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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.

 

14 Aug 2017

COMMUNITY INVITED TO VIEW PLANS FOR ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE IN CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

Two of the UK’s leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock on Tuesday 5 September, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development proposed for the Clyde Gateway area in the east end of Glasgow or neighbouring Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire.

The focus of the research at the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site would be geothermal energy. It is one of two sites proposed in the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories Project led by The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s main agency for funding environmental sciences, and the British Geological Survey (BGS), the UK’s leading research centre in geoscience. This major project will provide infrastructure for future research opportunities and the second site would be based in England.

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project will establish new centres for research into the subsurface environment and provide opportunities to research how natural processes can control resource availability, and how natural resources can be used responsibly for present and future generations. The knowledge they generate will contribute to an understanding of new low-carbon energy technologies both in the UK and internationally. The capital project is NERC's response to the British government's announcement in the 2014 Autumn Statement that it would create world-class subsurface energy research test centres through NERC, operated by the British Geological Survey.

The Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site would be a £9 million project to explore the potential of geothermal energy for the benefit of local communities, as well as offering the opportunity for other areas of innovation and research into the subsurface. The project aims to create an opportunity for research in relation to the geothermal energy potential of the warm waters in the large expanse of disused coal mines under Glasgow. It may be possible to use that water for geothermal energy to heat homes and businesses.

The field site proposed for the Clyde Gateway area would comprise of a number of boreholes of various depths to create the opportunity to research the area’s geology and underground water systems. Measurements would be taken from boreholes, such as temperature, water movement and water chemistry, and the data will be monitored and assessed in the coming years.

“This has the potential to be a world-class research site attracting globally leading scientists and engineers, building on Glasgow’s history as a trailblazing city of science. Realising the potential of geothermal energy in Clyde Gateway may create opportunities for the UK to lead the way in providing safe and sustainable energy for former mining communities around the world,” said Professor John Luddon, Executive Director of the British Geological Survey. “We are very keen to hear what the community think about this proposed project. Our scientists will be at the event to speak about the project and what this investment could mean for the community. And, of course, they will be there to answer any questions.”

If you would like to find out more about the proposed Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, join the BGS at The Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock, Glasgow on Tuesday 5 September anytime between 14:00 and 20:00.

 

07 Aug 2017

DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE FOR VISIT OF QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

A bike-ride at Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and a Community BBQ are among the events being held to commemorate the upcoming visit to Clyde Gateway on Tuesday 22 August by the Queen's Baton Relay.

The baton will arrive in the Athletes' Village at 12 noon from where it will make its way across the new Cuningar footbridge; at 12.15, it will embark on a tour of the park, carried by Rob Wardell, Team Scotland cyclist and members of the Bike Town initiative of the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust.

Later in the day, the baton will make an appearance at the Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock, being carried from the Emirates Arena at 1.30 by local resident John McCauley, who was nominated for the honour of doing so by the People’s Development Trust. It will arrive at a time when a Community BBQ, along with music and activities for all ages, is taking place inside and outside the building on Springfield Road. The BBQ, which runs from 1pm - 3pm. is non-ticketed and free to everyone.

The baton will depart the Legacy Hub at 2.30pm, going by car, to a series of events in Glasgow city centre.

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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.”

 

19 Jul 2017

QUEEN’S BATON RELAY IS COMING TO CLYDE GATEWAY

The Queen's Baton Relay, part of the build-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place on the Gold Coast in Australia, will be visiting a number of Clyde Gateway locations during a short tour of Scotland next month.

The relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

Designed for each Games by the host nation, the 2018 Queen’s Baton has a distinctive loop design and has been made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways, and inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage.

It will be in Scotland for five days, arriving at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday 22 August. The programme for the first day will see it visit legacy projects and youth and community groups related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games including the Games Village, Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, the Emirates Arena and the Legacy Hub, Dalmarnock.

Jim Clark. Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said: "It is an honour that the Queen's Baton Relay will be coming here and plans are in hand to mark the occasion in a fitting fashion."

"Our chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, who was of course the chair of the 2014 Games Committee, is going to be involved, as too is the Provost of South Lanarkshire as well as a number of community groups and organisations. It really is going to be all about showcasing the extent and variety of the legacy that has already been delivered from Glasgow's unforgettable staging of the Games last time around.

"The baton will make its way from Glasgow into South Lanarkshire across the new bridge that links the Games Village to the Cuningar Woodland Park where it will undertake a community bike ride around this amazing and popular new family facility thanks to the support and involvement of the Biketown initiative of the Happy 'n' Healthy Community Development Trust in Rutherglen.

"After a stopover at the Emirates Arena for an event linked to the staging of the 2017 World Badminton Championships, the baton will be carried into the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock where the staff and volunteers, thanks to the support of Clyde Gateway, will be arranging a celebratory event with food, music and entertainment. Discussions about this part of the celebrations are still ongoing with the team at the Legacy Hub and a further announcement will be made in due course, including how local residents can come along and get involved."

The precise timings have still to be finalised, but it is anticipated that the Queen's Baton Relay will arrive at the Games Village around 11.45am and depart the Legacy Hub at approximately 2.45pm to make its way to events planned in Glasgow City Centre.

Further information about the Queen's Baton Relay in Scotland can be found at https://www.teamscotland.scot/2017/gold-coast-2018-queens-baton-relay-celebrations-scotland-announced/

 

10 Jul 2017

SUMMER OF ACTIVITIES AT CUNINGAR LOOP

A series of special, free, activities at Cuningar Woodland Park Clyde Gateway during July and August 2017 has been organised by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Wednesday 19th July – 12-4pm : Treasure Hunt and Outdoor Play

Saturday 22nd July – Celebrate Parks Birthday - 1-5pm : Traditional games and Street Play

Saturday 29th July – 1-5pm : Box play and Outdoor Play

Wednesday 2nd August – National Playday – 12-4pm : Loose Parts play

Wednesday 9th August – 12-4pm : Outdoor Play

A pdf guide to Cuningar Woodland park can be downloaded from here.

 

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.

 

17 May 2017

TRIBUTES PAID TO TOMMY ROONEY, CLYDE GATEWAY BOARD MEMBER

Tributes have been made to Tommy Rooney who has passed away at the age of 72.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the Chair of Clyde Gateway, said “Tommy was a community stalwart who never tired of doing his very best for the people of Rutherglen and his passing is a sad day for the burgh.

“Everyone at Clyde Gateway valued and appreciated his contribution to our work, especially over the past three and a half years as a board member.

“He was especially supportive of our efforts to develop the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park and the new offices and units at Rutherglen Links, so there can be no doubt that he has helped shape and create a lasting and sustainable legacy for the community he loved so much.

“He will be missed and my thoughts and those of the entire Clyde Gateway team are with Tommy’s family and friends.”

Born and brought up in Glasgow’s east end, Tommy, who worked as a printer, moved with wife Ann to Toryglen before settling in the Farme Cross area of Rutherglen just over 40 years ago. He was tireless in offering public and voluntary service to the burgh, spending a considerable number of years as a member and latterly Chair of the Community Council.

Tommy suffered a stroke earlier this year but seemed to be recovering. However, on the morning of Thursday 11 May he took unwell and was taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth II University Hospital where he sadly passed away.

His fellow office bearers on Rutherglen Commmunity Council have spoken of their shock and sadness at the news with Treasurer Alan Kennedy stating: “He was a pal rather than a colleague. For the amount of work he put in, it’s a huge loss to the group.”

The funeral of Tommy Rooney will take place on Friday 19 May at Rutherglen Funeralcare Queen Street commencing at 11.10am before going to Daldowie Creamatorium for 11.45am.

 

15 May 2017

SPRING INTO THE LOOP ON SUNDAY 21 MAY

'Spring Into The Loop' is a special action-packed activity day at Cuningar Loop taking place on Sunday 21 May from 12 noon to 4pm.

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland, everyone can join in with adventures on the bike track, bouldering and play areas or enjoy a guided walk around the park to learn more about local wildlife or the past history of Cuningar. Other activities include storytelling and green woodwork demonstration. There is something for everyone of all ages.

There is limited parking on Downiebrae Road so everyone is encourage to use public transport where possible.

Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if taking part in activities.Booking in advance is required for some activities: Wildlife Walks and Climbing Sessions.

For more information, please visit www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/cuningar-loop  

 

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.

 

30 Mar 2017

FUNDING BOOST FOR HEALTHY N HAPPY

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust has been awarded almost £750,000 through the growing community assets fund of The Big Lottery to support the continued development of Number 18 on Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen.

The building, in which Clyde Gateway was a key partner in its purchase and subsequent refurbishment, is the main community hub of the Trust and this latest award will be spent over the next four years on further improvements that will allow a further increase in the range of services on offer.

Brendan Rooney, executive director of Healthy n Happy said: "We are delighted that the growing community assets funding will allow us to provide a fully inclusive multi-functional community space delivering an increased range of services and opportunities for local people based on community needs and aspirations that improve the quality of life.

"We will be able to increase the type and number of supported volunteering placements, facilitate training and learning opportunities and increase employment and work experience opportunities.

"We're determined to see Cambuslang and Rutherglen become the healthiest and happiest places to live in Scotland and this funding is another important step in achieving that ambition."

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway said: "We have long enjoyed an excellent relationship with Healthy n Happy and delighted to have been able to provide the financial support towards their ambitions of securing a new home at Number 18, a move that has proven to be a success story from the outset.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in this successful bid for Big Lottery funding, the result of which will enable a further expansion of services to the benefit of thousands of local residents."

 

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.

 

20 Mar 2017

INVITATION TO ALL LOCALLY BASED SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

Clyde Gateway, in partnership with Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, is pleased to invite locally based social enterprises to a free breakfast networking event on Friday 7 April from 10am to 12noon.

The venue is Glasgow Women's Library which is located at 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP, less than 150 yards from Bridgeton railway station.

The event will include three short presentations - one with information on the Procurement and Volunteering Opportunities associated with the European Championships Glasgow 2018 and the others from two key social enterprises operating in Bridgeton and Rutherglen.

Tickets can be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gsen-vaslan-meet-your-neighbours-breakfast-event-tickets-32625109581  

 

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.