Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

Populous, North Lanarkshire, 2010


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A View of Ravenscraig's stepped roof profile 

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  • A View of Ravenscraig    
  • A view of the back of the sports hall    
  • View of the east elevation    
  • A view looking south down the indoor football hall    
  • A view of the Ravenscraig exterior    
  • A view of the interior football hall in action    
  • The north elevation of the football hall    
  • The inclining facade of Ravenscraig, with glazing at low levels and polycarbonate panels above    
  • View from the east showing variation in roof profile to acommodate requirements of internal spaces    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Section AA    
  • Section BB    
  • Section CC    
  • North elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • South elevation    
  • East elevation    
  • Model 1    
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  • Model 3    
  • Model 4    
  • Model 5    
  • Model 6    
  • Sectional detail of wall and floor    
  • Roof, wall and foundation detail    

Multi-use sports facilities for local community and school, as well as training ground for 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games

The plan is based around a central spine, to which the three large-span structures (football hall, atheltics hall, and sports hall) are interlinked. The offices, cafe, and changing rooms are in this connecting section.

There are also smaller dance studios, strengthbuilding areas, and a viewing area on a mezzanine.The main halls also have retractable seating bays, with a potential capacity of 5,000.

The scheme, part of a larger regeneration project in the Motherwell area, uses low-carbon technology and low-energy design.

The areas are column free spaces, allowing for flexible movement within. The roof changes its height to allow for the various requirements of these internal spaces, and this gives the building a stepped profile.

The walls are glazed to 3.5m on the north elevation, and the rest of the elevation is fitted with polycarbonate panels. The east elevation of the football hall has inclined segments of metallic silver profiled cladding.

The materials of the design are intended to refer to the industrial history of the area, and the former steelworks factory on which the site is located.


  • Begun: Jan 2009
  • Completed: Sep 2010
  • Floor area: 18,300m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £31.3M
  • Funding: North Lanarkshire Council/Sportscotland/Ravenscraig/Motherwell College
  • Procurement: Two-stage tender with Populous novated across to the main contractor
  • CO2 Emissions: 88.5kg/m2/year
  • Address: O'Donnell Way, Ravenscraig , Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 1AD, United Kingdom

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