HOK Sport designs the Ravenscraig Regionals Sports Facility in Scotland
HOK Sport yesterday received a boost from Stewart Maxwell, The Minister for Communities and Sport when he announced that the green light had been given for construction of a £29 million sports facility at the former Ravenscraig steelworks in North Lanarkshire. HOK Sport have designed the new Regional Sports Facility which will host local, regional and national sports and leisure events as well as cultural events.
Ravenscraig Sports Facility will be part of a larger masterplan for the regeneration of this area of Scotland. It will set the highest standard in urban design and architecture, ensuring an integrated, consistent approach to developing the environment.
The history of the site and its link to the steel industry has been incorporated into the architectural language of the building and has ultimately influenced the choice of materials. Its metal bands that rise from out of the ground to wrap the structure are a visual reminder reminiscent of rolled metal sheets.
It is the latest of ten projects to receive stage two approval under the Government’s £50 million National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy (NRSFS), which includes £21.2 million of sportscotland Lottery funding.
The Ravenscraig project will feature a full-size indoor synthetic football pitch, a 135metre by six-lane athletics track with associated field event training areas, a regional nine-court indoor sports hall, a full-size floodlit outdoor synthetic grass pitch and six floodlit synthetic five-a-side outdoor pitches. A state-of-the-art gym and two dance studios will also feature in the completed facility.