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News – 2008
29th December 2008
PEOPLE POWER TO RING THE CHANGES AT BRIDGETON CROSS
Bridgeton Cross, one of Glasgow’s most famous and historic landmarks is to set to undergo massive change in 2009, thanks to a £1m plus investment from Clyde Gateway.
The main focus of the Cross – the shelter and clock, more commonly referred to as the Umbrella – will remain firmly in place, but the road layout, streetscape and lighting that surrounds it will all be transformed.
The project was identified as a key early action by Clyde Gateway, and while it will be the main funder of the works, the shape and style of the changes will be determined by a group of local residents and shop owners.
Discussions at a community meeting held in late 2008 led to the establishment of a Steering Group of twelve local representatives who have since met to consider various ideas and suggestions from landscape architects. The Steering Group has now selected Gillespie’s, one of the UK’s largest and best-known environmental design teams, to take the project forward.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “All too often, those most affected by changes of this scale and nature don’t have a big enough say in what should happen. But we wanted local residents and shopkeepers to take the lead with some support from the professional staff here at Clyde Gateway.”
“Now that the design consultants have been selected, the Steering Group can begin to focus in on the sorts of things they want incorporated into the improvements, including the quality of the landscaping, the style of new lighting, the introduction of public art and wider safety improvements, including traffic management.”
“One other idea we want them to consider is the heritage of the area. For instance, Bridgeton is home to one of the oldest Burns’ Clubs in the world, and in the year when we are celebrating the 250th Anniversary of his birth, it may well be appropriate to include some sort of commemoration within the works.”
The power given to local residents and businesses has been welcomed. Owen Stewart, a Bridgeton resident who volunteered to sit on the Steering Group said, “Clyde Gateway is very quickly gaining a great reputation for the way it is linking into the local communities in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock, and I was delighted to be given the chance to become involved in this particular project. It was incredibly interesting to see the different ideas from the various architects and designers, and to be able to have such a say in making the final selection.”
“Bridgeton Cross is one of Glasgow’s gems, and the idea of it getting such a substantial makeover is one that will definitely give the whole community a real lift.”
The Steering Group has asked Gillespie’s to produce detailed designs by the end of January. Local exhibitions and meetings will then be arranged to highlight the proposals, and subject to relevant permissions being obtained, work on the improvements should begin by October 2009, with a completion date of early 2010.
20th October 2008
COUP FOR CLYDE GATEWAY AS REGENERATION EXPERT JOINS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
One of the UK’s most experienced practitioners in large-scale urban regeneration is to take up a senior position at the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company (URC).
Steve Pritchard is joining Clyde Gateway as Executive Director of Development, having spent the past 19 years working for Associated British Ports in South Wales, where, among many landmark achievements on a range of major regeneration projects, he played a significant part in securing the National Assembly for Wales as a tenant within the re-developed Cardiff Bay. He also played a key part in the procurement of the Master Plan and delivery of the Waterfront Barry scheme.
Having spent much of his career working on the regeneration of areas that had previously had to face up to social, economic and physical problems as a result of the loss of traditional industries, Steve brings immense experience, knowledge and skills to Clyde Gateway as it embarks on its own mission to renew large areas of the East End of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.
Steve said, “I have spent almost all my life transforming areas, and all of the projects I worked upon involved bringing redundant land back into productive use in partnership with the public sector and the local community. I am proud of all that I achieved in South Wales, but feel that the time is right to move on for another challenge.
“The whole concept of Clyde Gateway is enormously exciting, and without question, massive changes are going to take place, thanks in part to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the construction of new roads infrastructure. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to be part of it all, and look forward to adding my knowledge and expertise to the excellent team already in place.”
Dr Robert Crawford, the Chair of the Clyde Gateway Board said “It is hugely encouraging for us that Steve wants to be part of the aims and aspirations of Clyde Gateway. He is an individual with an outstanding track record in the physical and economic transformation of communities which speaks for itself, and I’m looking forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway was among the panel who interviewed the candidates for the post, and he said “Steve has achieved a great deal over the course of his career, helping to attract millions of pounds of investment to regeneration schemes of the very highest quality. He retains a real passion for the work that he does, and he is fully committed to our concept that local people have to be put at the centre of all our efforts in the years ahead. I really do think his coming here is a coup for Clyde Gateway – he is the perfect addition to our team and I know he will deliver success.”
10th September 2008
HELPING HAND LETS LOCAL YOUNGSTERS REALISE AMBITIONS
Thanks to a unique partnership between the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company (URC) and the Glasgow-based construction firm City Building LLP, six youngsters from the Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen areas have realised their ambitions to land a four-year apprenticeship training opportunity.
Each year, more than 1500 school leavers apply to be taken on as a trades apprentice with City Building, and after a rigorous recruitment process, including an interview, around 100 are lucky enough to be given a place. Without Clyde Gateway’s intervention, funds would only have been available to take on one applicant living within the local area. However, a wholly new partnership agreement will result in an additional 12 apprenticeships being created – 8 funded by Clyde Gateway and 4 funded by City Building. The first effect of the partnership has ensured that all of the 2008 school-leavers living in the local communities who applied and qualified can be given a place immediately.
Jackie Farrell and Steven Kerr, both from Bridgeton, have been taken on as apprentice electricians. Partick Byrne and Stephen Welsh of Rutherglen, Curtis Findlay of Dalmarnock and John Malcolm of Bridgeton are now training to be joiners.
The Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway, Cllr Chris Thompson, was delighted with the first results the new partnership.
He said, “One of the key goals for Clyde Gateway is to increase economic activity, particularly through the creation of employment opportunities for local people. It’s quite clear from the numbers who apply every year that a place on the City Building apprenticeship scheme is highly valued among young people.
“The fact that we have very quickly been able to specifically support youngsters living in our local communities across Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Parkhead, Rutherglen and Shawfield is a tremendous start, and one that I know will show local residents just how serious we are about making a difference.
“However, there are many other things Clyde Gateway would like to do to help deliver employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities for local residents, and I know there will be many more exciting announcements made in the not too distant future.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, also gave a very warm welcome to the new apprentices.
He said, “The discussions with City Building have gone very well, and I’m delighted that our involvement and financial support has allowed the six youngsters to realise their ambitions of a trades apprenticeship.
1st May 2008
CHIEF EXECUTIVE APPOINTED TO LEAD SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST REGENERATION PROJECT
One of the Scotland’s most experienced and foremost public-sector planning and regeneration experts has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company (URC).
Ian Manson (48) takes up the reins of one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, having already enjoyed a 25-year career that has seen him work on major projects in Birmingham, North Lanarkshire as well as Glasgow, where he has been based since 1991.
Born in Inverness, and a double graduate of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, Ian was part of the inner-city regeneration team in Birmingham in the early 80s, before returning home to Scotland to lead the urban regeneration programme in Monklands in 1990 . He then moved to Glasgow District Council in 1991, and in recent years has held a number of key posts, including those of Head of Corporate Policy, Senior Depute Director of Development & Regeneration Services and the Chief Advisor to the Leader of the Council.
With a background that has covered physical planning as well as social and economic development, including job creation and business growth and a range of public/private sector partnerships, Ian brings a depth of knowledge and range of skills that will enable him to meet the challenges of a project that is set to be in place for the next two decades.
Ian said, “This is a dream job, as there has never been a better time to be part of the massive and exciting changes that are going to take place in the communities of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Parkhead, Rutherglen and Shawfield. The whole area is going to be physically transformed thanks to new infrastructure and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but I see my main task as ensuring that Clyde Gateway has a positive effect on the lives of local residents in both economic and social terms.
“I want everyone in the East End of Glasgow and Rutherglen to be part of the success stories that are going to come our way, and share in a lasting legacy. The Clyde Gateway project, and my role as Chief Executive, will only be judged a success when the image, perception and fortunes of this area change for the better, and when local people move into jobs and new homes and enjoy a higher quality of life.”
The Chair of the Clyde Gateway Board, Dr Robert Crawford said,
“The tasks facing Clyde Gateway over the next two decades are very challenging and daunting, and it was essential that we found someone with the right blend of skills and relevant experience to head up the organisation.
“Ian clearly has all the professional attributes we were seeking, but all of us on the selection panel were hugely impressed by his drive, commitment and enthusiasm for the tasks in hand, as well as his determination to put local people at the forefront of his approach.
“His own ambition perfectly matches the ambition of the Board members, namely that Clyde Gateway cannot be seen as just a physical regeneration project. I personally look forward to working very closely with Ian, and am confident the URC is now in a great position to create the perfect conditions to deliver success across the communities.”