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Providing world-class facilities, this outstanding venue has already secured its place on the global sporting stage.

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General Information

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was a host venue at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The 6,500-seat indoor arena features a hydraulically operated 200m running track, jumping and throwing areas, a warm-up straight and sports halls. The 2,000-seat velodrome houses a 250m high-banked cycle track with multi-use infield area. A ‘hub’ housing ancillary facilities links the arenas.

The scheme includes a community sports centre, four floodlit five-a-side pitches and a 1km outdoor cycle track.

Fast facts

Glasgow City Council
2009 - 2012
Sport & Leisure

To create the column-free space required, two 93m-span roof trusses were installed across each venue. Each truss was constructed in two sections within the confines of the respective venues.

With two kilometres of gantries and several kilometres of ventilation ductwork as well as lighting, PA, fire systems and radiant heating panels, installation of the extensive high level services required an exceptional level of coordination. Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used to eradicate potential clashes as the team sought to optimise prefabrication.

Throughout construction a railway tunnel beneath the A74 London Road to the north of the site was carefully monitored. The tunnel was built by the company 110 years ago.

A number of social enterprises were contracted to deliver services on the project, including the site catering and transport to and from training venues.

We also worked with our subcontractors to offer training and work placement opportunities to local unemployed people and school leavers. A total of more than 180 new entrants were employed, 57 of whom were apprentices.

The project had a significant impact on the surrounding economy, with 64p of additional value generated through respending for every £1 invested.

Notable successes also included an overall recycling rate of 96% far exceeding the benchmark of 80%.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to yourselves, your staff, and your company for the professional, efficient, effective and enthusiastic manner in which you approached the successful construction of this milestone venue, which is already receiving praise at an international level. The positive and proactive approach taken by yourselves to overcoming on-site issues was recognised and appreciated.” Ian Hooper, Director of Sport and Special Projects, Glasgow Life

“Sir Robert McAlpine’s outstanding achievements on its Community Benefits outcomes at the [Emirates Arena and Velodrome] project were the result of an exemplar business model that maximised every employment opportunity and by far exceeded all targets……That Sir Robert McAlpine delivered the majority of their 190+ job opportunities through the Glasgow Regeneration Agency is a testament to their commitment to our partnership. That over 80% of those recruited came from the east end of Glasgow also demonstrates a clear desire to meet the objectives of the Community Benefit clause.” Zoë Welsh, Strategic Operations Manager, Glasgow Regeneration Agency

Our work to help young people in Glasgow into employment was recognised with a Partnership Award from charity Action for Children’s Youthbuild programme.

The project team was honoured with a Silver Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award in 2013.