Thomas & Adamson adds elite tennis academy to growing sports and leisure portfolio

Thomas & Adamson adds elite tennis academy to growing sports and leisure portfolio

International property and construction company Thomas & Adamson (T&A) has been appointed as cost managers for the new Oriam Tennis Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus, with work due to commence on site shortly.

The £4.5 million indoor tennis training centre, due to completed in August 2023, will provide world-class training facilities for tennis players and clubs at local and national level.

It will feature six new indoor courts with vertical semi-translucent cladding and a PVC roof to maximise daylight, with a covered building linking to the existing Oriam changing rooms and main street corridor.

The construction of the Oriam, Scotland’s Sport Performance Centre opened in August 2016, was also project managed by T&A, who provided consultancy services to deliver the ultimate environment for high-performance athletes.

This appointment adds to T&A’s growing sports and leisure portfolio and comes as the much-anticipated Meadowbank Sports Centre recently opened its doors to the public. T&A spearheaded the transformation of this iconic venue - a joint venture between Edinburgh Leisure and The City of Edinburgh Council - acting as project manager, principal designer and employer’s agent. The £47 million regeneration project will deliver a modern, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor sports facility in Edinburgh.

Zander Muego, partner at Thomas & Adamson, noted the importance these projects play in supporting health and wellbeing: “Thomas & Adamson is immensely proud of the role we play in bringing together an inspiring network to build a solid sporting infrastructure across the country that will deliver the best cutting-edge facilities for generations to come.

“We know there is a strong link between exercise and positive physical and mental health, which drives our commitment to these projects. Communities benefit greatly from having inspiring and accessible fitness venues on their doorsteps and it is brilliant to see these levels of investment in the future of elite sport from the grassroots up.”

Thomas & Adamson adds elite tennis academy to growing sports and leisure portfolio

In addition to its work at Meadowbank and Heriot-Watt, T&A has played an important role in several sporting projects across Scotland bringing together a talented network of partners to produce inspiring builds that deliver world-leading cutting-edge facilities.

The international consultancy led on the refurbishment of Grade ‘A’ listed, the Royal Commonwealth Pool, bringing the iconic venue back to life following years of decline. Now a bustling hive of activity, the Olympic-sized pool is back to its former glory with a state-of-the-art gym, large soft play and café overlooking the pools and diving boards.

Further north, the company has been providing consultancy services to Perth & Kinross council and Live Active Leisure on PH20 Perth & Kinross, a £90m major new leisure venue due to complete in 2027/28.

T&A has also been involved in iconic wellbeing projects in the west of Scotland, providing cost management services on Govanhill Baths – a testament to what can be achieved when the local community get involved from the beginning of the planning stages.

The resulting space restores this Edwardian gem in Glasgow into a welcoming wellness centre, with swimming pools brought up to date, a new health suite and yoga studio with free health and wellbeing workshops, meeting spaces, café and community kitchen.

And in Alloa, Clackmannanshire Council has appointed T&A as project managers on a new wellbeing hub, set to replace the former leisure centre with an upgraded facility designed to extend the services on offer to the local community.

Muego added: “The facilities support the provision of world-leading programmes that bring communities together and provide lasting legacies. The new ORIAM Tennis Centre will build on the impressive list of elite training facilities already based at the Heriot-Watt site and we are all excited to see the busy bustling sporting settings we have created, inspiring future generations of great athletes.”

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