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10 Sep 2018

TEN YEARS OF CLYDE GATEWAY : A CELEBRATION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Starting today, and running over the next 12 weeks, Clyde Gateway will be using its social media accounts to highlight and celebrate some of the key achievements over the first ten years of our existence.

The main focus will be through Twitter with it providing short summaries of stories around the physical, social and economic regeneration success stories and at the same time providing a link to where further details can be found on our main website.

Lisa Miller, the Business Events Manager at Clyde Gateway will be managing the social media campaign which aims to be of relevance and interest to those residents and businesses who have been part of the story over the past decade as well as those from further afield who are keen to hear and learn more.

"For the past 10 years, Clyde Gateway has been transforming the image, perception and fortunes of communities across a large part of the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen and there is much to celebrate" said Lisa. "We are Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme with our efforts being backed by incredibly supportive partners at Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise and not forgetting the continued direct financial backing provided by the Scottish Government."

"We are proud of the close links we have established with local residents and the many businesses who have their home in our communities and it is they who have been encouraging us to draw attention to our many achievements to let everyone know just how much has changed and how our work has had such a big impact on people's lives."

"We are going to do this over the next 12 weeks, and the tweets will cover a very diverse range of subject matters from the remediation of derelict land, the creation of new jobs, the opportunities offered to local pupils to the building of fantastic new community facilities, with many of the stories illustrated by real life case studies."

 

16 Aug 2018

KEEP FIT FOR FREE WITH BOOT CAMP CLASS AT CUNINGAR

A new outdoor keep fit initiative is to be offered free of charge, thanks to the support of Clyde Gateway.

Starting on Wednesday 22 August, and running for a 10-week duration, the 1-hour Boot Camp class will take place in the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, delivered by ‘Workout Weegie’, a locally-based business geared around personal training and fitness which featured in the BBC Alba programme examining Commonwealth Games Legacy that aired in April 2018.

Bootcamp exercise sessions are designed to take place outside and for groups of people of all ages and all abilities with the new class in Cuningar making full use of the park's natural elements and environment.

Clare Ferry, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: "The BBC Alba programme highlighted the popularity of Workout Weegie and the idea behind the new class is to have it at a time which meets the needs of residents who might be busy throughout the rest of the day or unable to become involved in this type of activity for all sorts of reasons. It will introduce them to a flexible method of outdoor exercise together with offering the opportunity to meet new people, reduce isolation and improve physical and mental health."

The classes will all begin at 9.30am and last 45 minutes, accommodating up to 20 people at a time, with the meeting point being in the Plaza area next to the footbridge.

Places can be reserved in advance by calling Workout Weegie on 07891 484 777 or by e-mailing : getfit@workoutweegie.com

 

13 Aug 2018

SCOTTISH OPERA IS COMING TO THE EAST END

Scottish Opera's Pop-Up Opera, performed in fully accessible travelling opera house which is designed to look like a miniature Theatre Royal Glasgow, is coming to the east end on Sunday 19 August.

The performances are being hosted by West of Scotland Housing Association with the location being the car park of its head office in Camlachie at 40 Barrowfield Drive, adjacent to Gallowgate, halfway between Bridgeton Cross and the Emirates Arena.

The Pop-Up Opera shows are 25-minutes in length, for audiences of all ages, and brought to life by a storyteller, singers, musicians and a series of colourful illustrations. The Camlachie show will see two performances of 'Be A Sport Spike', a new show for children specially commissioned for the Glasgow 2018 Championships, and one performance of 'A Little Bit of HMS Pinafore', an adaptation of the well-known comic opera composed by Gilbert and Sullivan.

'Be A Sport Spike' will be performed at 12noon and 2pm, with 'A Little Bit of HMS Pinafore' getting underway at 3pm.

All performances are free of charge but advance booking is advised as audience capacity within the travelling opera house is limited. Tickets can be obtained by calling the West of Scotland Housing Association on 0141 550 5664.

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08 Aug 2018

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

The annual Gala Day at the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, being held on Thursday 9 August, is set to mark the 10th Anniversary of Clyde Gateway.

Lesley Ward, the Learning and Operations Co-ordinator at the Campus said: "Our Gala Day is always one of the highlights in our busy calendar and it seemed natural to use it to mark the fact that Clyde Gateway has been part of the community for 10 years.

"Thanks to a financial contribution from them, we have been able to make this year's event bigger and better than before, with more free attractions on offer to everyone of all ages, but especially the young people at whom the Gala Day is particularly aimed at. It promises to be another great day and all we need to make it perfect is for the weather to stay nice."

The festivities get underway at 11am and will run until 3pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to come along.

 

21 May 2018

FIRST MINISTER ANNOUNCES £5.5 MILLION OF NEW INVESTMENT FOR CLYDE GATEWAY

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £5.5million cash injection to help create jobs and attract private investment to Clyde Gateway.

The announcement comes on the day that the First Minister and her Cabinet take part in a full day of events in the area to mark a decade of Clyde Gateway, culminating in a public discussion at the Emirates Arena.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "This funding underlines the Scottish Government's long-term commitment to Clyde Gateway over the term of this Parliament. It will act as a catalyst for investment and deliver a physical, social and economic transformation of what has historically been one of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

"Clyde Gateway has worked tirelessly to tackle inequalities, while establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with the local community, playing a huge part in making it a fantastic location for people to live and businesses to locate."

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the chair of Clyde Gateway said: "This announcement of long-term funding is very welcome. It ensures Clyde Gateway will continue to deliver and support the broad range of projects and activities which are helping to overcome complex and time-consuming challenges.

I would like to thank the First Minister and her colleagues for ensuring that Scotland's biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme remains very much on track."

 

10 May 2018

FIRST TENANT FOR RED TREE MAGENTA IS ANNOUNCED

Award-winning property management company, Speirs Gumley, has announced a move of the 70-strong Glasgow workforce from its Bath Street headquarters to the new Red Tree Magenta building at Clyde Gateway.

The move comes as the company plans to further expand its team and improve its productivity in a modern, well-connected premises with easy access to the city centre and transport network.

Speirs Gumley, which was established in 1827 and also has an office in Edinburgh, provides residential and commercial property management and residential letting services. The company has agreed a pre-let on the third floor of the four-storey building.

Red Tree Magenta, which will become the first building at the new Magenta business park on the former Shawfield site in Glasgow’s east end, is the latest addition to the popular Red Tree brand developed by Clyde Gateway, with existing premises at Rutherglen and Bridgeton.

Lorraine MacDonald, owner at Speirs Gumley said: “All of the staff came to view the Red Tree Magenta offices at an early stage of the construction process and were very impressed with the superb facilities and increased space over our existing city centre premises.

“This new modern environment will provide the perfect backdrop for our business as we continue to evolve and grow. As we invest in the long term future of the company, our new office will assist our business productivity and provide fantastic facilities for our visiting clients and employees alike. It is also remarkably easy to get to by both road and rail, and having ample parking available on site is a huge benefit for the many members of our team whose roles involve travelling to appointments to meet our clients.”

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the chair of Clyde Gateway said: “I am delighted to give a very warm welcome to Spiers Gumley as the first pre-let tenant at Red Tree Magenta. This dynamic company has seen first-hand why this area is an ideal business destination. With a number of other units at Red Tree Magenta now also under offer, businesses are quickly realising the enormous benefits of the building and location, including excellent transport links, a skilled labour force and quality local amenities.”

Built at a cost of £9m, Red Tree Magenta includes a communal garden terrace, various collaborative working and breakout spaces, small and medium events spaces and meeting rooms, free parking and cycle lock facilities, as well as onsite showers and changing rooms. A corporate grade fibre connection is standard and once fully occupied the building will have the capacity to support 340 new jobs. Red Tree Magenta sits within Magenta at Clyde Gateway, a new 27 acre urban business park, which is being developed by Highbridge Properties Plc in partnership with Clyde Gateway. Situated next to the River Clyde and M74 motorway network, it is estimated that the completed Magenta development will bring at least 12,000 full-time jobs to the area.  

 

04 May 2018

TEN YEARS OF CLYDE GATEWAY TO BE MARKED BY SCOTTISH CABINET

The tenth anniversary of Clyde Gateway is to be acknowledged with a visit from the Scottish Cabinet.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet will be undertaking a series of engagements on Monday 21 May to mark a decade of investment in the area, culminating in a public discussion at the Emirates Arena, led by the First Minister.

The Clyde Gateway event is the latest in a series of more than 40 Cabinet meetings that have taken place in towns and cities across Scotland, including Cupar, Dumfries, Aberdeen, Alloa, Inverness, Ullapool, Oban and Greenock.

Speaking ahead of the Clyde Gateway event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“This is an opportunity for me and my Cabinet to meet businesses, community groups and local residents in the Clyde Gateway area, including young people in this Year of Young People.

“The discussion takes place in the Emirates Arena and I would encourage the local community to attend. This is a chance to air your views and raise key issues that matter to you.

“Your feedback is crucial as it will help shape future policy decisions. My government is open and transparent and will take on board the thoughts and concerns of people living and working in the Clyde Gateway area.”

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the chair of Clyde Gateway said: "I am delighted that the First Minister and her Cabinet colleagues are helping us to mark ten years of regeneration with this visit. We will be using the occasion to showcase some of our many achievements, particularly in the way we have helped make a difference to the lives of many local residents, and also to share our hopes and ambitions for the next highly anticipated decade of work."

The public discussion will run from 13:30 to 15:00 at Emirates Arena, 1000 London Rd, Glasgow G40 3HG.

Entry to the public discussion is free, but seats are limited and must be booked in advance. Members of the public can book a place by visiting :

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ministers-touring-scotland-clyde-gateway-tickets-45644428715

If you have any questions about booking a place, please call: 0300 244 2138

 

23 Apr 2018

CLYDE GATEWAY CHIEF EXECUTIVE PICKS UP MAJOR AWARD

The Scottish Region of the British Council of Offices held its 2018 Awards Ceremony on Friday 20 April at which Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, was presented with the Chairman's Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the property industry.

Ian, whose impressive CV extends to almost 40 years of experience in planning, economic development, business growth, regeneration and public/private partnerships, came to Clyde Gateway in 2008 having held a number of senior positions at Glasgow City Council.

He said: "This award is very flattering and quite unexpected and I see it as a reflection on everyone at Clyde Gateway rather than as something entirely personal.

"It has been quietly satisfying to lead on this long-term regeneration effort which is delivering on its promises of a much-needed physical, social and economic transformation of communities in the east end of Glasgow and in neighbouring South Lanarkshire. The past ten years has seen a mix of new offices, industrial and commercial developments, infrastructure improvements and community facilities at locations all across the area while at the same time we have ensured there are investments in local people so that they are in the best possible position to gain the most from the spin-offs and benefits."

"The entire team at Clyde Gateway, the staff and board members alike, have worked tirelessly this past decade, and the continued backing from all our partners, including local residents and business owners, will help ensure we will remain part of the fabric of the area for many more years to come.

 

05 Apr 2018

CLYDE GATEWAY PUPILS BENEFIT FROM ENGINEERING INITIATIVE

Ten pupils from four secondary schools in the Clyde Gateway area have become the latest graduates from the popular and successful 'Get Into Engineering' programme.

The ten-week programme, which is now in its fifth year, was run by Clyde Gateway, Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and attracted participants from each of St Mungo’s Academy, Eastbank Academy, Trinity High and Stonelaw Academy.

The pupils were provided with a full range of experiences in engineering with one of the highlights a training session on Computer Aided Design (CAD), where they created 3D wheels before fitting them on foam rocket cars and putting them to the test at Glasgow Kelvin College where the vehicles reached speeds of 50mph. They were also able to experience life in a live work environment thanks to two visits to Red Tree Magenta, the new office building being developed by Clyde Gateway and built by Robertson Group. The programme also incorporated a visit to the UWS campus in Paisley, taking a tour of the engineering facilities and the labs.

Gemma Gourlay, director of social sustainability for Robertson Group, said: “It is important for us as industry leaders to work in collaboration with education providers and organisations such as Clyde Gateway to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.

“Not only are the pupils able to try their hand at the different technologies and processes used in engineering, but they supplement their practical skills with our specially designed e-learning module which helps build a theoretical understanding of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

“Hopefully we’ll one day welcome the pupils as Robertson engineers to our projects across the country!”

The graduation ceremony was held in Bridgeton with proud family members and friends in attendance along with representatives from each of the delivery partners.

Ann Marie Burns, project manager for education, business and community growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “The Get Into Engineering programme is now in its fifth year and is proving to be more popular than ever. It is all about offering additional learning opportunities around the STEM agenda to our young students and providing them with a first-hand experience into what is one of the most in-demand professions in the modern economy.

“It is a programme that we are proud of for so many reasons and a superb example of what can be achieved through collaboration and the excellent and invaluable support from universities and businesses.”

 

03 Apr 2018

GAMES LEGACY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ‘STRONG PROGRESS, EFFECTIVENESS AND FIRST-CLASS PARTNERSHIP WORKING’ WITHIN CLYDE GATEWAY

A report on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, co-authored by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, has praised the work of Clyde Gateway.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Final Evaluation Report, published today, outlines the progress that has been made across all aspects of legacy with one section dedicated to the impact on the lives of residents living in the East End. It includes an analysis and assessment of Clyde Gateway, itself launched six weeks after the Games were awarded to Glasgow back in 2008, and in whose hands were placed the task of driving forward the bid commitment that the sports event would be a catalyst for wider regeneration in the East End of the city.

The conclusion is that ‘strong progress has already been made’ with particular praise given to the ‘effectiveness of the approach’ undertaken by Clyde Gateway, including ‘first class partnership working, collaboratively with partner organisations and the communities’.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It is very satisfying that the legacy report has acknowledged the sterling efforts we have undertaken over the past decade.

“From the outset, we promised Clyde Gateway would be a whole new approach to regeneration, one in which social and economic improvements would be as equally important as any physical change. We also said local people would be at the very heart of all of our activities, guaranteeing that their main priorities for change and transformation would be sitting at the top of our agenda.

“There was an understandable scepticism in the early days, with many local people having bitter memories of broken promises under previous regeneration efforts in the 1970s and 80s. We were able to overcome this by delivering immediately on job, training and apprenticeship opportunities, by supporting ordinary people who were doing extraordinary things across our communities and by focussing on key projects such as bringing the Olympia back into life and attracting major new employers, such as Community Safety Glasgow and Police Scotland, to the area.”

The report highlights a number of key achievements for Clyde Gateway including:-

- the remediation of 239 hectares of derelict and contaminated land

- the completion of 63,664 square metres of business floor space

- the construction of 2,456 residential units

- the creation of 5,106 new jobs for the area, of which 1,103 (22%) were filled by local people

- the participation of 4,665 people in community engagement events

The report also states ‘ensuring residents can see and feel the regeneration effort continuing in the years post-Games will be critical’, a view shared by Ian Manson. He said, “The extent of progress has been welcomed by everyone but it shouldn’t be forgotten that there is still much to be done. We are only halfway through what is a 20-year programme of activity but, thanks to the continued pledged support of our partners and the Scottish Government, there is a real determination to maintain the momentum and to continue to meet the expectations of the community.

“The report identifies there is a synergy between the Scottish Government’s focus on inclusive economic growth and Clyde Gateway’s approach to regeneration, particularly in providing access to good jobs for local people. We will be unstinting in our efforts to bring further new employment to the area over the coming months and years but we will also be tackling issues, such as health and mental well-being, which prevent many people from being in the best possible position to take advantage of these opportunities.

“We are very much on course to deliver a legacy that will be every bit as world-class and memorable as the Games were themselves”

 

12 Mar 2018

£2 MILLION FUNDING BOOST FOR RUTHERGLEN OFFICES PROJECT

A proposal from Clyde Gateway, designed to continue the regeneration underway in Rutherglen, is one of 24 projects set to receive backing from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

The project will deliver two distinctive office pavilions at Rutherglen Links Business Park, located between the Farme Cross area and the town centre, with £2 million of its overall £4 million costs coming from RCGF over the next two years.

The announcement was made today (12 March) by Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government, who said: “I’m really pleased that this fantastic, locally-driven project will benefit from an injection of funding. It will help regenerate the local area, stimulate inclusive growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects being funded from RCGF range from tackling social isolation, mitigating welfare cuts, providing training opportunities, creating business space and increasing tourism – to name but a few. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.”

Chair of Clyde Gateway, Lord Smith of Kelvin said:

“This £2m award for the new office pavilions is very welcome news and I would like to thank the Minister for this further vote of confidence in the regeneration activities underway at Clyde Gateway.

"It will enable us to invest a total of £4m in developing the last vacant plot at Rutherglen Links Business Park, a key transformational project under which a previously vacant and derelict site in the heart of the burgh has become a sought-after location and home to hundreds of jobs in the office, manufacturing and engineering sectors.”

It is anticipated that work will get underway on site in early 2019.

 

23 Feb 2018

CANADIAN ENGINEERING COMPANY BRINGS ITS UK HEADQUARTERS TO CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

TransCanada Turbines (TCT), a North American owned and managed engineering company, has become the latest business to bring its UK headquarters into Clyde Gateway, adding further to the continued success of Scotland’s largest regeneration programme.

TCT, which repairs and maintains aero-derivative gas turbines for the oil and energy markets, has signed a pre-let with Glasgow-based developers Harris Finance for a 10-year lease on a 13,000 sq ft speculatively built industrial unit at Rutherglen Links Business Park. The new premises, which sits within a multi-million pound development created by Clyde Gateway, will become home to TCT’s 15-strong highly skilled Scottish workforce together with a specialised training centre, the largest the company will have outside of Canada.

The building, which occupies a highly visible position adjacent to the M74 motorway, has been fitted out precisely to TCT’s specifications. It is ready for the company’s relocation from their existing shared premises in Cumbernauld with the move set to be complete by early March.

Clyde Gateway created Rutherglen Links Business Park to provide development opportunities. All five industrial plots of the 5.6 acre (2.26 Ha) Business Park were acquired by Harris Finance, who have undertaken a speculative development programme of industrial units. The first phase has already secured occupiers Screwfix and Eurocell and, following the pre-let of unit 3 to TCT, Harris Finance has already started work on unit 4 to provide an additional 15,000 sq ft of industrial space due for completion in summer 2018. Further capacity is available on the adjacent plots F and G which will be developed in line with market demand0.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “We are gaining a merited reputation as a location in which everything is perfectly in place to guarantee success. The past decade has seen us make substantial investments into redeveloping brownfield sites, with superb transport and infrastructure links, to ensure they are ideally set up for high growth companies in the manufacturing, industrial and engineering sectors. The move by TransCanada Turbines into Rutherglen Links, and in particular their investment in the new training centre, is another very welcome vote of confidence for Clyde Gateway”

Gordon Hope of TransCanada Turbines said: “When we decided to vacate our shared premises in Cumbernauld, we carried out an extensive search of what was available on the market. As the unit at Rutherglen Links was still under construction, we were able to make the adjustments to the specification that we needed. We also benefitted from 0Clyde Gateway being able to provide business support to make the move to the new facility possible.”

Ross Harris, of Harris Finance, said: “The strength of the location of Rutherglen Links Business Park, combined with the quality of our new industrial buildings, not to mention the excellent transport links and infrastructure, means that we have been able to attract high-profile tenants such as Screwfix, Eurocell and now TransCanada Turbines. We have a 20,000 sq ft industrial building available for immediate entry and we have just started work on a speculative 15,000 sq ft building which will be completed in June 2018. We’re confident that the current shortage of quality new-build industrial units across the Central Belt will mean our planned development programme for the remaining plots will prove to be popular.”

Rutherglen Links Business Park is also 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. For further information on Rutherglen Links Business Park, please visit: http://rutherglenlinks.com/

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31 Jan 2018

£145,000 INVESTMENT INTO CLYDE GATEWAY FAMILIES PROJECT

The Supporting Families in Bridgeton Project will see £145,000 invested into an extensive range of initiatives for the parents, carers and extended family members of the 135 children who make use of the Bridgeton Family Learning Centre, a facility which provides care for children aged 0-5 years of age.

The project is being funded by the Scottish Government and Clyde Gateway, with various strands being delivered by a range of partners including the Glasgow Marriot Hotel, Thenue Housing Association, Glasgow Life and Jobs & Business Glasgow.

Natalie Phillips, the Project Manager for Education, Business & Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, will have the responsibility of overseeing delivery over its 15-month duration to April 2019 which has the target of supporting at least 40 individuals into work or training. Natalie said: “The idea for this particular project emerged from a small pilot project we undertook last year with the Bridgeton Family Learning Centre.

“We quickly discovered that many of the parents, carers and the wider family members were desperate to do as much as they could to provide for the young children but in many instances were being hampered severely by problems that were linked to what were often personal challenging circumstances around health, well-being, education and poverty.

“Clyde Gateway made a successful bid of £120,000 to the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund that was set up by the Scottish Government last Autumn to which our own Board agreed to add a further contribution of £25,000. This will enable a range of different interventions, including the deployment of a specialist family support worker who will be on the ground to ensure that the different needs and requirements of the families are met.”

Natalie is excited and delighted by the involvement of other partners within the private and public sectors which she believes is key to the ultimate success of the new project.

“The fact that the Glasgow Marriot is coming on board with a customised training programme that will provide a huge hand into the ever-growing hotel and hospitality sector is proof that this programme is serious about its aims and determined to succeed.

“Not everyone, however, is at a stage where they could easily take part in such specialised training and their current needs are around issues such as confidence building, language and interpersonal skills, physical and mental wellbeing and the confidence to better manage family finances. The involvement of our public and voluntary sector partners will be very significant in addressing each of these and enabling them to move closer to being job-ready.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, believes that the programme will tackle what are a number of underlying and difficult problems that still face many residents in the Bridgeton area.

He said: “There is no question that much has changed for the better over the past ten years since Clyde Gateway came into existence, but the overwhelming evidence demonstrates there is still a huge amount of work needed, particularly to deliver on shared ambitions around social justice and inclusive growth.”

I really do think the Supporting Families in Bridgeton Project is a bold, imaginative and ambitious project which will, ultimately, help to pull dozens of families out of poverty. It is very much part of our strategy for the next decade in which we intend to overcome difficult and complex challenges and ensure that there is a constant and sustainable improvement across every strand of our communities across the east end and beyond.”

 

17 Jan 2018

NEW BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED

A highly respected and active member of the Rutherglen community is set to take up the vacant position on the board of Clyde Gateway URC.

Robert McLeary, the chair of Rutherglen & Cambuslang Housing Association, will be formally appointed to the Board at its next meeting on Monday 26 February in Rutherglen Town Hall. Robert's appointment will be the conclusion of a recruitment and selection process which set out to identify the most suitable candidate to represent community interests in the South Lanarkshire area.

The vacancy arose from the sudden death, in May 2017, of Tommy Rooney, a community stalwart who served with great distinction on the URC board for more than three years.

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications and Governance at Clyde Gateway said: “The recruitment process undertaken in conjunction with our partners at South Lanarkshire Council led to a number of people with extensive knowledge and experience being put forward for consideration. We felt it would make sense to have the best of the candidates come in for an informal and friendly chat after which we agreed that Robert provided the best fit.

"It is great news that he has taken up the offer to join the Clyde Gateway Board, and all that remains now is for the Board to give formal approval to his appointment at its meeting next month."

Robert, who enjoyed a lengthy career as a Chartered Surveyor before his retirement, has been active in the local community over the past four decades. He was a founder member of the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association in 1980 and has supported or been involved in an extensive range of community events including Landemer Day and Summerfest. In addition to having a seat on the URC Board, Robert will also take up a position on the Community Committee alongside representatives from a number of key partner organisations including the Rutherglen-based Healthy'n'Happy Community Development Trust and the Burnhill Action Group.

"I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Board", said Robert. "Clyde Gateway has already made a big difference to Rutherglen and Shawfield over the past ten years but I know they have very ambitious plans to ensure the momentum is maintained. My key priority will be to help bring jobs and investment to the Burgh with as many opportunities as possible being given to local residents. I'm also keen to see how we can look to further develop the amazing asset at Cuningar Woodland Park and to ensure the continuity of the excellent relationships Clyde Gateway has with schools and community organisations."

Robert joins what is a 12-strong board that is chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin.

 

05 Dec 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY HELPING TO MEET DEMAND FOR HIGH QUALITY INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES

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

WORK EXPERIENCE PILOT PROJECT PROVES A HIT

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 the 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.”

 

02 Nov 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY BASED ORGANISATIONS NET A HAT-TRICK OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

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. They all make 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

CLYDE GATEWAY BACKED COMMUNITY TENNIS SCHEME GETS PRAISE FROM JUDY MURRAY

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

£3 MILLION INDUSTRIAL UNIT COMPLETED AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

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

MAJOR AWARD FOR CUNINGAR LOOP AS NEW VISITOR NUMBERS ARE PUBLISHED

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, bike skills area, Scotland’s first bouldering park, woodland workout, large meadow and picnic areas, outdoor classroom, 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 hugh.mcnish@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

10 Oct 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY ANNUAL REPORT : 2016/17

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 gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com  

 

06 Sep 2017

TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY FOR NEW OFFICE COMPLEX AT SHAWFIELD

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 next year 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

CUNINGAR WOODLAND PARK OFFICIALLY OPENED

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.

 

16 Aug 2017

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT PROVES JUST THE JOB FOR THREE TEENAGERS

Clyde Gateway’s investment in a 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 next year.

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 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

CANADIAN ENERGY FIRM BRINGS NEW JOBS AND TECHNOLOGY TO CLYDE GATEWAY

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