The Highland Council is on the hunt for an architect for a new regional sports centre in Inverness
Planned to complete in 2019, the project will create a new facility on the site of a caravan park next to the existing Inverness Leisure Centre in Bught Park.
Estimated to cost between £27.5 million and £34.5 million, the complex will feature a ‘flagship’ 250m velodrome, four tennis courts, a gymnastics centre and an indoor athletics hall.
A performance area, Judo Dojo, meeting rooms, changing facilities and a foyer will also be required. External improvements will meanwhile include new access routes, car parking and drop-off spaces.
According to the contract notice: ‘This provision when taken together and integrated with the existing facilities in the immediate area of the Bught will create a performance hub for sport throughout the north of Scotland and a sports quarter for Inverness the equal of any similar provision in Scotland, the UK as whole or in Europe.’
The document continues: ‘The existing leisure centre facilities are to remain operational for the duration of the contract and may pose certain logistical challenges which will require to be considered as part of the overall design solution.’
The chosen architect-led design team will develop the plans up to RIBA Stage 3 before being novated to a Design and Build contractor. A building services engineer will be appointed separately.
Newcastle-based Faulknerbrowns Architects completed a feasibility study for the scheme last year.
The deadline for requesting documents is 30 March and tenders must be submitted by 12 noon on 6 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
The Highland Council
Tel: +44 1463785149
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