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Glasgow 2014 construction contracts 'worth £669m'

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Construction contracts for major projects related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games amounted to £669m, according to city officials.

Glasgow City Council said the total was based on 10 main projects which were designated as Games-related.

They included The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Athletes' Village development and the SSE Hydro.

The council said Glasgow-based firms and organisations won more than £423m worth of business from the projects.

Overall, Scottish firms secured construction contracts for major projects worth a combined total of more than £510m.

The council said that adding community benefit clauses to contracts for regeneration initiatives had led to the long-term unemployed and school leavers winning places on construction projects across the city.

It also highlighted its Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative, which had found Modern Apprenticeship places for almost 3,600 Glasgow school leavers over the past five years, and its Commonwealth Graduate Fund, which had secured jobs for 784 graduates.

Ten main construction projects designated as Games-related:

•Site remediation at the Athletes' Village

•The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

•The Clyde Gateway

•Athletes' Village development

•Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre

•The SSE Hydro

•Tollcross International Swimming Centre

•SECC car park

•Hampden Park and Ride

•Glasgow National Hockey Centre

In November, a study suggested that the Glasgow Commonwealth Games attracted £282m worth of tourism.

It found that 690,000 people travelled to the city to attend the games, while hotel occupancy in Glasgow reached 95%.

Other parts of Scotland were also said to have benefited, with visitors spending an average of five days in the country.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The world knows that Glasgow delivered the best Commonwealth Games there have ever been.

"But the Games were always about much more than 11 spectacular days of sport and cultural festival, however wonderful and memorable.

"What matters most are the lasting benefits for the people of Glasgow.

"It's enormously heartening to read these hugely impressive figures about the jobs, apprenticeships and contracts gained by Glasgow people and businesses as a result of our Games.

"We also retain the skills, facilities and enhanced international reputation that ensures we will continue to attract world-class events in the future."

Inspiring moments

Meanwhile, a survey carried out for the Scottish government's Legacy 2014 programme has suggested that the success of Scottish athletes at the Games has inspired more people into sport.

Ross Murdoch's 200m breaststroke gold medal was seen as the "most inspiring sporting moment", closely followed by Charlie Flynn's lightweight boxing gold and Lynsey Sharp's silver medal in the 800m.

Scottish athletes set a new national record by winning 53 medals, including 19 gold, at the Games.

Nearly 84% of people surveyed said they had participated in sport since Glasgow 2014. A majority said they were committed to maintaining an active lifestyle in 2015.

The survey of 1,000 people was carried out to mark six months since the start of the Games.

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