Regional Performance Centre for Sport

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Work on Dundeeโ€™s ยฃ32 million Regional Performance Centre for Sport could start in May, councillors will hear on Monday March 12.

The policy and resources committee is being asked to accept a tender from Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, with a construction completion date of autumn 2019.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: โ€œThis ambitious project will provide a superb sports facility that also contains a ยฃ5 million energy centre.

โ€œThis 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 ยฃ3 million.

โ€œI 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.โ€

The committee will hear that 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 โ€˜rugby sizedโ€™ 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.

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.

โ€œIt 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.โ€

The centre is also benefiting from a ยฃ5 million grant from sportscotland.

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