Use of natural resources
Transport and movement
Manchesters venue strategy has been designed
to minimise the distance travelled between the Games Village and other
venues. Most of the venues and all of the facilities for the Commonwealth
Games family are located within the city centre or within a 20 minute
motorised journey of the Games Village. Many are within easy walking distance
of each other.
The overall movement philosophy is to encourage
the maximum use of Manchester's existing public transport networks and
to expand these for the Games family.
To achieve this, M2002 will work closely with
transport operators and attempt to integrate event entry with access to
the citys bus, rail and metrolink systems for spectators and volunteers.
Use of derelict land and existing urban infrastructure
Wherever possible, existing buildings have been
used or refitted for the Commonwealth Games. Nine out of the thirteen
sporting venues were already in use and all non-competition venues are
pre-existing, which avoids the environmental impact of new construction.
The Athletes Village is a perfect example of this principle because
it utilises existing student accommodation in the Manchester University
In the provision of new venues, maximum use has
been made of derelict land. The development of Sportcity and the Aquatics
Centre has seen the remediation and reclamation of over 40 hectares of
underused urban land.
All of the new facilities have an identified
afteruse either as a purpose-built sports facility for educational, community,
training and competition purposes or for a community driven use.
The relocation of M2002 to its new headquarters
at Commonwealth House on Great Ancoats Street will assist with the regeneration
of the Northern Quarter and leave a lasting legacy of a reconditioned
building in the context of an area undergoing major redevelopment.