Glasgow honour for Athletes’ Village consortium

Calum Murray, Ed Monaghan, Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander, John Gallacher and Martin Kiely

THE construction consortium that delivered the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games has been honoured by the city of Glasgow.

The city council’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, recently hosted a civic reception where she presented the crystal Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development to the directors of the City Legacy consortium: Calum Murray of CCG, John Gallacher of Cruden, Ed Monaghan of Mactaggart & Mickel and Martin Kiely of WH Malcolm.

The Queen’s Awards are presented to companies for outstanding achievements in innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. City Legacy is now permitted to bear the Queen’s Award emblem.

The award is the 25th accolade that the Athletes’ Village has won. The development has been central to the regeneration of Glasgow’s east end and comprises 700 homes. The Village initially housed some 6,500 athletes and officials during the 2014 Commonwealth Games before being converted into residential homes. City Legacy said demand for the homes was “unprecedented”, selling out two years ahead of schedule.

In July, City Legacy directors Ed Monaghan and Calum Murray attended a reception for Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace, hosted by The Queen.

Martin Kiely, managing director of WH Malcolm and director of City Legacy, said, “It’s been a rewarding and inspiring journey from idea to delivery on the Athletes’ Village, and this award really belongs to the staff at all four companies – CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm – who worked tirelessly for years to ensure the success of the project. We are grateful, too, for the excellent working partnership we enjoyed with Glasgow City Council throughout delivering the project.

“We knew from day one that The Village would offer a lasting legacy for Glasgow’s east end, and with a decision on planning permission for the second phase of this development expected in the coming weeks, we hope to begin the next chapter of this amazing success story.”

Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander added, “One of the great legacies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the Athletes’ Village, home to the athletes in that fantastic summer and now the site of 700 homes that has won widespread acclaim. The council’s partner in delivering the Athletes’ Village was the City Legacy consortium, and I am delighted that their work has been recognised by this Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

“The Athletes’ Village was key – along with the Emirates Arena and the Clyde Gateway route – in the regeneration of Dalmarnock, which now has a new community centre, nursery, woodland park, and care home, with a new primary school on the way.”