County sports centre bid fails

Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building
Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building

Midlothian’s bid to develop a National Performance Centre for Sport (NPCS) at Shawfair has been unsuccessful.

The council announced in early March that it had, along with Buccleuch Property, submitted a proposal to build a £25 million state-of-the-art facility at Shawfair.

With six bidders in competition, a shortlist was announced and stage two of the application process began on March 29.

But hopes were dashed last week when a Scottish Government steering group announced that Stirling, Dundee City Council and Heriot-Watt University (supported by the City of Edinburgh Council) had progressed to the next stage of the bidding process.

Midlothian Council Leader Bob Constable said: “Of course, we are bitterly disappointed with this result as we worked hard on the application and we submitted a very strong bid. The Performance Centre would have also enhanced the regeneration of Shawfair.

“However, we hope the City of Edinburgh does well in its bid going forward, as this would greatly benefit the residents of Midlothian.

Read more on this in the April 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.