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The combined efforts of the chair of Clyde Gateway and the board member representing the local community have seen work officially get underway on a new £4million construction project that will lead to the near-completion of Rutherglen Links Business Park.

Lord Smith of Kelvin and Robert McLeary, accompanied by Gordon Cunningham, the Managing Director of the Paisley-based Clark Contracts, the successful bidders for the main contract, broke ground on the site of what will be two office pavilions with a combined size of 1,400 square metres (15,000 square feet) offering space for up to 116 people depending on the final internal layout and configuration.

Rutherglen Links is one of Clyde Gateway’s flagship developments, and its mix of of office, industrial and trade counter uses will ultimately bring more than 500 jobs to the burgh. The business park has also proven to be an attractive proposition for private sector developers with Harris Finance, a company with roots in the east end of Glasgow, purchasing much of the site to create plots and buildings that have been targeted successfully at a range of occupiers, all of whom see Rutherglen as the perfect location to grow and expand.

Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “Looking round what is a very busy and lively location, it is actually quite startling to realise that all of this change from a vacant and derelict site has been achieved in just five years and that in another nine months, much of the construction work will be complete.

“I want to pay tribute to the people who live in the cottages adjacent to the Business Park. They came along in their numbers to our initial public consultation a few years back and gave us a very clear message that the site should be developed primarily in support of the creation of employment opportunities.

“Clyde Gateway itself has brought the office workers to the location while the efforts of Harris Finance have attracted high quality engineering and manufacturing jobs, together with a range of popular trade counters, including what is a first of its kind in Scotland for Ford Retail.

“We have always tried to be innovative in our thinking towards Rutherglen Links. The creation of these office pavilions will be another first for us with the design being such that they will be capable of accommodating either a single user or up to four tenants which means we can be incredibly flexible in meeting any demand.”

Rutherglen Links Business Park occupies a five hectare site in the heart of the burgh, bounded by Farmeloan Road and Cambuslang Road and just a three-minute walk from the train station. It was previously partly-occupied by the former Monogram bedding and pillow manufacturing factory that closed back in 2007.

It has, over the past ten years, benefitted from more than £25 million of investment, primarily through Clyde Gateway. A remaining small section of the business park, located on what is known as the upper deck, adjacent to the M74, will be the final area to be developed over the coming months by Harris Finance.

The various phases of construction at Rutherglen Links have brought a whole range of spin-offs for the local community including jobs and training together with almost £25,000 of physical improvements and support for local activities in the Burnhill area.

Robert McLeary, is the Rutherglen community representative on the Clyde Gateway Board, having taken up the role at the beginning of 2018. He said: “There is no question that Clyde Gateway is doing a tremendous job across the burgh.

“I hadn’t actually realised how much work has been undertaken as it is the type of organisation full of people who would rather concentrate on getting things done rather than making all sorts of noise about how wonderful they are.

“The transformation of the site of the old Monogram factory has been staggering and having so many hundreds of people earning their living so close to Main Street can only be a good thing for local businesses.

“Clyde Gateway has also been responsible for the wonderful Cuningar Loop Woodland Park on the banks of the Clyde, an all-year attraction that is incredibly popular with local families and for which there are ambitious plans in the pipeline to have it almost double in size and bring further facilities.

“Grassroots support for organisations such as Healthy’n’Happy, together with the Burnhill Family Group operating out of the Windlawhill Parish Church, ensures that the everyday lives of people regularly receive a boost while funding for events such as Landemer Day and Summerfest in Cambuslang help make community events and gatherings that little bit more special and memorable.

“Looking forward, there are huge plans to regenerate the area around Shawfield, addressing the contamination issues left behind by the former chemical factory and creating what will be a world-class commercial development on the site of the old industrial estate on the banks of the Clyde.

“It really is a pleasure to sit on the Board of such an ambitious, determined and innovative organisation which will continue to make such a big difference to Rutherglen in the years ahead.”

Gordon Cunningham, Managing Director, Clark Contracts said “It is fantastic to be working with our new customer Clyde Gateway to deliver these two new office pavilions at Rutherglen Links Business Park.”

The two pavilions for which the ground was broken will be built opposite One Rutherglen Links, the four-storey office building that was the first to be constructed within the business park. The pavilions will be targeted at small to medium enterprises of the type which have been flocking to Red Tree Rutherglen on Stonelaw Road and Red Tree Magenta at Shawfield, both of which are operating at near full-occupancy.

Clark Contracts will be on-site for 36 weeks and Clyde Gateway hope that the first occupier will be able to move in by Spring 2020.

Published Date: 24th June 2019
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