Damian Kalinowski

Oban has just been announced as the host city for the 2024 Highland Games, as a result, new investments will be needed in the construction of sporting venues. A new development zone has been created north of Oban, with a new training base and sporting venue to be developed. The development has a large focus on sustainably and the net zero carbon approaches.

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The building is in Ganavan, North of Oban. The Stadia consists of 2 identical stands opposite each other each of the buildings consisting of 3 storeys, and a main stand over two levels. Sustainability was a focal point of the design with material choice being an important factor for the project with the legacy that the building holds after the games was another key consideration.

The main feature of the Oban development is the development of a Glulam Space Truss Canopy. The canopy acts as Its own structure over the top of the main building creating a unique and impressive design. The Stadia were developed with the use of a Glulam Post and Beam structure as the primary structure of the main biding, this included the use of exposed CLT features as the secondary structure on the inside. The design on the interior includes a floor to roof head space with a glass curtain well skylight allowing a view of the structure from the inside.

The design of the stadium allows the seating to be dismantled after the games. This allows the main building to have larger spaces for the community to use. The make field in between the two stands will be turned into a community space with a garden and nature space. Interior spaces can be rearranged with the ability to move the CLT walls to suit the need of the building.

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