Improvements to the finishing tower at Strathclyde Country Park

Tower upgrade will help bring more international rowing to the park

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North Lanarkshire Council has completed upgrading work at the tower to comply with the International Rowing Federation, FISA, guidelines.

The work has been carried out ahead of the European Championships Glasgow 2018 rowing events to be held at the park.

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 on Saturday 22 July, 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 first class venue for rowing, and we are 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 European Championship, showcasing the park as a venue to a world-wide 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."

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