Official opening of Dalmarnock Legacy Hub
One of the centrepieces of Commonwealth Games legacy, the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, has been officially opened.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, and Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, formally opened the centre today. The £3.5 million hub, in the shadow of the Emirates Arena, is a community-owned centre that has brought 50 new jobs to the east end of Glasgow.
Run and delivered by the People's Development Trust, with significant funding from the Scottish Government, Clyde Gateway and the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, the hub was built to provide local people with new services in the aftermath of the Games. Glasgow City Council provided the land for the hub, sold for a nominal sum of £1 to the trust. It is designed to provide a link between the established and new communities in the area.
The legacy hub includes a nursery, GP surgery, dental surgery, pharmacy, community café, community hall and IT and training facilities. Fifty full time jobs have been created by the hub, and more than 1,000 people have been able to find employment thanks to the facilities and services on site.
Work started in December 2013 and the local community has been closely involved in all aspects of the project.
Mr Hepburn said:
"Commonwealth Games legacy didn't end at the closing ceremony. We want to keep the spirit of the Games alive right across Scotland, and the best way to do that is to make sure communities are playing a central role. There's no better example of that than the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub.
"The local community has been involved in this project from day one, and they continue to own and run the site through the People's Development Trust. The Hub is a fantastic asset to the community, and will be for years to come – creating jobs, delivering services and providing a focal point for community activity."
Councillor McAveety said:
"Glasgow benefited from the Commonwealth Games before, during and after the summer of 2014 through the creation of thousands of jobs and improved infrastructure and facilities. The Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, located right at the heart of the Games, is the latest illustration of Glasgow being better as a result of the Games. The Hub will be tremendously important for the people of Dalmarnock as the area continues its regeneration."
Yvonne Kucuk – Regeneration Manager People's Development Trust, said:
"The Legacy Hub demonstrates that Local people can effect change for the better. Given the right support and resources they can deliver unique community-led sustainable organisations that improve life choices, and chances, as well as bring opportunities to people who live in areas of deprivation."
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:
"The construction of a new centre for the residents of Dalmarnock was one of the earliest promises which we committed to in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games. Today's opening has been long anticipated by everyone who has a stake in the long-term regeneration and transformation of the community. I'm especially pleased that the Legacy Hub will be under local ownership and control as this will best ensure the delivery of services that are most in demand."
Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said:
"The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to have been a lead partner in the development of the new hub, it is a part of the lasting legacy from the 2014 Games and we hope it will continue to bring new social and economic opportunities to local people for years to come."