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The Launch of The New Oriam Performance Gym

Oriam – Scotland’s National Sports Performance Centre- based on the Herriot Watt University campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh- is a £33m state-of-the-art multi-sport centre which was designed to house Scotland’s top athletes with the facilities, programmes and services to excel in the International Stage. Oriam is the performance base of the Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish FA, and the Sport Scotland Institute of Sport in addition to Hearts FC.

When the facility opened in 2016 Perform Better was selected to equip the Performance Strength and Conditioning facility with eight Elite Half Racks complemented by a selection of selectorised and disc loading machines. With SRU’s increased use of the facility for all their Senior, age group and Women’s camps and the Institute’s wider requirements to cater for multiple sports- discussions began between the Oriam Management team and stakeholders about upgrading the facility. The rehab area at one end of the room was identified as additional space that could be better utilised- it was decided that additional lifting stations were required to cater for larger squads and a larger functional turf space was required to allow more team drills. Having designed the initial facility Perform Better was selected again to design the new facility in conjunction with the Oriam Performance team led by Ross Campbell plus the key stakeholders- SRU, SIS and SFA. Bespoke back-to-back Elite Half Racks were designed by Perform Better’s technical design and manufacturing partners Indigo Fitness along with a 7m bespoke Rig with monkey bars, multiple chinning bar options, wall bars, grapplers and other accessories. In addition, adjustable prone row benches were designed to specifically cater for wheelchair athletes, a floor-fixed detachable Isometric pull station was designed plus two Performance medicine ball throwing walls were designed.

The design process took several months to ensure that the upgraded facility catered for all the different technical requirements of the stakeholders and fully maximised the space available. The flooring in the whole facility was upgraded to Duratrain 32mm Performance flooring with 12 inset Graphix lifting platforms.  A Mondo Sprint track and turf track were installed with the remaining functional area being fitted with 4G Performance turf which features two different lengths of pile allowing players to carry out scrummaging and other functional drills.

A window to carry out the upgrade was identified for the upgrade between the 6 Nations Rugby tournament at the end of March and the Scotland Football teams World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at the end of May. The installation project was completed ahead of schedule and was ready for the Scotland Football team’s camp.

“We are delighted to be opening our new performance gym. Whilst Oriam only opened in 2016, it’s important we continue to deliver the very best facilities and equipment for our partners. Our thanks to our partners in the project Perform Better supported by Indigo Fitness who worked tirelessly to ensure our needs were accommodated
Ross Campbell, Executive Director at Oriam


“It was a pleasure to work with the Oriam Performance team again on this prestigious project having worked with them previously when the facility opened in 2016. It has been challenging to ensure the new facility caters for all the requirements of the different stakeholders but working with Stuart Yule from Scottish Rugby, Barry Jones from the Scottish Institute of Sport and Ross Campbell and his Oriam Performance team has been a pleasure, we are extremely happy with how the new facility looks and how the new layout maximises the space available to cater for the wide range of user groups who use Oriam.
Alastair Yule, Director at Perform Better

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