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Waterloo is right on track at Glasgow’s world class sporting facility

Waterloo Air Products has provided VAV units and heavy duty linear floor grilles for Glasgow’s Emirates Arena which includes a world class velodrome named after Sir Chris Hoy.

Opened in 2012 to host a number of sporting events for the Commonwealth Games, the arena is located on a 10.5 hectare site in the East End of Glasgow, close to Celtic Park and the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and provides Glasgow with one of the most versatile sporting facilities of its kind in Europe.

Owned by Glasgow City Council, the arena caters for a wide range of sports and sporting events including athletics, badminton, gymnastics and Glasgow annual athletics event, the Glasgow International Match and the Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix.

Whilst the velodrome celebrates Scotland’s outstanding record in international track cycling competitions and provides anyone, not just elite athletes the opportunity to enjoy cycling and ride a first class track.

HDFG-L Heavy Duty Linear Floor Grilles

Waterloo’s Variable Air Volume (VAV) dampers efficiently supply controlled volumes of air, independent of the duct pressure. They are fully adjustable for air velocity of 2.0-10m/s and can be mounted in any position with settings fully adjustable on site.

The heavy duty floor grilles are specifically designed for commercial and industrial applications where there is likely to be heavy and high volumes of foot traffic. The grilles are supplied in a mill finish as standard but can be powder coated or anti-static nylonic coated depending on the application and project requirements.


  • Integrated design features – enabling tile and linear grille combinations for aesthetic continuity
  • Improved additional strength design
  • Easy “Drop-in” installation
  • Convenient damper adjustment

The indoor arena boasts 5,000 spectator seats for sporting competitions, while the velodrome has a further 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators viewing a 250-metre cycle track. Viewing capacity for the velodrome was extended to 4,000 for the duration of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, when the venue hosted the badminton and track cycling events.

About the Emirates Arena

The Emirates Arena has a 200 metre, 6 lane athletics track which is hydraulically operated to allow for other events, such as the badminton, to be held.

The arena is also the new home of Scotland’s only professional basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, and Scotland’s leading netball side, the Glasgow Wildcats.

The Emirates Arena played host to the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November 2012, the Scottish National Track Championships and the UCI Under-13 Track Championships in 2013. A bid is being formulated for the 2016 World Track Championships.