Meadowbank regeneration

The redevelopment of Meadowbank is a major Council led regeneration project which will deliver a modern sports centre with new homes and community facilities on the surrounding site. This strategic place-making project is expected to bring significant opportunities to the area. 

The proposals will help to

  • improve health and wellbeing
  • protect mature trees
  • reduce carbon  
  • deliver high quality energy efficient homes.

Work so far

In June 2018 the Council approved detailed plans for a new £45 million Meadowbank sport centre. Watch a virtual tour of the new sports centre below.

Work on the new sports centre is underway and is expected to complete mid 2021 with opening planned later in the year.

The Council has also approved in principle the redevelopment of the land surrounding the sports centre for a mix of uses including residential and community uses.

Since June 2018 a substantial programme of community engagement has been undertaken to develop a masterplan for the site that best meets community and council priorities.

  • The masterplan proposes around 600 homes along with commercial and community premises such as a GP surgery.
  • A minimum of 35% of the homes will be affordable with a majority of these as social rent.
  • Building heights are varied across the masterplan and carefully considered to tie in with the surrounding character of the area.
  • The proposal is very low car and will focus on active travel through an exemplary ‘people priority approach.’
  • The plans include well-designed public realm, community gardens, parklets, informal play space and protection of the rare Wheatley Elm Trees.

A sounding board meets regularly to review progress on the masterplan. The sounding board is made up of

  • community representatives 
  • local Councillors 
  • Council officers. 

Download Octobers sounding board

Building with Nature

With support from Nature Scot (formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage) and the Scottish Government, the Meadowbank masterplan was awarded Building with Nature accreditation on 30 August 2020. Building with Nature is a new benchmark for high-quality green infrastructure, setting the standard for the design, implementation and maintenance of high-quality green features in new development across the UK.

The project will be reviewed as it progresses through the next stages of design and construction with the aim of achieving the ‘excellent’ level of accreditation. Find out more information on Building with Nature.

Next steps

The masterplan was approved by the Council’s Development Management Sub Committee on 7 October 2020.

Watch the webcast

Download the planning report 

Subject to further design work and consents a site start is expected in 2022.

Get involved

To view the full planning application visit the planning portal and search for 20/00618/AMC.

Download the planning application:

View a site model at

Piershill Library 
30 Piersfield Terrace
EH8 7BQ

For any enquiries please email

[email protected].