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18 Dec 2018

CLYDE GATEWAY AT FOREFRONT OF ENERGY RESEARCH

Work on a 15-year energy research project has got underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, located in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area.

The observatory is one of just two sites within an overall £31 million investment commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the British Geological Survey (BGS), the UK’s principal provider of impartial geological evidence since 1835. The work being carried out in Clyde Gateway will enable the UK science community to study the low temperature mine water geothermal environment just below the Earth’s surface.

The first borehole is being drilled at a site in Dalmarnock, on Clyde Gateway owned land. Over the coming weeks, the drilling team will create 12 boreholes of various depths at various locations to enable research into Glasgow’s geology, its underground water systems and the potential for heat from the water in the city’s disused coal mines.

One of the biggest aims of the project is to find out whether there is a long-term sustainable mine water resource that could provide a low-cost, low-carbon heat source for homes and businesses.

The beginning of the project was marked by a visit from Lord Henley, the undersecretary of state at the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Lord Henley said: “Clean growth and innovation go hand in hand, so as part of our modern Industrial Strategy we’re investing £31 million into projects like this which could transform derelict coal mines into valuable low carbon sources of energy.

“Reusing deep mineshafts could help to reinvigorate local economies, creating new high-skilled jobs and boosting supply chains in traditional mining communities.”

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, was also at the event. He said: "This very exciting geothermal research project is part of what is an ever-growing £23m investment programme in renewable energy for the Clyde Gateway area, ranging from research into renewables to the installation of a major district heating system fuelled by renewable energy. Over the next few years, Clyde Gateway will become the best location in Scotland for people and businesses who wish to take carbon out of their energy supplies.

"The East End has a history of great industry and to regenerate the area we need to look at the industries of the future. We hope the geothermal project will create a greater focus on renewables and help bring engineering companies and manufacturing jobs to the area."

Professor Zoe Shipton, professor of geological engineering at the University of Strathclyde and chair of the UK Geoenergy Observatories science advisory group, said: “More and more of the solutions to decarbonising our energy supply will need to come from beneath our feet.

“Ensuring we take forward these solutions in a sustainable way means understanding more about how the system works.

“The UK Geoenergy Observatories will build up a high resolution picture of the underground system, providing a breakthrough in our understanding. This hasn’t been done anywhere else in the world. What we learn in Glasgow will lead the way in understanding how to balance our need for resources, with keeping people safe and protecting our environment.”

The BGS will make data from the Glasgow observatory available online from 2019. Data is already being collected and interpreted - the core samples taken from the ground during the drilling process will become a key data source for the project.

 

29 Nov 2018

CANCER SCREENING PROJECT LAUNCHED BY HEALTH MINISTER

Joe FitzPatrick MSP, the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, today launched a project which aims to encourage more local people in the Clyde Gateway area to attend screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.

Participating in national screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer is one of the best ways to detect cancer early and improve survival rates. However, in Clyde Gateway (which encompasses areas of East Glasgow and South Lanarkshire), fewer people are taking part in screening compared to the Scottish average.

The ‘Screening Inequalities’ project involves Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Lanarkshire, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, People First Scotland, Cancer Research UK, Jo’s Cervical Trust, Celtic FC Foundation and Thenue Housing Association. Local residents and health professionals also volunteered to be the faces of the project’s marketing campaign.

The project aims to tackle head-on some of the most common reasons people give for avoiding screening. Research shows that embarrassment, fear of pain, inconvenient appointment times, fear of finding out they have cancer, or in the case of bowel screening, feeling that it is dirty or unhygienic are all contributing factors.

The Screening Inequalities project aims to tackle these factors in several ways. A striking marketing campaign and website – “Don’t Skip Your Screening” - featuring local residents and doctors, has been co-produced in consultation with the local community. Drop-in smear test clinics are running in Sandyford East at Parkhead Health Centre on selected Saturdays. Seven ‘cancer coaches’ have also been trained to lead a programme to educate adults with learning disabilities and their carers on the importance of attending screening.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The innovative marketing campaign has been worked up with the support and guidance of local people, many of whom are actually featuring within the publicity materials. The project itself is part of our wider efforts to improve the lives of everyone living in the Clyde Gateway area and it fits with the wider physical, social and economic transformation that is underway. The statistics demonstrate that more has to be done to help the community improve its health and to address the long-standing health inequalities which is why Clyde Gateway sees this as a key objective over our next 10 years.”

Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing said: “Reducing inequalities is critical to achieving our aim of making Scotland a better, healthier place for everyone, no matter where they live.

“I’m confident this project, which features local people and highlights some of the most common reasons people avoid screening, will help the community improve its health and go some way to address health inequalities. “Our £42 million Detect Cancer Early Programme aims to increase early detection of Scotland’s most common cancers - breast, bowel and lung. Our new campaign ‘Survivors’ launched recently across TV, radio and digital channels, targeting those in the most deprived areas, to highlight that more people are surviving cancer than ever before and getting checked early plays a big part.”

Susan Lyons from Rutherglen volunteered for the “Don’t Skip Your Screening” campaign because she had lost her husband to bowel cancer. She said: “Because we lived in England at the time, my husband was too young to be screened. By the time he was diagnosed, the cancer was at an advanced stage and he didn’t have long left to live.

“In Scotland we are lucky – we are invited for bowel cancer screening every two years from the age of 50, and I think it’s so important to take that test. You're 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer if it's found early.” Rosie Smith, Cancer Coach, People First (Scotland) said: “I decided to become a Cancer Coach because I've dealt with a lot of cancer in my family and I wanted to learn more and help other people going through the same thing, seven of us are taking part as coaches.

“Women with learning disabilities often don't get the support they need to go for screening. Information is not offered, or it is not accessible. We think this project can change that and will encourage more women with learning disabilities to get screened.”

Visit the campaign website at www.dontskipyourscreening.co.uk

 

29 Nov 2018

BRE ANNOUNCED AS SECOND MAJOR PRE-LET AT RED TREE MAGENTA

BRE Scotland is set to become the latest high-profile organisation to move to Clyde Gateway, after it signed a pre-let for the second floor at the new Red Tree Magenta building.

Red Tree Magenta – which opens next month – is the first building delivered by Clyde Gateway Development Limited at Magenta, a new 27-acre urban business park situated next to the River Clyde and M74 motorway network. Clyde Gateway Developments Limited are working in partnership with Highbridge Properties Plc to develop the remainder of the park. It is estimated that Magenta, will eventually bring around 12,000 full-time jobs to the area.

BRE’s move from East Kilbride to the 7,238sq ft Red Tree Magenta office will bring 25 full-time jobs to Clyde Gateway and allow the organisation space to expand its team to an expected 50 people over the coming 18 months. It will join property management company Spiers Gumley, which is set to relocate its 70-strong team from Glasgow city centre.

This is the third Red Tree building that Clyde Gateway has delivered, with its Red Tree Rutherglen and Bridgeton experiencing exceptionally high levels of take-up for its flexible office space.

The building has been designed to recognise the growing demand for flexible workplaces and enhanced specification and services, especially among SMEs. It offers collaborative working and breakout spaces, small and medium events spaces and meeting rooms, a corporate grade fibre connection, a communal garden terrace, onsite showers and changing rooms, free parking and cycle lock facilities.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive at Clyde Gateway said: “This is a fantastic achievement to secure a high-profile, internationally recognised organisation like BRE as a tenant and is a positive endorsement of the high-quality accommodation on offer at Red Tree Magenta. BRE will be joining a growing community of dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations which have already been attracted to Clyde Gateway.

“I have no doubt that the outstanding facilities, business support and IT infrastructure on offer, combined with the excellent transport links, will mean that Red Tree Magenta will thrive similarly to its Bridgeton and Rutherglen counterparts.”

David Kelly at BRE Scotland said: “When considering our relocation, our priorities were to move our Scottish office closer to Glasgow city centre, where we’d have excellent facilities and space to accommodate the significant job growth we are expecting in the near future. Red Tree Magenta was perfect with its focus on sustainability and BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. BRE is a pioneering company, so we liked the idea of being one of the first to set-up home at Magenta.”

Guy Marsden, director at Highbridge Properties Plc, Clyde Gateway’s development partner for the Magenta business park said: “Having high-calibre organisations like Speirs Gumley and BRE among the first tenants certainly bodes well for the future of this new urban business district. Magenta is a very appealing option for businesses looking for excellent infrastructure, only two miles from the city centre with Grade A office space that offers substantial savings on similar new-build offices in city centre locations. It also offers employees easy access to nearby parks and green spaces including the Cuningar Loop, and world class sporting facilities such as the Emirates Arena.”

 

28 Nov 2018

TEN YEARS OF CLYDE GATEWAY : A CELEBRATION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Clyde Gateway, over the past 12 weeks, has been running a campaign, through our social media accounts, to highlight and celebrate some of the key achievements of our first decade of activity.

Much of the campaign focussed on the highly noticeable physical transformation, both in terms of the scale and the quality, with reference being made to the many new offices, factories, commercial developments and community facilities that have changed the look and feel of the area. The final week of the campaign has homed in on the people side of our regeneration efforts with local residents and community activists offering their views on how things have changed for the better, and a number of our own staff talking of their pride in being involved in Scotland’s biggest, ambitious and successful regeneration programme.

Lisa Miller, the Business Events Manager at Clyde Gateway, has managed the campaign and is delighted with the buzz and positivity that has been generated.

“The tweets have demonstrated just how much has been achieved over the past ten years and at the same time have provided a timely reminder of the extent of Clyde Gateway’s involvement with so many positive and good things. It is often all too easy, once a building such as the Olympia or a new asset such as Cuningar Loop Woodland Park becomes embedded in everyday life within a community, to forget how much hard work and effort goes into bringing about such change.

“It has been very pleasing throughout the campaign to be on the receiving end of supportive comments and praise from local residents and those from further afield.

“The campaign ends today on a positive note with some thoughts on what lies ahead over the next ten years and the message that everyone involved will be unstinting in their efforts to deliver further projects, programmes and developments so that we can complete the task in hand over the next ten years.”

The various stories highlighted over the past 12 weeks can be viewed at https://twitter.com/clydegateway

 

27 Nov 2018

CLYDE GATEWAY STAFF REFLECT ON TEN YEARS OF ACTIVITY

At the very heart of our regeneration project is the Clyde Gateway staff who still have the same levels of energy and enthusiasm since we began 10 years ago. Below they personally describe how they think that we have made a positive impact to the area.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive

"Ten years ago, we were told that the most important priorities among residents were job creation, investment in physical improvements and community assets, a restoration of pride in the neighbourhoods and the offer of hope to everyone, particularly the younger generation. There is a growing belief that we are making substantial inroads in each of these and so now is the ideal time to get beyond the ‘bread and butter’ aspects of our work and assist with the efforts of those who are most responsible for the improvement of health and attainment.

The local communities are showing great faith and belief in Clyde Gateway which is every bit as important as any endorsement given to us by the First Minister. It is they who are saying we have to get more involved and to use the next ten years to tackle what, for many, have been deemed as intractable problems.

The good news for them, and indeed anyone with an interest in Clyde Gateway, is that we still have the same levels of energy as we had when we began and the entire team, board members and staff alike, have the same burning desire to bring about the changes. The first ten years have been quietly satisfying.

“Jim Clark, born in 1963 and raised in the east end of Glasgow, I have been with Clyde Gateway since the outset, coming here in 2008 to take on the role of Senior Manager (Communications and Governance).   I’ve long described it as my ideal job, allowing me to return to my roots and support the long-required regeneration of the local communities, offering my 30-plus years of public sector expertise and experience in PR, media and administration.

I don’t think anyone can doubt that Clyde Gateway has had a significant impact in changing how the area looks and feels which has been accompanied by a restoration of pride, confidence and self-belief among local residents.  It has been a regeneration effort in which the impact on people is every bit as important as the new bricks and mortar.

The one thing I am most proud of is that, from an initial position of scepticism and suspicion of our long-term aims and motives, the community is now incredibly supportive of Clyde Gateway to the extent that we are being asked by them to take on all sorts of new challenges, particularly around health and attainment inequalities.  It’s always satisfying when someone stops me in the street and tells me that we are doing a good job.”

“Michelle Barr, born and raised in Rutherglen. I applied for a Modern Apprenticeship in Business & Administration in Clyde Gateway at the age of 18 in 2010. As my role developed I took on more Finance based tasks and subsequently enrolled in a qualification with AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians). I am now a fully qualified member of AAT and I am now studying to be a Chartered Accountant with ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Clyde Gateway has opened up job opportunities to me and some of my friends which would not have been available in its absence. The East End of Glasgow and Rutherglen has dramatically changed in the past 10 years and the area is unrecognisable. I personally think that Clyde Gateway has made the area a more desirable place to live and work in.”

"Mandy Watson, chartered surveyor specialising in commercial property general practice for over 14 years.  I have been working in the property team at Clyde Gateway for just over 2 years and have been focusing on acquisitions and disposals of land and property.  Clyde Gateway has made a massive difference to the east end of Glasgow which is clear to see in the new buildings and infrastructure around the area.  It is inspirational to see what has been achieved and how people’s lives have been improved. It’s nice to be part of it."

"Natalie Phillips, an east end girl born and bred. I started work with Clyde Gateway in 2012 initially looking at community benefits in procurement and how we as a company linked opportunity and need across communities in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. I have never known a community more empowered than here at Clyde Gateway awash with such a fantastic array of opportunities to help with education, health and employability.

Now leading on the education side of the business for the company, my remit covers early years, primary, secondary schools, further/higher education and in work support. One day I am in a nursery working with a family support worker on a parental engagement initiative and the next day I am working alongside major contractors and local colleges looking at the creation of qualifications for our secondary school pupils so their learning is accredited.

Clyde Gateway has passion, and instils in its team the opportunity to be creative in all our approaches as a company to improve outcomes which help to improve people’s lives. There’s no greater pleasure than seeing people achieve and receive the equity they deserve. I look at the children in the nurseries and schools and want to see them growing up to lead healthy lives accessing fantastic educational opportunities which assist them into fantastic employment opportunities."

 

25 Nov 2018

COMMUNITY TRUST IN CLYDE GATEWAY

The extent of community trust in Clyde Gateway has grown with each passing year. Our community supports have been with us from the outset and below are their thoughts on our regeneration efforts so far.

“I’m Mary Alice McLellan and I live in the heart of the Bridgeton area. Along with my mum and dad, I got really interested in Clyde Gateway right at the start of things.  They have been a huge help in encouraging me to get more involved in being part of the changes that have been taking place and I was really pleased to be involved in the group which made sure the Olympia was brought back to life.

Clyde Gateway also brought Glasgow Women’s Library to the area, an organisation which has been so welcoming to local people.  I’m a volunteer at the Library and the people there have been such a help to me, improving my communication skills and building my confidence.  My life has changed so much for the better.”

“I’m Rosie Robertson, Manager of the Calton Heritage Learning Centre, and have been involved with Clyde Gateway from the very beginning.  I sit on the Board of Clyde Gateway as the community representative for Glasgow, a role which gives me a unique insight into the strategic side of the organisation as well as allowing me to add directly my own thoughts, views and opinions on all the programmes, projects and activities.

It’s been a hugely enjoyable ten years in which the extent of the changes, and the rate they have been delivered, have been amazing.  I’ve particularly enjoyed the fact that Clyde Gateway makes a real effort to engage with young people and provide them with support to allow them to realise their potential and ambitions.”

“John McGregor, ex steelworker and lifelong community activist in the Bridgton/Dalmarnock area. My first involvement with Clyde Gateway came from being interested in their proposals to improve the public realm at Bridgeton Cross where I was very pleasantly surprised to find they were prepared to listen to what myself and my neighbours had to say, instead of dictating down to us.  It’s an approach that hasn’t ever changed and that is why I’m more than happy to remain involved by  going along to every single event, not just to stay informed but to be able to put forward my own thoughts and views knowing well that they will be taken very seriously.  

 

12 Nov 2018

CUNINGAR LOOP NAMED ‘GARDEN OF THE WEEK’ BY HERALD NEWSPAPER

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park has received the accolade of 'Garden of the Week' in the pages of the Lifestyle supplement of The Herald newspaper.

The accompanying article, which explains the history of the site culminating in its £5.7 million re-development by Clyde Gateway and Forest Enterprise Scotland, can be found at this link.

Cuningar Loop is accessible to the public all year round, with a pedestrian footbridge linking Cuningar with Dalmarnock, providing easy access to the site from the Glasgow side of the River Clyde; there is also free car parking. adjacent to the Rutherglen entrance on Downiebrae Road.

Garden of the Week is in association with Discover Scottish Gardens. For more information, advice and day-out ideas, visit discoverscottishgardens.org

 

07 Nov 2018

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION COMMEMORATES TEN YEARS OF CLYDE GATEWAY

The results of a specially commissioned portrait photography exhibition, as part of the events to commemorate 10 Years of Clyde Gateway, have gone on display in Rutherglen.

"REFLECTIONS ON A DECADE OF REGENERATION: 12 WOMEN HAVE THEIR SAY" features residents from the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen, all of whom posed for a black and white portrait and provided some thoughts on what the past ten years of regeneration activity by Clyde Gateway has meant for them.

Clare Ferry, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: "The suggestion for some sort of exhibition to mark our ten years initially came from a locally based photographer, David Collie. We mulled over a few concepts but kept returning to the idea of very powerful images of women who have lived or worked in the area from well before Clyde Gateway became involved and also having the women provide their own captions.

"It proved to be a very successful venture with everyone who volunteered to pose being thrilled with their individual photos and at being part of what will be a travelling exhibition going into the first half of 2019. From Clyde Gateway's perspective, we are delighted both to have such fantastic endorsements of our regeneration work while also having the opportunity to work with and support a local business."

The exhibition will be on display at the offices of Healthy'n'Happy at 18 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen until 14 December. It will then show at four other community locations - the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, Rutherglen Library, The Legacy Hub, and Calton Heritage Centre - between January and April 2019.

Full details of the further exhibitions will be announced in due course.

 

01 Oct 2018

TEN YEARS OF CLYDE GATEWAY : CELEBRATORY BOOKLET

Highlights of the first decade of activity within Clyde Gateway have been captured in a newly published 48-page booklet.

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive at Clyde Gateway said: "Our annual reports have been key in providing everyone with a snapshot of progress, always incorporating examples of the projects and activities which are delivering a highly successful and effective regeneration programme.

"Local residents have been increasingly supportive of our work and efforts, and it was their idea to pull together a one-off booklet to recall and reflect on the extent of the physical, social and economic changes that have been enjoyed throughout our communities in the east end of the city and in neighbouring Rutherglen.

"The examples highlighted go from our efforts to provide six school-leavers with apprenticeship opportunities back in September 2008 through to the announcement by the First Minister, in May 2018, of continued government backing and financial support for our activities over at least the term of this Parliament. Key milestones, such as the opening of new offices, factories and community facilities are recalled in words and pictures, as too is the memorable period when the 2014 Commonwealth Games brought a great vibrancy to the area and provided an incredible platform for much of what was happened since or is currently in the pipeline."

'10 Years of Clyde Gateway' which also incorporates the 2017/18 Annual Report, Key Performance Indicators and Accounts, is available in print and digital format, from the Clyde Gateway offices and website. It can be downloaded by clicking here; it is also available on request by e-mail : gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com or by calling 0141 276 1573.

 

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."

 

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.