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Sir Robert McAlpine recommended for Glasgow 2014 arena and velodrome

Glasgow City Council will consider a report this week that recommends Sir Robert McAlpine for the delivery of two major facilities for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

The National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be located on a 10.5 hectare site in the East End of Glasgow, close to Celtic Park and the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will host two events at the Commonwealth Games, and will be one of the biggest indoor sports facilities of its type in Europe. It will be Scotland’s first indoor velodrome, and its name is a tribute to the successes of Sir Chris Hoy and other Scottish cyclists.

Price, technical detail and community benefit

Four tenders were considered under the final scoring processes. The key criteria took in price, technical detail and community benefit. The recommendation will be go before councillors at the Council’s Executive Committee on Friday, August 14.

The project is expected to cost £116,311,000. Most of the funding will come from Glasgow City Council, along with contributions of £11million from Glasgow 2014 Ltd and £15million from sportscotland, as part of the Scottish Government’s national and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy. 

“The NISA and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will significantly contribute to providing athletes with a truly outstanding sporting experience.”

John Scott, Glasgow 2014 Limited

“We are focused on delivering an athlete-centred Games in 2014,” said Glasgow 2014 Limited Chief Executive John Scott. “The successful delivery of the NISA and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will significantly contribute to providing athletes with a truly outstanding sporting experience.”

Construction work will begin towards the end of 2009. Contract completion is expected in early 2012, with velodrome track installation expected in Spring 2012.200 workers will be employed on the project, including 20 new apprenticeship places.

The velodrome will seat 2,000 and accommodate 500 standing spectators – but capacity will be extended to 4,000 during the 2014 Games, when the venue will host badminton and track cycling.

The velodrome’s track willl be designed by Ralph Schuermann – who designed the velodrome for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing – and its success will depend on being accredited by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

On track to deliver

The NISA, meanwhile, will have 5, 000 spectator seats. The site of the NISA and velodrome will also host other resources, including the headquarters of sportscotland, the national sports agency, and the administrative bases of several other national sports federations and Culture and Sport Glasgow’s sports development unit.

There will also be a community sports centre with sports halls, outdoor floodlit 5-a-side courts, extensive health and fitness provision, indoor roller sports park, provision for cycling and a crèche. 84 staff will be employed by Culture and Sport Glasgow to operate the venue.

 “With five years to go until the opening ceremony, we continue to be on track to deliver a world class Commonwealth Games,” said Sports Minister Shona Robison.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will run from July 23 to August 3 2014.

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