces that will be more than just useful to Scottish communities for many generations to come. We were delighted when Louise Martin CBE, chair of SportScotland, said: “The north-east now has a fantastic training and competition venue which I hope will inspire many more people to get active and provide the region’s talented athletes with the standard of facilities they need to develop to their full potential.”

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STJ · March 31, 2011

hard to imagine more boring architecture

h.a. · April 01, 2011 12:17 PM

understand your comment (not your manners), but not being a master piece I think this project is rather sensitive and elegant (once you remove the round windows). It is the best you get here!

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