2014 athletes village work starts

Construction Companies in Glasgow have started  work on the athletes’ village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Around 6,500 competitors and officials will be accommodated at the 38 hectare site in Dalmarnock, three miles from the city centre. After the competition, there will be over 30o private houses, 300 rented homes and a 120-bed care home for elderly people.

Glasgow City Council has managed to get work started on time despite a stand-off with one resident, Margaret Jaconelli, who refused to leave her home, however, she was evicted on March 24 after a six-day dispute.

Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “This development will leave one of the most visible examples of both the legacy from the Games and Glasgow’s regeneration, with the plans showing homes that will provide a memorable environment for athletes in 2014 and an attractive location for all those living in the development thereafter.”

The site will bring up to 130 new jobs, although a total of 820 people will work on the project which includes 60 apprentices and 200 construction workers. Of the new jobs, 36 will be created by sub-contractors and suppliers for the work, 24 of them will also be apprentices.

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