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Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Glasgow gets its first resisdents

Written by : News | Tue 24th Feb 2015

THE heart of the Commonwealth Games lives on with new residents being first to move to the Athletes’ Village yesterday.

Over the week-end over 100 new residents are getting the keys to their modern houses in Glasgow’s Dalmarnock.

The properties had been residence to several thousand competitors and officials Glasgow welcomed professional athletes from around the world in July.

And their transformation into family properties to generate a thriving community in the east end was crucial to the guarantee that the event would have an enduring legacy.

The village on the banks of the Clyde is made up of around 300 private properties, 400 homes for social lease and 120-bed care home for older people.

A school is going to be constructed for the hundreds of youngsters moving into the village and a community centre will soon be built .

Sky Sports presenter Gerry McCulloch, along with his partner, have purchased a family residence to relocate to along with their two year old daughter and their nine month old son.

Gerry stated: “Sport has always been a big part of my life and so it’s quite nice to be moving into the Athletes’ Village, though it wasn’t really something I was thinking about when we bought the place.

“We were just really impressed by the quality of the property and the community being created here and we decided it would be a good place to bring up our children.

“Annemarie is from the area and still has lots of family here and so it just made sense. The location is great for getting into town and the Clyde walkway behind the house is beautiful.”

Annemarie, an office manager, added: “The Commonwealth Games has been absolutely amazing for this whole area.

“I grew up in Bridgeton and it was a pretty run-down place when I was younger but it has been completely transformed.

“We are really looking forward to getting the keys and moving in. You can see there is a real community coming together.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Glasgow City Council leader welcome first residents Ian Campbell and Tracey Warwick for their new homes.

Renters Tracy Warwick and Ian Campbell, both 44, had been since yesterday settling to their terraced house on Springfield Road, just a stone’s throw from the Emirates arena.

Ian, which runs a house safety company, said: “I loved the Commonwealth Games and I have always lived in the east end so when I heard about the Athletes’ Village development I got on to the housing association immediately.

“I never expected we would actually get one of the houses, so when I was told we could move in I was delighted.”

The couple, who previously lived in Parkhead, got together three-and-a-half years ago after meeting on Facebook and are getting married next year.

Tracy, a social worker, said: “There is a good feel about the village, the people who have moved in all seem really happy and it’s going to be good just seeing it all come together over the next few months.”

Developers say the houses possess the greatest design and environmental standards in Scotland for a development of its size.

A connected heating and energy system deliver a 40 % decrease in carbon emissions with rooftop solar panels.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, council leader Gordon Matheson and Ed Monaghan of the City Legacy consortium, who has built the village, welcomed the first occupants yesterday.

Across the Clyde is Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, with 15,000 trees, that will be due to open up within the next few months. The park is supposed to be connected to the village by a bridge later this year.

On the other side associated with the village is a hub that will house a GP surgery, nursery, chemist and shop.

By AlasdairW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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