Seven months after Usain Bolt and company graced the arenas, tracks, pitches, courts and swimming pools of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games the first families taking up permanent residence in what was the Athletes Village in Dalmarnock arrived in their new homes at the end of last week.

The Athletes Village was home to around 7,000 competitors and officials during the Games and will now be made up of 300 private houses, 400 homes for social rent and a 120-bed care home for the elderly. At the heart of the development is the district heating network which provides hot water and heat to all the properties which not only cuts CO2 emissions but will help to alleviate fuel poverty.

The development was hugely important to the City of Glasgow, not only proving that Scotland could host a major sporting event, but providing a cornerstone development in the regeneration of the east of Glasgow, which is perhaps less eye catching but will ultimately have a much more profound effect upon the city.

Brodies advised Glasgow City Council throughout the development of the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village from the initial procurement through to the legacy development and the completion of the district heating network. The procurement started during the financial crisis and the Council team overcame many hurdles to bring about such a successful Games and legacy development, and we are proud to have been a part of it.

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