A revolutionary project which is helping turn Hampden Park Stadium - the home of Scottish football - into a world-class athletics arena in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled.
Capita was appointed by Malcolm Construction and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee to provide structural engineering and inspection services on the scheme to ensure compliance with the required standards. A deck surface, based upon the system developed by Capita for the 2012 London Olympics at Greenwich Park, has been used to raise the stadium surface by almost two metres in order to provide the width and length required for an IAAF-approved athletics track.
The work has been a closely guarded secret since it began back in December, but a full infield, complete with freshly-covered grass, now sits on a temporary deck made up of 1,200 base panels supported by over 6,000 structural steel stilts.
A traditional red running track surface will be laid shortly.
This is the first time this technology has been used on this scale to deliver a world-class athletics event and it will enable elite athletes from 70 nations and territories to battle it out in front of a packed crowd of over 40,000 in the stadium and more than one billion TV viewers worldwide. The method has resulted in a huge cost saving over the alternative of a newly constructed or purpose built facility for the track and field event.
With IAAF approval, the approach is already being termed the ‘Glasgow solution’ in worldwide athletics circles and its legacy could live on at future events.
Glasgow 2014 Official Ambassador, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, who attended the unveiling, said: “Looking at the amazing athletics arena that is taking shape at Hampden Park, I am sure Glasgow 2014 will be a Commonwealth Games like no other. I know from the Olympic Games in London the importance of a home crowd and how much of a boost that wonderful support gave to the athletes.
“Scotland is famed for a passion for sport. I’ve been hearing today about the ‘Hampden Roar’ which I’m sure, combined with a fantastic looking standard of Athletes’ Village, will give those competing at Glasgow 2014 an experience they will never forget.”
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