Athletes’ Village scoops planning awards hat-trick
City Legacy, the consortium which designed, constructed and delivered the Athletes’ Village, has been presented with three planning awards at one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events.
Named as winners at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning last night, the joint entry from Glasgow City Council and City Legacy team came out top in the ‘Development on the Ground’ category. City Legacy also won the ‘Delivering in Partnership’ award and topped off the night by being crowned the overall winner.
The Athletes’ Village, which lies in the East End of Glasgow approximately three miles from the City Centre, regenerated and redeveloped 35 hectares of brownfield land. It was the temporary home to 6,500 athletes and officials during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will now be transformed into a vibrant family–orientated community with 300 private homes and 400 houses for rent.
Calum Murray, director of CCG, who represented City Legacy at the award ceremony, said the win is a clear indication that the planning aims set out at the start of the project in terms of regeneration, sustainability, innovation in design, wider connectivity and integration with the surrounding areas have all been achieved.
Mr Murray accepted the award alongside Forbes Baron, head of planning at Glasgow City Council at the event held in The George Hotel, Edinburgh.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won these prestigious awards – to win one was fantastic but all three is a momentous achievement – it’s was a very proud night for City Legacy.
“The Athletes’ Village is a fantastic example of urban regeneration, turning what was an oasis of dereliction into one of the most celebrated residential communities Scotland has ever seen. The interest which has been shown in The Village at home and from all over the world is testament to the quality of investment in planning and design made by City Legacy –an investment which it has sustained throughout a six year journey. This award is a tremendous achievement for everyone who has been involved in designing, constructing and delivering this exemplar development.
“We are looking forward to seeing Athletes’ Village transform into a lively community when the first of our new residents move into their homes early next year.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “I am delighted that the Athletes’ Village has received yet more recognition with these awards. The delivery of this remarkable development was achieved through the partnership of Glasgow City Council and City Legacy. I look forward to the Athletes’ Village now becoming a fantastic new neighbourhood for Glasgow.”
This is the 19th award won by the team behind the Athletes’ Village.