2014: Work on arenas and village right on track

2014 Commonwealth Games developments

16 Jan 2009

One of the key strengths of the technical aspects of Glasgow's bid was the fact that the city already had 70% of the key venues - including Hampden Park, the SECC and Celtic Park - in place.

However, a number of major new sporting venues are also in the pipeline, as well as an extensive athletes village in the east end of the city, all of which are "on track and progressing well", according to the Games team.

Among the new venues is the £96m National Indoor Sports Area and Velodrome, to be situated near Celtic Park, which will host the cycling and badminton.

A contractor will be chosen by this summer, while work is scheduled to begin by the end of the year.

The project is due to be completed by autumn 2011, with the 4000-seater velodrome expected to host a major cycling tournament in 2012.

Elsewhere, Scotstoun Stadium is to be upgraded to the tune of £17m, complete with a brand new track and spectator stands, by 2009, while Tollcross Pool, the swimming venue, is getting a second six-lane 50m pool, as well as more seats, at a cost of £12.5m. Work at the pool is due be completed in 2012.

The other major new venue will be the £112m SECC Arena, a 12,500-seater ampitheatre-style building, designed by Sir Norman Foster.

It will host one of the Games' most popular events with audiences, gymnastics. Scotland's biggest indoor venue, after the games it will be used for large-scale cultural and entertainment events.

However, the biggest project of all is the athletes' village, in Dalmarnock. A developer for the 35-hectare site is due to be appointed this summer, with work starting in 2011, and the project completed by spring 2014. After 2014 the £246m development will provide 115 homes for sale and social rent.

Councillor Archie Graham, the executive member for Commonwealth Games Delivery, said that the venues would help deliver an "outstanding" Games for Glasgow.

"Glasgow's bid was always strong because some 70% of the facilities were already in place and, despite the economic downturn, work has already started or is at an advanced stage on the remaining venues," he added.

"In fact, winning the Games has not only been a catalyst for regeneration, particularly in the east end, but the timing will help the city and indeed many of our tradesmen and young apprentices, to weather the current financial storm.

"I have absolutely no doubt, that we will live up to our promises and deliver an outstanding games, in world-class venues, leaving a lasting legacy for Glasgow and Scotland."

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • Gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games courtesy of Designhive/Glasgow 2014

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