28 Jul 2017

Major improvements carried out at Strathclyde Park ahead of Glasgow 2018 European Championships

One of the key competition venues at the heart of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – Strathclyde Park – has received £680,000 worth of improvements to ensure continues to host world-class rowing events for years ahead.

Image credit: Glasgow City Council

North Lanarkshire Council has completed upgrading work at the finishing tower at Strathclyde Park to comply with the International Rowing Federation (FISA) guidelines. The work has been carried out ahead of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships rowing events to be held at the park in the summer of next year.

Glasgow 2018 is a new multi-sport event that brings together the some of the continent’s leading sports, with Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon being hosted at venues across Glasgow and Scotland. Strathclyde Park will host the Rowing and Triathlon events.

Visit glasgow2018.com/tickets for further information on how to buy tickets for all sports, including the Rowing and Triathlon events at Strathclyde Park. Rowing prices start at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over-60s (plus fees), with Triathlon tickets starting at £20 for adults and £10 for under-16s and over-60s (plus fees).

Upgrades include extending the floor space in the upper levels to allow for new judging requirements set by FISA, refurbishing the air conditioning, heating and interior space, and reglazing the building to give unrestricted sightlines for judges, commentators and broadcasters.

External improvement work has also been carried out to the roof and parapet, ensuring the facility is watertight and fit for purpose for years to come. Completion of the improvements was officially marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony last weekend, ahead of the 2017 Home International Regatta at the park.

Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee was joined by Mike Morrice, President of Scottish Rowing and Annamarie Phelps CBE, the Chairman of British Rowing.

“Strathclyde Country Park is a world class venue for rowing, and we were very pleased to welcome athletes from across the UK this weekend for the Home International,” said Councillor McPake.

“The work carried out to the finishing tower maintains the standard of facility we can provide here, helping to bring world class competitions to the park. Next year we will host 17 rowing events over four days as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, showcasing the park as a venue to a global TV audience.”

The upgrade work has been funded by the council and sportscotland at a total cost of £680,000.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: 

"We’re committed to building a world-class sporting system in Scotland and providing access to quality facilities such as the improved finishing tower at Strathclyde Country Park will play an important role in delivering that aim.

We recognise that this facility is vital in continuing the success of rowing at entry level as well as the need to ensure it remains fit for purpose for international competition, training and development. That’s why we’re delighted to invest funding in this project which we believe will help to provide more and better sporting opportunities, as well as maintaining the lochs status as a top class water sport venue."