Construction work on the eagerly anticipated Tollcross International Swimming Centre in the East End of Glasgow will move up a gear next week when extensive groundworks begin at the site.
The £13.7million project will see the creation of a new six-lane, 50-metre warm-up pool to add to the existing 10-lane 50-metre competition pool at the Glasgow Club Tollcross. Once complete Tollcross International Swimming Centre will be a centre for excellence in Scotland and will host world-class competitions including the swimming events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Preliminary works started in June, however, to allow the construction project to move to the next stage the existing pool at the Glasgow Club Tollcross will close to the public this Sunday (23 October). The rest of the facility (gym, multi-purpose sports hall, spin studio and café) will remain open till mid-December. To mark the temporary closure of the facility Glasgow Life, in partnership with Barr Construction, is hosting a family fun day tomorrow (Saturday 22 October).
Held between 12 noon and 4pm, the fun day will feature activities for fitness fans of all ages, including giant water walkers, interactive video games, face painting and glitter tattooing, a caricaturist and a DJ. Barr Construction’s mascot Barrney Be-Safe will also be making an appearance to entertain the children. Staff from the Glasgow Club Tollcross and Barr Construction will also be on hand to answer any questions about the construction works.
When it reopens in the spring of 2013 the new facility will boast two 50-metre swimming pools; one of the biggest gyms in the city with well over 100 state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength conditioning machines and a brand new dance studio. There will also be a range of function spaces to replace the facilities previously provided at Shettleston Halls.
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Tollcross International Swimming Centre will be one of the best facilities of its kind and will of course host many world-class competitions including the swimming events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will be a genuine centre of excellence for swimming in Scotland.
“Construction of the new 50-metre pool at Tollcross will also allow us to maximise opportunities for local people when major events are being held in the venue and provide a fitting home for the City of Glasgow Swim Team. It will benefit from one of the largest and best equipped fitness facilities in the country, leaving a real and lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow.”
William Smillie, Construction Director at Barr Construction, said: “We have been on site at Tollcross since June this year. Piling works to the rear of the building – where the new pool and dance studio will be – are now complete and construction of the foundations is well under way.
“Structural steelwork will be erected in early November, marking a real milestone in the project as the ongoing works become more visible. Glasgow Club Tollcross has been extremely helpful throughout and we look forward to welcoming the public to the family fun day on October 22nd to mark the next stage in the redevelopment. To keep up to date on our progress on site, visit www.tollcross-redevelopment.co.uk
Glasgow Club members can make use of alternative facilities at 23 further Glasgow Clubs across the city, including Glasgow Club Haghill, Whitehill Pool, Easterhouse, Easterhouse Pool and Gorbals, which are all located within 3.5 miles. The Glasgow Club is Scotland’s biggest health and fitness network with 24 leisure centres, 12 swimming pools and over 700 fitness classes each week.