By Nick Butler

A first wave of residents have moved into the former Glasgow 2014 Athletes' Village ©Getty ImagesA first wave of residents have moved into homes in what was the Athletes' Village during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 38.5 hectare sits in Dalmarnock and was home to around 7,000 athletes and officials during last summer's Games.

It has since undergone renovation work enabling the development of 300 private home, 400 homes for social rent and a care home for the elderly containing 120 beds. 

Around 100 homes on the site are now occupied, while more than 250 of the 300 private homes have been sold.

The redevelopment is viewed as a major part of the legacy of the Games, and of wider development in Scotland's second city, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and City Council Leader Gordon Matheson among those to have greeted the residents on their arrival. 

The homes have the highest design and environmental standards in the country for a development of its size, it is claimed, as well as a combined heat and power system consisting of rooftop solar panels in order to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent.

The redevelopment is a major part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy ©Getty ImagesThe redevelopment is a major part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy ©Getty Images

A new primary school will be developed on the site, as well as a hub which will house a doctor's surgery, nursery, chemist and shop. 

A Woodland Park, with 15,000 trees, forms another part of the project, along with a bridge across the Clyde to be connected to the Village, with it due to open in the next few months.

"This is a special day for Glasgow," said Matheson.

"The Village will always have a special place in the hearts of Glaswegians when we think back to the fantastic Commonwealth Games but today we look to the future and an exciting new neighbourhood for the city.

"The build quality of these homes is the highest in a housing development in Glasgow, raising the bar in what can be expected in the city and beyond."

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