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Revised figures for sports complex

New Meadowbank closer under revised costings

New MeadowbankA new Meadowbank Sports Centre has moved closer after Edinburgh City Council revealed that the shortfall in funding has reduced sharply.

Rather than find up to £19.8 million towards an overall cost of £43m, the council now needs to find £6.8m and total cost has been revised to £42m.

The council said the new figures were a result of increasing land values, a modified and re-costed design and the lack of significant issues resulting from the intrusive ground survey.

Council leader Andrew Burns said: “This new figure is really encouraging and gives everyone hope that a new Meadowbank fit for the 21st Century can now become a reality.

“Obviously there is still a long way to go with a project of this scale but I want to assure everyone that the Council is committed to continue our exciting work on redeveloping Meadowbank.

“We will continue to explore all funding options to find the required £6.8m so the existing facility can be demolished and transformed into a new sports complex that would serve the sporting needs of the residents of Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.”

The current stadium, built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games at a cost of £2.8m and later used for the 1986 event, will be replaced by a new facility that will include:

*An outdoor athletics track with seating for 500
*An indoor 60m six lane athletics track with jumps area
*An outdoor throws area
*A 3G synthetic sports pitch or grass pitch in the centre of the outdoor athletics track for football, rugby and other pitch sports
*An additional outdoor 3G synthetic sports pitch
*An eight badminton court sports hall with 500 permanent seats plus bleachers (the same size as the current Meadowbank Hall 1)
*A four badminton court sports hall with 500 permanent seats
*A gymnastics hall, gym, studios, changing facilities, café, meeting rooms.

Funding support will come from SportScotland; revenue savings to the council from closing the facilities during construction; borrowing based on forecasts for net income and through the sale of surplus land at Meadowbank.

Demolition could begin in autumn next year with a new Meadowbank opening in Spring 2018.

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