Aggregate Industries has successfully supplied more than 15,000 tonnes of aggregates and specialist sand and 1,100 sqm of commercial hard landscaping to Oriam, Scotland’s National Sports Performance Centre in Edinburgh.

Sporting excellence

Constructed in the parkland setting of Heriot-Watt University’s extensive campus in the west of the city, the £33m multi-sport Centre includes a full-sized indoor pitch with seating for 500, top-level grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning centre, a high performance medical centre and hydrotherapy pool, fitness centres and studios and support services.

Partnering with main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, Aggregate Industries was able to offer an integrated materials supply solution, supplying 5,600 tonnes of 6mm and 580 tonnes of 10mm single size aggregates, 4,633 tonnes of Levenseat ProPitch 25™, 3,884 tonnes of ProPitch Rootzone™ and 400 tonnes of ProPitch 20™ as well as 1,100 sqm of Charcon Andover Washed premium block paving in Anthracite Charcoal.

Andover Washed paving was chosen for its flexible design capabilities and sustainable qualities, containing up to 50 per cent recycled and reclaimed materials, whilst the Anthracite Charcoal colour option was the ideal choice to complement this new prestigious modern facility.

Duncan McCool, Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries said; “Our real USP on the Oriam project was to be able to service the full construction materials brief through an integrated solution. From the client’s perspective, this means one contact and a much simpler supply structure, particularly in terms of timetable management and site access, which when you’re on a tight deadline with eight different pitches and various different materials specifications, comes into its own.

“Our Levenseat silica sand quarry in West Lothian has built a reputation for offering the best sports sand on the market having supplied Hampden Park, BT Murrayfield, multiple Scottish Premier League football clubs, the Victoria Park Stadium and now the National Sports Performance Centre. It’s safe to say that when customers have high volume, high profile projects which demand the best quality silica sand and rootzones, this is where they are coming.

Oriam is the performance base for both the Scottish FA and Scottish Rugby Union, as well as the sportscotland institute of sport (East), Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball, Scottish Squash & Racketball and Scottish Volleyball. Providing athletes, coaches and officials with the facilities to create an exceptional performance environment, Oriam aims to reaffirm and strengthen Scotland’s sporting credential and put the nation firmly on the world stage. It will also be open to the wider public, inspiring future generations of Scots to aim for sporting excellence.

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