Client Glasgow City Council, Glasgow 2014 Ltd

Location Glasgow, Scotland

Sectors Events

The challenge

Temporary power and temperature control

Hosting a global sporting event is a hugely complex undertaking, not least when it comes to the infrastructure behind it. The sheer size and scale of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow meant that local grid power and existing temperature control wouldn’t be enough. So with six months to go, we started working with the event organisers and Glasgow City Council to make sure nothing was left to chance – focusing especially on three areas: the International Broadcast Centre, sporting venues (23 in total) and Glasgow Green Live. 


Project fact file

30 MW

Primary and back-up power generated

23 venues

Needing power and temperature control

8 hours

Fixing floodlight issues fast

The solution

The right people, with the right know-how

With so many details to get right, we needed specialists – people who could individually focus on what they do best, while collectively bringing the whole project together. So we brought in a team of more than 180 design engineers, electrical technicians and venue managers to design the power and temperature support for each event, at each venue. Having our own Glasgow headquarters just down the road helped, as the organisers could visit our manufacturing centre and talk to experts from as far afield as Australia, Singapore and Norway. 


the aggreko difference

A team of experts from around the world.

The impact

An event enjoyed – and praised – the world over

While we certainly can’t take credit for the overall success of the event, our support and expertise helped the games run smoothly and effortlessly – allowing broadcasters, athletes, spectators and home audiences to enjoy arguably the greatest Commonwealth Games to date.


“When delivering such high profile projects, having Aggreko on your side provides a high level of confidence.”

Hervé Rey Head of Overlay ,
Glasgow 2014 Ltd

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