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Work underway on 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Athlete's Village

Preparatory work on the 38.5 hectare site of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village started last week with investigations into ground conditions, infrastructure requirements and ecological studies underway.

The site for the Athletes’ Village is a mixture of former industrial sites, cleared social rented housing and open space.

Glasgow city council has agreed a budget of £15m to fund land acquisition and remediation over the next two years leading up to the start of the main construction programmes on the site in Dalmarnock.

Around £5m will come directly from the Scottish Government as part of the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund, a programme which aims to reduce the number derelict sites in the city by undertaking work to prepare them for future development and assisting regeneration projects in these areas.

Following detailed ground investigations, remediation work begins in January 2009 to restore land identified as needing treatment bringing it up to the standard required for residential use. Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2011.

Executive Member for Commonwealth Games Delivery,Councillor Archie Graham said: "Following decades of industrial neglect it is essential that the land on which we plan to build the Athletes’ Village is fit for purpose. Not only is it important for the Games but also after 2014 when people hope to live in the area and in these homes for many years to come."

The Village will accommodate around 1,000 housing units during the Games. After the event, removal of temporary facilities will allow 500 additional homes to be built, providing a mix of social and private housing and a 120 bed Social Work care home for the elderly.

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