Green light for £15m Inverurie sports complex



Proposals for a £15 million community sports complex in Inverurie have been given the go ahead by local councillors.

Plans to expand the existing Garioch Sports Centre with a range of indoor and outdoor facilities were approved last week by Aberdeenshire Council.

Designed by Lippe Architects, new facilities planned for the 25-acre sports centre site include an all-weather stadium suitable for football and rugby and a second all-weather pitch, an enlarged gymnasium, fitness rooms, a kids barn, youth hub and also an early learning and childcare setting for up to 40 children.

It will also now include three new indoor tennis pitches, after Judy Murray, the mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie, was asked to get involved in the design process.

The complex will cost between £12-15 million and will be developed in phases, with various funding sources being pursued.

The sale of Inverurie Locos Harlaw Park will help finance some of the costs, with the Locos moving to a new home at the stadium where they will become a tenant of the Sports Trust.

Graeme Hay, director of the Garioch Sports Centre, said: “We’re delighted that Aberdeenshire Council have approved our planning application. “This allows us to progress external funding applications straight away.

“Our ambitions remain the same and we’re committed to providing much needed sports and community facilities for Inverurie and beyond.” Mr Hay added: “The hard work really begins now.”

All images provided courtesy of Lippe Architects



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