clyde gateway




05 Dec 2017


This is the text of an opinion piece, written by Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, that was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 5 December 2017.

The second half of 2017 has seen the beginning of what looks like a resurgence in the central belt’s commercial property market. It is most likely making up for lost time, after May’s general election and uncertainty on whether a second independence referendum might be in the offing, led to many businesses putting big decisions off.

The industrial sector in particular is showing strong levels of demand. There’s a healthy appetite for high quality industrial property in Scotland’s central belt, which is in short supply after many years when very little speculative building was going on.

The development market is now finally responding, with a number of new-build industrial units recently completed or currently on site. But until it catches up with demand, occupiers looking for industrial premises in central Scotland’s best locations are faced with very limited options.

As you might expect, this shortage of supply means rents are growing - prime headline rents in central Scotland trade parks are around £107 per sq m, with rents at general prime locations firmly established between £81 and £91 per sq m (source: Ryden). The Small Business Rates Relief initiative has also boosted the rents of smaller units, as an increasing number have the potential to be rates-free for qualifying occupiers.

The current vacancy rate for the greater Glasgow industrial market is only 5.2%, and as many vacant properties need re-developed or refurbished, the true availability of ready-to-occupy properties is even lower. To put this in context, vacancy rates of 30% were not unheard of during the 1990s.

It’s no longer just manufacturers who need industrial property. One area of rapid growth is the rise of online shopping and increasing customer expectation that their goods will be delivered the next day. According to research by Prologis and Aberdeen Asset Management, an online fulfilment needs three times as much warehouse space as a high street retail transaction. This means retailers need more and more storage sheds all over the country.

In popular industrial estates, occupier turnover is low, with existing tenants often staying put simply because there’s nowhere else suitable to go.

A combination of all these factors means that if there is any significant upturn in market activity, the shortage of modern, fit-for-purpose industrial properties could become so severe that it restricts economic growth.

At Clyde Gateway, we have gone against the grain when it comes to industrial property, and are now reaping the rewards in terms of lettings secured. Over £1.5 billion has been invested in the Clyde Gateway area over the last nine years, from both the public and private sector. Thanks to investment support from major national developer MEPC, Clyde Gateway East Business Park beside the M74 has been one of the few locations where industrial units have been built speculatively in recent years.

Clyde Gateway East has been extremely successful, securing high calibre tenants including BT, Glacier Energy, Dentec Scotland, Cusack and most recently The Greencore Group. The feedback from tenants has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve just finished building a new 27,500 sq ft speculative unit at Clyde Gateway East, and have had a healthy number of enquiries already.

In addition to the Clyde Gateway East offer, local developer Harris Finance has been building speculatively at Rutherglen Links Business Park, after buying land which had been remediated and prepared by Clyde Gateway. It secured Screwfix as its first occupier and Eurocell, another national trade counter, have taken the adjoining unit. Terms are close to agreement for another bespoke 13,000 sq ft unit, and a new 20,000 sq ft unit is now complete and available for tenant fit-out.

Clyde Gateway’s reputation as a business location is growing all the time, not just because of the excellent transport links but also due to the business support and superfast broadband we can provide. Infrastructure and connectivity are major drivers for the industrial property market, so there’s no doubt that the completion of recent improvements to the Raith interchange and the motorway network to the east of Glasgow has enhanced the area’s attraction and competitiveness even further.

I am confident that strong demand for the high quality industrial property we can offer, combined with a continued lack of supply, will ensure 2017 ends on a high for Clyde Gateway.


28 Nov 2017


Three sixth-year pupils from Trinity High School in Rutherglen have participated in a 10-week long work experience pilot programme with the Scottish Government.

Aaron Clark, Charlotte Smith and Nicole Kirk spent one day a week with the Social Justice Department, based in Atlantic Quay in Glasgow with the opportunity also offered to visit the Scottish Parliament and a number of key Scottish Government projects, including the Queensferry Crossing.

The partnership with the Scottish Government is the latest that Clyde Gateway has developed as part of its extensive efforts to raise educational attainment and improve employability skills. Explaining how the scheme came about, Karen Armstrong from Social Justice team said: “When it comes to work experience, some young people have more opportunities than others. We wanted to reach young people who perhaps would not have had the opportunity or know that this was open to them. We spoke with Clyde Gateway, who identified Trinity High for our pilot. We asked pupils to write an essay about why they wanted to take part, and Charlotte, Nicole and Aaron’s responses were excellent.

“We made the programme flexible, which meant that while the pupils were scheduled to be part of the team once a week, it could be on any day, and some of the work involved could be done remotely. This made it much easier for the young people to commit to the programme without compromising their studies in their senior year. We also asked them to let us know what they were particularly interested in, for example early years education or elections, and tried to link them into the most relevant people.”

“Throughout their time with me, not only have the pupils been enthusiastic from start to finish, they welcomed the idea of working along another work experience school to help create a YoungScot’s snapchat of the week, which was a big success,” said Shona McTavish, who worked alongside the pupils throughout their experience. “I was constantly learning from them as they were from us. Getting different views on policy from a different perspective is always interesting. The flexibility of the programme allowed them to ‘work from school’ on occasion which in this day in age is something we need to promote more within organisations. Not all business needs to be 9-5, a flexible work/life balance will be the ‘norm’ for Charlotte, Aaron and Nicole so best to start early. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and they ignited my creativity in organising activities of interest. I look forward to working them going forward on a project of “What young people want to know about Government”.

Teaching staff at Trinity High have been delighted with the partnership. “We were very excited when Clyde Gateway invited us to take advantage of this pilot,” said Brendan McCarthy, teacher of business education at Trinity High School. “As a school, we are committed to ensuring our pupils are offered a wide and varied choice of employment experience opportunities and this was another fantastic venture that allowed a window into the world of the Civil Service. I know all three of them have enjoyed this experience greatly, and it is a tremendous addition to their CV if they decide to venture into the world of work, or something great to add to their application form for university or college.”

The success of the pilot has also encouraged Clyde Gateway. “This has been a fantastic initiative that has provided local pupils with the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging responsibilities,” said Natalie Phillips, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway. “I'm hopeful that the programme can be rolled out more widely in future, and that we are able to offer more pupils in Clyde Gateway schools a similar opportunity.”


06 Nov 2017


Clyde Gateway is looking for a Rutherglen resident to fill an existing vacancy on its board.

Membership of the 13-strong board is drawn from each of the three partners – South Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise – together with individuals who have the responsibility of representing business and community interests. The current vacancy has arisen from the sudden death, in May 2017, of Tommy Rooney, a community stalwart who served with great distinction on the Clyde Gateway board for more than three years.

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications and Governance at Clyde Gateway said: “Our board is a very diverse mix of people but the one thing they have in common is that they work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure there is a full and diverse programme of activities to bring about a physical, social and economic transformation across the entire area.

“We have been active in many different ways across the burgh including building new offices that have brought hundreds of jobs to the area and investing millions of pounds into the creation of the award-winning Cuningar Loop Woodland Park. We are also heavily involved with local primary and secondary schools in finding ways to increase educational attainment while a substantial number of residents of all ages have been helped into jobs and training. We do, however, need to ensure that all of this is in tune with the wishes and desires of local people and the involvement of a community representative on the board will always be key to achieving that.

“We are seeking someone who lives within, or close to, the Clyde Gateway boundary in South Lanarkshire which takes in Rutherglen town centre, Burnhill, Farme Cross and Shawfield. Our ideal candidate will be someone who is already involved in community groups or voluntary organisations in the area and has demonstrated a commitment to improving the life and well-being of local residents.

“The Board meets six times a year, on Monday mornings, at Rutherglen Town Hall between 10.30am and 12noon although the successful candidate will also be asked to serve on our Community Committee which meets separately on three occasions each year.”

The process for recruiting the new representative is being managed and co-ordinated by the Community and Enterprise Resources section of South Lanarkshire Council.

Nomination packs and further information can be obtained from Kenny Mackie of Community and Enterprise Resources on 01698 454021 or by e-mail :

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 30 November with the hope being to have the process completed in advance of the next scheduled board meeting on Monday 18 December.


02 Nov 2017


It proved to be a night of triumph for Clyde Gateway based organisations at The Herald Society Awards 2017 with Dalmarnock Primary School, the Celtic FC Foundation and Glasgow Women's Library all being named winners within the categories in which they had been nominated.

The awards were launched in 2008 by the Glasgow-based broadsheet newspaper as a celebration of the dedication and the vital impact of some of the best work taking place across Scotland in the public and voluntary sector, in field such as health, education, social services and charities.

Dalmarnock Primary School was the recipient of the Partnership Award for the impact of its Summer Club, an initiative in which Clyde Gateway is a participant and sponsor.

The Celtic FC Foundation won the Community Project Award with the judges being particularly impressed by its programmes and initiatives that enable local people to take the lead in changing their personal circumstances.

Glasgow Women's Library, whose home is at Landressy Street, Bridgeton, was presented with the Legacy 2014 Award, a category which recognises a team or initiative in Scotland that contributes to a lasting legacy for the Commonwealth Games through creative approaches to help Scots be more active, help make Scotland’s communities more sustainable, or strengthened learning and culture at home or internationally.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, said: "There is an outstanding network of public and voluntary bodies doing fantastic work all across our communities and making a lasting difference to the life and well-being of local residents and these awards are a tremendous and well-deserved outcome for all three organisations.

"I would like, on behalf of the entire Clyde Gateway board and staff, to pass on my congratulations to everyone at Dalmarnock Primary, the Celtic FC Foundation and Glasgow Women's Library. Their efforts are hugely appreciated and I know that everyone living and working in our area will be proud that their efforts have been acknowledged in this way."

The full list of winners, which were announced at a ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 1 November were:-

Education Initiative of the Year : Glasgow Clyde College, Family Learning in Science

Community Project of the Year : Celtic FC Foundation, Ability Counts

Health and Social Care Integration Award : Aberdeen Foyer – Impact Project

Social Start-Up Award : Skapade Studios

Older People’s Project of the Year : Contact the Elderly

Environmental Initiative of the Year : Aberdeen City Council, Seaton Park Wetland Project

Campaigner(s) of the Year : North Ayrshire Council, #SaveOurFerry

Young People’s Project of the Year : North Ayrshire Council, DigiDabble

Partnership Award : Dalmarnock Primary, Summer Club

Herald Society Team of the Year : North Ayrshire Council, Money Matters

Unsung Hero Award : Helen Holland, INCAS

The Legacy 2014 Award : Glasgow Women’s Library

Herald Society Worker of the Year : Angela Morrell, North Ayrshire Council


31 Oct 2017


A Clyde Gateway backed initiative that is helping to bring tennis to the east end of Glasgow has received the backing and support of top coach Judy Murray.

The children's charity PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid) is providing fun tennis sessions right in the heart of the community, helped by funding from Clyde Gateway, Western Tennis Club and property management company Speirs Gumley.

In a series of after-school sessions, professional tennis coaches and PEEK staff deliver free, inclusive and stimulating tennis coaching to children with the aim of having fun, getting active and introducing kids to a sport they might not normally have access to. The programme is currently delivered at Dalmarnock and St Anne’s Primary schools, the Athletes’ Village, Dale Street in Bridgeton and Barrowfield Park.

“Research tells us that encouraging children to be active from an early age is vital if we want them to develop healthy habits that will last into adulthood,” said Melodie Crumlin, Chief Executive of PEEK. “The natural way for children to develop these skills and interests is through play. Play is such an important part of childhood, but a recent study shows that only 24% of kids play outside with their friends every day – that’s very different from a generation ago. Organised, fun and inclusive activities can help address this situation.”

PEEK has also had support from Judy Murray, who has provided the team with a range of professional development opportunities linked to tennis. Judy said: “More Scottish kids than ever before are being inspired to take up tennis because of the success of Jamie and Andy, but not all have access to it due to location or cost. The PEEK sessions are a perfect example of grass roots tennis, bringing tennis directly to young people in the East End of Glasgow through schools, parks and community centres and most importantly, making it fun!”

“When PEEK ran their ‘Active Play Tennis’ pilot programme in Clyde Gateway in September 2016 we saw so many positive outcomes,” said Niki Spence, Senior Project Manager at Clyde Gateway. “There were of course increased levels of physical activity, but also improved confidence and social skills amongst the children, such as sharing, taking turns, self-discipline and tolerance of others. The adults got the chance to engage with their children in active play and sports, which is something that many of them didn’t often do, with the added benefit of increasing their own levels of physical activity.”

“When I first started the sessions I was a bit worried that they were too wild and not structured enough!” says Cameron Black, PEEK’s tennis coach in residence. “But over the first few days and weeks I began to learn my biggest lesson; that kids just want to play! With the help of all the PEEK staff, we are able to give hundreds of young people the opportunity to try a sport that they may never have had access to otherwise.”

“The kids love it,” agrees Emma Morrison, a play ranger for PEEK. “We’re teaching them basic skills and building up their confidence. Kids have plenty of access to the usual sports like football and basketball at school and through clubs, but there is not much tennis going on in the east end – perhaps that’s why they enjoy it so much as they don’t see it every day.”

“I really enjoy the tennis club as I’ve got lots of friends here,” said Morgan, a P5 pupil who attends the Bridgeton sessions. “I started playing tennis at the summer club that PEEK take. I go every year now.”

“Tennis is my favourite, because I always win!” laughs Andrew, a P6 pupil. “And my name’s Andrew, so I’m Andy Murray!”


26 Oct 2017


Construction work has been completed on a £3 million speculative 27,500 sq. ft. industrial unit at Clyde Gateway East Business Park, adjacent to Junction 2A of the M74.

Unit 201 is the latest development brought forward by Clyde Gateway and is being targeted at the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway said, “The past few months have shown a positive trend in the west of Scotland’s industrial property market, with good evidence of demand with high-quality space still in short supply. This new speculative unit has been built to attract companies from the key growth sectors identified in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, and I’m pleased to say we’ve had some very positive enquiries.

“Clyde Gateway’s reputation as a great business destination is growing all the time as more and more companies locate here to take advantage of our excellent transport links, skilled labour force, fantastic business support and superfast broadband provision. This particular location also has excellent service and utility provisions and is the only manufacturing location in Glasgow to benefit from a Smart electrical grid, which is greener, more efficient, secure and reliable.”

The construction of Unit 201 was funded with support from the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise, and was part-financed by the European Union.


25 Oct 2017


Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and Footbridge was one of the major winners at the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards Ceremony held in Edinburgh on 24 October, picking up the Community Award.

The judges were impressed how the regeneration of the 15-hectare site had transformed a vacant, derelict and unusable stretch of land into a popular community woodland park. complete with an extensive path network, adventure play facilities, a bike skills area, Scotland’s first bouldering park, a woodland workout, large meadow and picnic areas, an outdoor classroom, a riverside boardwalk and the 99m span footbridge that links the park to the 700 homes on the site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

Lynne Valentine, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: "These awards are, in effect, the Oscars for everyone who is involved in civil engineering work in Scotland. Cuningar Loop was alongside very expensive and strategic investments such as the M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvements, the Selkirk Flood Prevention Scheme and the Glasgow Subway modernisation as winners on the night. This is a fantastic acknowledgment of the partnership that delivered the new park and footbridge with ourselves, Forestry Commission Scotland, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow City councils and the Robertson Group all contributing in various ways.

The specially made video that accompanied the nomination of the award can be viewed by clicking here.

The award comes as figures were released showing that the park has been visited by more than 175,000 visitors since being fully opened to the public in March 2016, a figure that is above the expectations of all involved. Hugh McNish, development officer at Forestry Commission Scotland said: "The park has been well used and we want to make sure that continues."

"We've seen people come from further afield but we want to make sure local people know it is their park. It's about realising the potential of the facilities in terms of the social and welfare benefits that can be felt by communities in Rutherglen."

Hugh is keen for organisations to take advantage of the Forestry Commission's community fund that involves grants to encourage groups to use woodland areas more.

"There are opportunities that we can provide to kick start activities or projects - any group from nursery classes, right through to primary and secondary schools and beyond, maybe groups that have health walks, volunteering or conservation work. It's really about working with the groups to meet their needs and seeing what is available."

More information on the community fund can be obtained by e-mailing



10 Oct 2017


The Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/17 has been published.

It can be downloaded from the 'Downloads and Publications' section of this website. Physical copies of the 32-page booklet are available on request from Clyde Gateway by telephoning 0141 276 1573 or by sending an e-mail to  


19 Sep 2017


Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with its employability partner Jobs & Business Glasgow, is currently offering 16-19 year olds the chance to take the first steps towards a career in administration services with Police Scotland.

Applications are being invited to participate in a 7-week long training programme that can lead to an SQA National Progression Award in Administration at Level 5 together with an interview for a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration with Police Scotland, based at their headquarters building in Dalmarnock.

The course is open to currently unemployed local residents from across the Clyde Gateway area in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. Participants aged 16-18 will receive a £55 weekly allowance while those aged 18+ will not have their unemployment benefit affected and will also be eligible for travel costs. Any participants who progress to the Modern Apprenticeship programme will receive a wage.

Further details and information are available from Jobs & Business Glasgow at They can also be reached via email at or by freephone on 0300 123 2898


06 Sep 2017


Clyde Gateway has marked an important milestone in the transformation of the Rutherglen area with a ceremonial event on the top floor of Red Tree Shawfield, the four-storey office complex currently under construction.

The honours were carried out jointly by Councillor Carol Nugent of South Lanarkshire Council and member of the Clyde Gateway board and Clare Haughey MSP, the member for Rutherglen.

Red Tree Shawfield is a £9million investment with the costs being met jointly by Clyde Gateway, the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council, and when fully occupied has the capacity to bring 250 new jobs to the area. Work on the building, which enjoys a prominent location on Glasgow Road, got underway in April earlier this year, and remains on schedule for completion in August 2018 when it will become the first building at Magenta, the new business district launched last year by Clyde Gateway in partnership with Highbridge Properties PLC. The construction is being carried out by Robertson Central.

Clare Haughey said: “Clyde Gateway is taking a major lead in the regeneration of the Rutherglen community in many different ways and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved in this topping-out ceremony. Shawfield has historically been associated with industry and commerce and I’m really excited by the long-term plans for the Magenta development as they will see more than a million square feet of high quality space becoming home to as many as 12,000 jobs.

The MSP’s views were echoed by her council colleague whose involvement in the event marked her first formal duty as a Clyde Gateway board member since her appointment two months back.

“Red Tree Shawfield and the wider proposals for the area offer the perfect demonstration of a regeneration that goes well beyond a physical transformation” said Councillor Nugent.

She added: “It is an exciting development that has been given complete backing and financial support by the council as it is key to our aspirations to expand the range and types of businesses which are keen to make their home in South Lanarkshire. I’ve no doubt that this will be the first of many such topping-out ceremonies in Shawfield over the coming years.” Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It was really pleasing that the two politicians were able to get a close- up look at this impressive new building.

“Their continued personal support, and indeed the on-going backing of the government and the council, will be essential if we are to fully achieve all of our ambitions for Shawfield and so I’m really happy that they both liked what they saw today. I look forward to inviting them back again next year when Red Tree Shawfield is fully open for business and we have welcomed the first of the new occupiers.”

The offices at Shawfield are the third to be developed by Clyde Gateway under the Red Tree brand but the first involving a complete new-build with the other developments in Bridgeton and Rutherglen emerging from the conversion and refurbishment of vacant buildings. Efforts are already underway to market the property to an extensive range of small and medium sized firms across a range of professions and occupations.


25 Aug 2017


A previously vacant and derelict landfill site on the River Clyde was today officially declared open as the latest part of the regeneration efforts taking place across the Clyde Gateway communities.

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, the size of 15 football pitches, has been transformed into a fully accessible woodland retreat that is on course to welcome 120,000 visitors this year. It is home to biking and walking trails, adventure play areas and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering facilities, all of which are free to enjoy. The park also boasts a cafe and a range of art installations.

The £9.3 million Commonwealth Games Legacy project has been managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Clyde Gateway, with the support of many partners.

Marking Cuningar Loop’s official opening during a visit today, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “This project is a great example of how you can turn an unused landfill site into a thriving woodland retreat for local people.

“By working in partnership, the communities around South Lanarkshire and the east end of Glasgow now have better access to good quality greenspace, right on their doorstep.

“Cuningar Loop is one big woodland adventure and is helping to get people active whilst building stronger communities at the same time.”

Many years ago, the site was used for quarrying and mining before turning into a landfill site for rubble from the Gorbals demolition. To help green up the area, over 15,000 trees and shrubs have been planted.

Stuart Chalmers, Forest District Manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland added: "We’re really pleased that Cuningar Loop has been such a big hit with local people. The emphasis has always been to make the park a welcoming and active place for all to visit.

“A key ingredient to this success has been working with community groups and partner organisations – something which we will build on for the future.”

Artists in residence Rob Mullholland and James Winnett helped bring the woodland park to life with sculptures and unique artwork.

Another key feature of Cuningar Loop is the new purpose built bridge, which connects the park to the former Commonwealth Games athletes’ village. This housing forms one of the communities which regularly use the park for recreation.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “For Clyde Gateway, this is regeneration.

“The quality and variety of facilities in the park are proving to be amazingly popular with local residents and those from further afield, with the visitor numbers up there with some of the best-known attractions in and around the city.”

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park is a key part of Clyde Gateway’s on-going transformation of the east end of Glasgow and neighbouring Rutherglen through the creation of a new community asset that is also helping to make the area a more attractive proposition to inward investors and developers.


24 Aug 2017


The Queen's Baton Relay arrives in the Games Village on Tuesday 22 August where it is presented to Lord Smith, the chair of Clyde Gateway and past chair of the 2014 Games Organising Committee....

...who in the company of Louise Martin, the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, carries it across the new pedestrian bridge into Cuningar Woodland Park....

...where it is accepted by Councillor Ian McAllan, the Provost of South Lanarkshire....

...who shows it to some very interested and curious local residents....

...before handing it to Rob Wardell, Team Scotland mountain biker....

...who takes it on a tour of Cuningar Woodland Park in the company of members of the Rutherglen-based Bike Town initiative.

Later in the day, the baton is given to Dalmarnock resident, John McAuley, who was nominated as a baton bearer by the People's Development Trust.

John carries the baton into the Legacy Hub, accompanied by a piper and with a guard of honour provided by local school pupils....

...who themselves later get to hold the baton....

...before taking to the stage to entertain guests and VIPs with songs and performances

Just time for pupils from St Mungo's Academy to hold the baton before it heads into Glasgow city centre.


16 Aug 2017


Clyde Gateway’s investment in the new office building in Shawfield has helped three teenagers land apprenticeships with one of Scotland’s biggest building construction firms.

Scott Kelly (16) from Cambuslang, together with Craig McIndoe (17) and Jack Kennedy (17) from Parkhead, have been recruited by construction business Robertson Central to work specifically on the site of Red Tree Shawfield, a £9million contract that got underway last April and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said :”We have always inserted community benefits clauses into our construction contracts with the aim of ensuring local residents can be provided with jobs, training and apprenticeship opportunities.

“The length and value of this particular contract for Red Tree Shawfield meant that Robertson went through an interview process to take on three young folk who were already known to us, from our on-going work with local schools and training providers, as having an interest in moving into the construction industry.

“Over the past nine years, our use of community benefit clauses in construction contracts has helped helping hundreds of local people such as Scott, either into their first work experience or back into work after an extended period of unemployment.

“As we have long said, the physical change taking place all across the Clyde Gateway communities is not enough to ensure the success of our long-term regeneration efforts. It has to be about making a difference to people’s lives and giving them a better and more secure future.”

Robert Gamble, senior project manager for Robertson, said “All three of the new recruits have fitted in brilliantly since day one. The best type of construction apprenticeship is one where you are on-site every day, in all the different sorts of weather conditions that Scotland can throw at you, watching and learning from some of the best people we have within our company.

“Robertson Central has worked with Clyde Gateway for a number of years, delivering the Albus in Bridgeton and the office block at One Rutherglen Links in addition to the new pedestrian bridge at Cuningar Woodland Park. We are delighted to be able to support the efforts to provide jobs to local people and I’m sure that each of the three lads has a bright future ahead of them and this will just be the first of a number of jobs they will work on in the years to come.”

Red Tree Shawfield will be the the first building at Magenta, the new business district launched last year by Clyde Gateway in partnership with Highbridge Properties PLC. Magenta is located next to the River Clyde at the site of formerly contaminated land now fully cleared, remediated and ready for investment. The costs of the new office, which could bring up to 250 new jobs to the area, are being jointly met by Clyde Gateway, the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council.

It will contain more than 40 suites of varying sizes and is already attracting early interest from firms across various strands of the services sector. It is on-course to be ready for occupation in approximately twelve months from now, and when completed will also provide a conference room, meeting rooms, break-out spaces, kitchen areas and café, along with a 70-space car park.


03 Aug 2017


A Canadian energy company has become the latest occupant at Clyde Gateway’s Red Tree Bridgeton building in a move that brings a highly skilled team of 7 new jobs to Bridgeton.

SHARC Energy Systems is the European arm of Vancouver-based International Wastewater Systems Inc (IWS), which has over 100 years of experience in the heating, ventilating and geo-exchange industries.

The company has taken 974 sq.ft of office space at Clyde Gateway’s serviced offices at Red Tree, Bridgeton on a two year licence, which will become its new European headquarters.

SHARC Energy Systems has designed and developed a new method for extracting waste heat from raw sewage flows. Through heat pump technology, it produces clean, renewable thermal energy for buildings, resulting in vital savings in energy, costs and carbon emissions.

In May 2017, SHARC was awarded £5m of funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), managed by the Scottish Government, to install its innovative new technology at five locations across Scotland, including Clyde Gateway’s Shawfield and Dalmarnock developments.

The Shawfield and Dalmarnock projects, which are being developed in partnership with Scottish Water Horizons, plan to use the SHARC technology to heat Clyde Gateway’s commercial buildings.

Martin McKay, Executive Director of Regeneration at Clyde Gateway said: “We are delighted that IWS has become the latest company to choose Clyde Gateway, in this case as the location for its new European headquarters. It is particularly exciting as SHARC Energy Systems will also be carrying out work at Clyde Gateway, to install its technology at our Shawfield and Dalmarnock developments.

“SHARC Energy Systems plans to use a significant waste water resource, located right in the heart of our regeneration area, to heat and cool buildings that we are looking to develop, which will have significant benefits for the Clyde Gateway area in terms of energy and cost savings.”

Russ Burton, Chief Operating Officer at International Wastewater Systems said: “Funding from the LCITP has created the confidence for SHARC to recruit new employees and establish a dedicated Scottish office that is expected to become the headquarters for all UK and European SHARC activity.

“Clyde Gateway is an excellent location with access to a highly skilled workforce. Having Clyde Gateway as the home for our European operations could also provide us with the additional production capacity we need to meet the increasing demand for our products across Europe.

“With a potential heating demand of 22MW, the Clyde Gateway development creates an opportunity for SHARC to demonstrate the capacity of our technology to deliver a truly carbon efficient district heat network service.”


27 Jun 2017


One of Clyde Gateway's most popular and successful community programmes has passed a significant milestone.

The award-winning Learning Works initiative, which was introduced in 2012 thanks to funding from Clyde Gateway, has now seen the completion of its twentieth course.

Learning Works is a free course designed to help long-term unemployed people into work or further learning. The partnership also involves Thenue Housing Association and Glasgow Kelvin College. The past five years have seen 227 local residents complete the course, with 85 per cent finding it a vital pathway into work or further learning.

To mark the completion of the 20th course, the latest crop of eight students took part in the “Celebration of Learning” event held at the Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton.

Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway, who was part of the team which helped establish the initiative back in 2012, said "Learning Works is a success as it is the sort of course that people enjoy and feel comfortable being part of. The mix of practical and classroom-based learning across so many areas that impact on everyday life brings out the best in participants and gives them a whole new level of confidence and belief which, as the figures demonstrate, lead to the vast majority of graduates using it as a springboard into work or further learning.

"My congratulations, not only to the those involved in this latest class, but to everyone who has been part of Learning Works over the years."

Thenue Housing chief executive Charles Turner, the chief executive of Thenue Housing Association was in attendance at the celebratory event and used the occasion to praise the commitment to learning of those taking part and the “hugely successful” partnership between Thenue and Glasgow Kelvin College.

He added that Clyde Gateway deserved special thanks for its ongoing commitment to the communities it was created to help in addition to Big Lottery Fund Scotland which has also shown unwavering financial commitment to Learning Works.

Congratulating the learners involved in Learning Works, Alan Inglis, vice principal at Glasgow Kelvin College, said: “This first step for you has been made possible only through the strong partnership forged between Thenue and Glasgow Kelvin. It allows the College to target our learning resources directly to where they’re needed – at grassroots community level. Working with the support of Clyde Gateway and Big Lottery Fund, we hope our partnership continues well into the future.”

Lawrence McCabe, community regeneration manager at Thenue, said: “Learning Works is a shining example of the kind of work housing providers across Scotland are doing to help their communities at grass roots level.

“Helping people back into the workplace so they can earn a wage and improve their lives is undoubtedly one of the most admirable accomplishments of the housing association movement.”

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06 Jun 2017


This is the text of an opinion piece, written by Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chair of Clyde Gateway, that was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 6 June 2017

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games came with a promise that the event would be a catalyst for a transformation of the east end of Glasgow that would go on for many years after the athletes and officials had gone home. I believe this promise is being delivered, so I was delighted to see City Legacy, the consortium of four Glasgow-based builders who developed the Athletes’ Village, named as one of this year’s Queen’s Award winners. It’s a well-deserved accolade for a project that has been a resounding success, and a high-profile example of the true legacy of the Games – a new community where people can live, work and play.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the pinnacle of all business awards. They’re given to businesses who have achieved great things in innovation, international trade, sustainable development or promoting opportunity through social mobility. They are not given away lightly; indeed, only six Scottish companies made the grade this year. The Queen’s Award is the 25th award that The Village has won for high-quality design, sustainability, and the role it has played in the area’s regeneration. The Village’s private homes sold out at the start of 2016 – almost two years ahead of what was originally anticipated. Because of the high level of interest, a planning application was recently submitted for 125 new homes that will form Phase 2 of the project.

The Athletes’ Village sits geographically at the centre of Clyde Gateway, a project established in 2008 with a 20-year timeframe to reduce social and economic inequalities in historical communities like Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen. Partnership has been key to Clyde Gateway’s efforts, with Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government aligning themselves with projects and programmes that are both world-class and sustainable. Clyde Gateway is less than halfway through its lifetime and my own involvement, as chair, dates from 2015. There is a remarkable physical transformation under way which shows little sign of slowing.

It has all the essential ingredients – great transport links, world-class sporting facilities like the Emirates Arena, a brand new nursery, soon to be joined by a new primary school, and community facilities like the Legacy Hub and the Cuningar Loop woodland park on the doorstep. A physical regeneration on its own, however, can never be enough. From the very beginning, direct links were made between our wider regeneration activities and jobs and training opportunities. To date, Clyde Gateway has brought around 5,000 new jobs to the local area, of which a quarter have gone to local people. Our efforts to establish Clyde Gateway as a business hub are delivering substantial results.

A range of new office and industrial spaces have been constructed, and are around 80 per cent occupied. A diverse range of tenants – creative agency MadeBrave, Peebles Media, Glacier Energy, BT, Police Scotland, SPIE, the University of Glasgow and numerous SMEs – between them support hundreds of jobs.

Construction work is also under way on the first office building at our flagship Magenta office park in Shawfield. The Red Tree business incubator will bring in another 250 jobs – the first of the estimated 12,000 jobs that Magenta will create once its 1.2 million square feet of office space is occupied. More than 1,800 people have benefited directly from a Clyde Gateway employability programme and over 4,200 residents had involved themselves in some way with Clyde Gateway’s community engagement. The 2014 Games in Glasgow were described as the best. If things continue as positively as they are now, the legacy of the Games – in terms of being a catalyst for physical, social and economic regeneration – will also turn out to be the very best too.


15 May 2017


The commercial property division of Harris Finance, a family based company based in Dalmarnock, has taken its investment at Clyde Gateway’s Rutherglen Links Business Park to £6.7 million which will result in 83,000 square feet of speculative industrial and industrial/hypbrid units.

The company, in 2016, bought the 2.5 acre Plot C at the Business Park on which it has already invested £2.5m in two high quality units totaling 30,000 square feet which are now ready for immediate occupation and are generating encouraging levels of interest from potential tenants.

The entire upper platform at Rutherglen Links, comprising Plots D, E, F and G has now also been purchased by Harris with an investment of £4.2m set to see a further 53,000 square feet of speculative industrial units with the potential for 80 jobs.

Rutherglen Links Business Park is already home to SPIE, the UK’s leading provider of multi-technical services, who occupy the top two floors of the speculatively-built One Rutherglen Links office building.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This further private sector investment at Rutherglen Links is a real vote of confidence in the location and the wider Clyde Gateway area. Harris Finance already has a successful track record here, with its development of Plot C, and I have no doubt that that their long term commitment to Rutherglen Links Business Park will act as a catalyst as Clyde Gateway is fast becoming a preferred location for high growth companies in manufacturing, industrial and engineering sectors.”

Ross Harris, of Harris Finance, said: “We are pleased with the number of enquiries we’ve received for the first two buildings on Plot C at Rutherglen Links Business Park. Our additional commitment to develop the entire Upper Platform at Rutherglen Links is our vote of confidence in the work to transform the Clyde Gateway into the best place to do business in the city. In addition to the two buildings we have completed on Plot C, we are about to begin work to develop a speculative, high profile, 13,000 sq ft industrial building on Plot D which will have excellent visibility from the adjacent M74 motorway. We are confident that the strength of the location of Rutherglen Links Business Park combined with its excellent transport links and the high quality infrastructure and industrial buildings we are delivering will attract the best Companies to Rutherglen Links. We hope to be able to announce our first major letting shortly.”


26 Apr 2017


Fifteen students from the Clyde Gateway area have graduated from a course designed to introduce them to the construction industry.

The budding engineers, who attend Eastbank Academy, St Mungo’s Academy and Trinity High School, took part in a ten-week ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme, run in collaboration between Clyde Gateway, Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland.

The course is designed to provide academic and practical insight into the application of engineering, participating students were assigned project work on live Robertson projects.

Ann-Marie Burns, the Project Manager for Education, Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “It’s great to see these young people successfully graduating from ‘Get Into Engineering’ – just one of the many programmes we carry out with Clyde Gateway schools to help prepare pupils for the world of work.

“‘Get Into Engineering’ has proven to be a very popular and successful part of our on-going efforts, and in previous years a number of the young people have pursued engineering further in terms of work, college or university. “There is no doubt that the involvement of Robertson has been a key component in the achievement of such excellent outcomes, including the enjoyable, interesting and informative site visits.

“The programme also focuses on the essential skills that employers are looking for, such as team working, leadership, problem solving, planning and organising. The selection process that pupils need to go through to get onto the programme, including taking part in an interview, really helps prepare them for what will happen in real life.”

Gemma Gourlay, Director of Social Sustainability at the Robertson Group, said: “This is the third year that we have delivered this programme, working in partnership with Clyde Gateway and the schools to introduce the pupils to the diverse careers available within engineering and the wider construction industry.

“The ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme offers varied activities, allowing the pupils to identify their strengths and interests through practical work, hands-on classroom exercises and talks from industry experts. It’s brilliant to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.”

As part of the programme, the pupils carried out project work at Robertson Central construction sites, including piling and steelwork activities at Collegelands in Glasgow and an introduction to civil engineering at the Huntershill sports complex in Bishopbriggs.

They also attended training sessions held by Robertson Central, where they received an introduction to mechanical and electrical engineering.

As part of efforts to promote the construction industry and careers it has to offer, Robertson Group provide a variety of different activities and programmes with numerous stakeholder groups, engaging with over 23,500 young people between April 2016 and March 2017.

Cara Allan, a fifth year pupil at Trinity High School said: “I enjoyed everything about ‘Get Into Engineering’, especially the visit to Kelvin College where we learned about all the different paths there were into engineering.

“I’ve always been interested in engineering, but this has shown me all the different types of jobs that are out there, and I am now certain that I want to pursue a career in civil engineering.”



25 Apr 2017


Glasgow City Council has provided a huge boost to the continued regeneration efforts across Clyde Gateway thanks to the approval of £250,000 funding to move towards the next stage of delivering the third and final phase of the East End Regeneration Route (EERR), which will complete the link between the M74 and the M8/M80.

This final part of the EERR will be a four lane route running through Glasgow’s East End, between Biggar Street at the Parkhead Forge Retail Park and Provan Road at Alexandra Park.

The £250,000 funding will complete design, environmental impact, contract preparation and economic business case works to allow a full and detailed Economic Business Case on the third phase of the EERR to be presented to the council’s Executive Committee at a later date.

A number of milestones have already been met in preparation for work beginning on the delivery of the route, such as the promotion of roads orders, the purchase of land and consent for a Public Local Enquiry granted. Glasgow City Council has been working with Network Rail and Transport Scotland on the proposals.

The earlier phases of the EERR run between the M74 at Polmadie along the Clyde Gateway to the Gallowgate.


22 Mar 2017


Clyde Gateway has signed a contract that will allow construction work to begin next month on a new office block at Shawfield that will bring 250 new jobs to the area.

Red Tree Shawfield is set to become the first building at Magenta, the new business district launched last year by Clyde Gateway in partnership with Highbridge Properties PLC. Magenta is located next to the River Clyde at the site of formerly contaminated land now fully cleared, remediated and ready for investment.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “Our Red Tree brand has been very successful with two office blocks at Rutherglen and Bridgeton operating at full capacity. Red Tree Shawfield will be even bigger and better which will undoubtedly provide a highly attractive proposition for all sorts of small and medium sized companies.

“This is a £9 million investment by Clyde Gateway and it marks the beginning of what will be a remarkable and eye-catching transformation of the Shawfield area.

“There has been superb support from partners in getting the project to this stage and I would like to particularly thank both the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council for the financial backing and flexibility they have provided over an extended period that will enable the construction work to begin next month and allow us to have the building ready for occupancy by the summer of 2018.”

The two existing Red Tree business suites at Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen and Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton involved the conversion of empty properties and are home to 150 staff across a range of professions including accountancy, management consultancy, architecture, publishing, engineering and energy renewables, with all the firms involved being new to the Clyde Gateway area.

Red Tree Shawfield will be a new-build on a vacant site and, at four-storeys high, will be the largest of its type. The occupiers being targeted by Clyde Gateway are in key growth sectors such as media, communications, IT, training and engineering. There will more than 40 suites of varying sizes within the building which can be utilised by the smallest of firms with just one desk, all the way through to meeting the requirements of companies with upwards of fifty staff across one entire floor of the building.

Ian Manson added: “Clyde Gateway, with the backing of South Lanarkshire Council has an excellent record of investment across the Rutherglen and Shawfield area over the past eight years that have made a real and lasting difference.

“There have been improvements in the public realm around Rutherglen Station, new office buildings and industrial units on Stonelaw Road and Farmeloan Road, the opening of the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and the expanded accommodation for the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust along with a range of projects and initiatives in education, training and employment that have impacted on thousands of local people. “This however, is the beginning of something that will dwarf everything that Clyde Gateway has already achieved elsewhere as it is the first of what will be many such buildings within the Magenta office development which is going to be crucial in terms of our long-term goals around the creation of jobs and new business spaces, not to mention bringing previously contaminated and polluted industrial sites back into use.”

The main contractor at Red Tree Shawfield will be Robertson Construction whose team will soon be moving on site to enable a start date of the first week in April.

The building, when completed, will also feature a conference room, meeting rooms, break-out spaces, kitchen areas and café, along with a 70-space car park. It will be located at the junction of Shawfield Drive and Glasgow Road, immediately adjacent to the walkway that links to the SMART bridge across to Dalmarnock Station.


13 Mar 2017


Two of Scotland's leading trials cyclists recently decided to test their skills at Cuningar Loop Woodland Park.

Danny McAskill and Ali Clarkson filmed the results and posted a 26-minute video on-line as part of Ali's weekly blog that offers an insight into the life of a trials rider, and seeks to encourage new riders and inspire people to get out on bikes and be creative.

More of Ali's videos can be found on his dedicated You Tube channel here.


21 Feb 2017


Clyde Gateway has been given a double funding boost totaling £6.5 million.

The Scottish Government’s SPRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) fund has provided a £1 million loan to construct a 27,000 sq ft. manufacturing unit at Clyde Gateway East business park which will be targeted at key growth sectors identified by Scottish Enterprise and Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing has confirmed Clyde Gateway will receive £5.5 million from the Scottish Government in 2017/18 subject to parliamentary approval this week.

Visiting the site on Tuesday, Mr Stewart said:

“I’m really pleased to be here today to confirm this additional funding, which will not only continue the regeneration of the area but crucially will create dozens of jobs.

“The SPRUCE fund is providing essential investment that is helping to regenerate areas by delivering new infrastructure, supporting the economy and jobs and transforming our communities for the better.

“Over the last few years, Clyde Gateway has been at the forefront of transforming the east end of Glasgow beyond recognition. However it is essential that we maintain that momentum and this additional money being provided by the Scottish Government demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting the delivery of regeneration and improving the lives of the local communities across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire .”

The new manufacturing unit, which will see a total of £3m investment, is being built on a speculative basis, Scottish Enterprise has made a contribution of £0.5 million of support and Glasgow City Council which has provided a guarantee against the SPRUCE loan.

Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway and Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council said:

”I am delighted with this twin boost for the city and the Clyde Gateway area.

“The new factory will help increase Glasgow’s manufacturing base which continues to be such a vital component in our efforts to continue the growth of the local economy.

“There is clearly much to celebrate in terms of what has been achieved so far in transforming the fortunes of communities such as Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield but it also is worth noting that we are less than halfway through the 20-year programme of activity.

“It is pleasing that the Scottish Government is acknowledging Clyde Gateway’s great work with £5.5 million of funding for the coming year alongside a clear commitment to future activities as this will assist us in our wider efforts to attract the extensive investment and developments necessary to complete the task in hand.”


07 Feb 2017


This is the text of an opinion piece, written by Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, that was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 7 February 2017

My own experience, based on thirty years involvement in planning and regeneration, is that there has always been a conundrum around the supply and demand of Grade A office accommodation across our city centres. The pattern always seems to be either a glut or a shortage, and two recent reports, from Savills and Knight Frank, have indicated we will again shortly be facing a shortage. This will be the consequence of a current pressing need that will lead, particularly in Glasgow, to all remaining Grade A offices being snapped up in 2017 at a time when no new builds will be available for at least two more years, with speculative commercial building pipelines being frozen or closed.

Any combination of increasing demand and decreasing stock is likely to lead to rises in rental fees with businesses unable to expand or move due to lack of availability. This will add costs to SMEs and at the same time potentially force larger investors to look at other regions to base new workforces.

There is, however, a viable alternative. Satellite business districts, such as those we can provide at Clyde Gateway, not only regenerate an area but offer immediate opportunities to attract inward investment while also helping to enhance growth within the city-region.

Clyde Gateway was established to carry out the regeneration of 840 hectares across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. We work in partnership with Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government and we are driving forward £1.5 billion of private sector investment to establish this area as a hub of business activity.

Neighbouring Glasgow’s city centre, we have a dynamic, mobile and skilled workforce on our doorstep. To date, we have developed 300,000 square feet of Grade A office and industrial space, suitable for small, medium, large companies. Already, over 90 percent of this space has been let or sold. We’re seeing a real appetite from businesses wanting to move to our satellite business location, attracted by the quality of business space, set in a prime location with excellent transport links and cost savings of 30 percent in comparison to typical city centre offerings across the UK.

In addition, all Clyde Gateway properties have superfast broadband and offer up to a Gigabit of bandwidth with all the features of digital connectivity that matter most - speed, reliability and wifi infrastructure. The buildings also provide environmentally sustainable BREEAM ratings.

The accommodation offered across Clyde Gateway spans smaller multi-let spaces such as Red Tree Rutherglen to larger industrial spaces at Clyde Gateway East adjacent to Junction 2a of the M74. For SMEs that want to bring in bigger teams, larger space options are available at Rutherglen Links Business Park and The Albus and Olympia buildings in Bridgeton.

Our newest flagship development is Magenta at Clyde Gateway. Together with our development partner, Highbridge Properties, Magenta will bring 1.2m square feet over 27 acres. This vast regeneration project will become one of the UK’s largest office parks and is expected to bring around 12,000 jobs to the area. The site will be able to accommodate large modern floorplates which can be tailored to meet a company’s exact needs together with premium, well-connected road and rail links.

Large employers like Police Scotland have reaped big benefits from locating more than 1,000 administrative, finance, and IT staff here. Other significantly dynamic and creative businesses, including SPIE UK, Glacier Energy, MadeBrave, Peebles Media, BT and MEPC have invested in Clyde Gateway since our regeneration activities got underway. Our successes in recent years offer unquestionable evidence that satellite business districts work, and provide a sustainable way to deliver high-quality business stock across any of our city-regions. Perhaps we can bring an end to that conundrum.