AN unique development, which is transforming an urban wasteland in Glasgow’s East End into a dynamic new community with world-class sporting facilities on its doorstep and excellent transport links, has been named ‘Best Regeneration Project’ by the house building industry’s leading awards.
The Athletes’ Village, which occupies 88 acres of former industrial land along the banks of the River Clyde in Dalmarnock, was named the top regeneration project in the country at The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2013, which took place on Thursday, September 12, in Glasgow.
When completed, the Athletes’ Village will provide accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games before being reconfigured to create 700 new homes for sale and rent.
High-quality thermal insulation and solar panels will help to make this Scotland’s first low-carbon community and every home, including a 120-bed care home, will be connected by an underground network of pipes that will deliver heating and hot water through a central scheme.
These energy efficiency measures are set to save households around £500 in reduced energy costs.
The Athletes’ Village is just three miles from Glasgow city centre, with excellent rail and motorway links.
It sits adjacent to The Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Village will be linked by a new footbridge to a wildlife park on the opposite side of the river as part of extensive landscaping works that are transforming this derelict industrial site into a green and pleasant place to live.
Homes in The Village will range from £75,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to £200,000 for a four-bedroom townhouse and potential buyers can register their interest in the homes at www.citylegacy.co.uk
Handing over the trophy, the judges described The Athletes’ Village as “a remarkable regeneration of a huge brownfield site. It has good urban design creating interesting views, streetscapes and spaces which will benefit the area well beyond next year’s Commonwealth Games”.
City Legacy, which consists of CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm, is the consortium behind the project.
Calum Murray, managing director of CCG Homes, commented:
“CCG (Scotland ) Ltd has a proud record of achievement in housing led regeneration having made a significant contribution to the physical and social revitalisation of many of Scotland’s towns and cities. The development of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, however, is an unparalleled landmark for CCG, the City Legacy Consortium and all of the Stakeholders who have collaborated to ensure successful delivery during the most challenging of economic times.
“It is an exemplar by design and intent which will give the City of Glasgow and Scotland a lasting physical, social and economic Legacy well beyond the Commonwealth Games.”
Ed Monaghan, managing director, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, said:
“Mactaggart & Mickel is extremely proud to be part of the Athletes’ Village project which has been a huge driver for regeneration in Dalmarnock and Glasgow’s East End. With the other partners we have been dedicated to creating a legacy that will last – by delivering a well-planned and sustainable neighbourhood with great amenities and open spaces; in addition to the world-class sports facilities now available on its doorstep.
“The project has contributed to economic regeneration in the area too, creating training and employment opportunities for local residents and links with the local community and businesses.
“This award recognises what can be achieved through joined-up thinking and collaborative effort.”
Martin Kiely, managing director of WH Malcolm, said:
“The City Legacy Consortium set out with a huge challenge to create and deliver a truly magnificent Athletes’ Village that, after the Commonwealth Games, would become the heartbeat and centrepiece for the community within a newly vibrant Glasgow East End. This has been delivered and is a shining example of what Legacy really means for the people of Glasgow. WH Malcolm is honoured to have been one of the partners in City Legacy that took a vision and made it a reality.”
John Gallacher, managing director of Cruden, said:
“Cruden have delivered many regeneration projects across Glasgow over the years, assisting in the economic development of those areas by creating employment and training opportunities for local residents.
“As part of the City Legacy consortium, however, we are delivering a unique development which will not only do all of the above but also during the Commonwealth Games will be showpiece accommodation for the athletes and which will help promote the city of Glasgow around the world. Thereafter, it will become a new, vibrant community within the city in the heart of the wider Clyde Gateway development area.
“It is a once in a lifetime project which will positively change not only this part of Glasgow but also the lives of many people in Glasgow.
“We are very proud to be an integral part of this project.”
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