Client:  Sport Scotland / Heriot Watt University

Architect:  Reiach & Hall Architects

Value: £30m


Oriam, the sports performance centre for Scotland was developed through a partnership between Heriot-Watt University, the City of Edinburgh Council and Sport Scotland, will provide high quality sports facilities for a number of national sports bodies, including the Scottish Football Association.

The £30 million project includes a new full size indoor 3G synthetic pitch for football and rugby, a nine-court sports hall, grass and synthetic outdoor pitches as well as a high performance wing that includes areas for hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, elite changing, office accommodation and a classroom. The centre allows for grass roots development through to high performance training.

Architect Reiach & Hall have designed an iconic building, a key feature of which is the centre’s roof, which comprises asymmetric trapezoidal section steel arches, clad in tensioned PVC and was inspired by the angle and trajectory of Roberto Carlos’ goal against France in 1997. Engenuiti worked collaboratively with the architects providing structural, civil and geotechnical engineering services. The new structures also sit delicately around an existing listed garden wall. This wall becomes a key feature in the scheme, framing out the ‘street’ which connects together the principal spaces, and providing a natural break line between the elite sports zone and the publicly accessible facilities.



British Construction Industry Award 2017 - Building Project of the Year (£10m - £50m)

Structural Steel Design Award 2017

Scottish Design Awards Architecture Grand Prix 2017

Scottish Design Awards Leisure/Culture Building of the Year 2017

Civic Trust Award 2017

Scottish Property Awards 2017 Highly Commended

Scottish Design Awards Future Building 2016

12 Aug 2014
NPCS with @reiachandhall at Heriot-Watt has been submitted for planning - starts on site early 2015
8 Mar 2018