Tollcross International Swimming Centre (TISC) will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Friday 24 May) after an extensive £13.8million refurbishment ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The refurbished venue includes a new look 10-lane 50-metre competition pool and a completely new six-lane 50-metre warm-up pool, creating one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. An extra 1,000 permanent seats have been added to the 1,000 in place before the 19-month construction project commenced in October 2011. A further 3,000 temporary seats will be in place during the Games. The project was funded by Glasgow City Council (£13.15 million) and sportscotland (£650,000), with the main construction work carried out by Barr Construction.
TISC will host a world-class events programme including the swimming competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships. The venue is also at the heart of the city’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where it will host both the swimming and diving competitions. The first event to be held at TISC will be the Scottish Open Swimming Championships in June this year.
The refurbished venue will also operate as a community sports facility giving local people access to a world-class leisure offering. As well as the pool improvements, the fitness suite at the Glasgow Club Tollcross – a central part of TISC – has been doubled in size, while new flooring has been installed in the sports halls. A new community facility to replace the fire-damaged Shettleston Burgh Halls has also been created.
The gym at the Glasgow Club Tollcross is now one of the largest and best equipped in the city and includes the latest Technogym fitness equipment. Technogym was the official fitness equipment supplier at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Around 85 cardiovascular and strength conditioning stations have been installed including Visioweb – a digital cardiovascular platform giving users access to social media channels, Vario – an adaptive stride cross trainer and Kinesis Stations – a new training solution that improves strength. A new Functional Training (FT) Zone is also in operation.
A range of fully inclusive kit that is accessible for people with a disability is also available including three handcycles and six fixed resistance machines, which meet Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) Mark standards.
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and improved sports venues for the people of Glasgow and Tollcross International Swimming Centre is right at the very heart of this programme.
“As well as the refurbished competition pool area and new warm-up pool, the facilities at Tollcross will include one of the biggest and best equipped Glasgow Clubs gyms in the city, adding to the fantastic fitness centres already available in the Glasgow Club network.
“These facilities will be used on a daily basis by the local community giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to swim and train in a world-class venue. The wait is over, Tollcross is ready.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “As the excitement for the Commonwealth Games continues to grow, the official opening of Tollcross International Swimming Centre marks another crucial milestone on the road to Glasgow.
“sportscotland’s investment into the refurbishment of this facility has helped Glasgow City Council create a world-class venue which will play host to the swimming events during the Games.
“It will also provide a lasting sporting legacy for the whole community as we strive to maximise the opportunities for people across the country to become involved in sport and physical activity.”
Managing Director at Barr Construction, Barclay Chalmers, said: “Given its significance both to the local community in Glasgow and to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we were aware of the importance of delivering a facility the city could be proud of.
“The whole project team has worked tremendously hard to create the new Tollcross International Swimming Centre and we are confident it will be used and enjoyed by local and elite swimmers for many years to come.“
The Glasgow Club Tollcross will also operate over 70 fitness classes each week. Classes include bodypump, G-cycle, bodyjam, zumba, yoga, bodybalance, step, easy exercise and RPM. For further information please visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk.
The Glasgow Club is operated by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council. The Glasgow Club is Scotland’s biggest health and fitness network with 26 leisure centres, 12 swimming pools and around 1,000 fitness classes each week.