Barry Buddon’s countdown to the Games

Artist's impression of shooting at Barry Buddon for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Artist's impression of shooting at Barry Buddon for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The starting pistol has been fired on Barry Buddon as construction work began on the ranges on Tuesday ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Carnoustie venue will host all shooting competitions at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 in disciplines such as clay target, full bore, pistol and small bore events.

On Tuesday, building work began at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) site to prepare the area in time for next year’s games.

Both the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the property and services provider of the MOD are working together on the project.

Not only do they need to deliver the work on time but take into account the operational requirements of the MOD, although the site will remain in military use until closer to the Games.

In addition the site also has Special Scientific Interest status as well as being marked as an EU special area of conservation for birds.

The MOD range was used for the full-bore rifle contest during the Edinburgh Games in 1986, but this time round all of the shooting events will take place in Carnoustie.

The planning application to create the additional temporary ranges at Barry Buddon was approved by Angus Council early in 2013. The ranges will remain fully operational to military users until much closer to the Games.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We are pleased to have concluded negotiations for the use of Barry Buddon and are grateful to the Ministry of Defence for their support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Barry Buddon will be a world-class venue for the Shooting competition at the Games and represents an opportunity for those outside of Glasgow to be part of the celebrations.”

While chair of the Angus Steering Group for the XX Commonwealth Games, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “It is great to see the construction get underway.

“Angus is looking forward to being a host venue and we have been working hard with Glasgow 2014, Dundee City Council, the MOD and other partner agencies to make sure all visitors have an enjoyable stay and that athletes can enjoy the top-class facilities at Barry Buddon.”