(Picture credit: Garioch Sports Centre)
Plans have been submitted to Aberdeenshire council for a new large community sports complex in Inverurie.
The complex, estimated to cast in the region of £12-15 million, will see the existing Garioch Sports Centre expand with an exciting range of indoor and outdoor programmes that will cater for all ages.
The Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP) has been planning the expansion for the past few years and, after wide consultation, finally submitted their plans to the council for planning permission.
The current facilities planned for the prospective 25 acre site include:
- An all weather stadium suitable for both Football and Rugby, similar to Kilmarnock's Rugby Park
- One other all weather pitch plus various grass facilities for a range of sports
- A three court Tennis arena
- An enlarged gym with dedicated fitness rooms
- A new kids barn for a variety of child orientated uses
- An early learning and childcare setting for up to 40 children
- A youth hub giving sporting, vocational and leisure opportunities to teenagers
The sale of Inverurie Locos' Harlaw Park will help finance some of the costs, with the team moving into the prospective new stadium.
The chairman of the Garioch Sports Trust, Gordon Booth said, " This is a great way to start the year with an ambitious and exciting project for people of all ages and interests in Inverurie, the Garioch and across Aberdeenshire.
"Although sports and leisure opportunities will be central to what we are providing, we will work closely with health practitioners to provide health improvement opportunities particularly for those with cardio vascular and mobility problems.
"The prospect of having facilities of the highest quality for a rapidly growing part of Scotland is something that has drawn huge support locally. The introduction of indoor tennis to Aberdeenshire in a bespoke arena with the help and advice of Judy Murray is the icing on the cake.
"We are indebted to Inverurie Community Council for the support they have given us in the submission of the Planning Application."