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Ravenscraig will host the 45th International Children’s Games in August – when 1,500 youngsters will compete in five sports


that his will encourage athletes to learn from each other’s disciplines and help to inspire the local community into regular sports participation. Sustainability credentials were also


key to the design. The serrated roofs al- low diffuse, northern light to enter the facility all year round, without the glare that comes from direct sunlight. Natural light minimises the dependence on ar- tificial lighting; reducing annual energy costs, limiting the building’s carbon foot- print and enhancing the ambience and tranquillity of the spaces. The building’s sustainability credentials are also in- creased by its combined heat and power system and large quantities of insulation, aimed at reducing acoustic break out as well as keeping the heat in. Designed first and foremost as a sports


complex, the football hall is the larg- est space in the facility, measuring 105m x 71m with an uninterrupted height of 18m at the centre and 10m around its perimeter. It features 400 spectator seats along the western side of the hall with access from behind the seating, allowing an


The Ravenscraig regeneration links sport with


education, housing and shopping and will help create real community development for local people


uninterrupted 3m buffer zone between the pitch and the spectators. The hall can cater for up to 5,000 people attending concerts and exhibitions as well as sports or cultural events and offers equipment and stage facilities. The athletics hall is the second largest


volume in the facility. It has an approxi- mate dimension of 25m x 135m and a clear height of 9m, rising to 12.3m for the pole vault. The hall is directly accessed from the changing and reception area. The sports hall measures 54m x 27m


with a clear, uninterrupted height of 9.2m and has been designed specifi- cally to allow for badminton, basketball, handball, netball and volleyball but also accommodates a range of other sports. It can be divided into thirds offering greater flexibility. Along its length it has a swath of retractable seating and a first floor viewing gallery.


Sports development North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) – a not- for-profit charity organisation formed in 2006 – operates 18 sport and leisure sites across the Lanarkshire area, including Ra- venscraig. Within these sites it operates sports development, community fitness, Fitness Motivators in schools and golf course grounds maintenance. Within the past four years the or-


ganisation has seen its annual income increase by 60 per cent and attendances rise by 44 per cent. It has re-invested £3.5m into community sport and leisure, while £1.5m has been put in reserves. NLL has four sports development of-


ficers based at the Ravenscraig sports facility – specialising in athletics, bad- minton, football and gymnastics. Former international athletics star Yvonne Murray is the senior athletics develop- ment and events officer and has already


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