BAM starts work on Scotland’s first Passivhaus leisure centre

BAM Passivhaus Scotland - A computer-generated image of a leisure centre.
(Image: Holmes Miller)

BAM has started work on a new £36m ultra-low energy swimming pool and leisure centre, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Architect Holmes Miller has designed Blairgowrie Recreation Centre to Passivhaus standards, which will make the building zero carbon.

Passivhaus buildings must follow strict energy efficient design standards to maintain an almost constant temperature.

The leisure centre will have a six-lane competition swimming pool, a games hall, sports hall, dance studio, fitness suite and classroom space and an external all-weather sports pitch.

It will be used by Blairgowrie High School for its physical education curriculum, as well as the local community.

The centre will replace Perthshire town’s current 41-year-old facility and is due for completion in late 2024/early 2025.

Perth & Kinross Council is funding the project and Hub East Central Scotland, a joint public-private sector organisation partnership, is responsible for its delivery.

Holmes Miller project architect, Yida Zhou, said: “Perth & Kinross Council have a clear vision of reaching carbon zero, and working on this project has been a brilliant opportunity to help them achieve that, through cutting-edge sustainable design.

“As Scotland’s first leisure centre designed to Passivhaus standards, hopefully this project will inspire more councils and investors to adopt this approach, given the significant carbon and revenue savings that it makes possible.”

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