George Heriot’s Centre for Sport and Exercise

LDN Architects, Edinburgh, 2012


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  • Location plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Lower roof plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Sections A-A and B-B    
  • Sections C-C and D-D    
  • Section E-E and F-F    
  • Section E-E    
  • North and south elevations    
  • External envelope    
  • External envelope    
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Sports centre for a school located within Edinburgh's Old Town Conservation Area

So that access from the existing pend to the new courtyard can be maintained the building form steps in at ground floor level. Forming a canopy over the entrance the sports hall is located above this access route and directly linked to a dance studio also on the first floor.

In order to achieve the necessary large spans required for a sports hall space a Finnforest Merk engineered structural timber system was used for all the main spaces. The interiors are clad with birch panelling.

Externally the building is clad in a pre-patinated zinc cassette panel, the pattern of which takes a cue from the lead roof of the historic Heriot’s building. The lower extents of the building are finished with a harder wearing render system. Each of the two roofs are finished with green sedum in order to reduce their visual impact when viewed from the Castle Esplanade.


  • Begun: Jul 2010
  • Completed: Jan 2012
  • Floor area: 1,496m2
  • Sectors: Sports and leisure, Education
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9EQ, United Kingdom

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