The Glasgow 2018 host venue for Rowing, Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire has a long track record of hosting major events. Temporary grandstands provided fans a prime view of the action as Europe’s best rowers competed for the chance to become the 2018 European Champions.
Strathclyde Country Park has received £680,000 worth of improvements to ensure it continues to host world-class rowing events for years ahead. North Lanarkshire Council completed upgrading work at the finishing tower to comply with the International Rowing Federation (FISA) guidelines.
Upgrades included 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 was also carried out to the roof and parapet, ensuring the facility is watertight and fit for purpose for years to come.
For Glasgow 2018, rowing is a great example of sustainability and of how to build a legacy impact after the wonderful Commonwealth Games in 2014. The hosts were able to showcase a venue that had also previously hosted the 2005 World Rowing Masters Regatta and 2007 Under 23 World Rowing Championships.
European Rowing Chair Ryszard Stadniuk said: “Strathclyde Loch is well-known by the rowing community and is appreciated as an excellent regatta venue. The European Championships have provided a great opportunity to upgrade this high-quality venue ... We greatly appreciate the continued support of British Rowing and the Strathclyde organising committee.”
North Lanarkshire’s Strathclyde Country Park – over 400 hectares of countryside set within the valley of the River Clyde – will host both the Rowing and Triathlon European Championships.