City Legacy 2014 Commonwealth Games Complete

Low carbon community heating system for the 2014 Commonwealth Games hosted by Glasgow. First-rate solution enabled a 95 percent carbon emissions reduction for the Athletes’ Village.

“The Energy Centre at the Athletes' Village shows the way forward for sustainable living in Glasgow, with reduced carbon emissions and lower heating bills making this new neighbourhood something for other developments to aspire to. The connection to the Emirates Arena will make the system even more efficient. This is another example of the preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games leaving us a legacy, in this case making Glasgow a greener city”

Bailie Liz Cameron Executive Member for Business and the Economy, Glasgow City Council

Project Overview

Vital Energi is helping the City of Glasgow to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games the greenest games ever. This will aid the city in its ambition target to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent before 2020.

The Sustainable Glasgow Report 2010 outlined how the city is striving to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities in the next 10 years. The report stated that district heating will play a major role in helping the city to cut carbon emissions.

The Challenge

Within a very tight timeframe, City Legacy Consortium was looking for an innovative and future-proof, low-carbon energy solution for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

The winning company would need to design, supply and install a community heating system, and continue to operate it until the eventual post-Games completion in 2016.

As part of the ambition to become the most sustainable Games ever, new homes were built to achieve an "eco homes excellence" standard and deliver a reduction in carbon emissions.

Vital Energi's Solution

City Legacy Consortium appointed Vital Energi, under instructions from Glasgow City Council, to design, install, commission, test and operate a low carbon energy system. Vital Energi’s bespoke system contributed to decreasing carbon emissions by 95%.

Delivering all the heating and hot water to the development, the system comprises a 28km buried network of Vital Energi’s pre-insulated pipes. It supplies the 704 homes in the Athletes’ Village, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (formerly the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome) and a 120-bed care home.

To ensure the site remains sustainable for years to come, the energy centre has been future proofed to include capacity for an additional CHP engine, boiler and thermal store in order to accommodate connection to the 750 homes planned for the Legacy Phase of the development. When fully operational it will also generate and export electricity to the national grid.


The design of the energy centre ensured that it can also meet the city’s future aspirations for further expansion and interconnectivity. Vital Energi worked flexibly with a consortium of clients on this project to ensure that the outcome was the right fit for Glasgow as a sustainable city, and for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Winning the prestigious contract to create a low carbon energy solution for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village has placed Vital Energi in the proud position of being central to the city’s ambitious plans to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities and leave a lasting Games legacy for future generations.


  • Achieving aims of Sustainable Glasgow Report 2010
  • 40% more efficient than conventional heating schemes
  • Connecting 704-home Athletes' Village and Emirates Arena
  • 28km of buried pre-insulated pipes