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Barr Construction begins aquatics centre work

Barr Construction is starting work on the £13.7M Tollcross Aquatics Centre in Glasgow which will be used as a swimming event venue at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Barr will create of a new six-lane 50m warm-up swimming pool to add to the existing 10-lane 50m competition pool, providing a dedicated venue for swimming events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Some 1,000 permanent seats will be added to the 1,000 already existing, with a further 3,000 temporary seats in place during the Games.  

Barr will also work to create a new community facility to replace the fire-damaged Shettleston Burgh Halls.

Work is just commencing on the £13.7M project and the new facility is expected to open to the public in early 2013.

Barr has already engaged with the local construction industry and will be undertaking the work using Scottish sub-contractors. A number of apprentices and local people have also been employed as part of the project.

Barr Construction managing director Barclay Chalmers said: “It is heartening that a Glasgow-based company has been able to deliver these top notch facilities using a locally-based workforce.”

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