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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  

 

19 Sep 2017

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS

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 www.jbg.org.uk/policescotland. They can also be reached via email at contact@jbg.org.uk or by freephone on 0300 123 2898

 

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 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

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.

 

24 Aug 2017

THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY COMES TO CLYDE GATEWAY

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

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT PROVES JUST THE JOB FOR THREE TEENAGERS

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.

 

04 Aug 2017

BRIDGETON TEENAGERS SET TO GRADUATE AT CITY CHAMBERS EVENT

The support and backing of Clyde Gateway has enable two Bridgeton teenagers to be among the latest graduates from the popular and inspirational Coach Core Programme.

Alisha Wilson and Brian Innes, both 17 years old, will be among the twenty people whose achievements will be recognised in a ceremony taking place on the evening of Tuesday 8 August in Glasgow City Chambers.

Coach Core is an employability and training programme, organised by Glasgow Life in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, that gives 16-21 year olds the chance to learn coaching skills and deliver events across the city. This is the third year of the programme and all previous 40 graduates have made positive progressions into employment and/ or further education.

Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said “Coach Core has proven over the years to be a very successful programme and it was pleasing that our funding enabled the 2017 intake to specifically include two of our local residents.

"Alisha and Brian have risen to all the challenges placed in front of them over the past twelve months, working in a number of different locations across the city across a range of sports and events including swimming, football, gymnastics, tennis and kids’ camps. They have been a credit to themselves, their families, friends and community and on behalf of everyone at Clyde Gateway, I’d like to pass on my congratulations and best wishes as they pursue their future careers.”

Glasgow Life will soon be recruiting for the 2017/18 Coach Core Programme. It is a full-time, year-long programme that focuses predominantly on young people living in Glasgow and aged 16 – 21 year old who are not in education, training or employment. You can register your interest by emailing coachcore@glasgowlife.org.uk or phoning 0141 287 3665/ 3588.

 

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 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

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE FOR LEARNING WORKS

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.”

Further information can be found at http://thenuecommunity.org.uk/projects/learning-works/

 

06 Jun 2017

COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROMISES BEING DELIVERED

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

£6.7 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT AT RUTHERGLEN LINKS

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.”

 

28 Apr 2017

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORKING EVENT IS A HIT

The first ever Clyde Gateway 'Social Enterprise Meet Your Neighbour' event has proven to be a success.

The Breakfast Network event, held at Glasgow Women's Library on Friday 7 May and arranged in partnership with the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, has received unanimously positive feedback from those who were in attendance and who on the day enjoyed presentations with information on the Procurement and Volunteering Opportunities associated with the European Championships Glasgow 2018.

Clare Ferry, Project Manager for Business and Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said "We are determined to support and grow the extensive social enterprise network that exists across our communities. The idea of everyone coming together under one roof, in a friendly and informal setting, proved to be a good one with many people making important connections that will ultimately prove to be of help in their own work and activities.

"It was also great to hear just how many opportunities there are around the staging of the 2018 European Championships and there is no doubt that everyone involved in the work and activities of social enterprise agencies and organisations can really get involved.

"All of us involved in planning and organising the event are encourage by the great feedback which has given us some great ideas and thoughts for moving things forward."

 

26 Apr 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM ENGINEERING COURSE

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.”

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25 Apr 2017

CITY COUNCIL INVESTMENT PROVIDES BOOST TO CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

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

£9 MILLION INVESTMENT SET TO BRING NEW BUSINESS CENTRE AND 250 JOBS TO SHAWFIELD

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

TRIALS BIKE FUN AT CUNINGAR LOOP WITH DANNY McASKILL AND ALI CLARKSON

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.

 

02 Mar 2017

DEMOLITION WORK SET TO PAVE WAY FOR FURTHER REDEVELOPMENT IN BRIDGETON

Work is about to get underway to demolish the former Church House building on Boden Street. The building has lain vacant since July 2016 when the services were moved to a new custom built premises next to St Francis-in-the-East Church. A new cleared and vacant site, fronting London Road and stretching to Dunn Street, will become more amenable to a further staged industrial re-development by Clyde Gateway.

Alison Brown, the Senior Project Manager (Development) at Clyde Gateway said: "This demolition work is hugely significant as it will ultimately lead to new factory units in the heart of Bridgeton.

"The site was the subject of extensive public consultations last year and there was overwhelming support for our plans to clear the area around the old Church House.

"Our efforts to redevelop this particular location have been hindered by abnormal ground conditions caused by two historical coal seams located 35-50 metres beneath the surface. We have aspirations to spend more than £1 million to carry out consolidation and grouting works to the depth of the coal seams and are currently awaiting the outcome of a bid for £625,000 that we have made to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Fund for 2017/18. The idea would then be to later design a scheme for modern industrial and manufacturing sheds and seek the support of the local community to take that to the planning stage."

The demolition works are expected to last up to three weeks.

 

23 Feb 2017

CLYDE GATEWAY IS SUPPORTING LANARKSHIRE BUSINESS WEEK

Clyde Gateway is sponsoring a key event as part of the 2017 Lanarkshire Business Week.

The Small Business Development Breakfast, which will be hosted by Clare Haughey MSP and Lanarkshire Credit Union, is taking place at the Burnside Hotel on Friday 3 March between 8.45 am to 12 noon.

Speakers from the the Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Living Wage Accreditation and Lanarkshire Credit Union will be on hand to offer advice on the practical issues facing small business and provide information on what support is on offer.

The event is free to attend and will provide the perfect networking opportunity to owners and staff of all small businesses, no matter the area of activity.

Full details of the programme, including how to register and reserve a ticket, can be obtained by clicking here.

 

21 Feb 2017

£6.5m MILLION DOUBLE FUNDING BOOST

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

BREAKING THE OFFICE SPACE CONUNDRUM

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.

 

24 Jan 2017

NEW SWAP SHOP FOR R:EVOLVE RECYCLE THANKS TO CLYDE GATEWAY FUNDING

A Lanarkshire clothes recycling project has opened the doors to its new swap shop on the busy Rutherglen Main Street, thanks to £10,000 of funding from Clyde Gateway.

R:evolve Recycle is an innovative scheme run by Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP), a charity that aims to enhance the lives of older people in South Lanarkshire. Anyone can sign up to become a member of the scheme, and bring their unwanted clothes to donate in exchange for points. These points can then be used to ‘purchase’ something new, completely free of charge, from one of the project’s three Lanarkshire shops.

The recent funding from Clyde Gateway has helped the project move its Rutherglen shop to 71 Main Street, a much busier location than the previous premises on Farmeloan Road.

The new shop opened on 10th January, and in the first week alone 38 new members have signed up, and 186 swaps have taken place.

R:evolve Recycle also offers creative volunteering opportunities to older people, including passing on their textile skills to allow families to repair their clothes rather than throw them away. Textile workshops - which will run from the new Rutherglen shop from February onwards - are led by skilled volunteers and include knitting, sewing, dress making and up-cycling. Since it began, the project has saved an estimated 19 tonnes of textiles and 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Niki Spence, Senior Manager, for Business & Community Growth at Clyde Gateway, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help this fantastic project to move its Rutherglen shop to a busier location, which I know will bring it even more customers and even more success. There are so many great things about this scheme project - it benefits the environment, it offers exciting volunteering opportunities, and it teaches local people how to mend their old clothes – or swap them - rather than just throw them away, which saves them money too.”

Wendy Russell, Sustainability Development Manager for LEAP said: "The support we have received from Clyde Gateway in amazing, without them we really could not have taken up this opportunity. The new shop is such a fantastic space for us and gives us such a great opportunity to expand our services to meet local demand.

“In the first week of operation we were astonished at the number of new members and people who didn’t even know we existed until now, thanks to our presence on the Main Street. What's more exciting is that the Clyde Gateway bus now stops right outside our door. That’s great for us as it means that we can reach even more people and ensure that everyone is sharing their clothes and reducing their landfill waste."

 

13 Jan 2017

AN OPEN WELCOME AWAITS AT GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY

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Glasgow Women's Library, located in Landressy Street in the heart of Bridgeton, is holding an Open Day on Thursday 19 January.

The event, which runs from 1pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm, coincides with the launch of the 2017 GWL Spring Programme Launch, and offers the opportunity for some light refreshments while browsing through the bargains in the second-hand book sale or enjoying various readings, talks and craft activities.

The Open Day is for absolutely everyone - men and women of all ages - and is free with no need to book tickets, so why not drop in, say hello and make yourself at home in one of the east end's most historic buildings, now beautifully and tastefully transformed and given a wonderful new lease of life by GWL.

 

30 Nov 2016

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AT THE OLYMPIA HELPS CREATE SPORTING HISTORY

A young boxer who trains regularly at the Boxing Scotland High Performance Centre at the Olympia has made history by winning Scotland's first ever gold medal at the World Youth Championships.

Willie Hutchison, who lives in Shotts and is a member of the Springhill Amateur Boxing Club, defeated five opponents from Cuba, Venezuela, Hungary, Ireland and Kazakhstan to clinch the Middleweight title at the age of just 17.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:"I'd like, on behalf of everyone at Clyde Gateway, to offer my congratulations to Willie and his coaching team on such an outstanding achievement.

"It was always the intention that the High Performance Centre at the Olympia would lead to even more success on the international stage for the country's best young boxers and here we are celebrating a historical gold medal for a young man who has been training and improving his skills here ever since it opened its doors back in 2014.

I am sure this is the first of many such similar successes for Willie individually and for the rest of his Boxing Scotland teammates in the championships and tournaments that lie ahead."

 

30 Nov 2016

CUNINGAR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE OPENS

The Cuningar pedestrian and cycle bridge, spanning the Clyde between the Athletes' Village and the Woodland Park, has today (30 November) opened to the public.

The bridge will now, as planned, form one of the two main entrances to the Cuningar Woodland Park, the project delivered as a partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland and Clyde Gateway, bringing fifteen hectares of what had previously been vacant and derelict land back into popular use, attracting 67,000 visitors since April.

Eileen Rae, who lives on London Avenue within the Athletes' Village, was the first to cross the bridge shortly after its opening at 11am. She said: "I've watched it being built over the past year and been impressed in particular with how quickly it all came together after the piling operations were completed a few months back. I just happened to be walking past when the fences were being removed and thought I'd take a walk over.

"It's amazing to think that I've been the first pedestrian to walk on the bridge and just a minute or so later I was joined by two cyclists who came over from the park and the Rutherglen side. The bridge looks and feels fantastic and it is certainly a great addition to the area."

The bridge, along with the park, will however, be temporarily closed on Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December on safety grounds to enable the installation of the infrastructure to support the sold-out 'Loop By Light' event being held over the weekend.

The bridge and park will be re-open open to the public on Saturday 3 December until 4pm and then in full from Sunday 4 December.

 

22 Nov 2016

NEW ARTWORK INSTALLED AT MAIN ENTRANCE TO CUNINGAR LOOP WOODLAND PARK

A six-metre high stainless steel structure has been erected at the main entrance to the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park in Rutherglen.

‘Evolve’ is the final piece of artwork created by Rob Mulholland and represents the transformation of the site from derelict land to a fantastic asset that is already proving to be a popular visitor attraction.

Rob has been the artist-in-residence at Cuningar over the past two years, working closely with local community groups from Rutherglen, Dalmarnock and Bridgeton to create a series of sculptures and installations that are dotted throughout the park. He said: "When I spoke to people from the area it became apparent that they wanted a sculpture which could convey the feeling of change and development but would also represent a bright future, which I think Evolve delivers.

"The Clyde will always have a huge impact on the development of Glasgow as it provides so much of its history. The natural curve of the Clyde plays an integral role into the layout and design of Cuningar Loop and I thought it was only right for it to be represented in this piece under which visitors using the Downiebrae entrance will walk under."

Joneen Clarke, Forest Enterprise Scotland's project manager at Cuningar Loop said: "It's amazing to see the final sculpture on site and in its rightful place. Rob has worked tremendously hard with the local community to create this and it really gives Cuningar Loop a statement entrance for visitors to enjoy.

"Since the park opened we've received excellent feedback from the community and the surrounding area, we've also attracted visitors from all over Scotland which is great to see."

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: "I'd like to congratulate Rob for the exemplary way he has involved the local community in all his work at Cuningar and to thank him for the role he has played in helping make the park such a popular attraction for people of all ages.

"We are now just a matter of days away from completing the final piece of the jigsaw with the imminent opening of the pedestrian bridge linking the park with the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock and I have no doubt that Cuningar Loop will continue to grow in popularity in he weeks and months ahead."

Further information can be found at http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/cuningar-loop