PICTURES: £32m Dundee sports centre take shape ahead of schedule thanks to summer heatwave

Work on Dundee’s Regional Performance Centre for Sport is ahead of schedule.

And the Tele can reveal today images showing the progress that has been made in building the multi-million-pound facility at Caird Park.

The warm, dry summer weather has helped contractors push ahead with building work, with the main structure of one the buildings now taking shape.

Lynne Short, convener of the council’s city development committee, said work was going “really well”.

She said: “Thanks to the good weather, the ground work was carried out quickly and surpassed our expectations.

“I visited the site recently and was delighted to see the work progressing so well.

“This is quite a technical building due to the work that is being included to use it as a heat source for other parts of Dundee, including Mill o’ Mains, and will help in our fight against fuel poverty.

“An interesting feature to come out of this is that the boring has gone down to a depth equivalent to the length of two football pitches.

”This is necessary to store the energy needed for this part of the project.”

The energy centre, with district heating capability, will cost £5 million.

Ms Short added: “This is going to be a brilliant addition to Caird Park.”

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The total cost of the project sits at just over £32m.

A £1.14m structure for the indoor football pitch, £300,000 of furniture and sports equipment, a £250,000 upgrade to the existing athletics track and a £150,000 upgrade to the existing velodrome are all included.

Plans for a £21m centre were first floated in 2013 and ground work got under way last year.

However, the proposals went back to the drawing board after Dundee Football Club, which initially planned to use the facility for training, dropped out.

Revised plans for the centre were put forward and approved, and the start of work was marked by city council leader John Alexander in May.

At a special event to cut the first turf, he said: “This ambitious project will provide superb sporting facilities alongside an energy centre that will make a significant contribution to our vision of Dundee as a sustainable city.”

The centre is due for completion in autumn next year.