Glasgow 2014 seeks builder of £14 million running track for Hampden Park
Friday, 19 October 2012
October 19 - Glasgow 2014 has begun the hunt for a main contractor to build a temporary athletics track and warm-up area at Hampden Park, which will be the main venue for the Commonwealth Games.
The tender sent out this week also includes work to create a temporary track and field warm up facility at Lesser Hampden, the football pitch next to the traditional home of Scottish football.
The contract put out by Glasgow 2014, estimated to be worth between £12 million ($19 million/€15 million) and £14 million ($22 million/€17 million), includes creating a "field of play" at Hampden for athletics events, a warm-up section in the stadium's south stand and wheelchair seating, as well as accessibility works, which will be lost in the changes.
Additional lighting and scoreboard facilities will also be created under the contract, while it will also include the successful construction firm returning the two venues to their current condition.
The temporary track in Hampden will raise the surface of the arena and create a 44,000-seater stadium, returning to its 52,000 capacity following the end of the Games.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that from November 2013 Hampden would not host any further football matches ahead of the Games the following year.
Glasgow 2014 has set the deadline for applications as next month and hopes to have selected a contractor by January next year.
Up to five firms are being invited to tender and contractors have been asked to register their interest by November 23 online here.