Colinton Mains Park: Sports Pavilion

 The Sports Pavilion was officially opened on a gloriously sunny Saturday, 4th August by local Councillor, Richard Lewis, Convenor of the CEC’s Culture and Leisure Committee.

To celebrate the opening of the new changing rooms, AC Oxgangs Football Club organised a community sports and fun day, with games such as 'Beat the Goalie', 'Throw the Wet Sponge' and 'Tots Football' to hopefully attract a few budding football stars.    
This local football club will benefit mostly from the upgrade work done in the park and, with the improved facilities offered by the new changing rooms, are aiming to add girls football teams to their current list of 14 teams for boys.         
Doug Reilly, Chairman AC Oxgangs FC
  Our thanks go to them for taking on the task of organising the supporting events to the official opening ceremony.

This community event was promoted by the Oxgangs Youth Engagement Group chaired by Councillor Elaine Aitken and is part of a number of such events originating from a Lothian and Borders Police initiative to reduce the level of youth crime and anti-social behaviour. The Police had a good attendance at the event.

The aim of the Police through the Group is to engage with our local youth to find out what activities and services they would like to see provided in the area. This is done through questionnaires circulated at these events in an attempt to capture this information.

Firrhill Community Council has a statutory role to represent the community at large and have had a presence at all of the consultation and public meetings held regarding the renovation of the park and the provision of the new changing rooms. In addition we are represented on the Oxgangs Youth Engagement Group. If you have a point of view on any of these matters we would like to hear from you.


As part of the regeneration of Colinton Mains Park it was proposed that the changing rooms should also be updated.  The following paragraphs and links provide a historical record of how this project has developed.

01 Dec 2011 - Update: A stakeholders meeting was held in Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre to report on the work  progress and discuss next steps. A report of the meeting is attached here.

July 2011 - Update: Construction work started on the new build. 

01 Dec 2010 - Update: The detailed design of the pavilion is complete. The Quantity Surveyor is completing the bill of quantities for the project, which is one of the final pieces of information required for the tender pack. The short listing of contractors is completed and planning permission has been approved (with three conditions - see attached doc). The tender packs should be completed within the next couple of weeks but with Christmas almost upon us, our view is to delay sending these out to the contractors until the first week in January.

The phases we would go through in the New Year would be: 1) Tender period, 2) Return of tenders, 3) Evaluation of tenders, 4) Recommendation of contractor, 5) Award of contract, 6) Contractor mobilisation, 7) site start. This whole process will take around 3 to 4 months and could take longer if for example value engineering was required to lower the best tender price to meet our budget.

With all of the above in mind, our recommendation would be to begin on site at the end of the football season (April/May 2011) We would therefore not have to relocate the football club towards the end of the season and we would have the whole of the 2011/12 season to build the new pavilion. This is Edinburgh Leisure's preferred option. It would be good to get the football club's thoughts on this.

The areas that affect the bowling club are the relocation of their electricity meter and the provision of a storage container. Both of these items will be dealt with by the appointed contractor. The plan would be for a temp power supply and storage unit to be in place prior to the demolition of the current pavilion and the start of the new build. A site visit will be required in the New Year to look at the site for the storage unit and to determine the size of the unit and foundations required for it to sit on. 

10 July 2010 - Update on the Oxgangs Regeneration: Upgrading of Colinton Mains Park

23 June 2010 - Planning Application submitted

22 June 2010 - Colinton Mains Park Pavilion and Meggetland Third Generation Pitch - sportscotland Award - CEC Culture and Leisure Committee report informing members of the successful funding applications to sportscotland for projects at Colinton Mains Park and Meggetland Sports Complex

28 April 2010 - Design Consultation Report - covered the: -
                     1    Project Brief 
   2    Public Consultation
   3    Flood Prevention
   4    Consultation with Planning
   5    Other Comments


15 September 2009 - Colinton Mains Park Pavilion and Meggetland Sports Complex Third Generation Pitch - CEC Culture and Leisure Committee report asking members of the Committee to approve two projects to be delivered from the capital investment budget for pitches and pavilions in 2009/10. 

02 June 2009 - Colinton Mains Park and Pavilion Update (Report to the Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership of the decision made at the Stakeholder Meeting of 14 May for the Colinton Mains Pavilion)

14 May 2009 - Colinton Mains Park & Pavilion Stakeholders Meeting

Date of next meeting: 26 November 2018 at 6.00 pm
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