altAugust 11 - Sir Robert McAlpine, who are building London's Olympic Stadium, have been recommended to build two of the key venues that will be used during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

They have been chosen to build the National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (pictured top) which will be located on a 10.5 hectare site in the East End of Glasgow, close to Celtic Park and the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. 

Their selection ahead of three other candidates is expected to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of Glasgow City Council on Friday. 

Sir Robert McAlpine also built Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, which was praised for setting new standards in building. 

The project is expected to cost £116.3 million and construction is due to begin later this year. 

The work is due to be completed by 2012 and up to 200 workers are expected to be involved on the project. 

Most of the funding will come from Glasgow City Council, along with contributions of £11 million from Glasgow 2014 Ltd and £15 million from sportscotland, as part of the Scottish Government’s national and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy. 

John Scott, the chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “We are focused on delivering an athlete-centred Games in 2014. 

"The successful delivery of the NISA and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will significantly contribute to providing athletes with a truly outstanding sporting experience.” 

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The Veldrome, which has been named after Sir Chris Hoy (pictured above), winner of three Olympic gold medals in Beijing last year,will seat 2,000 and accommodate 500 standing spectators. 

But capacity will be extended to 4,000 during the 2014 Games, when the venue will host badminton and track cycling. 

Sir Chris is hoping to compete before retiring from the sport. 

The Velodrome’s track willl be designed by Ralph Schuermann, who designed the super-fast track used during the cycling at the Beijing Olympics. 

The NISA will have 5,000 spectator seats.  

The two sites will also host other resources, including the headquarters of sportscotland, the national sports agency, and the administrative bases of several other national sports federations and Culture and Sport Glasgow’s sports development unit. 

There will also be a community sports centre with sports halls, outdoor floodlit 5-a-side courts, extensive health and fitness provision, indoor roller sports park, provision for cycling and a crèche. 

More than 80 staff will be employed by Culture and Sport Glasgow to operate the venue.