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Stadium Architect Months Behind Schedule 2010-03-23

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Technical drawings for Glasgow’s 113 million GBP show-piece sports arena and indoor cycle track planned for the 2014 Commonwealth Games are four months behind schedule, it was claimed today.

Construction giant ‘Sir Robert McAlpine‘ will build the complex on 26 acres of derelict land at Dalmarnock near ‘Celtic Park’ and work is already under way.

However, senior inside sources at the Glasgow office of architectural firm ‘3DReid‘ in West Nile Street, today claimed that half their design team are facing redundancy because of restructuring, and are quoted saying:

‘McAlpine have been returning drawings because of mistakes, while packages containing up to 30 separate technical drawings which detail the work to be undertaken by the tradesmen are now up to four months late, with McAlpine complaining they have people twiddling their thumbs.

‘If the technical drawings are late then building work will be delayed and consequently the completion date will have to be pushed back.’

The flagship development in the city’s east end is supposed to be finished in 2012 and will showcase Glasgow to the world when the 20th Commonwealth Games are held two years later.

However, it was announced 2010-01 that ‘The UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships‘ are to be staged there in 2013– an event that is set to attract more than 200 riders from 60 countries and is expected to generate more than 2 million GBP for the city’s economy.

  • Attempts to speak to the individuals involved were blocked by ‘3DReid’ in Glasgow. But management confirmed three employees are facing redundancy as part of a cost-cutting restructuring programme while a fourth is leaving for another job.
  • The firm refused to confirm or deny delays in completing technical drawings.

Management claimed the design team will ‘always remain at full strength’ despite the loss of four members, with a ‘3DReid’ spokesman saying:

‘The team has varied between two and 15 to date. As the project passes to the site stage we will work with the contractor to allocate the appropriate resources to ensure continued delivery to programme.’

A well-placed council source said:

‘Some of the design plans have not been submitted.’

However, in prepared statements issued by all three parties via the council the claim that building work could be jeopardised was denied. A council spokesman said:

‘We have every confidence that “3DReid” will fulfil their contractual obligations. “The National Indoor Sport Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome” project remains on time and on budget.’

‘Sir Robert McAlpine’ claimed the contract was ‘on programme’, while ‘3DReid’ said:

‘We ensure that every project is resourced with the best and most appropriate people to ensure delivery on time, on budget and to the highest standards.’

The allegations follow the row that erupted over the new 95 000 GBP logo for The Games after it emerged that ‘Marque’ had produced a near-identical one three years ago. It has also emerged that an extra 81 million GBP has had to be pumped into the event, making a final bill of 454 million GBP.

The indoor venue will have seating for 5000 spectators and will stage badminton matches during the Games. Afterwards it will be promoted as a world-class site for athletics and gymnastics events.

‘The Sir Chris Holy Velodrome’ will be Scotland’s first indoor cycle track, capable of seating 2 000 spectators with standing space for another 500. It will be another top location for major cycling events.

The site will also be used as a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball.

  • CLIPPED FROM: ‘Games plans stuck in cycle of delay’, Evening Times, 2010-03-23
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