Balfour Beatty primed for £32m Dundee sports centre deal

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering looks set to be awarded the contract to deliver Dundee’s £32 million Regional Performance Centre for Sport.

Councillors are being asked to accept a tender from the firm which could allow work to start on the facility in May, with a construction completion date of autumn 2019.

The Regional Performance Centre for Sport will contain an 8 court multi sports hub building with spectator seating, a strength and conditioning suite, state of the art sport science suite.

The campus of sports facilities will have a full size indoor/artificial 3G football pitch and outdoor artificial/3G ‘rugby sized’ pitch suitable for both rugby and football.  Facilities are designed to meet FIFA compliance standards for football.

A new indoor athletics centre with an 80m running straight will provide all-weather training for athletes.  The existing athletics track is to be resurfaced and a covered spectator area added and the recently resurfaced velodrome is to have a new area of hardstanding provided for competition, with upgraded floodlighting.

There will also be a 7-aside community grass football pitch that will have open access for use by the local community.

Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “This ambitious project will provide a superb sports facility that also contains a £5 million energy centre.

“This innovative renewable energy approach will give us a district heating capability that has attracted the first award of ERDF Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme funding of £3m.

“I am also pleased that the Scottish Government have responded positively to our request around non-domestic rates that mean that the exceptional circumstances of this project have been taken into account.”

Councillor Alexander added: “I am sure that this centre will provide huge benefits for the city and its people and reflects our drive to make Dundee a better place for all.

“It will provide top class sporting facilities that will support athletes in their development and help improve the health of our population through participation in sport.”

The centre is also benefiting from a £5m grant from sportscotland.

The council’s policy and resources committee is due to meet on March 12.

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