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Construction begins on NISA

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, will be joined by John Scott, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 Limited, Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Mr Andrew McAlpine of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and pupils from Dalmarnock and Sacred Heart Primary schools to mark the beginning of the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.  The local schoolchildren will be on bikes and with badminton racquets to illustrate the sports that the complex will host during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  Construction plant will also be on hand for filming and photography opportunities - and all of the people mentioned above will be available for interviews.

Construction work will begin this week on the National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, a facility that will host two events - badminton and cycling - at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

The NISA and velodrome - which will be one of the biggest indoor sports facilities of its type in Europe - 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 complex will be the principal new dedicated sports facility for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and will include Scotland’s first indoor velodrome, building on the celebrated successes of Sir Chris Hoy and other Scottish cyclists.  Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd will deliver the building of the facility.

The indoor arena, which will host the Badminton events during the Games, will have 5,000 spectator seats when set up for sporting competitions, while the velodrome will have a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators viewing the 250-metre cycle track, which will be increased to 4000 seats at Games time for the track cycling events. 

The facility will be a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball, and will include Scotland’s first dedicated indoor velodrome, providing elite training and an international competition standard venue.

The velodrome track will be designed by the internationally renowned designer Ralph Schuermann, who designed the 2008 Olympic Games velodrome in Beijing. 

The design of the velodrome’s track - and its accreditation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) - is absolutely key to the success of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as an event arena.   

The new headquarters of sportscotland, the national sports agency, will be located on the same site, adjacent to the NISA and velodrome.

The facility will also be the administrative base for several other national sports federations and Culture and Sport Glasgow’s sports development unit.  Other features include a community sports centre with sports halls, outdoor floodlit five-a-side courts, extensive health and fitness provision, indoor roller sports park, provision for cycling and a crèche.  There will be dedicated and shared facilities for school use. The construction project will require a total workforce of 200, including 20 new apprenticeship places. 

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “The beginning of the construction of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is another landmark towards the creation of a world-class sporting complex for Glasgow.  The arena and velodrome will be seen around the world when the badminton and indoor cycling events of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are held here.  There will be many other top-class sporting events held at the venue, with fantastic facilities for users to improve their health and fitness, and this will undoubtedly be a fantastic asset to Glasgow and Scotland.”

Minister for Sport Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government, along with its partners, is committed to showcasing the best that Scotland has to offer by delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games. I am very pleased to see construction begin on the NISA and Velodrome. World class sporting facilities such as these will not only help to deliver a successful games in 2014 but provide opportunities for others to progress in sport for years to come.”

John Scott, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 Limited, the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games, said: “This facility will be a fabulous addition to the sports infrastructure in Glasgow. It will provide a venue for numerous international competitions in the years to come, with the potential to generate significant economic benefits, as well as being a superb community facility. It is a key competition venue for the Commonwealth Games and will be in regular use and fully tested well in advance of the Commonwealth Games.”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair, sportscotland said:  “It is fantastic to see this project finally reach the construction phase. The NISA and Sir Chris Hoy velodrome will be a huge asset to the people of Glasgow and indeed the whole of Scotland, providing a first class training and competition facility for those taking part in sport for health  and fitness and in particular for our athletes aspiring to perform on the world stage.  sportscotland is particularly excited about the prospect of its new headquarters being based on this site in the near future.”

Michael Cavanagh, Chair Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “Not only will the NISA and velodrome be a prime venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it will also be a fabulous training facility for future generations of Scottish Commonwealth Games athletes. It will be great to see more of our top athletes able to train and compete in Scotland thanks to this quality facility on their doorstep.”

Mr Andrew McAlpine of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, said: “My Company is delighted to be associated with this prestigious project which will benefit not only Glasgow, but the whole of Scotland.  Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has its roots in Scotland having been founded near Hamilton by my great great grandfather in 1869. Since then we are proud to have completed work on many notable projects including Hampden Park and Kelvin Hall, two wonderful Sports Arenas here in Glasgow.  We look forward to playing our part in ensuring the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”   Building work is due to be completed by late Spring in 2012.

Images of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome are available on request.


Notes to Editors

The full building details for the National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Velodrome are as follows:

NISA: • A flexible 5,000 seater events arena capable of staging international and world sporting events in a wide range of sports • 200-metre athletics track (six lanes, hydraulic bends, infield used for indoor athletics field competition, or court sports training and casual use and high jump training) • 137-metre warm-up sprint straight (including horizontal jumps pit and margins) • Pole vault in training area outside athletics track • Throwing cage in training area outside athletics track • Conditioning area in training area outside athletics track • 5,000 spectator seats (fixed seats and telescopic seats, attached and detachable, capable of providing various seating configurations for sports events. 4,960 seats in Athletics mode) • Three sports halls (includes community sports hall, linear design timber sprung floor, capable of hosting events for up to 1,200 spectators, utilising detachable telescopic seating units shared with arena) • Ancillary facilities (Athletes Team Changing Rooms, Referee changing Rooms, Equipment Storage, First Aid, Event Control Space)

Velodrome: • 250-metre cycle track (timber track) • 1.2-metre depressed track centre (concrete; used for cycling competition, or demountable roller sports park, or court sports) • 2,500 spectator capacity (1,946 fixed seats, 500 standing spaces) • temporary 4,000 spectator target capacity (Velodrome concourse large enough to accommodate additional 2,000 temporary seats) • Closed Road Circuit (external) • Ancillary facilities (cyclists and roller sport changing facilities, cycle stores for national squad, clubs and for hire, hire station and workshop, equipment stores, event control space)

Shared Elite Athletes/ Cyclist Facilities: • Conditioning Suite (237 square metres) • Physiotherapy (37 square metres) • Doping Control (45 square metres)

Common Spectator Facilities: • Main Concourse (Box Office, three Catering Concessions, some Sanitary Facilities, First Aid) • Hospitality Facilities (320 square metres divisable function room overlooking arena and Velodrome, venue kitchen, stores)

Common Event Support Spaces/ Meeting Room Resources: • Media Accommodation (Press Conference Room, Media Centre, Media Hospitality) • Event Support Spaces (Events Organiser Office, Jury Office, Officials Lounge & Registration Area)

Community Sports Centre: • Sports Hall (See Arena) • Dance Studio (236 square metres, timber sprung floor) • Gym (546 square metres open plan, plus consultation room, 75 square metres Spin Studio, 75 square metres Mind & Body Studio) • Spa (incl. sanarium, sauna, steam room, caldarium, vitality pool, two treatment rooms, dedicated relaxation space) • Outdoor facilities (four 5-a-side football pitches, floodlit) • Ancillary facilities (Changing Rooms)

Sports Federation Offices: • Office Suites (Bespoke offices Cat B and stores) • Shared Ancillary Accommodation (Sports Lounge, meeting room, kitchen and sanitary facilities)

Culture and Sport Glasgow Offices: • Offices (open plan office, two offices) • Ancillary Accommodation (Kitchens / coffee stations, sanitary facilities)

Common Facilities: • Café (323 square metres, including kitchen, sanitary facilities) • Reception (public reception and access control)

Facility Management: • Offices (open plan office, two office spaces) • Ancillary Facilities (staff rest room, staff changing village, sanitary facilities) • Cleaner Stores on all floors

External Works: • Parking (415 car spaces, 26 disabled bays, 54 cycle spaces, OB parking areas for Velodrome and arena within above parking area, 10,300 square metres events overflow parking area shared with Celtic coach park. Taxi and coach drop-off zone off access road) • Landscaping (hard landscaped upper and lower plaza, connected by sculptured wall, soft landscaping, temporary landscaping of future development sites located north west and east of the arena).


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