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Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

Welcome to our<br />

Public Consultation Event<br />

Why Are We Here Today?<br />

This consultation event has been organised to in<strong>for</strong>m<br />

you about a key element of our Fit <strong>for</strong> Purpose vision –<br />

specifically our plans to enhance the sports facilities at our<br />

Myreside Road Playing Fields.<br />

It is our intention to submit a planning application <strong>for</strong>:<br />

Installation of 3 artificial grass sports pitches, associated<br />

warm-up area, floodlighting, fencing, areas of hardstanding<br />

and infrastructure. Formation of pick up/drop off area, associated<br />

parking provision and access arrangements<br />

Following the recent submission of a ‘Proposal of Application<br />

Notice’ to the City of Edinburgh Council, this represents the first of<br />

two scheduled public consultation events, the second of which is<br />

organised <strong>for</strong> 15 June.<br />

These events <strong>for</strong>m part of the <strong>for</strong>mal pre-application consultation<br />

process. We are at the very first stage in the planning process and<br />

the detail of the proposal will evolve as we move towards final<br />

submission of a planning application.<br />

We are pleased to present our proposals to you today. The purpose<br />

of this exhibition is to capture your views on what you have seen<br />

today, we are very keen that you have your say!<br />

Please take the time to view the in<strong>for</strong>mation boards, representatives<br />

from George Watson’s College – including our planning and<br />

transportation consultants – will be available to discuss the<br />

proposals in further detail and answer any queries you might have.


Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

The next few years are auspicious <strong>for</strong> sport at<br />

George Watson’s College and the Watsonian<br />

community. Founded on 25 November 1924,<br />

the Watsonian Hockey Club will celebrate its<br />

centenary in 2024. The following year, we will<br />

mark the 150th anniversary of the founding<br />

of the Watsonian Cricket Club and the<br />

Watsonian Football Club, which throughout<br />

its history has been consistently one of<br />

Scotland’s most successful Rugby clubs. That<br />

same year, the Squash Club will celebrate<br />

its 90th birthday. These anniversaries<br />

remind us of the deep roots that sport has<br />

long had in our community and from which<br />

many prominent and highly successful<br />

Even at its most successful, sport at Watson’s has<br />

never just been about the elite. Participation across a<br />

whole range of sport and fitness activities is equally,<br />

if not more, important and this has driven our recent<br />

strategies. These have included the development of<br />

football and the promotion of a wide range of other<br />

sports and activities <strong>for</strong> our pupils.<br />

The Galleon Club, based in the school’s outstanding<br />

Centre <strong>for</strong> Sport, provides an exciting programme<br />

of activities as well as providing some of the best<br />

facilities <strong>for</strong> fitness and swimming in the area.<br />

Alongside this, the designation of the school as a<br />

Community Sport Hub supported by Sport Scotland<br />

and the City of Edinburgh Council has enabled<br />

us to develop a diverse range of additional sport<br />

and fitness activities <strong>for</strong> all ages within the school,<br />

Watsonian and wider communities.<br />

Now we are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to new challenges and<br />

opportunities. In the aftermath of a global pandemic<br />

and in the face of unprecedented economic<br />

uncertainty, we know that sport and fitness will<br />

be important to our school and local community,<br />

as never be<strong>for</strong>e. By working together to explore<br />

and develop all aspects of sports development we<br />

believe we have the opportunity to build an exciting<br />

future on the legacy of the past.<br />

Partnership and Inclusion<br />

Partnership and Inclusion of The George Watson’s<br />

College Community Sport Hub has been established<br />

with the goal of improving access to sport and<br />

physical activity <strong>for</strong> members of communities in our<br />

local area and further afield in the City of Edinburgh.<br />

Community sport hubs provide a home <strong>for</strong> sport of all<br />

kinds. They bring together sport clubs and key local<br />

partners who want to develop and grow the sporting<br />

offering in the community. They focus on sustainable,<br />

community-led approaches that get clubs working<br />

together to develop welcoming, safe and fun<br />

environments <strong>for</strong> sport. There are 13 community<br />

sport hubs in Edinburgh but the GWC Community<br />

Sport Hub is unique in Scotland in being established<br />

by and based in an independent school. Our aim<br />

is to provide fun activities to encourage lifelong<br />

participation, boosting health and social connections<br />

– even a sense of belonging – in our community.<br />

The benefits of an active lifestyle are huge <strong>for</strong> both<br />

physical and mental health. Not only does it feel good<br />

to be active, but it can also be a wonderful way to<br />

make new friends and be part of something positive.<br />

Being active doesn’t have to mean high intensity,<br />

competitive sport – there really is something <strong>for</strong><br />

everyone, whatever their age and ability.<br />

As the Community Sport Hub programme grows we<br />

look <strong>for</strong>ward to working with partners to increase our<br />

contribution to:<br />

• Social Prescribing of activities to improve health<br />

and wellbeing of local residents in partnership<br />

with local GP surgeries.<br />

• Providing opportunities to play hockey<br />

and cricket <strong>for</strong> pupils in schools in areas of<br />

disadvantage in partnership with the charity<br />

Sporting Start and the Watsonian sports sections.<br />

• Providing bespoke opportunities <strong>for</strong> newcomers<br />

to Edinburgh to access sport, in partnership with<br />

sport governing bodies such as Cricket Scotland<br />

and with City of Edinburgh Council.<br />

• Inclusive sports such as walking netball.<br />

sportspeople have emerged.


Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

Our School Values are:<br />

These are reflected in the three principles of our Fit<br />

For Purpose plan.<br />

AMBITION – The plan is an ambitious multi-year<br />

plan to make our sporting facilities the very best<br />

they can be.<br />

INCLUSION – Our facilities must cater properly <strong>for</strong><br />

the needs of all users, including our current pupils,<br />

<strong>for</strong>mer pupils and members of the wider community<br />

FAIRNESS – Access to the facilities must be fair<br />

and equitable with everyone contributing to their<br />

provision and upkeep in a transparent way. We<br />

will meet our Equality Act obligations to provide<br />

facilities without discriminating against people on<br />

the basis of protected characteristics.<br />

The Fit For Purpose Vision<br />

Our vision <strong>for</strong> the development of facilities includes:<br />

• Refocusing Craiglockhart as our Cricket<br />

Centre, including repositioning the main<br />

square to allow <strong>for</strong> an international sized<br />

playing area in front of the pavilion, and<br />

upgrading of the pavilion.<br />

Craiglockhart is a natural amphitheatre <strong>for</strong> cricket<br />

with a fantastic backdrop and a traditional pavilion.<br />

By upgrading the current playing surfaces and<br />

ancillary facilities and providing exclusive use<br />

<strong>for</strong> cricket during the season and pre-season,<br />

Craiglockhart can become one of Scotland’s<br />

premiere cricket venues.<br />

• Creating a Hockey Centre with two, competition<br />

standard, floodlit synthetic hockey turf pitches.<br />

Pitches can also be used as multi-sport and<br />

the development includes an artificial sprint<br />

straight.<br />

The popularity and standard of school and<br />

Watsonian hockey requires a major investment in<br />

appropriate playing surfaces of which the school<br />

has too few <strong>for</strong> its needs and of which there is a<br />

shortage in Edinburgh generally. This will also help<br />

to ensure that all pupils have access to excellent<br />

facilities irrespective of which sport they play.<br />

• Improving the facilities <strong>for</strong> rugby and football<br />

with the creation of a 3G artificial floodlit<br />

grass pitch compliant to World Rugby and FIFA<br />

requirements. Development includes rugby<br />

warm-up area to the west of the development.<br />

The lack of an all-weather training facility has long<br />

been a problem <strong>for</strong> school and Watsonian teams.<br />

This facility can also be used by the growing number<br />

of pupils who play football at school, often to a very<br />

high standard, thus further improving the inclusivity<br />

of our provision.<br />

• Creating dedicated training and storage<br />

facilities <strong>for</strong> rowing and improvements to the<br />

boathouse.<br />

Rowing has grown greatly in popularity over the last<br />

decade and success has bred success. At present,<br />

indoor training facilities are inadequate and<br />

interfere with the proper usage of the facilities in the<br />

Craiglockhart Pavilion. A dedicated training suite<br />

and storage facilities will enable rowing to thrive and<br />

become more inclusive whilst freeing up space <strong>for</strong><br />

the development of cricket facilities at Craiglockhart.<br />

Improvements to the boathouse would make rowing<br />

available to pupils with disabilities.<br />

• Extending and improving the changing<br />

facilities within the Murray Pavilion.<br />

Greater use by our current pupils, Watsonians and<br />

community partners will require more changing<br />

facilities and <strong>for</strong> those facilities to be fully<br />

accessible to people with disabilities. Security of<br />

the site will also be improved to boost confidence<br />

of users in the evenings and weekends.<br />

• Improving parking on the west side of the<br />

campus to be used as a pick up and drop off<br />

(PUDO) point <strong>for</strong> pupils on school days, and<br />

parking <strong>for</strong> team coaches on match days.<br />

Our Green Travel Plan envisages fewer car journeys<br />

to the school site, but there will always be those<br />

<strong>for</strong> whom the car is the only practical mode of<br />

transport to school. By redesigning and relocating<br />

some of our car parking we can provide safer<br />

facilities during the school day and much needed<br />

off-street parking <strong>for</strong> team coaches during the<br />

evenings and at weekends.<br />

Timings and next steps<br />

2023 – Planning application made. Installation of<br />

the improved 1st XI cricket square at Craiglockhart<br />

and moving of grounds storage at Craiglockhart.<br />

2024 – Installation of rowing facility. Extension to the<br />

Murray Pavilion of two changing rooms. Extension<br />

to the drop off and pick up area at the grandstand<br />

(PUDO). Refurbishment of Craiglockhart Pavilion.<br />

2025 – Works commence on new artificial sports<br />

pitches in the Spring.<br />

Consultation on the plans has started with the<br />

Watsonian sport community and the planning<br />

application will involve consultation with<br />

neighbours and other key stakeholders.


Artificial grass sports pitches<br />

Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

NOTES / KEY:<br />

PITCH 3<br />

ARTIFICIAL HOCKEY TURF PITCH (HTP)<br />

[97.40M X 59.00M OVERALL AREA]<br />

[2NO. 20.00M X 3.00M STORAGE RECESSES]<br />

[1NO. 15.00M X 2.00M DUGOUT RECESS]<br />

[6-8NO. FLOODLIGHT COLUMNS WITH LED]<br />

[MESH FENCING TO ARTIFICIAL PERIMETER]<br />

HARD STANDING SPECTATOR AREAS<br />

AND ACCESS PATHS 2.00-4.00M WIDE<br />

[3,000M² APPROX.]<br />

1:500<br />

REDUCED ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH (AGP)<br />

WARM UP AREA WITH KERB EDGINGS TO<br />

ADJOIN THE SURROUNDING FEATURES<br />

[2,500M² APPROX.]<br />

10m<br />

0<br />

Project name:<br />

10m<br />

George Wats<br />

POLYMERIC SPRINT STRAIGHT (70M + 5M<br />

STOPPING AREA) WITH SAFETY RUNOFFS<br />

TO ADJOIN THE SURROUNDING FEATURES<br />

[700M² APPROX.]<br />

Project type:<br />

Drawing:<br />

Outdoor Spo<br />

Development<br />

Aerial View<br />

PITCH 2<br />

Reference:<br />

NSGWC002<br />

PITCH 1<br />

ARTIFICIAL HOCKEY TURF PITCH (HTP)<br />

[97.40M X 59.00M OVERALL AREA]<br />

[2NO. 20.00M X 3.00M STORAGE RECESSES]<br />

[1NO. 15.00M X 2.00M DUGOUT RECESS]<br />

[6-8NO. FLOODLIGHT COLUMNS WITH LED]<br />

[MESH FENCING TO ARTIFICIAL PERIMETER]<br />

1 2 3 4<br />

ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH (AGP)<br />

[106.00M X 70.00M OVERALL AREA]<br />

[2NO. 30.00M X 3.00M STORAGE RECESSES]<br />

[1NO. 15.00M X 2.00M DUGOUT RECESS]<br />

[6-8NO. FLOODLIGHT COLUMNS WITH LED]<br />

[MESH FENCING TO ARTIFICIAL PERIMETER]<br />

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VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGN<br />

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Light Map<br />

Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

Floodlighting Equipment<br />

20 x 15m Masts (M1-M20)<br />

Each carrying the following Floodlights :-<br />

M1, M4, M5, M8, M9 & M12<br />

.....3 x FL11 - 3 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

M2, M3, M6, M7, M10, M11, M18 & M19<br />

.....2 x FL11 - 3 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

M13 & M16<br />

.....4 x FL11 - 3 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

.....1 x FL11 - 2 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

M14 & M15<br />

.....4 x FL11 - 3 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

M17 & M20<br />

.....1 x FL11 - 3 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

.....1 x FL11 - 2 Blade PL33T BLC<br />

Siteco LED - 5,000 Kelvin CRI70<br />

HOCKEY1<br />

Illuminance Levels<br />

Initial -<br />

(100hrs) E.i.ave = 397Lux<br />

Maintained -<br />

(4000hrs) E.i.ave = 357Lux<br />

Uni<strong>for</strong>mity<br />

Emin/Eave = 0.70<br />

HOCKEY2<br />

Illuminance Levels<br />

Initial -<br />

(100hrs) E.i.ave = 394Lux<br />

Maintained -<br />

(4000hrs) E.i.ave = 355Lux<br />

Uni<strong>for</strong>mity<br />

Emin/Eave = 0.70<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

Illuminance Levels<br />

Initial -<br />

(100hrs) E.i.ave = 236Lux<br />

Maintained -<br />

(4000hrs) E.i.ave = 212Lux<br />

Uni<strong>for</strong>mity<br />

Emin/Eave = 0.61<br />

Grid values in Lux(initial).<br />

Grid interval = 5m.<br />

Contour values in Lux (initial).<br />

Contours: 5, 15, 25, 50 Lux.<br />

Maintenance Factor = 0.90<br />

www.halliday-lighting.co.uk<br />

George Watson's College,<br />

Edinburgh<br />

Proposed floodlighting<br />

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4801<br />

HLS4801<br />

1:1000 @ A3<br />

Proposal


Fit For Purpose<br />

A New Vision <strong>for</strong> Sport and Fitness at Watson’s<br />

Thank you <strong>for</strong> attending the George<br />

Watson’s College public consultation<br />

on our proposals <strong>for</strong> three new artificial<br />

grass sports pitches and associated<br />

infrastructure.<br />

We welcome your feedback and would like<br />

to invite you to fill out the survey <strong>for</strong>ms<br />

available at today’s consultation or to refer to<br />

www.gwc.org.uk/sportsdevelopment <strong>for</strong> the<br />

digital version (or scan the QR Code below) and<br />

opportunity to follow the development of the<br />

Fit For Purpose project.<br />

There is also the opportunity to email the<br />

school directly:<br />

campus-developments@gwc.org.uk<br />

Please scan the QR code above to access the<br />

digital feedback <strong>for</strong>m.<br />

We would welcome comments by 8 June.<br />

Please note that all comments should be sent to<br />

the above address and are not representations<br />

to City of Edinburgh Council. An opportunity to<br />

make representations to the Council will exist<br />

when a <strong>for</strong>mal planning application is made.

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