Preparations for the swimming competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are set to move up a gear with the addition of some 3,000 temporary seats at Tollcross International Swimming Centre (TISC).
Work is underway on a new extension at the venue, which will house 2,000 of those seats with the other 1,000 to be added to the existing seating areas. A new high definition scoreboard will also be installed as part of the planned works.
As a result the main pool hall (this includes the competition pool, teaching and baby pool as well as all spectator facilities) will be closed to the public from Thursday 17 October and reopen on Monday 6 January.
However, thanks to earlier improvements at TISC customers will still have full access to the recently opened 6-lane 50 metre training pool and all other areas of the venue.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "In a little under a year the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow when some of the world's best athletes go for gold during the Commonwealth Games.
"The new extension at Tollcross International Swimming Centre will house an additional 2,000 temporary seats during the Games, helping creating a world-class sporting theatre for the world's leading swimmers.
"Recent improvements at Tollcross, including the delivery of a fantastic new 6-lane 50-metre training pool, ensures that local people will still have access to all leisure services in their local community."
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: “This work, which has always been planned for, represents the final preparations to make Tollcross International Swimming Centre a world-class competition venue at Games time.
“The upgrade to install a substantial number of additional seats for spectators will ensure a fantastic atmosphere for Glasgow 2014.
“We are confident the venue will provide a superb setting and an excellent environment for elite Commonwealth athletes next summer.”
The fully redeveloped TISC includes a 10-lane 50-metre competition pool with 2,000 permanent seats, a six-lane 50-metre training pool, a state-of- the art gym with more than 80 cardiovascular and strength and conditioning stations, a Functional Training (FT) Zone and a new community facility to replace the fire damaged Shettleston Halls.
The Glasgow Club Tollcross operates over 70 fitness classes each week. Classes include bodypump, G-cycle, bodyjam, zumba, yoga, bodybalance, step and RPM.