A 30 acre site is proposed at Straiton in Midlothian for the venue Image LOTHIAN LEISURE DEVELOPMENTEditor's Choice Headlines Music & entertainment venues Stadia & Arenas 

Plans revealed for 8,000 seat arena in Straiton, Mid-Lothian

Edinburgh is set to welcome an 8,000-seat indoor arena at Straiton under plans being brought forward by Lothian Leisure Development (LLD) with the NEC Group for a 30-acre site at Straiton.

Developers hope to submit a planning application by the end of 2020. Image Lothian Leisure Development
Developers hope to submit a planning application by the end of 2020. Image Lothian Leisure Development

Part of a broader mixed-use leisure and entertainment park on the city fringe near the Edinburgh Bypass the arena would be joined by associated retail and leisure facilities as well as a cinema and twin hotels.

Dave Fowler, business development director at LLD commented: “We see this as a revolution in entertainment provision for one of the world’s most cultural capitals - and one which will benefit all sections of the community.”

Outline designs for the arena have been drawn up by Nick Brown Architects with HarrisonStevens and BuroHappold. These will be subject to a series of public consultations before an application for detailed planning permission is made.

Should this be forthcoming NEC would assume responsibility for managing the venue, which could be up and running by the start of 2024 - subject to funding.

Source: Urban Realm

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