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National Sports Campus takes significant leap forward with Heron Buckingham Joint Venture

National Sports Campus takes significant leap forward with Heron Buckingham Joint Venture being awarded the Contract for the National Indoor Arena

The National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) on Friday 23rd January 2015 completed the signing of a contract for the development of the National Indoor Arena at the National Sports Campus. A video about the signing of the contract can be found using the following link:

The contract for the National Indoor Arena has been awarded to Heron Buckingham JV, who in addition to completing numerous indoor sports facilities and stadia across Ireland and the UK, are also the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast.



The National Indoor Arena will comprise:

  • National Indoor Athletics Training Centre – including 200m track; 60m sprint track; 110m sprint track; throw, jump and pole-vault areas; permanent seating for 400 spectators which can be increased to 1,900 for key events
  • National Gymnastics Training Centre – catering for all gymnastics disciplines
  • National Indoor Training Centre – a multi-sport facility catering for over 20 sports in a variety of configurations; capable of being sub-divided into 3 separate areas; seating for 1,500 spectators
  • Covered synthetic pitches with ancillary changing, strength & conditioning facilities etc.


It is intended to phase the construction of the Arena, with completion of the Athletics, Gymnastics and multi-sport facilities scheduled for November 2016.


Sean Benton, Chairman of the Authority, Sean Benton said: “The past two years have seen significant progress in the provision of both sporting and administrative facilities for a range of sports at the campus.  However, the next two years will see the Campus take its next great leap forward with the provision of the missing piece of national sporting infrastructure – the National Indoor Arena. This facility will enable over 20 different sports access to world-class training and competition facilities, and will help drive the development of Irish Sport into the future.”


David Conway, CEO of NSCDA said: “The development of the National Indoor Arena is vital in terms of our sporting infrastructure.  In addition to providing world-class training facilities for elite, high-performance athletes, the Arena will also play a significant role in the development of all levels of Irish sport – maintaining our goal at the Campus of providing National facilities that are also local amenities.  While predominantly a training facility, the spectator capacities will allow a wide number of sports bodies the opportunity to host national and international competitions – the opportunity to showcase Irish sport.  The multi-functionality of the Arena is very significant.  The hydraulic track in the Indoor Athletic Centre will allow for its use as a venue for a variety of sports and events.  At the same time, the Indoor Training Centre can be sub-divided into 3 separate units to allow different sports access at the same time or to allow for high-performance training to take place at the same time as participation or recreational activities.”


Also under development at the Campus at present is a new High Performance Centre at the Irish Institute of Sport, which will significantly increase the Institute’s service provision capacity; and a new multi-purpose Campus Pavilion Building (to provide conferencing facilities and changing facilities).  Both of these projects are due to be completed this summer.


In addition, a range of field-sport facilities will be completed in 2015 – two new Multi-Sport Turf Pitches, accommodating Gaelic Games, soccer and rugby, being developed by NSCDA will be ready for use in Spring 2015; while both the GAA and the FAI are scheduled to complete work on their respective training facilities in March; while work has just commenced on a pavilion building to complement the GAA training facilities.


2015 will also see the commencement of work on a new HQ for Special Olympics Ireland.




Contact Details:

For further information please contact:

Andrew Scott

Buckingham Group Contracting / Heron Buckingham Joint Venture

Silverstone Road, Stowe

Buckingham, MK18 5LJ


Tel: 01280 823355