Our Story

Find out more about who we are and how we got here  

The concept of Scotland's Sports Performance Centre was developed as a result of the McLeish report into Scottish Football. Its purpose, to provide our top sportspeople with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for international success. In 2012, the Scottish Government committed £25 million of funding, and organisations were invited to bid to host and operate the centre. Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, were successful and work began on Oriam in 2015. Ever since, they have worked extensively with sportscotland and partner sports organisations, to create a world class performance facility that also provides extensive access for the local community. 


Play football at Oriam, Edinburgh


Mcleish Report

The McLeish Report is published. Identified gaps in the development of performance sport, particularly football in Scotland. 

Scottish Parliament Building. Hollyrood, Edinburgh.



Scottish Government opens for bids to host Scotland's Sports Performance Centre. The process was highly competitive with bids from across the country. 

View of James Watt Statue located at the main entrance to Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus.


Successful bid!

After the bidding process concluded, Edinburgh Council and Heriot-Watt University were awarded the successful bid for Scotland's Sports Performance Centre. 

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Work begins onsite for oriam

After considerable planning, we broke ground for Oriam, Scotland's Sports Performance Centre. 



oriam opens its Doors

We opened our doors to our first customers with great anticipation in August 2016. 
The facilities were officially opened in November 2016 by the First Minister of the time, Nicola Sturgeon.

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Partner Training and Awards

The Architects for Oriam, Reiach and Hall, win prestigious awards for Oriam project. 

Many of our Partner groups settle into their first season of training at Oriam.   

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Perseverence pays off

'Beast from the East' hits Scotland hard in March 2018. Despite the weather, Oriam team successfully open the facilities for Scottish Rugby six nations training.  
Later the same year, we hosted 3 of our national performance squads all on the same day. Scottish Football's Men's and Women's squads along with Scottish Rugby's Men's team. 

Regimental Army Boxing


A year for the big events

Scottish Squash revive the Scottish Squash Open at Oriam 

1st UEFA Women's Qualifiers

Tri-service Rugby and Army Boxing Events

ParkRun comes to Oriam

New and Improved Fitness Suite with Technogym

The Flood...




Scottish Rugby host an Open Training session at Oriam for fans and community ahead of Six Nations Tournament. 

March 2020 - All Sports and Exercise facilities in the UK close due Covid-19 pandemic. 



Fresh Start

We fully re-opened to our customers following two full lockdowns and many hours of working remotely.

Tennis racket and tennis balls on a blue tennis court


Oriam Tennis gets Underway

We welcome the first students to the new Sports and Exercise Science degree at Heriot-Watt. 

We break ground on the brand new Oriam Indoor Tennis Centre. 

Tennis Balls, Oriam Indoor Tennis Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland


New Clinic & Oriam Tennis Centre

Oriam Physiotherapy Clinic opens to its first clients. Exciting new range of services to support our community and athletes.

Oriam Indoor Tennis Centre due to open in Autumn.