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News – 2010
24 December 2010
£10 MILLION INVESTMENT BOOST FOR EASTGATE
The hard work and efforts of Clyde Gateway have been rewarded with the news that the investment arm of Avivia, the UK’s largest insurance group, is to fund the construction of a new £10m office development in Bridgeton with the construction being delivered and managed by Dawn Group Ltd, one of the biggest and best-established property and construction firms in Scotland.
The new 6,000 square metre office, to be known as ‘Eastgate’, is on a brownfield site at the junction of London Road and Brook Street, just 300 metres east of the historic Bridgeton Cross and will be the new home of Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS) bringing 500 jobs to the area.
The appointment of the two private sector partners has come after a lengthy competitive dialogue and tender exercise that began twelve months ago. The initial stages saw seventeen separate bids to take the proposal forward with the end result being that Dawn will design and build the office and Aviva will provide the entire funding.
The private sector confidence was greatly helped by Glasgow City Council agreeing the terms of a 20-year lease for the property which will see GCSS vacating various city centre sites that are currently rented and relocating all of their operations, bar the CCTV control centre, to the East End.
Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council said “This is fabulous news and a fantastic outcome for all the parties involved. GCSS will be moving to a state-of-the art building and paying the same rental as at their existing premises while Clyde Gateway takes another giant step in its efforts to regenerate the East End over the coming 20 years. Most importantly, the commitments made by Aviva and Dawn demonstrate that the private sector are keen to invest in Glasgow even at the most challenging of times across the property and development markets.”
The Council Leader also gave a warm welcome to the outcome of the community benefits clauses within the tender process which will see Dawn provide 70 local residents with a job, a modern apprenticeship or a combination of training placements and work experience.
“This investment in people is another huge boost for the East End and delivers on the Council’s aspirations for working alongside Clyde Gateway and the private sector to promote and deliver the extensive physical, social and economic regeneration we are promising.”
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The Eastgate development is one that we identified as being hugely significant in the first phase of Clyde Gateway and we are very pleased that the support of the City Council has enabled Aviva and Dawn to be our first private sector partners.”
“Our vision for the next 20 years simply cannot be realised without further substantial investments by the private sector, and while no-one can deny that Clyde Gateway is beginning to make a difference across our communities we cannot afford to rest on our laurels”
“We have a big job on our hands to replicate what we have achieved at Eastgate but we will be boosted by the upcoming opening of the M74 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, both of which will help make this whole area much more attractive to investors and developers.”
Eastgate will be designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards ensuring it has a top rating for sustainability and environmental performance. The cost of the development will be £9.7m. Construction work will begin in January 2011, with a completion date of late February 2012. GCSS will occupy the new office from April 2012.
15 December 2010
ARTIST SOUGHT FOR PROJECT AT EASTGATE OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with its development partner Dawn Developments, is to commission a new piece of public art for the atrium space of Eastgate, the new four storey office building that is to be built on the junction of London Road and Brook Street.
This will the second of four innovative public art commissions that will form an integral part of the Eastgate project, with pupils from Eastbank Academy already working on details of a mural that will be on hoardings during the construction phase.
The successful artist will be chosen by a Project Steering Group consisting of Peter McCaughey of Wave, a Glasgow-based public arts organisation which specialises in large urban regeneration arts projects, together with representatives from Clyde Gateway, Dawn Developments and Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) who will be the sole occupant of the office once it is complete.
The deadline for submitting ideas to the Steering Group is Friday 21 January 2011. A shortlist will be drawn up and each of the artists interviewed in late February 2011. A six-week period to allow final design and costings to be determined will take the process through to mid-April with the intention being for work to begin in May and be completed by October 2011.
Applications have to submitted to Turner & Townsend, 33 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 6NL.
Further information can be obtained from Peter McCaughey via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The full brief is also available to download in pdf form at the Clyde Gateway website. Click here for the link.
The overall cost of the commission is valued at £40,000.
8 December 2010
LOCALS GIVE THUMBS-UP TO NEW LOOK FOR DALMARNOCK STATION AREA
There has been overwhelming support for proposals for Clyde Gateway to create a new space and revised lay-out around the soon to be refurbished Dalmarnock Station in Glasgow’s East End.
A period of public consultation at three separate venues and extending over three days at the end of November saw 48 local residents turn up to look at drawings and potential designs for the creation of a new Dalmarnock Cross based around a hub of a the station and the new junction at Dalmarnock Road and the East End Regeneration Route which is currently under construction.
Alison Brown, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway, said “There was clearly a strong wish to try and create a new space that will be safe, secure but provide a vibrant feel to the area. The changes to Bridgeton Cross around the historic Umbrella have set a benchmark for the area and it is clear that those who came along to the exhibition want a similar level of quality for Dalmarnock.”
“The re-design of the road layout and the refurbishment of the station provide a unique set of circumstances to really design and build something a bit special. Residents have told us they would like an area where shops are provided, including a space which will provide community services and information, as well as a location where local events can be held.”
“There were quite strong views expressed about landscape, public art, seating, lighting and general layout”, added Alison.
“Above all else, it was the level of enthusiasm from local people that was particularly pleasing from Clyde Gateway’s perspective and so we will now establish a Community Steering Group and ask them to assist the Design Team in refining all of the concepts and ideas for the design. This was an approach that that worked incredibly well at Bridgeton and we are delighted that to be able to do the same for Dalmarnock.”
The membership of the Community Steering Group will be finalised early in 2011 and its first meeting with the Design Team will take place shortly afterwards.
Clyde Gateway has plans to spend almost £2m to implement the improvements at Dalmarnock Cross and is also one of the four funding partners providing the £8m required for the refurbished railway station.
The Design Team for Dalmarnock Cross is being led by the Glasgow office of Sheppard Robson, one of the UK’s leading Architecture and Planning consultants.
The next stage of public consultation will be in mid 2011 as designs are developed, and subject to the necessary planning permissions being granted by the local authority and funding being in place, the work will be completed in late 2013.
22 November 2010
COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON REDEVELOPMENT OF DALMARNOCK
Clyde Gateway is seeking the views and opinions of local residents and businesses on proposals to redevelop the area around Dalmarnock Railway Station.
The proposals involve the creation of a central area, similar in feel to Bridgeton Cross and Farme Cross, around which shops, offices and businesses would be located alongside a reveloped station and within a wholly new road layout.
Three days of community consultations will take place as follows:-
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November : from 10am – 4pm at the Clyde Gateway Offices, Bridgeton Cross
Wednesday 24th November : from 10am – 1pm at the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, Dale Street.
Thursday 25th November : from 4pm – 7pm at the Dalmarnock Centre, Lily Street.
Staff from Clyde Gateway and the Design Team will be at all of the exhibitions to talk through the various details and to answer any questions.
All are welcome to attend, and further information is available from Alison Brown on 0141 276 1579 or by email to email@example.com
16 November 2010
BUSINESS SUITES TO OPEN IN RUTHERGLEN
Work has begun on a project with the potential of bringing 36 new jobs to Rutherglen.
Clyde Gateway is converting the former housing office at 24 Stonelaw Road into business suites as part of their plans to help transform the Rutherglen and Shawfield communities, and in particular to revitalise the economy of Rutherglen Town Centre.
Going by the name of Red Tree Business Suites, just under 8,500 square feet of business space will be available, made up of eleven different size offices and spaces starting from just under 200 square feet in size. The total cost of the project is £1.6 million, of which Clyde Gateway is contributing just under £1 million with a grant of £650,000 being awarded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “The opening of Red Tree Business Suites will help to kick-start the gradual transformation of the area around Main Street. It is vitally important for Rutherglen Town Centre to have a viable future and bringing new jobs to the area is one way of ensuring this.
“Clyde Gateway wants to provide something attractive to start-up businesses as well as those existing firms and companies who want to occupy modern open-plan spaces at a very affordable and attractive rental.
“Rutherglen is a fantastic location, particularly thanks to its excellent public transport links. There aren’t many towns in Scotland that can boast of at least twelve trains per hour all day long as well as regular bus services to Glasgow and all corners of South Lanarkshire. These are the sort of things which are becoming ever increasingly important to businesses and employers.
“The new suites are flexible enough to support the smallest of businesses imaginable all the way up to offering potential for a single occupant of the first floor taking up more than half of the property. Once all the spaces have been let, as many as 36 people could be employed within the suites.”
The tender to carry out the conversion and refurbishment was won by the Paisley-based Clark Contracts. As part of the community benefits clauses insisted upon by Clyde Gateway in all of their projects, Clark Contracts will be providing four trainees from the Clyde Gateway area a minimum of 13 weeks work experience.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of May 2011, but Clyde Gateway is already marketing the property through letting agents with the aim of having the first occupants move in immediately once the building is ready.
Further information on the Red Tree Business Suites can be found at www.redtreerutherglen.co.uk
4 November 2010
LONG-TERM CLOSURE OF DALMARNOCK ROAD
A section of Dalmarnock Road, between Bartholomew Street and Springfield Road, is to be closed for a period of 14 months to allow major bridge replacement works to be carried out as part of the construction of the East End Regeneration Route.
Diversions will be via Strathclyde Street, Swanston Street, Poplin Street and Bartholomew Street(and vice versa).
Access to Nuneaton Street and Mordaunt Street will be via Dunn Street and London Road (and vice versa)
The closure will take effect from 11pm on Saturday 6th November. The works are scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2012.
28 October 2010
BRIDGETON’S HERITAGE CELEBRATED AND REMEMBERED IN STYLE
Bridgeton Library has launched a series of free events which will explore the history and memories of past times. From historical walks with local historians to a rock ‘n’ roll celebration of the 1950s and 60s, the library team is inviting the local community to share their memories and help to record their own version of the area’s heritage.
Principal Librarian, Sally Clegg, said: “There is such a rich and varied history in and around Bridgeton and we’ve put together a programme which we hope will appeal to young and old alike.
“Whether you want to delve in to your own family’s past and discover who your forefathers were, or reminisce about the steamie or school, the library has all of the skills and expertise to help you.”
Local councillor and Chair of Glasgow Life, George Redmond, said: “Bridgeton is currently enjoying a fantastic urban renaissance, with millions of pounds being invested in our community. But as we look forward, it’s important to look back and understand the history of an area and people who were bound by common ties.
“I’m delighted that the staff in Bridgeton Library are leading the way and offering everyone a chance to enjoy a trip down memory lane and I’m keen to ensure more communities across the city follow suit.”
30th October 2010 : Heritage Walk in Bridgeton : 10.30am
A walk in the past, present and future – explore Bridgeton’s history on foot with local historian Peter Mortimer. Meet in the Library at 10.30am. Following the walk refreshments will be available in Bridgeton Library.
9th November 2010 : Scotland’s People and Family History : 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Scotland’s People – searching for your family roots on line. A free taster session – places limited to 12 – please book in advance at the Library.
11, 18 and 25 November 2010 : Recording the Past : 2 – 4pm
Part of the libraries participation in the BBC’s Landscape project and BBC First Click campaign. The event will encourage the audience to gain computer skills by uploading their photos to the Landscapes website. Come along and bring your old photographs of Glasgow. Staff from the Digital Learning Team will be onsite to assist.
7th December 2010 : Reminiscence Session : 2.30pm
School Days, Wash Days and Yesterdays – join us for a look into Bridgeton’s past, bring your memories and your stories. Refreshments will be available
9th December 2010 :Awopbopaloobopalambamboom! : 6.30pm
Did you see Bill Haley at the Odeon in 1957? What about Cliff at the Empire or Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent during their week-long stay.
Using newspapers, photographs, memorabilia and memories of those who where there, we’ll be looking at the early rock’n’roll acts that played Glasgow 1957-1963. See fans waiting outside Cliff’s digs in Maryhill. Hear about the Headmistress that banned her pupils from going to a Beatles concert. See Jerry Lee Lewis stopping a riot and then starting his own at the Kelvin Hall. Jiving allowed! Join Eddie Caven and the Library staff as they rock and roll into Christmas.
All events are free and open to all Call 0141 276 0870 for further information.
15 October 2010
CLYDE GATEWAY STALWART RECEIVES CITY HONOUR
At a ceremony attended by more than 400 guests at Glasgow City Chambers, Grace Donald, a lifelong resident of Bridgeton and member of the Clyde Gateway Local Community Steering Group, was crowned a winner in the 2010 Community Champions Awards.
Grace received the Senior Award in acknowledgment of her many years of service from Brian Sweeney, the Chief Fire Officer of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue who described her as “the epitomy of community spirit”
A sprightly 85 year-old, Grace is a well-known and loved face in the East End. Not only has she lived her entire life in the area, but she worked in local schools until her retirement. As well as assisting with the work of Clyde Gateway, she is a church elder, a member of the local history group and a Peer Educator for PEEPS which is based at the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus in Dale Street.
Having been persuaded to bring in her award to show to the team at the Gateway offices at Bridgeton Cross, Grace (pictured above with Niki Spence, Community Benefits Project Manager) remained very modest about the achievement, and said, “I couldn’t believe it when I was given the Senior Award for the East End a few months ago, but this Award for the whole city really is something very special which means the world to me. The ceremony at the City Chambers was unforgettable. I was in a hall full of people who do the most amazing things for their communities all across Glasgow and I still can’t quite believe that I was singled out.”
“It was an honour just to be in the City Chambers and among so many wonderful people. I’m still in a bit of shock about it all if the truth be told”
More than 1300 nominations were received for the 2010 Community Champions which are co-sponsored by the Evening Times newspaper, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, Strathclyde Police, Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. A total of 63 local winners have received awards over the past few months, and the City Chambers singled out the 9 overall individual and team winners from all across the city.
1 October 2010
ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING ‘A SUCCESS’
Around 130 local residents, business owners, representatives from partner organisations and stakeholder groups, as well as a number of private developers attended the second ever Clyde Gateway Annual Public Meeting and Exhibition at the end of September.
The exhibition was held at Rutherglen Town Hall on the 29th and at Bridgeton Community Learning Campus on the 30th, with the Annual Public Meeting taking place in Bridgeton on the evening of the 30th.
Clyde Gateway launched two new publications in conjunction with the event – a specially designed booklet to complement the exhibition and the Annual Report for 2009/10.
Robert Crawford, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said “I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the exhibition and meeting to see and hear for themselves just how much Clyde Gateway has been doing over the past year and to get some idea of our plans for the future and how we intend to continue to respond to the challenges of completing the physical, social and economic transformation across the area.
“It is hugely encouraging to the Board and the entire staff at Clyde Gateway to see such a level of interest and indeed support for all that is happening. I was particularly pleased at how well local people have received the work at Rutherglen Station and Bridgeton Cross, and of course everyone is excited about the proposals to bring the Olympia back into public use.
“There is no doubt that the format of the exhibition and public meeting has again been a success and it is something we will be looking to repeat in 2011.”
Copies of the new booklet and the new Annual Report can be obtained from Jim Clark on 0141 276 1276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An electronic copy of the Annual Report, together with the Annual Accounts for 2009/10, can be found within the Clyde Gateway publications section of this website.
17 September 2010
CITY BUSINESS CHIEF CALLS FOR GATEWAY TO GET CONTINUED BACKING
Stuart Patrick, the Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has called on Clyde Gateway to be given continued support so that the full legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games can be delivered.
Writing in the September 2010 edition of Glasgow Business, the Chamber’s magazine that is distributed to all its members, Mr Patrick said “All aspects of legacy are important, but my view is that the regeneration of the East End of Glasgow is the main focus, and therefore the Urban Regeneration Company Clyde Gateway has the central responsibility and has to be supported”
Reflecting that there were a number of things favouring Clyde Gateway at the moment, including multi-disciplinary economic development at its core and the forthcoming M74 completion, he believed the question that has to be asked was how secure Clyde Gateway’s funding was at a time of draconian public sector cuts.
“My concern is that decisions on this funding may be made by various bodies for whom the legacy of the Commonwealth Games may not be their central interest. Are we clear that funding for the URC will not fall by default simply because people who are not directly connected to the legacy developments of the Games make decisions that are counter to the interests of that legacy – or who may say ‘well it would be very good to have legacy from the Games but it’s not essential, it’s not a critical issue’? It’s fine to open up the space with the M74 but if something is not done about land contamination there will be major obstacles to further development. That is not something that has to happen for the Games to be delivered – that is part of legacy, part of the aspiration to see major and lasting change.
“If URC funding is not sustained then a lot of the benefits that might have come to the East End may not be realised”
Mr Patrick concluded “Legacy failure could happen by accident and that is the worry. This is a once in a generation opportunity and it must not be allowed to become a shadow of what it could have been.”
15 September 2010
PROPOSALS FOR OLYMPIA GET SEAL OF APPROVAL
A new state-of-the-art public library, café and training centre for elite athletes have been unveiled as the main future uses for the B-listed Olympia Building at Bridgeton Cross.
Details were provided by the building’s owners, Clyde Gateway at a public consultation meeting held on the 15th September that was attended by almost 50 people largely made up of local residents and local business owners.
Drawings and a model of the building were on display as details were given of plans to construct a ground-floor modern library and learning centre together with a café, to establish of a first-floor training centre and new Headquarters for the governing bodies for amateur boxing and wrestling and to develop top-floor commercial office spaces. The Olympia will remain in the ownership of Clyde Gateway, but Glasgow Life and Sportscotland will be responsible for managing the library and the new sports facilities.
The public meeting was chaired by George Redmond, the local councillor for the Bridgeton area and Board Member of Clyde Gateway. He said “The Olympia is a hugely important symbol of Bridgeton’s rich heritage and it has been very sad to watch it fall into decline in recent years. Everyone was delighted when Clyde Gateway bought the building last year and said it was making it a priority to bring it back into public use.”
“A wonderful future has now been secured for the Olympia as the home to the most modern of public libraries and learning centres, with all sorts of regular activities planned for residents of all ages, including IT and computer classes. It is also great news that the design will accommodate a ground-floor café as this is something the Bridgeton area badly needs.”
George added, “I’m just as excited by the plans being brought forward by Sportscotland for the upper floors of the Olympia. The idea of a centre of excellence for boxers and wrestlers at Bridgeton along with the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and the velodrome across from Celtic Park means that the East End is fast becoming Glasgow’s sports quarter.”
“All told, the Olympia is going to be a building in constant use for at least 12 hours a day and will bring a fresh vibrancy to the Bridgeton Cross area. When you add in the construction of the nearby office block for Glasgow Community Safety Services, it is clear that the whole look and feel of the area is changing for the better.”
Local resident Lesley Ward said “This is great news. The Olympia is a really special building and everyone of a certain age in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock has got really happy memories of it.”
“There’s been a worry among many of us that it was going to become totally derelict and perhaps so dangerous that it would have to be pulled down and something rather ordinary put in its place. But instead Clyde Gateway and the libraries service are going to deliver something really special and in just two years time the Olympia will again be the liveliest building in the community. I can’t wait to see how it is going to turn out.”
The overall cost of the proposals is estimated at £10m, including the purchase price of £1.8m paid by Clyde Gateway in September 2009.
The proposals will also see Glasgow Life, in conjunction with Clyde Gateway, develop a different use for the current library building on Landressy Street.
A planning application has already been submitted, and proposes the retention of the historic façade behind which a new, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building will be constructed.
Work on-site is anticipated to begin in January 2011 with the library opening in Autumn 2012.
6 September 2010
GAMES VILLAGE GETS GO-AHEAD
The proposal to build more than 700 homes which will make up the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games have been approved by Glasgow City Council.
The Athletes Village will occupy a site bounded by the River Clyde, Springfield Road and Dalmarnock Road, and is adjacent to the site being developed for the National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Velodrome.
During the games, 6,500 athletes and officials will live on the site and afterwards each of the homes, together with a 120-bed care home for the elderly, will be available for occupation as a new riverfront neighbourhood in the very heart of Clyde Gateway.
The Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, Archie Graham, said: “The Athletes’ Village is going to be a huge development that will help transform the East End of the city. It will be one of the most important elements of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and one of the most recognisable aspects of its legacy.
The building work will by carried out by the City Legacy consortium – contractors CCG, Mactaggart & Mickel, Cruden and W H Malcolm and its spokesman, Ed Monaghan, said: “City Legacy is committed to working with the city council to realise the vision for a memorable Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and deliver a lasting regeneration legacy for Dalmarnock. We are focused on transforming the area to become a much sought-after riverside residential location and showcasing the Athletes’ Village as the best in contemporary and sustainable design.”
In addition, the City Legacy plan will deliver a 60% reduction in carbon emissions from the new homes – a first in Scotland for a development of this scale.
George Redmond, the local councillor for the Calton ward and a Board Member of Clyde Gateway said “This is another tremendous piece of good news for the East End of Glasgow and for the on-going plans to deliver a physical, social and economic transformation of the local communities. I’m not alone in being eager to see the Village take shape in the months and years ahead.”
Construction work is expected to get underway by the end of 2010.
30 August 2010
IT’S A GAS….AS CLYDE GATEWAY GAINS CONTROL OF TWO KEY SITES
In a deal with an overall value of £3m, Clyde Gateway has purchased two former large industrial sites extending to just over 3.5 hectares in size, at a cost of just over £1.6m.
The sites, which are adjacent to Dalmarnock Railway Station were previously in the ownership of National Grid, with one being the location of a former gasworks while part of the other was a former electricity sub-station.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway believes the acquisitions have put the URC firmly in the driving seat to deliver on its vision to create a new mixed-use neighbourhood in an area immediately adjacent to major new developments that are being created as part of Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He said, “Dalmarnock is a community more than any other across Scotland that has suffered the most physical decline over the past 40 years, but right now it is a community that offers huge potential for change. Work is already underway on the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome as well as the Athletes Village being constructed for the 2014 Games. More than £8m of funding has been secured for a major refurbishment of the railway station and now, thanks to our investment, the two biggest sites that sit next to the station will be readied for development to complement everything else that is going on around about them.
“This is all about delivering a true legacy for Dalmarnock. The Games developments will bring new sports and recreation facilities into the area and the Athletes Village will bring a new riverside housing neighbourhood. We will now be looking to market our sites, which also sit cheek-by-jowl with the new East End Regeneration Route, as the perfect locations for a mixed-use development incorporating residential, business, industrial and commercial. I’m sure there will be huge developer and investor interest in what we are looking to achieve.”
The acquisitions mean that Clyde Gateway has now purchased more than 35 hectares of land across 42 different sites within the East End of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire, all of which will be used to assist with the delivery of ambitious plans to physically transform the area as well as bring thousands of new jobs and homes over the next 20 years.
23 August 2010
BRIDGETON CROSS IMPROVEMENTS GIVEN CIVIC OPENING
Accompanied by Councillor George Redmond, the local member for the area and member of the Clyde Gateway Board, the £1.1m of improvements at Bridgeton Cross were officially opened by The Rt Hon the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Bob Winter on Monday 23rd August.
The Lord Provost had a walkabout tour of the Cross during which he saw various elements that are part of the improvements, including a tribute to three locally born servicemen who have been awarded the Victoria Cross and a permanent memorial to the national bard Robert Burns, which has been in recognition of the area’s links with the Bridgeton Burns Club which dates back to 1870. He also met with members of the Bridgeton Community Steering Group who have been involved with Clyde Gateway staff and external consultants on taking forward the project from when the idea first emerged in late 2008.
The Lord Provost said “Days like this make me proud to be a Glaswegian. To come to Bridgeton Cross and see the marvellous work done underlines how initiatives such as Clyde Gateway, working with local people, can and does transform the communities.
“For a time this Umbrella was used as a meeting space at the heart of the community where speakers and preachers would orate. So standing here today I follow in the footsteps of our forbears – living history if you like.”
The Lord Provost later hosted a civic reception at the City Chambers in recognition of the efforts of the community for driving forward the project. He thanked everyone involved, including Gillespie’s and Land Engineering, the consultant architect and main contractor respectively, and praised the quality of the entire project which he believed contributed to a renewed sense of pride and energy in the area.”
The 150 guests at the civic reception in the main comprised local residents and shopkeepers who were transported to and from the city centre in two vintage buses supplied by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicles Trust who are based in Fordneuk Street in Bridgeton.
All the guests were entertained by pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School who performed two dance movements that they had worked on as part of their studies into the historical significance and changing fortunes of Bridgeton Cross and from St Mungos Academy who performed a song. In addition, an exhibition of art, designed by pupils from Dalmarnock Primary, was also on display in the City Chambers.
Councillor George Redmond, the local member for the area and Board Member of Clyde Gateway said “This has been a fabulous day that will live long in the memories of the people of Bridgeton. This project shows just how serious Clyde Gateway is about transforming how the area looks and how it is perceived by those who perhaps don’t know it as well as local people.
“The Umbrella really looks quite stunning and no-one can argue that it in its restored state it is one of the most impressive and unique structures in the whole of Glasgow. But it’s also the fact that so the other improvements such as the new paving, the seating, trees, the bus shelters and the improved lighting make the new-look Bridgeton Cross very pleasing to the eye.
“I know that the Lord Provost was thrilled by the very warm welcome he received from everyone and I’m delighted that he did us the honour, not just of carrying out the opening, but providing the icing on the cake with a fantastic civic reception.”
Grace Donald, a local resident who sits on the local Steering Group said “I’m so pleased to have been part of this project. Clyde Gateway is one of the best things ever to happen to this area and all the changes they’ve made to Bridgeton Cross are fantastic. It was also a huge thrill and honour to meet the Lord Provost. This has been a day that none of us will ever forget.”
The improvements to the streetscape are already beginning to pay dividends, with spend on the adjacent railway station being brought forward by five years to complement the work at Bridgeton Cross. Clyde Gateway is also making a significant contribution to the works at the railway station which will see new signage and a complete repainting new platform shelters, seating, entrance doors, lighting and improvements to the booking office and the refurbishment of the overhead walkway between the platforms.
15 July 2010
IMPROVED LOOK SET TO ARRIVE AT BRIDGETON STATION
The combined efforts of First Scotrail, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Clyde Gateway will see more than £400,000 worth of improvements at Bridgeton Station.
The rebranding of the station, including new signage and its complete repainting was scheduled for 2015 but has been brought forward by First Scotrail to complement the wider streetscape improvements currently underway at Bridgeton Cross. Together with an additional programme of cleaning and tidy-up work, First Scotrail will be spending £47,000.
SPT has also agreed to deliver, in line with the works being carried out by First Scotrail, a range of improvements including new platform shelters, seating, entrance doors, lighting and improvements to the booking office at a total cost of £211,500.
Clyde Gateway, the regeneration agency for the area, has agreed to fund the refurbishment of the overhead walkway between Platforms 1 and 2, at a cost of £168,500. This involves the replacement of all glazing panels, new stair treads, handrails, lighting and roofing panels as well as a complete repainting.
George Redmond, the local councillor for Bridgeton and Board Member at Clyde Gateway has given a warm welcome to the investment. He said “Clyde Gateway has huge plans for the Bridgeton area including the redevelopment of the Olympia Theatre and a new office block at nearby Brook Street. Most of the people coming here will be using the station with it being just 5 minutes from Glasgow Central.
“First impressions are important, and what we getting in effect is a station that will look brand new and which will fit in very well with the £1m plus of improvements at Bridgeton Cross itself.
“These are exciting times in the East End of Glasgow and the physical regeneration promised by Clyde Gateway and its partners including the City Council is now really building up a head of steam.”
The combined investment comes to £423,000. The initial work has already begun, but will not be completed until early 2011 given the complexity of improving the overhead walkway while services are in operation.
Bridgeton is one of three stations, along with Dalmarnock and Rutherglen, within the Clyde Gateway area that offers excellent access to the rail network with between eight and twelve services an hour.
Proposals for an £8m upgrade of Dalmarnock station as the main transport hub for the 2014 Commonwealth Games were approved in May 2010, while the combined efforts of the rail authorities and Clyde Gateway have resulted in more than £3m of improvements at Rutherglen Station over the past 18 months.
9 July 2010
TRIO OF POLITICIANS PAY VISITS TO CLYDE GATEWAY
The first week of July saw three separate visits to the Clyde Gateway area by leading politicians from the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments.
David Mundell MP, the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, and Tom Greatrex MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West were each given a guided tour of the various projects across the Clyde Gateway area while Alex Neil MSP came to Bridgeton Cross to launch a new European fund related to regeneration.
Mr Mundell’s 90-minute tour, accompanied by Councillor Chris Thompson, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway and Ian Manson, Chief Executive, was the first by any member of the new Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition recently elected to power at Westminster. He was shown progress on the M74 completion, Clyde Gateway East Business Park, the NISA/Velodrome project and the Athletes Village as well as seeing the complex challenges involved in delivering the regeneration agenda in South Dalmarnock and Shawfield.
Speaking to journalists afterwards, Mr Mundell said that he had been impressed by what he had seen during his visit. He added that projects and schemes such as Clyde Gateway that had proven economic benefits would be protected from the worst excesses of forthcoming cuts in public expenditure.
Mr Neil was making a return visit to Clyde Gateway some 15 months after he had been given a guided tour, during which he had also met local residents who were members of the Bridgeton Community Steering Group which had been established to assist with the delivery of projects in the area.
On this occasion, he was launching the JESSICA Scotland Fund, a new initiative which will make £50 million available, in partnership with the European Investment Bank, for regenerating business and transport hubs and greening housing schemes.
The Minister had chosen Bridgeton Cross as the venue as the area was an excellent example of how different funds could be utilised to deliver changes and transform the look of an area with Clyde Gateway funding being added to by the Town Centre Regeneration Fund for the Olympia Theatre and European Social Funding assisting to deliver a new business centre on Dalmarnock Road. Mr Neil also took the opportunity to look at the changes to Bridgeton Cross since his last visit and to again meet with local residents afterwards to gauge their reaction to Clyde Gateway’s activities.
Speaking afterwards, Lesley Ward of the Bridgeton Community Steering Group said “It was great to get the chance to again talk to the Minister. We not only wanted to thank him for his continuing interest in Clyde Gateway but also to let him know that as a community we are delighted with the early progress and are looking forward to our continued close involvement in completing the transformation over the coming years.
She added, “He was very complimentary about Clyde Gateway, in particular how the organisation got so closely involved with the local communities is delivering the different projects. He was most impressed with the new-look Bridgeton Cross, but we told him he should come back again when the job is complete once we get the Olympia up and running.”
Mr Greatrex was making what is likely to be the many visits over the next few years as the constituency MP for the South Lanarkshire part of the Clyde Gateway area. While much of his tour of the area focussed on what was already happening and what was planned in the Rutherglen and Shawfield areas, he also took time to look at projects located in Glasgow as well as having detailed discussions with officials on how best he could provide support and assistance as a local MP.
Describing the discussions as ‘hugely valuable’ , Mr Greatrex said ” The regeneration of this part of the constituency has been needed for many years – the proximity of the Commonwealth Games and the construction of the missing link of the M74 have put that within reach. As well as providing new and improved amenities for the communities of Rutherglen and the east of Glasgow, there is a tangible benefit in jobs that could follow, and stay, in our area.
“This is precisely the sort of activity where public investment – on the part of South Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council and the devolved Scottish Government – can lead to private sector activity and jobs for local people.
“Clearly there is much that is still at an early stage, but the improvements around Rutherglen station and the vision for the Monogram site and Shawfield area, should give confidence for the future.
“The structure of Clyde Gateway, involving local people , doubtless helps keep the priorities right.”
Ian Manson added: “As it is important that our efforts to transform the fortunes of Rutherglen and Shawfield have widespread political support at all levels, I was delighted that Tom, so early into his new role as MP for the area, wanted to see first-hand the sort of tasks we are undertaking.
“I was also pleased that we were able to have such a long and informative discussion about the different ways that Clyde Gateway’s activities can be supported in the UK Parliament and I look forward to further developing an excellent working relationship with Tom in the years ahead.”
19 May 2010
M74 BRIDGE LIFTED INTO PLACE
Construction of the only bridge to span the River Clyde as part of the extension of the M74 is now underway at Fullarton Road, Cambuslang.
The structure, known as Auchenshuggle Bridge, is adjacent to Clyde Gateway East, the new business park on London Road, Glasgow that is currently being developed by Clyde Gateway.
The new bridge is being built with the use of the largest mobile crane in Europe which will manoeuvre the bridge span, made up of five box girders assembled into one on site, into place across the river.
Watching the work get underway was Scottish Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP who said: “This is another significant milestone in the construction of the M74 completion project. The fact that Europe’s largest mobile crane is needed to carry out the work shows what a complex civil engineering operation it is.
“Together with the recent erection of steelwork for the Rutherglen Station bridge and the ongoing second launch of the Port Eglinton Viaduct, the work on this bridge is another major step towards completion of the project.
“This project to complete the missing link between the existing M74 and the M8 in Glasgow is on schedule to open next year.”
After the girders are in place, work will start to lay the concrete on which the road surface will be built.
The 1600-tonne crane, previously used to help build an oil refinery in Kazakhstan, and most recently in a port in Rotterdam, is prominent in the skyline and 100 lorries were used to bring in the crane in sections.
21 April 2010
FUNDING PACKAGE AGREED FOR DALMARNOCK STATION
A partnership approach to provide funding for an £8m upgrade of Dalmarnock Station has proven successful with the announcement by John Swinney MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, that the project has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) had previously committed themselves to the project and now the Government agency Transport Scotland as well as Network Rail will be getting on board thanks to the ERDF grant of almost £3m.
The upgrade will see the station entrance being relocated from Swanston Street onto Dalmarnock Road, new lifts, stairways, improved lighting and repairs to the station platforms and walls. The station is going to be heavily used by spectators travelling to Commonwealth Games venues such as the new NISA and Velodrome but its impact is going to be felt well beyond 2014.
The announcement was given a very warm welcome by George Redmond, a Board member of Clyde Gateway and the local councillor for the Calton Ward in which the station is located, who said:-
“This is something that Clyde Gateway has been leading the argument on ever since the agency was set up at the end of 2007. It’s great we have finally got to this stage and that all the partners have agreed the funding arrangements to deliver such a key piece of infrastructure.
“Dalmarnock Station is one of our key transformational projects along with the likes of the Olympia Building at Bridgeton Cross and the new office development at Brook Street that is going to bring 500 new jobs to the area. We are also of course very hopeful of relocating Strathclyde Police HQ to a site on the banks of the Clyde not all that far from the station.
“While it is important that the upgrade is completed in time for the 2014 Games, the main thing from a regeneration angle is that the station will become central to our efforts over the next 20 years to influence developers that Clyde Gateway is the perfect location to invest in.”
John Swinney said:-
“The Scottish Government is working tirelessly to ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support sustainable economic growth. That’s why I’m delighted to announce this £2.8 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund which will help support the redevelopment and refurbishment of Dalmarnock Station.
“When delivered, the station will not only provide additional transport services for the Commonwealth Games, but also help support the regeneration of the wider Dalmarnock area.
“As we look forward to the Games in 2014, this investment will help deliver an efficient transport network for visitors to the city, as well as a lasting legacy of improved transport links in Glasgow’s East End.”
Project Partners delivering Dalmarnock Station refurbishment are Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Clyde Gateway and Network Rail and they are currently working up preferred options for the station redevelopment.
The project is expected to be delivered by the end of 2013.
14 April 2010
RUTHERGLEN STATION IMPROVEMENTS OPENED BY LEADER OF SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL
The project funded and undertaken by Clyde Gateway URC to improve the access in and around Rutherglen Station has been officially opened by Councillor Eddie McAvoy, the Leader of South Lanarkshire Council.
Among the wide-ranging changes has been the creation of a new pedestrian-friendly area on Castle Street, improved car parking spaces for local residents, public artworks at Burgh Primary School, real-time rail service information at the station as well as on Main Street, new signage for the shops on Victoria Street and widespread improvements to the lighting and landscape. Work was also carried out to improve the entrance at the adjacent Reuther Hall.
Unveiling a granite plaque that is set in the new pavement directly outside the station entrance, Councillor McAvoy praised Clyde Gateway both for the quality of the work on the project and the impact the URC was making on the local communities.
He said “Rutherglen Station is very important to everyone who lives and works in the Burgh, and these improvements give it excellent links with Main Street and the bus services on Farmeloan Road. The first-class standards in the design, layout and delivery of this project are very clear evidence of Clyde Gateway’s determination to play its part in the on-going transformation of the Rutherglen community.
“Equally pleasing have been the efforts made to involve local people wherever possible, from providing training and jobs as part of the contract to having pupils at Burgh Primary work on an innovative environmental art project.
“This is just the start of many changes in Rutherglen and Shawfield that Clyde Gateway will be helping to delivery with all of its partners, including South Lanarkshire Council. I look forward to sustaining a long and successful relationship over the next two decades.”
One of three environmental improvement projects across the Clyde Gateway area, the works at Rutherglen Station are the largest in scale and the most expensive at £2m.
Castle Street has been resurfaced in granite setts and new lighting installed, while Green Road was resurfaced and had trees planted on its western side adjacent to the public car park. The car park at the junction of King Street and Castle Street was reconfigured with landscape improvements. The entire area around the station was resurfaced and provided with improved lighting and landscaping.
Victoria Street has been given granite paving, improved lighting and, new car parking spaces.
A gable tenemental wall adjacent to the new Burgh Primary School is now the site of a modern sculpture designed and built by the award-winning Kenny Hunter, whose other works include the tribute to fire-fighters outside Glasgow Central Station.
The provision of real time rail information at the station entrance and on Main Street will improve the service provided to passengers and station users.
As part of the conditions of the contract, ten new trainees in construction skills, all resident in South Lanarkshire, were taken on by the successful contractor, Land Engineering. Three of the trainees are now permanent employees of Land Engineering and are working on another of Clyde Gateway’s improvement projects at Bridgeton Cross in Glasgow.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “This is a project we embarked upon after consultants had listened to the views of local residents at workshops held in the Town Hall back in 2008.
“Between our improvements and those of the rail authorities in providing the new lifts and ticket office, more than three-and-a-quarter million pounds has been invested in Rutherglen Station and its immediate surroundings which is fantastic news for all of us who want to see improvements in the Burgh.
Clyde Gateway is determined to help deliver a physical, social and economic transformation of the local communities in the years ahead and I’m delighted we have made such an excellent start in such a high-profile and important location.”
12 April 2010
CLYDE GATEWAY LAUNCHES NEW 1500 JOB EAST END BUSINESS PARK
Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s biggest urban regeneration company, has launched its first landmark development – one that will bring up to 1500 jobs to Glasgow’s East End.
The £35m business park, to be named Clyde Gateway East, is aimed at attracting both light industrial and office-based companies to locate on a site with unsurpassed links to the major roads network, including the M74 extension and the new East End Regeneration Route.
The groundbreaking was carried out by East End Councillor George Ryan, who is also the City Council’s Executive Member for Business and the Economy, and Andrew McAlpine, of construction company Sir Robert McAlpine – who today started work on the initial infrastructure, earthwork and drainage contract which will prepare the site.
McAlpine, who are already heavily active in the East End on the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the M74 extension – will employ a number of local people on its Clyde Gateway East workforce.
Councillor Ryan said: “This development is an opportunity for companies to relocate, develop and grow in this area, which is so important to the future growth of Glasgow’s economy. It will bring many jobs to an area of high unemployment.”
Mr. Andrew McAlpine said: “Like Clyde Gateway, McAlpine has a substantial commitment to the local community in the East End of Glasgow. We have started the process of finding eight workers from the immediate area to join our team here.”
Clyde Gateway chief executive Ian Manson said: “Clyde Gateway East is the first location many people will see as they approach the city from the east. We want them to decide that this is where they wish to locate their businesses. We envisage a first phase release of development platforms by September this year with two further phases released in early 2011. The first occupants are expected to occupy their buildings by Spring 2011.”
“We are aiming to influence investment decisions both locally and from outwith the city in Scotland and the UK, with every size of company from SMEs to multinationals on our radar. There is an acute shortage of good quality small and medium sized light industrial space within Glasgow, and believe we have a location here which is second to none, only minutes away from the 2014 Commonwealth Games developments with unrivalled transport links.”
The 14 hectare (34 acre) business park is being built on a brownfield site on London Road which has lain unused for over 30 years.
Planning consultancy Halcrow has drawn up a masterplan for the site which has outline planning consent for the erection of business, general industrial and storage and distribution units, and is capable of accommodating bespoke space and buildings with up to 45,000 m2 of business space.
Clyde Gateway East will also bring a number of public realm benefits to residents living in the local community, not least through the development incorporating a specially designed safe and secure path on a linear park down to the River Clyde walkway – opening up new walking and cycling routes to the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village and to Cambuslang.
11 March 2010
500 OFFICE JOBS BOOST FOR BRIDGETON
The continued efforts to revitalise the East End of Glasgow have received another lift with the news that a proposed office building in Bridgeton is to be the new home of Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS), bringing 500 jobs to the area.
The new 65,000 square foot office block is being developed by Clyde Gateway, at a cost of £9.7million, on a brownfield site at the junction of London Road and Brook Street, just 300 yards east of the historic Bridgeton Cross. The sole occupant will be GCSS and the majority of its workforce will relocate to the East End from various sites in the city centre.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This is an important milestone in the regeneration proposals for Clyde Gateway and the latest piece of good news for the Bridgeton area. Local residents have given great support to all of our work and activities over the past year, but we never lost sight of the fact that attracting jobs into the area is top of their agenda.
“The jobs from this office development will have a significant impact on the local economy both during the construction phase and its eventual occupation by the 500 staff. More importantly, the fact that an organisation such as GCSS is so keen to place their HQ building in the East End is proof that Clyde Gateway is an area which provides an efficient, effective and attractive place to work.”
Phil Walker, managing director of GCSS said: “I’m delighted to announce our move to our new office premises in the East End.
“This move will not only help to regenerate the area, but will also provide a facility for local residents to enjoy, and has been designed to include a community exhibition area.
“The new premises have been tailored to meet our needs and this cost-effective move will allow us to consolidate our staff under one roof, enabling us to streamline our services and provide an even better service to the people of Glasgow.
“The environmental impact of the new facility was an important consideration and the building will be designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards, giving it a top rating for sustainability and environmental performance.
“The area is undergoing a dramatic transformation, with many changes and developments linked to the forthcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games, and I know that everyone at GCSS is eager to be a part of the continued regeneration of the East End.”
The new offices will be the only development of its type to start construction in Glasgow this year. Work will get underway in early summer, and GCSS will move in upon completion in March 2012.
Clyde Gateway will work alongside a private sector developer to fund and construct the new office, and discussions are already underway with five potential partners, all of whom have a proven track record in the development industry.
For further information on GCSS go to http://www.saferglasgow.com/
17 February 2010
SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS CLYDE GATEWAY AREA
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy MP, paid a visit to the Clyde Gateway area on 17 February 2010, during which he was taken on a guided tour of a number of key development sites and met with some of the construction team currently involved in the refurbishment work at Bridgeton Cross.
Speaking to journalists after the visit, Mr Murphy gave his backing to the work and plans of Clyde Gateway, saying “It’s absolutely brilliant. The area will be entirely transformed and the lives of the people on the East End will be a lot better.”
The Secretary of State was the latest in a number of important politicians to have a look at what is happening in and around the Clyde Gateway area, following on from recent visits by Alex Neil MSP, the Minister for Housing & Communities, and Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the Deputy First Minister.
16 January 2010
EAST END RELOCATION FOR STRATHCLYDE POLICE MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER
The possibility of Strathclyde Police taking an historic decision to relocate the Force Headquarters to a new site in the East End of Glasgow has moved one step closer to being realised.
The Strathclyde Police Authority has agreed to undertake a full and detailed business case, at a cost of up to £1,000,000, to be funded by Clyde Gateway URC, that will look at the design and costs of a new building on a site adjacent to the River Clyde in South Dalmarnock.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, said “We have been in discussions with the Police Authority for the past few months, and having listened closely to the requirements they have for a new HQ building, have identified a riverfront site which will be adjacent to the East End Regeneration Route and no more than a half-mile from the M74. It is also within walking distance of Dalmarnock station which will be soon be undergoing an extensive refurbishment that will be completed in advance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Clyde Gateway has always been determined to attract a significant and influential anchor employer to this area who would be the first to commit to the vision of the long-term regeneration over the next two decades. I am delighted that the Police Authority has shown this firm belief in what we are setting out to do, and I look forward to working closely alongside them to deliver a business case that will make the relocation from Pitt Street to South Dalmarnock an absolute certainty.”
The development of a full and detailed business case will see the selection of a design team of an architect, engineer, quantity surveyor and project manager to determine all aspects of a new building, including layout, parking, security and costs. It is expected to take around 9 months to complete, with the timescale allowing the Authority to make a final decision in late 2010.
Councillor Paul Rooney, chair of the Strathclyde Police Authority said “It is well documented that the current facilities at force headquarters in Pitt Street are no longer fit for purpose. The Police Authority has been well aware and indeed budgeting for the possibility of relocation.
“However, before any final decisions can be taken, it is imperative that the Police Authority is fully informed of the costs, design and risks associated with relocating.
“We are grateful to Clyde Gateway for providing the finance to proceed with a full business case which will allow the Police Authority to make a fully informed decision in the future.”
A new HQ building is anticipated to cost in the region of £45m and will be home to up to 1200 employees, with a mixture of serving police officers and civilian staff. It would become the single biggest employer in the Clyde Gateway area.
The HQ building could be constructed and fully operational in four years time.
4 January 2010
CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGINS AT NATIONAL INDOOR SPORTS ARENA AND SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME
Construction work has now begun on the National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, a facility sits in the very heart of the Clyde Gateway area and one which will host two events – badminton and cycling – at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The NISA and velodrome is located on a 10.5 hectare site in the East End of Glasgow, close to Celtic Park and the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. The indoor arena has a 5,000 all-seated capacity while the velodrome will have a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators viewing the 250-metre cycle track, to be increased to 4000 seats at Games time for the track cycling events.
The facility will also be a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball, providing elite training and an international competition standard venue, while the new headquarters of sportscotland, the national sports agency, will be located on the same site, adjacent to the NISA and velodrome.
The facility will also be the administrative base for several other national sports federations and Culture and Sport Glasgow’s sports development unit. Other features include a community sports centre with sports halls, outdoor floodlit five-a-side courts, extensive health and fitness provision, indoor roller sports park, provision for cycling and a crèche. There will be dedicated and shared facilities for school use. The construction project will require a total workforce of 200, including 20 new apprenticeship places and will be built by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “The beginning of the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is another landmark towards the creation of a world-class sporting complex for Glasgow. The arena and velodrome will be seen around the world when the badminton and indoor cycling events of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are held here. There will be many other top-class sporting events held at the venue, with fantastic facilities for users to improve their health and fitness, and this will undoubtedly be a fantastic asset to Glasgow and Scotland.”
Building work is due to be completed by late Spring in 2012.