Dalmarnock Legacy Hub
Commonwealth Games legacy sees construction begins at new community centre
Work on a new community centre next to a major Commonwealth Games venue officially began today.
The community-owned Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, a new social recreational and educational centre in the shadow of the Emirates Arena, marks the next stage in the regeneration of the East End of Glasgow thanks to the Games.
The building will house a new all-purpose community hall, a nursery, GP surgery, pharmacy, training and educational facilities, a convenience store and community café. The facilities were decided by the local community. Construction work will support over 60 jobs and four apprenticeships, while 55 new long term jobs will be created at the Hub.
The Scottish Government is providing £2.05 million investment in the project, alongside £1.23 million from Clyde Gateway while Glasgow City Council sold the site, worth £200,000, for a nominal £1 to project managers, the People’s Development Trust.
Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison was joined today (17 December 2013) by local school children, the People’s Development Trust and representatives from Glasgow City Council and Clyde Gateway to break ground on the site.
Shona Robison said: “The impact of the Commonwealth Games will reach across Scotland but the epicentre is here, in Glasgow’s East End. Alongside the world class sporting facilities of the Emirates Arena, this new building will ensure that legacy is felt in the very communities at the heart of the Commonwealth Games bid, providing new community facilities people of all ages can benefit from.
“The Hub will be central to the community and their drive to improve the East End of Glasgow well beyond 2014. It will create jobs, growth and services to benefit the whole of area and the investment in the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub will be felt for a generation.
Neil MacDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said, “We are delighted to be involved in this project which will deliver a lasting Legacy for the current Dalmarnock community, who will see their aspirations achieved by the delivery of this building and the services it will provide. It will also act as a beacon for the new residents who will make their homes in the Games Village and the other housing developments across the area”.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted to see the beginning of work on the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, a building right at the heart of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and one that will deliver real benefits to everyone in Dalmarnock after 2014. Glasgow City Council has been working with all our project partners to progress this project, one that provides an emblem of the great economic and social benefits that preparing for – and hosting – the Games have brought and will bring to us. I look forward to the Dalmarnock Community Hub being a fantastic community asset for decades to come.”
Yvonne Küçük, Regeneration Manager for the People's Development Trust, said: “The Legacy Hub will be our first community asset wholly owned and operated by local people. I am hopeful that this project will inspire neighbouring organisations to become the catalyst for change in their own communities. This project should only be the start of our work to increase the confidence and capacity of local people and ultimately one which will support and encourage them to take the first steps in their own journey in bringing long term benefits to their own communities.”
The People’s Development Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status supervised by a board of Trustees drawn from the community. The Board have identified a sub group of Trustees to form a steering group that will oversee the delivery of the project on behalf of the Trust. The People’s Development Trust was established by the community in Dalmarnock with specific aims and objectives to:
- advance community development (including urban regeneration) within Dalmarnock and the inner East End;
- advance environmental protection and improvement;
- provide recreational facilities;
- advance education and in particular to promote opportunities for learning for the benefit of the general public.
Partners involved in the project include the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway , Big Lottery , Glasgow East Community Planning Partnership, Jobs and Business Glasgow, GCC Education, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Parkhead Housing Association, John Wheatley College, Glasgow Community and Safety Services.
The Hub is expected to open in January 2015. Luddon Construction have been appointed to construct the building.
For more information on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games visit the Glasgow City Council Games Legacy Site and the Legacy 2014 site.