By Duncan Mackay

Glasgow_2014_new_HQSeptember 30 - Glasgow 2014 has moved to new headquarters in the city that will eventually accommodate more than 1,000 members of staff by the time the Commonwealth Games take place.

The new offices, at Tontine House in Albion Street in the Merchant City area of Glasgow, have been renamed "Commonwealth House". 

Commonwealth House sits on the north-west corner of Glasgow Cross and the renovation work for the modern, fit-for-purpose building started over a year ago at the building covering 108,000 square feet in the city's East End.

The interior of Commonwealth House has been designed in line with the Organising Committee's athlete centred and sport focused vision with all 17 Commonwealth sports portrayed extensively throughout the building, including the use of pictograms and sport terminology in designing and naming all the meeting rooms.

The building was fully renovated by City Building, Glasgow City Council's construction company, in conjunction with Royal Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) a social enterprise which employs disabled people to make high-quality furniture.

Glasgow_2014_Help_for_HeroesWar veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq were employed to work during the renovation at Commonwealth House, all of them recruited through Glasgow City Council's Helping Heroes campaign which assists former soldiers in finding work (pictured), including Raymond Hurst, who lost a leg in a roadside accident in Iraq in 2007, Kevin Lee and Jamie Yardley.

"We are delighted to call Commonwealth House and the Merchant City our new home, and this move is a significant milestone in our development as an Organising Committee on the journey to the Games, said Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith.

"This stunning building will be the base from which all operations will be centred and home to over 1,000 members of staff.

"Commonwealth House will leave yet another tangible landmark after the Games, and a positive legacy for the city, in completely refurbishing a traditional building to a fit-for-purpose Games Headquarters."

Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, also hailed the new headquarters of how the Commonwealth Games would help regenerate the city.

"Commonwealth House will be the perfect new home for Glasgow 2014, providing a gateway to the East End and bringing yet more new life to the Merchant City," he said.

"After the Games, this building will leave a tremendous economic legacy for the city in the form of high-quality, high-profile office space in a fantastic location."

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