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News – 2012

 

20 December 2012

CLYDE GATEWAY TRADE PARK REACHES 75% CAPACITY

 

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The on-going success of Clyde Gateway Trade Park at Farme Cross has been given another boost with the news that a Glasgow-based car accessories and parts firm is to relocate to Rutherglen, bringing 15 jobs in the process.

 

CV Panels have had to vacate their current premises in the north of Glasgow as the site was required for an expansion of their landlord’s own business, and after an extensive search across the city and surrounding areas have decided that a 5,000 sq ft unit at the Trade Park is the best quality and location to meet their requirements.

 

The company was established in 1996 and currently has 15 staff across a variety of roles. CV Panels will begin operating out of their new premises in early 2013 and are the sixth company to move into Clyde Gateway Trade Park since its opening in November 2009. This means 75% of the eight units have now either been sold or leased by Clyde Gateway and more than 60 people are now based at the Trade Park.

 

Steve Pritchard, the Executive Director of Development at Clyde Gateway said:"It is very pleasing that we have managed to attract so many occupiers to the Trade Park against a background of difficult economic conditions which in general have seen firms and companies less willing than usual to expand and make moves from their existing premises. The great thing about these particular units is the flexibility which allows companies to have offices alongside operational space with a tremendous location close to the town centre, railway station and the M74.

 

"The Trade Park is of course just part of what Clyde Gateway has delivered to help bring jobs to Rutherglen. I’m hopeful that early in the new year we will be able to bring some more good news regarding the one remaining vacant unit at the Red Tree Business Suites on Stonelaw Road while as we announced a few weeks ago we are also at an advanced stage of plans to build a new office block on the site of the former Monogram factory."

 

 

19 December 2012

THE PAST 12 MONTHS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY – AS SEEN IN THE PAGES OF ‘THE RE-GEN’

 

The Re-Gen is a well-established free newspaper covering the east end of Glasgow. Its final edition of the year contains an article which looks back at some of the stories featuring Clyde Gateway during 2012:-

 

"The Re-Gen has never hidden its admiration for the way Clyde Gateway goes about its task to transform and re-generate communities across the east end. The past 12 months however, have been particularly impressive with the completion of a number of high-profile and very important projects that have brought jobs and fantastic new facilities to the area.

 

The progress at the Olympia on Bridgeton Cross has featured heavily in the paper ever since Clyde Gateway unveiled its ambitious plans to buy the historic building and bring it back into use for the benefit of local residents. We reported how, at the end of February, a landmark moment was reached when the dome was lifted back into place in front of a large crowd of onlookers and a news crew from the BBC who were there to film it for that night’s edition of ‘Reporting Scotland.’

 

It was a delicate and tricky operation involving a 60-foot crane and a team of specialists all of whom rightly got a fantastic round of applause from the onlookers when the thumbs-up signal came to let everyone know the dome was back in its proper place after eight months of repairs and restoration. The final leg of the £10m restoration programme at the Olympia was now truly underway.

 

At the same time as this was happening, another equally high-profile and important project just 300 yards along London Road was nearing its completion and in April 2012 we reported on the move by the first of what will eventually be 500 staff of Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS) into their stylish new home at Eastgate. Eight months on from the opening, Eastgate has become very symbolic of the change in the east end, offering a quality and style the match of anywhere in the UK.

 

The month of June saw good news at the Clyde Gateway East Business Park, built on former wasteland at Auchenshuggle, with Glacier Energy Services – a company which specialises in the oil and gas industries – becoming the first occupier and bringing 48 jobs across in a relocation and expansion from its former premises in Motherwell.

 

Our next front-page story on Clyde Gateway came in August, and once again it was all about jobs. Thanks to a specially created training course, local youngsters aged 16-25 were given the chance to be taken on at the new Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Re-Gen was first with the news that 21 year-old Samantha Maxwell, whose home overlooks the new arena, had been so impressive on the course that she had been given a job at the main reception.

 

It was a welcome and timely reminder that Clyde Gateway is a different type of regeneration as it not simply about bricks and buildings. They have a great record of social and economic regeneration which is really making a difference to the lives of people like Samantha and many others living across the east end.

 

Lots of other great stories came in the second half of 2012 including the news that the future of the old Bridgeton Library building on Landressy Street had been secured thanks to Glasgow Women’s Library relocating from the Mitchell. We also had a fabulous story about a Clyde Gateway partnership with Sacred Heart Primary School which saw a new garden open in October, complete with a very fine memorial bench commemorating the life of the late Mrs Betty Redmond, a much-love community stalwart who had passed away in 2010.

 

The end of the year saw things come full circle with more coverage of the Olympia.

 

The restoration was completed on schedule with the result that November saw the building open its doors for the first time in nearly two decades when almost 200 people came along to the 2012 Annual Public Meeting of Clyde Gateway where they heard chairman Neil MacDonald and chief executive Ian Manson give a progress report on the past 12 months as well as a sneak preview of the many exciting developments coming in 2013 and beyond.

 

And then on Monday 3 December, the official opening ceremony for the new Library on the ground floor of the Olympia took place. A building that not long ago was a sad symbol of decline now stood as a real beacon of progress and local residents have flocked to make use of the extensive range of books, newspapers and magazines as well as the 32 new PCs that have been installed. And not forgetting the wonderful new café that is now on the ground floor and which looks out directly over Bridgeton Cross.

 

No-one can argue that 2012 has been a vintage year for Clyde Gateway. Don’t be surprised however, if 2013 doesn’t prove to be even more impressive."

 

 

7 December 2012

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DALMARNOCK STATION EXTENDED

 

Dalmarnock station will now be closed until Spring 2013 as work continues to create a new £11m facility for passengers.

 

Thanks to funding from Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the European Regional Development Fund, a new station is being built by Network Rail on Dalmarnock Road to replace the existing facility on Swanston Street. This temporary closure of Dalmarnock Station is needed to ensure these works can be delivered in a safe and secure way.

 

It had been intended to re-open the station on Monday 26 November 2012 but Network Rail has taken the decision the station must remain closed until then.

 

In a statement, Network Rail said: "For safety reasons, due to unforeseen and unexpected ground condition (including the discovery of the remains of a former station) we have decided that Dalmarnock Station must remain closed until next spring.

 

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope that station users will appreciate the bright new station environment, step free access including lifts and the completely refurbished platforms which will be completed in summer 2013."

 

Passengers remain advised to use either Bridgeton station or Rutherglen station. Season tickets for Dalmarnock can be used at either of these alternative stations.

 

 

6 December 2012

GREEN LIGHT FOR RE-DEVELOPMENTS IN RUTHERGLEN & SHAWFIELD

 

Clyde Gateway’s plans to bring investment and jobs to South Lanarkshire have been given a huge boost with the local council granting planning permission to projects in Rutherglen and Shawfield.

 

The first phase of the National Business District, for which the European Regional Development Funding recently awarded £6m, was given the go-ahead at a meeting of the Planning Committee of South Lanarkshire Council held on 4 December. Speaking afterwards, Council Leader Eddie McAvoy said "This is one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking projects we have had the pleasure of giving approval to in recent years."

 

"It could make a significant contribution to growth in Scotland’s economy as well as massively improving the local environment. The size and scale of Clyde Gateway’s ambitions really have to be applauded. It’s important to remember that the site as is currently mostly vacant and derelict land with contaminants in the ground. These proposals will bring the area back into use and create a first-class riverside hub for business and leisure use"

 

At the same meeting, approval was given to begin development of the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone on the site of the former Monogram factory at Farme Cross. In welcoming the proposal, Councillor McAvoy said "Clyde Gateway has already made significant progress in securing jobs and investment and the approvals given today will allow that to continue.

 

"The Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone is an exciting development which has seen extensive consultation carried out in the local community. The proposals that went before the committee today are what local people had said they wanted and show a commitment by Clyde Gateway to listen to what people want. Bringing new businesses and jobs to the area is the next challenge but it is one I am confident Clyde Gateway will be able to meet head on as their track record in doing so is highly impressive."

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said "I’m delighted for a whole range of reasons, not least that we can now move on to the long-overdue regeneration of Shawfield with the delivery of the National Business District which will see a transformation that is at the cutting-edge of engineering and technology and deliver something that is truly world-class.

 

“It is equally good news in respect of our plans for the Monogram site. As with other Clyde Gateway developments, we will be delivering this in stages over a number of years with work beginning immediately to use the very welcome funding of £2.1m from the Scottish Government for shovel-ready projects to prepare the site and install the necessary new infrastructure including roads and drainage.

 

“We will then take proposals to the Clyde Gateway Board early next year to secure a further £6m of investment to construct a four-storey building capable of bringing just over 200 jobs to the Burgh but having already received planning consent for the development we can also now begin our efforts to attract occupiers. All being well, the offices at Farme Cross could be open in 2014.”

 

 

3 December 2012

LIBRARY AT BRIDGETON NOW OPEN

 

The brand new, state of the art Bridgeton Library in the Olympia was officially opened today. The ceremony was performed by Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway and Mrs Grace Donald, an 88 year-old lifelong resident of Bridgeton who was a frequent user of the Olympia in its heyday as a cinema.

 

LIBRARY AT BRIDGETON NOW OPEN

 

Councillor Archie Graham said “Libraries are at the very heart of our communities throughout Glasgow and the new Bridgeton Library will deliver more services for and on behalf of local people than ever before. New life has been breathed into the Olympia which has recovered all of its former glory and the new library will ensure it will play a vital role in the life of Bridgeton for generations to come.”

 

In addition to being the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway, George Redmond is also the councillor for the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock area. He said “The opening of the library is the latest chapter in what is becoming a thrilling story associated with the regeneration of the local communities. There is an incredible transformation underway across the whole area but I’ve no doubt this £10m investment to bring the Olympia back into use is the one that has got local people most excited. This fantastic new library really does have the best of everything and I have no doubt it is going to be very popular with residents of all ages”.

 

The involvement of Grace Donald in the opening ceremony was not just about providing a link with the building’s former uses but in recognition of a lifetime’s involvement in working with and for the community. As members of her family and many of her friends looked on Grace said, “This has been a very special day. For years the Olympia was a big part of my life to me and I spent many a happy time here on nights out at the cinema with my husband and my children. I was really upset when it closed its doors all those years ago as it was a really lowpoint in Bridgeton’s history. I never dreamed that I’d ever get back inside the building and it’s a big thrill to see what Clyde Gateway and Glasgow Life have done. I’ve lived here all my life and I know that Bridgeton Cross has never looked better.”

 

As well as an extensive range of books, newspapers and magazines, the library will have 32 PC’s, online learning, a community room and will deliver computer courses, reader development programmes and a Children’s Area. It also offers an enhanced business resource for Glasgow firms and access to a rich collection of local and family history resources.

 

 

3 December 2012

£6 MILLION EUROPEAN FUNDING TOWARDS SHAWFIELD REGENERATION

 

Clyde Gateway’s ambitious plans to regenerate vast areas of vacant and derelict land in Shawfield have been given a huge boost with news of an award of £6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 

The urban regeneration company will now begin work early next year on a £15m re-development of the area around the former Shawfield Industrial Estate as the first phase of the National Business District, a development with the potential over two decades to create 350,000 square metres of business space to support 15,000 jobs.

 

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “The news of this European award is absolutely fantastic. Our early work in Shawfield has been, with the help and support of South Lanarkshire Council, concentrated on acquiring strategic sites in and around the industrial estate and assisting with the relocation of those businesses affected. Now we are ready to begin work on the delivery of the National Business District which will be the key to ensuring we meet our jobs target over the 20-year lifespan of Clyde Gateway.

 

“Phase 1 of the National Business District requires £15m of expenditure in Shawfield to prepare those sites in our ownership for development. This is an area with severe infrastructure problems, not least the levels of chromium contamination that have been a blight on Shawfield for so many years, and what we will do now is remediate the land, invest in new infrastructure to tackle long-standing issues around flooding and drainage and also carry out a wide range of environmental and public-realm improvements to change the look and feel of the area.

 

Councillor Eddie McAvoy, the leader of South Lanarkshire Council and whose Rutherglen Central and North ward covers the Shawfield area said “If the expectations of Clyde Gateway come true it will be brilliant for Rutherglen. Anything that increases the capacity of the town is always welcome. This plan could create jobs as well as protect jobs over a number of years and if it brings people into the town the knock-on effect will be felt by everyone.

 

Rutherglen MSP James Kelly added “The prospect of European funding to bolster the business district that could attract a number of jobs is a real boost, not just for Shawfield but for the surrounding areas.”

 

Clyde Gateway’s plans for Shawfield were taken out to public consultation in March 2012 during which local residents and business-owners expressed their broad support for the re-development proposals which aim to take advantage of Shawfield’s riverside frontage, its proximity to the M74 and its public transport links which will be improved further thanks to the impending construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Clyde so providing easier access to Dalmarnock Railway Station which will re-open next May after an £11m refurbishment.

 

The £6m ERDF support is 40% of the costs of Phase 1 of the National Business District and represents the maximum grant available under the scheme. It is the second time Clyde Gateway has attracted ERDF support for its regeneration activities in South Lanarkshire as back in 2010 the Red Tree Business Suites on Stonelaw Road received £650,000 towards the £1.6m costs of converting the former housing office into eleven new spaces for small and medium-sized businesses.

 

A detailed planning application for the work is due to be considered by South Lanarkshire later this week, and subject to approval Clyde Gateway will appoint contractors early in the new year with an anticipated site start of June 2013.

 

 

21 November 2012

200 RESIDENTS FLOCK TO FIRST EVENT AT NEW-LOOK OLYMPIA

 

 

The 2012 Clyde Gateway Annual Public Meeting, which took place at the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross on 15 November, attracted an attendance of just under 200 people.

 

The audience, which mainly comprised local residents and business owners, heard presentations from Neil McDonald and Ian Manson, the Chair and Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway detailing the progress made over the past 12 months with projects and developments designed to deliver a physical, social and economic transformation of the area.

 

The event was the first of any kind to take place inside the Olympia following the £10m investment to bring it back into use and the opportunity was taken to offer everyone in attendance a sneak preview of the space which will be given over to the new library and the boxing centre together with the top floor which is currently being marketed as office space.

 

Neil McDonald said “I was delighted at the numbers who came through the door on what was a special night in the history of Clyde Gateway. It was always going to be the case that a lot of people would want to come along simply to have a look inside the Olympia for the first time in years and it was a bit nerve-wracking beforehand wondering if they would be pleased with the changes and new uses.

 

“The responses were all very positive which was immensely satisfying for everyone who is part of Clyde Gateway, particularly the highly dedicated staff who work incredibly hard to deliver so many projects right across the communities.

 

“The fact that around 120 people stayed on beyond the tours of the building to participate in the formal part of the public meeting clearly demonstrates the growing interest there is in the wider work Clyde Gateway is undertaking. The most pleasing aspect of the night was that so many local residents asked questions on what we planned to do next and made suggestions on how we can continue to grow our close relationship with the community.

 

“I’d like to thank everyone who made the time and took the effort to come along to the meeting and I look forward to their continued support for those projects and developments Clyde Gateway is delivering which are changing the look and feel of the area along with the many opportunities we are providing to help local residents into jobs and training”

 

The event also saw the launch of Clyde Gateway’s Annual Report for 2011/12, a 52-page booklet which provides extensive details of all the activities currently underway featuring a number of contributions from local residents and business owners.

 

Jimmy McLellan is a Bridgeton resident who contributed to the Annual Report and who recently took up an invitation to give his personal views on regeneration to a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee.

 

He said, “Clyde Gateway has been absolutely brilliant since day one and they have kept every single promise they made. There is real partnership between Clyde Gateway and the community and there’s no better example of this than what has happened this past couple of years with the Olympia.

 

“A building which for so long has been a symbol of past times has been transformed into something very special and spectacular and I know it’s going to prove very popular with people of all ages and from all walks of life.”

 

Copies of the 2011/12 Annual Report can be obtained from Clyde Gateway by calling 0141 276 1573 or by sending an e-mail to gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com

 

 

8 November 2012

APPROACH TO EMPLOYABILITY AND TRAINING DRAWS PRAISE

 

Clyde Gateway’s approach to delivering jobs and training opportunities for local residents has received plaudits from delegates attending the Scotland’s Towns Conference, which took place in Perth on Wednesday 7 November.

 

The conference was the centrepiece of Scotland’s Towns Week (5-11 November) which aims to promote the diversity and vitality of towns and Clyde Gateway was part of a Fringe Event which examined the link between regeneration and employment.

 

Niki Spence, the Project Manager for Community Benefits said “The conference looked at a wide range of issues affecting town centres across the country and Clyde Gateway was asked to be part of a panel discussion looking at the positive impact of employing local residents within projects.

 

“The delegates were shown how we use community benefits clauses to deliver opportunities and how we work closely with a number of partners to identify emerging opportunities, such as those in sports and recreation with the opening of the Emirates Arena in Dalmarnock.

 

“Our involvement with the conference helped promote Clyde Gateway to a much wider audience and we received very positive feedback not just on our efforts around employment and training but on how we engage with the local community on all aspects of our work.”

 

 

6 November 2012

LOCAL TRADERS GET BOOST FROM MARKET DAY AT EASTGATE

 

Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS), organised a Market Day in the atrium space at the Eastgate office on London Road.

 

LOCAL TRADERS GET BOOST FROM MARKET DAY AT EASTGATE

 

The event, which took place on 31 October, enabled local businesses to promote themselves directly to the hundreds of staff who now work out of the Eastgate office following its opening as the new Headquarters for GCSS earlier this year.

 

Natalie Phillips, the Assistant Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said “The idea was to raise awareness acrosss GCSS staff of the great variety and quality of local businesses around the Bridgeton area. Among those who took part were C Mason Butchers, Nicole’s Fruit & Veg, Dolce Beauty and the Bridgeton & Dalmarnock Credit Union, and the feedback from the businesses and the GCSS staff has been really pleasing.

 

“We are now going to build on the success of the first Eastgate Market Day and aim to hold further events on a monthly basis, with the next being scheduled for Wednesday 28 November from 12noon – 2pm.”

 

If you are a local business interested in being part of the next or any future Market Days at Eastgate, please contact Natalie on 0141 276 1574 or by e-mail :natalie.phillips@clydegateway.com

 

 

12 October 2012

OLYMPIA TO BE VENUE FOR 2012 ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING

 

The fourth Annual Public Meeting (APM) of Clyde Gateway is to be held on the evening of Thursday 15 November 2012 with the venue being the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross.

 

The APM will be the first event to take place in the Olympia since its £10 million refurbishment.

 

As with previous years, the format of the evening will see Neil MacDonald and Ian Manson, the Chair and Chief Executive respectively of Clyde Gateway, give an overview of the achievements of the past 12 months and also take questions from members of the audience.

 

The APM itself will begin at 7pm but the doors to the Olympia will open at 6pm with visitors able to see an exhibition of Clyde Gateway’s activities along with photographs charting the progress of the re-building of the Olympia. Copies of the Clyde Gateway 2011/12 Annual Report, which will be launched on the day of the APM, will also be available. Afterwards, food and refreshments will be offered with Clyde Gateway staff on hand to mingle and talk about the different aspects of their work. Tours of the Olympia will also be available to anyone interested.

 

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said “The Annual Public Meeting is always an important event in the Clyde Gateway calendar but it takes on more significance this year as it provides the first opportunity for most people to have a look inside the new-look Olympia.

 

“It is by far the best way to learn more about Clyde Gateway and the invitation to come along is open to everyone and is not restricted to people who live or work in the Clyde Gateway area. Neil and Ian will be happy to talk about and take questions on any aspect of the work we are carrying out including our physical projects, our efforts to provide employment opportunities and our partnerships with local community groups.”

 

While the APM will be the first event to take place in the new-look Olympia, it will not mark its official opening as the fit-out of the ground-floor library and cafe will still be underway while Amateur Boxing Scotland will not be moving into the building until early 2013.

 

The Olympia is well-connected to the public transport network. It is directly across the road from Bridgeton Station while First Bus Services 18,43,46,64 and 263 go to Bridgeton Cross.

 

 

11 October 2012

GLACIER ENERGY PREMISES AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST OFFICIALLY OPENED

 

Another landmark in the on-going regeneration of the Clyde Gateway communities has been marked with the official opening, by Fergus Ewing MSP, the Energy Minister, of the customised new-build facilities for Glacier Energy Services at Clyde Gateway East business park.

 

GLACIER ENERGY PREMISES AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST OFFICIALLY OPENED

 

The international oilfield specialist has relocated its main business and manufacturing operations to Clyde Gateway East, increasing its capacity and capability as part of its continued drive for significant growth across the UK and internationally.

 

Glacier’s three businesses – highly respected pipeline machining company Roberts, renowned welding services specialist Wellclad, and provider of specialist machining applications Site Machining Services – will each have a presence at the 23,000 sq ft unit at the £14 million Clyde Gateway East Business Park in Glasgow.

 

The new facility has been specifically designed and tailored to suit Glacier’s needs, in the delivery of a wide range of services to the global energy sector, including precision on-site machining equipment, weld overlay technologies, and specialist pipe machining and preparation services.

 

Glacier has moved from its original Motherwell location to the site at Clyde Gateway East, which offers better transport connection in addition to greatly improved operational facilities. All staff transfer to the new premises with the business.

 

Dave Sturrock, chief executive of Glacier Energy Services, which employs 60 staff across its operations in the central belt, Aberdeen and Newcastle said: “Moving to extended premises at Clyde Gateway will allow us to capitalise on market opportunities and is a major component of our growth across the global oil and gas industry.

 

“It will provide us with greater capacity for investment in our key products and services going forward, ensuring we have the resources in place to meet demand and enhance delivery for our customers.

 

“In addition to our investment in facilities and equipment, we will continue to recruit staff across all areas of our business to support our growth plan”.

 

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I congratulate Glacier Energy Services on the opening of their new offices. This highlights the opportunities that exist in Scotland as a whole and not just within the North East. Scotland has world leading skills in oil and gas, and Glacier is a great example of the innovation which goes into supplying the sector.

 

“The oil and gas sector is vitally important to Scotland’s economy. With more than half of the value of the North Sea’s oil and gas reserves yet to be extracted, up to 24 billion recoverable barrels with a potential wholesale value of £1.5 trillion, oil and gas will remain an enormous economic resource for decades to come.

 

“The Scottish Government’s Oil and Gas Strategy, developed in conjunction with industry, lays out a plan to help the industry go from strength to strength, and rising capital investment – reaching £8.5bn in 2011 and expected to rise to £11.5bn in 2012 – demonstrates the confidence investors and the industry have in Scotland.”

 

The move to new premises follows Glacier’s acquisition of leading industrial specialist Site Machining Services (SMS) earlier in the year, extending its offering to the global oil and gas industry.

 

SMS will maintain its primary base at Newcastle, with its service to be opened up to clients through the group’s Glasgow headquarters.

 

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “I’m delighted to welcome Glacier to Clyde Gateway East. This official opening is another important milestone for us and I think it is very significant that the oil and gas services sector, which is one of the most important to the Scottish economy, now sees the east end as such a great location.”

 

 

8 October 2012

10,000 PEOPLE PASS THROUGH THE DOORS ON FIRST WEEKEND OF NEW EAST END ARENA

 

The stunning new Emirates Arena, located in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area and officially opened on Friday 5 October 2012 by Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, has proved an instant success with 10,000 visitors over its opening weekend.

 

The £113million venue, which was funded by Glasgow City Council (£98million) and sportscotland (£15million), has been built on a 10.5 hectare site next to the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Celtic Park and is one of the largest facilities of its kind. The venue, which will be called the Commonwealth Arena during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will host the badminton and track cycling events at the Games.

 

Facilities include the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, an indoor sports arena, three full-size sports halls with 12 badminton courts, four outdoor 5-a-side football pitches, an outdoor 1km outdoor cycle circuit, one of the largest Glasgow Club health and fitness centres in the city and a luxury spa. It is also the administrative hub for several national sports federations and Glasgow Life’s Sports Development unit.

 

One of the first events over the opening weekend saw 5,000 spectators, a record crowd for a professional league basketball match in Scotland, enjoy Glasgow Rocks home debut at the Arena. One of the spectators was 88-year old local resident Grace Donald, who has been witness to a lifetime of change in the east end and came away full of praise for the new venue.

 

Grace said, “This is an unbelievable building. It’s the sort of thing you see on television and when you do, you want to go and visit but here we have it right in the middle of Dalmarnock.

 

“The velodrome looks fantastic and is going to be really busy and popular and I couldn’t believe how good the atmosphere was at the basketball match. But what I’m most happy about is that so many thousands of people are now going to be coming here and see for themselves the size and success of the change here in the east end. I’m so proud of everything that is happening right now”.

 

Over the next four months up to February 2013, the Emirates Arena will play host to no fewer than eight Scottish, European or World level sporting events. Further information, including full ticket details, can be found at www.emiratesarena.co.uk

 

 

5 October 2012

IT’S COMING UP ROSES AT SACRED HEART PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

A new garden at Sacred Heart Primary School, Bridgeton is the latest in a series of environmental improvements to be delivered by Clyde Gateway.

 

ITS COMING UP ROSES AT SACRED HEART PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

The garden has been built within the school playground and is the result of the community benefits element of a contract to clean-up the site of the Dalmarnock Gas Works, work currently being carried out by I & H Brown, the Perth-based civil engineering and remediation specialists.

 

Designed in a style in a way which will encourage the pupils to learn about and become involved in nature, the Sacred Heart Garden contains planting areas for shrubs and trees, decking and a soft play area. It is also the home of a new memorial bench which has been dedicated to the late Mrs Betty Redmond, a much-loved community stalwart who passed away in 2011.

 

The official opening was carried out today (Thursday 6 October) by George Redmond, the local councillor for the Calton Ward, Board Member of Clyde Gateway, and son of the late Betty Redmond. As part of the opening, Councillor Redmond planted some bulbs in the garden with the help of members of the Sacred Heart Pupil Council.

 

Councillor Redmond said “It is really moving that the school has honoured my late mother with the memorial bench. I know she would have been very proud of this wonderful new garden which not only brightens up another corner of Bridgeton but allows the pupils to learn about nature in such a hands-on way.”

 

The garden was built at a cost of £36,000 and took six weeks to construct over the summer holidays between school terms.

 

Mrs Elizabeth Gonzalez, the Head Teacher at Sacred Heart said, “The pupils are thrilled with the garden. It is really pleasing that they now have such a unique area to both play and learn, and on behalf of everyone at the school, I would like to thank Clyde Gateway for making this happen.”

 

The Sacred Heart Garden is the fifth environmental improvement scheme delivered in the east end by Clyde Gateway since 2009, and follows-on from works at the Tullis Street Memorial Gardens, Bridgeton Cross, the Calton Burial Grounds and the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus.

 

 

25 September 2012

GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY TO MOVE INTO HISTORIC BRIDGETON BUILDING

 

The future of one of the best-loved public buildings in the Bridgeton area has been secured thanks to the decision by Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) to move to a permanent new home in the East End of the city. After several years in temporary accommodation at different locations, GWL will now be relocating into the beautiful old Bridgeton Public Library in Landressy Street.

 

GLASGOW WOMENS LIBRARY TO MOVE INTO HISTORIC BRIDGETON BUILDING

 

The Landressy Street building has become available thanks to the decision by Glasgow Life to improve and expand Bridgeton Library with a move into the refurbished Olympia Theatre overlooking Bridgeton Cross when it opens early next year. Dating back to 1903, and one of twelve Carnegie Libraries in the city, Landressy Street, located less than 100 yards from the Olympia, will itself be refurbished and upgraded to meet the needs and requirements of GWL which this month is celebrating its 21st Birthday with a special range of exhibitions, walks and talks.

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “The Landressy Street building has been a hugely important part of the Bridgeton community for over a hundred years and it was always our hope and ambition to help secure a continued and appropriate use for the time after the library moves around the corner to the Olympia.

 

I think it is equally significant and exciting that the Glasgow Women’s Library has chosen to move to the East End. It is further evidence that Clyde Gateway’s extensive regeneration efforts are having an impact in attracting all sorts of businesses and occupiers to our communities. There is a very definite physical transformation well underway which will be added to with the imminent opening of the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and all of this is making a lot of people change some of their pre-conceived ideas and perceptions about the area.

 

The GWL team were the first people we spoke to once we knew the Landressy Street building would be available. They have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about ensuring such a great old building would remain in a use similar to its origins and we have jointly worked hard to begin to make their dream of their own bespoke premises become a reality. I look forward to welcoming them as near neighbours next year.”

 

Glasgow Women’s Library was founded in September 1991. It has grown from an unfunded grassroots project in a small shopfront in the Garnethill area of the city into a popular Accredited Museum used by people from across Glasgow with visitors from all over the world. It now has fourteen paid staff and over eighty volunteers.

 

It is a unique resource in Scotland, housing a huge collection of materials and is open to all. As well as containing a lending library and an archive GWL also organises a wide range of events, activities and programmes which attract thousands of participants each year.

 

Sue John. Enterprise Development Manager, said ‘We are delighted and honoured to be relocating to Bridgeton and to be joining a community with such a rich heritage and proud history. The Landressy Street Library building is a magnificent landmark and we look forward to extending a warm welcome to all. In our 21st year it is fitting that we finally get the ‘key to the door’ and we would like to thank Glasgow Life, Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council for their support.”

 

 

25 September 2012

NEW LOOK OLYMPIA GETS THUMBS-UP FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS

 

A group of 20 residents consisting of the Bridgeton Cross Steering Group and members of a local photo project group have been the first visitors to see inside the Olympia as the building work nears its completion.

 

NEW LOOK OLYMPIA GETS THUMBS-UP FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS

 

They were given a guided tour of the Olympia on 12 September as Clyde Gateway kept its promise of making sure that local residents would be the first to have a preview of the library, boxing centre and offices that are being built behind the retained B-listed stone facade.

 

Audrey Carlin, Project Manager for Clyde Gateway said, “We said when we unveiled our plans for the Olympia well over a year ago that we would do everything possible to make sure that those residents who have helped shape our plans for the Cross would be the first to get a look inside.

 

“We had originally intended this to be when the building was finished, but we changed our plans when the organisers of the Glasgow’s Open Doors event in mid-September said they were very keen to have small numbers of visitors get inside the Olympia even if it was still a building site.

 

“The residents and the members of the photo project group who have been documenting the construction work were more than happy to put on the hard hats and hi-vis vests and get a look at those areas where those parts of the building it was safe to see. We were able to show them the ground-floor where the library and café will be, before climbing the stairs to the first floor where the boxing centre equipment is now beginning to be installed and then it was on to the top floor location of one of the offices which includes an outdoor balcony that overlooks Bridgeton Cross.

 

One of the residents on the tour was 87-year old Grace Donald who has fond memories of the Olympia in its heyday as a cinema.

 

“I’ve lived in Bridgeton all my life and I was always a regular visitor to the Olympia. It was a really sad day when the cinema closed down and although it kept going for a few years as a bingo hall and furniture warehouse it wasn’t the same.

 

“It was even worse when it closed down altogether and I never ever imagined as I watched it fall into such a state that I’d ever get the chance to see inside it again, so I was really excited when Clyde Gateway asked me to come along.

“I think it looks fabulous. The library space is going to be so much bigger than it is just now and the views from the café are so good I can see myself sitting there for hours enjoying myself.

 

Although I’m not as good on my feet as I once was I was determined to see upstairs and it really was worth it. The boys and girls who will be using the boxing centre are going to have the very best of equipment and it’s exciting to think that the Olympia might help someone win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

 

“The top floor was really special and something I couldn’t really imagine beforehand. The windows allowed me to see right over the East End and over towards the town but then to go out on the balcony and look down over the Umbrella and the Cross made my day. I know that everyone who was lucky enough to get inside the Olympia on this tour felt the same way.

 

“Clyde Gateway are doing such a great job all round the area but this for me is the best thing yet. It’s just great that the Olympia has been saved and is going to be enjoyed again by everyone”

 

The Olympia opened as the Theatre of Varieties on 18th September 1911. It became more popular and better-known as a cinema between 1924 and 1974. It later served as a bingo hall and then as a furniture warehouse before closing its doors, seemingly for the last time, in 2000.

 

A number of proposals were mooted over the years, including converting the building into a block of flats, none of which ever got beyond the drawing board.

 

The inside of the Olympia was badly damaged by an accidental fire in November 2004, during which a man sleeping rough inside the building tragically lost his life.

 

The Olympia was purchased for £1.8m by Clyde Gateway in September 2009 thanks to a grant from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund. In May 2011, after a period of public consultations, work got underway on a £10m revamp , the costs of which came from a wide range of sources including Clyde Gateway, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Scotland, Glasgow City Council’s Better Glasgow Fund, Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, sportscotland, the Glasgow Trades House and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

 

The construction work will be completed by the end of October, with the library and café scheduled to open before the end of the year. The boxing centre will be taken over by Amateur Boxing Scotland in early 2013.

 

 

10 September 2012

CLYDE GATEWAY EAST BUSINESS PARK OPEN FOR BUSINESS

 

Developer SCOT Sheridan and its funding partner MEPC have announced the completion of the first phase of industrial and warehousing development at Clyde Gateway East Business Park in the East End of Glasgow.

 

Three units comprising a total of 57,750 sq ft of modern, flexible industrial space with an investment value of £4.0m have now been created at the Business Park, a joint development between SCOT Sheridan, UK business estate operator MEPC and urban regeneration agency Clyde Gateway. It is hoped that the Park will eventually support upwards of 1,000 new jobs.

 

The first occupier, oil and gas services company Glacier Energy Services, has now moved into a 22,230 sq ft unit following a bespoke fit-out and interest is strong in the remaining 19,270 sq ft and 16,250 sq ft buildings. Once a second letting is confirmed, work is expected to begin on a second phase of speculative development at the site. Quoting rents on the two remaining completed units, which also feature office accommodation, dedicated parking and secure yardage, are £6.50 per sq ft.

 

MEPC and CBRE have taken over estate management responsibilities for the whole Business Park with a new marketing and security suite housing a 24/7 security operation already in operation. Estate CCTV security will be installed during September.

 

Grant Edmondson, Managing Director of MEPC Clyde Gateway said: “The first phase development has been completed on schedule and is a high quality product. It’s extremely rewarding to see our first occupier, Glacier Energy Services, already moved in and operational which gives vitality to Glasgow’s newest business estate from the start. We are hopeful that a second unit will be taken up soon, at which point we intend to start work on the next speculative phase to maintain a development pipeline and meet occupier demand which in turn will bring more investment and jobs to the area.”

 

SCOT Sheridan director, David MacLachlan said: “The East End of Glasgow is undergoing significant change and regeneration at the moment and Clyde Gateway East Business Park is at the heart of this as a commercial location that we believe will help to attract much-needed jobs to the area. Its modern, adaptable buildings located just four miles from Glasgow city centre and adjacent to some of the country’s main arterial routes make this an exceptional proposition for prospective tenants and we look forward to making further announcements about the site very soon.”

 

Steve Pritchard, executive director of development at Clyde Gateway said: “I’d like to congratulate MEPC and SCOT Sheridan on the fantastic progress they have made at Clyde Gateway East and I’m looking forward to other firms moving in alongside Glacier to what is undoubtedly Scotland’s best connected Business Park.”

 

More information on Clyde Gateway East is available at www.clydegatewayeast.co.uk or by contacting Alan Gilkison at Ryden on 0141 204 3838 or David Rolwegan at CBRE on 0141 204 7666.

 

 

7 September 2012

LOCAL PUPIL ENJOYS CLOSE-UP LOOK AT CLYDE GATEWAY

 

Taylor Baillie, a 4th Year pupil at Eastbank Academy has given the thumbs-up to Clyde Gateway after spending a week in the Bridgeton Cross offices on work experience. Taylor, who lives in the Dalmarnock area, spent her time assisting with a number of administrative, financial and marketing tasks and also took part in a tour of the area alongside a group of property agents who were being shown round various developments currently underway or in the pipeline.

 

Taylor said, “It’s been a really interesting week.  I knew there was a lot going on but to be able to come in and learn about it all from the team and to be given the chance to visit other parts of the area was fantastic.  I was also really pleased to be given a sneak preview of inside the Olympia and it is going to be every bit as exciting as I’d hoped, especially the new library and café which will look out right onto Bridgeton Cross.

 

“I also helped out on the preparation of new banners which will be used at the 2012 Annual Public Meeting later in the year and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they turn out.”

 

Barry Macintyre, Executive Director of Resources at Clyde Gateway said, “We were delighted to assist Taylor’s request for work experience and it’s really satisfying that she enjoyed it and got so much out of it.  She has been a great help to the team and she’s a real credit to her school and her family.  I’m sure she will go on to do well in her upcoming exams and  and we all wish her for the future.”

 

 

4 September 2012

REASSURANCE GIVEN OVER SMELL FROM DALMARNOCK EARTHWORKS CONTRACT

 

Clyde Gateway wishes to reassure local residents that the ongoing cleaning of earthworks at the former Dalmarnock Gasworks poses no risk to public health.

 

A number of residents have been in contact through their local councillors expressing concerns and worries about the smell being generated by the works which got underway three months ago as the first phase of an extensive remediation contract aimed at restoring the site back into a condition where it can then be put to a new use.

 

Jim Clark, the Senior Communications Manager at Clyde Gateway said “The remediation contract involves us digging below the surface to a depth of some eight metres and to disturb soil and material which has lain untouched for decades.

 

“The soil on the gasworks site has absorbed a lot of by-product since it was first used for actual gas production back in 1843. Production works did stop more than fifty years ago but there has never been any efforts made to clean-up the site. It is only now with the soil finally being brought to the surface after such a long time buried deep underground that this smell is being created and released into the atmosphere.

 

“The smell, while being unpleasant, poses no risk to public health. Clyde Gateway has had the situation checked out by the appropriate regulators including the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Environmental Health officers from Glasgow City Council who have confirmed that there is no such risk.

 

“Our on-site team are world-leaders in the remediation of former gasworks and have taken all precautions to minimise the extent of any smells from these operations, including spraying the material with the industrial equivalent of an anti-deodorant. These efforts will be stepped-up immediately in the hope of improving the situation. A letter from the main contractors, I & H Brown, explaining more about the extent and timescale of the works, will be delivered to all residents over the next few days.

 

“Clyde Gateway has been involved in numerous remediation contracts across Bridgeton and Dalmarnock over the past four years and this is the first time that we have received complaints about noxious smells. The amount of waste and by-products from the old Gasworks turned out to be greater than we had originally envisaged and we sincerely apologise to anyone whose quality of life may have been affected in recent days.”

 

 

15 August 2012

LEGACY ARRIVES IN DALMARNOCK AND RUTHERGLEN

 

Claire McHarg, a 19 year-old from Rutherglen and Samantha Maxwell, a 21 year-old resident of Dalmarnock are just two of a group of young Clyde Residents who have just secured employment from regeneration work now underway in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.

 

LEGACY ARRIVES IN DALMARNOCK AND RUTHERGLEN

 

They have started new jobs as Leisure Assistants with Glasgow Life, the arms-length Glasgow City Council company which is responsible for the operation and management of the publicly-owned sports and leisure centres in the city and both will be based at the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome which will open to the public this coming October.

 

Claire and Samantha are among the first to benefit from Clyde Gateway’s provision of a 12-week specially customised training course targeted at locally unemployed 16-25 year olds.

 

Neil McDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said “We always said that people living in the local communities would benefit most from all the regeneration work taking place across our area and that we would do all we can to help them find jobs.”

 

“Fourteen of our young residents are the first to come through a Clyde Gateway funded programme, the completion of which guaranteed an interview with Glasgow Life. I’m delighted that ten of them have been taken on with half being based at the fantastic new Arena and Velodrome, while the remaining four opted to take up other opportunities to attend college on a full-time basis or a job in construction.”

 

Samantha, who lives in Lily Street just a few yards away from her new place of work, is delighted to be given the opportunity to embark on a career in sports and leisure. She said “I’m absolutely thrilled about it all. I left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and it was always difficult finding work as I wasn’t really sure what path I wanted to take. In recent years I’ve devoted a lot of time and energy to do voluntary work at the Dalmarnock Centre which helped build my confidence up and family and friends encouraged me to apply for a place on the training course.

 

Now at the age of 21 I’ve a dream job working for Glasgow Life. It’s hard to put into words just how happy I feel but I’m proud of the fact that I’m going to be part of the Games legacy for Dalmarnock.”

 

Claire from Melrose Court in the heart of the burgh is equally pleased and said “I had been unemployed for more than six months with no daily routine and I felt I was getting nowhere trying to find myself a job. I applied for a place on the programme after spotting an advert in the local paper and after getting through the 12 weeks of training I was given the promised interview with Glasgow Life.

 

“I was so happy and excited when I then got the phone call but mostly relieved to learn I had finally secured a full-time permanent job. This has taken so much pressure and anxiety away from me and I’m so proud to have done so well and to be now working in such a brilliant place.”

 

The training programme was delivered on behalf of Clyde Gateway and Glasgow Life by Street League, an organisation with a proven track record of using sport to assist people into employment, training or further education. More residents are currently completing the course and will soon be given the opportunity to follow in Samantha’s and Claire’s footsteps.

 

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and the Glasgow City Council Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games said “This is just one of the many ways in which the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is delivering a lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow.

 

“It is fantastic to know that the Commonwealth Arena is not only a world-class sporting venue but that it is creating training and employment opportunities for local people.”

 

The Arena and Velodrome will open to the public in October and will be the venue for badminton and cycling events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 

It will also offer a new purpose-built community facility with dance and fitness studios, multi-court areas and offices for a number of sports governing bodies.

 

 

23 July 2012

TWO YEARS TILL THE 2014 GAMES….AND ‘IT’S ALL GO’ AT CLYDE GATEWAY

 

It is exactly two years until the opening day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and preparations all across the city are being made at a tremendous rate.

 

The Clyde Gateway communities in the East End and South Lanarkshire will be heavily involved in the Games. The opening ceremony is due to be held at Celtic Park while badminton and track cycling events will take place every day in the Commonwealth Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, a world-class facility that is located in the very heart of our area.

 

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway said, “It seems only like yesterday and not the best part of four years since Glasgow was awarded the 2014 Games. Everyone involved in the Games is rightly demanding they deliver a real, meaningful and sustainable legacy and I’m delighted that Clyde Gateway is playing such a large role in this.”

 

“Two years out from the Games and you can really notice the excellent progress in the physical, social and economic regeneration across the Clyde Gateway communities with a number of projects either completed or in the pipeline.”

 

Clyde Gateway has produced a new 32-page booklet entitled ‘It’s All Go…’ which provides information on more than twenty aspects of on-going work in the communities that will contribute directly to the Games legacy. Copies are available from the Clyde Gateway offices or by contacting Jim Clark via e-mail (jim.clark@clydegateway.com)

 

The booklet is also available to download from the publications page on the Clyde Gateway website

http://www.clydegateway.com/pages/publications_general.php

 

 

6 June 2012

FIRST JOBS ARRIVE AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

 

Oil and gas service company Glacier Energy is to become the first to move into the £35million Clyde Gateway East Business Park in Auchenshuggle, bringing up to 48 jobs in the process. The firm, in late July, will relocate manufacturing operations to a 22,200 square feet unit, which is one-third larger the size of its current operations in Motherwell.

 

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “It was just under three year ago that we announced the purchase of the brownfield site that has since been turned into Clyde Gateway East Business Park. At the time, I said it was the most important decision we had made in the early days of Clyde Gateway as it would allow us to provide significant development opportunities for new investors and this has certainly proved to be the case.

 

“The private sector has backed our judgement with two highly experienced real estate developers in MEPC and Scot Sheridan putting £14million into Clyde Gateway East and Glacier Energy Services now moving into the first three speculative units that have been constructed.

 

“I am certain that in the coming months we will see many more prestigious companies make announcements that they too will be locating into what is undoubtedly Scotland’s best connected business park.

 

Dave Sturrock, chief executive of Glacier Energy Services, said: “Moving to extended premises is a major component in our drive for significant growth across Scotland and the wider UK, giving us greater capacity for capital investment on our key products and services – and at Clyde Gateway East we have a site which is fit for purpose in every respect.”

 

Rick de Blaby, chief executive of MEPC said: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Glacier Energy Services to Clyde Gateway East, a development which they have seen as being perfectly suited to deliver a purpose-built base for a highly skilled workforce. It is the ideal endorsement of our original belief in the area, our belief in the vision that Clyde Gateway had promoted and our belief that with SCOT Sheridan, we could deliver a genuinely valuable real estate offer to companies like Glacier Energy Services, thereby contributing to the regeneration of the area.”

 

Clyde Gateway East is located on London Road adjacent to Junction 2a of the M74. It has planning permission for business, general industrial and storage/distribution uses. The Masterplan for Clyde Gateway East provides for a total of 430,000 square feet and the potential to accommodate in excess of 1,000 jobs.

 

 

24 May 2012

LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED GIVEN SUPPORT TO IMPROVE JOB PROSPECTS

 

Clyde Gateway, in partnership with Thenue Housing and John Wheatley College, has helped a group of long-term unemployed local residents learn new skills and so improve their job prospects.

 

Nine Thenue tenants have successfully completed Learning Works, a course delivered at the East End Healthy Living Centre in Bridgeton and the John Wheatley College’s East End campus in Haghill, and which included computer skills, health and wellbeing, digital art, personal development, communications, numeracy and literacy.

 

long term unemployed

 

A Celebration of Learning event, attended by family and friends, was held in mid-May at the College to commemorate the achievement. Some of those who successfully completed the course already have interviews for jobs while others are adding to their qualification with further learning opportunities.

 

Former machinist, Marie Fletcher from Bridgeton, joined Learning Works after she lost her job when the company she worked for closed down.

 

Marie said, “The whole experience was wonderful. Learning new skills while knowing it will help our employment prospects is very worthwhile. We all found that learning at John Wheatley College was a great experience and to have completed the course and received our awards makes you feel fantastic.”

 

Niki Spence, Community Benefits Manager at Clyde Gateway was a guest at the celebratory event. Niki said, “Clyde Gateway wants to do as much as we can to try and ensure local residents are in as good a position as possible to land one of the many new jobs coming to the area as a result of the regeneration activities. Learning Works will help us do this and I want to congratulate these first nine students for showing the way.”

 

A new intake of students for Learning Works will take place in September 2012. Help with travel costs can be offered and State benefits will be completely unaffected by joining the course which provides a recognised qualification from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

 

Further information can be obtained from Thenue at www.thenuehousing.co.uk or John Wheatley College at www.jwheatley.ac.uk

 

 

23 May 2012

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DALMARNOCK STATION

 

Dalmarnock station will be closed from Sunday, June 3, until Sunday, November 25, as work continues to create a new £11m facility for passengers.

 

Thanks to funding from Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the European Regional Development Fund, a new station is being built by Network Rail on Dalmarnock Road to replace the existing facility on Swanston Street. This temporary closure of Dalmarnock Station is needed to ensure these works can be delivered in a safe and secure way.

 

The station will reopen to passengers on Monday, November 26, and the redevelopment project will be completed by late 2013. The station is being redeveloped in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when it will be a key transport hub for those travelling to and from many of the Games’ events.

 

ScotRail is advising its customers to use either Bridgeton station or Rutherglen station. Season tickets for Dalmarnock can be used at either of these alternative stations.

 

Once finished the station will have:

 

• A new, fully-accessible station building (relocated to Dalmarnock Road from Swanston Street)

• Lift access to both platforms

• A new pedestrian footbridge

• New platform surfaces

• New wall cladding on both platforms

• New customer information and communication systems

 

Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of Transport Scotland and the funding partners. 

 

 

16 May 2012

ANOTHER SCOTTISH CUP TRIUMPH FOR CLYDE GATEWAY-BACKED FOOTBALL TEAM

 

The Bridgeton-based Finnart Star AFC have won the Fosters Sunday Amateurs Scottish Cup, thanks to a 5-0 win over North Ayrshire-based The Geet AFC in a match played on 6 May 2012 at Almondvale Stadium, the home of Scottish League Division One side Livingston FC.

 

Finnart Star formed in 1979 and this latest victory was their eighth in ten appearances in the Sunday Amateurs Scottish Cup final, the first of which was in 1988.

 

The club run a range of football teams from Soccer Sevens at age 9 upwards to Amateur Sides that compete in local leagues and national cup competitions. Clyde Gateway has sponsored all team jerseys since 2009.

 

Councillor George Redmond, a Board Member at Clyde Gateway said “Finnart Star have again brought great credit and distinction to the local community and my congratulations on winning the trophy in such style.”

 

The Sunday Amateurs Scottish Cup is currently in display for a short time only in the Clyde Gateway offices at Bridgeton Cross.

 

 

30 April 2012

WANTED……YOUR MEMORIES OF THE OLYMPIA

 

Clyde Gateway is looking for the help of Eastenders, past and present, as it gears up to the re-opening of the former Olympia Building later this year.

 

Olympia building

 

The Olympia, which was originally built and opened in 1911 and served as a theatre, cinema, bingo hall and furniture warehouse before closing down in 1993, has been undergoing a 18-month multi-million pound refurbishment after it was bought by Clyde Gateway in 2009. The building will re-open its doors in Autumn 2012 and brought back into use as a public library and café, a high performance centre for the National Governing Body for Amateur Boxing and two floors of commercial office space.

 

As part of the plans to commemorate the opening, Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with the project funding partners, will be mounting a range of special events and exhibitions.

 

Simon Biggam, the Arts and Heritage Co-ordinator for the Olympia is keen for local residents, including those who moved away from the area some time ago but have fond memories of the Olympia, to come on board and help make the opening events extra special. He said, “The whole idea of the Olympia being brought back into use after two decades of being rundown and neglected came from local residents. But it is a project which has captured the wider public imagination as can be seen from so many groups and organisations providing funding support.

 

“The Olympia is going to be a huge symbol of the continued progress and improvements associated with regeneration and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We want to not just give the building back to the community but also have a range of celebratory events and exhibitions looking at the history and heritage of the Olympia as well as that of the people who live in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock.

 

“I know from talking to many local residents that there is a very strong affinity with the Olympia, particularly from the 50-year period when it operated as one of the main cinemas in the East End of the city. I want to hear all the stories and memories connected with this fabulous old building and to learn from those people who enjoyed the building in the years gone past the sort of events they would want to see take place in the run-up to the official re-opening.

 

“I also hope that if they have any artefacts such as old cinema tickets, posters, programmes or bingo cards that they would be prepared to lend them to us so that we can put them on display, particularly to remind younger residents just how important the Olympia was in the history and development of the area.”

 

Clyde Gateway’s purchase of the building in September 2009 was the first time the Olympia had been in public ownership. It allowed the regeneration company to press ahead with plans to save the historical landmark and secure a sustainable long-term use with the assistance and support of Glasgow Life, Sportscotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund among others. Following a period of local consultation, the proposal to emerge with most support was for the library/café on the ground floor, the centre of excellence for Amateur Boxing Scotland on the first floor with the top two floors being turned into offices.

 

Simon Biggam believes that the re-opening later this year will be of enormous interest to people from all across the country. He said, “It is not every day that you are able to bring a listed building with such a great history back into use and all of the partners are determined to make the occasion really exciting. We could, if people think it is a good idea, look at the history and significance of cinema, theatre and sport and so provide a link with the past and future uses of the Olympia. So please, if you have memories of this great old building please get in touch and share your stories.”

 

Anyone interested in being part of the events in the run-up to the re-opening of the Olympia can contact Simon Biggam on 0141 276 1570 or by e-mail to olympiatheatre@clydegateway.com

 

 

26 April 2012

NEW ROAD OPENS UP AND BRINGS FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Phase 2 of the East End Regeneration Route, a four-lane 2.6km carriageway, opens to traffic on the evening of Thursday 26 April. The road, which has been officially re-named as The Clyde Gateway, runs from the Oatlands neighbourhood and the M74 junction at Polmadie to the Forge Retail Park at Parkhead, will unlock development sites, improve transport links and help create jobs, particularly in the Shawfield and Dalmarnock communities.

 

new road

 

The £25m cost of Phase 2 was fully met by Glasgow City Council. It was designed by Gronmij and constructed through a joint venture between Farrans and I&H Brown. The new road is a vital piece of infrastructure to support a successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as it will provide easy access to Celtic Park, location of the opening ceremony as well as the Commonwealth Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Athletes’ Village.

 

Phase 1 of the road opened in April 2007 as part of the development of new housing in the Oatlands area and was officially re-named as New Rutherglen Road. Phase 1A followed in April 2010, running from the Polmadie junction of the M74 and Shawfield Stadium.

 

Phase 2 is the longest section of the road, crossing the Clyde at Rutherglen Bridge and passing Dalmarnock Railway Station, the Commonwealth Arena and Celtic Park before joining the Parkhead by-pass at the Forge Retail Park.

 

Brian Devlin, Executive Director for Land and Environmental Services at Glasgow City Council said: “The Clyde Gateway creates a new, direct link between the completed M74 and the heart of Glasgow’s East End. This will offer fantastic new opportunities for people and business either currently living or based in this part of Glasgow or looking to move there.

 

“The Clyde Gateway is part of the wider regeneration of the city that is currently taking place, with other examples of this taking shape all around this new route.”

 

Neil MacDonald, Chairman of Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company said: “The M74 has already shown that new roads play a very important part in businesses choosing where to make crucial investment decisions and there is no doubt that Shawfield and Dalmarnock in particular will benefit from this new piece of infrastructure.

 

“Our on-going efforts to attract developers to the East End have been helped immensely by today’s opening and I’d like to thank Glasgow City Council for again demonstrating their commitment to the long-term regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area.”

 

 

23 April 2012

CLYDE GATEWAY PIPPED AT THE POST BY EAST LONDON PROJECT AT PROPERTY AWARDS 2012

 

The award in the category of Regeneration of the Year at the Property Awards 2012 has been given to Westfield Stratford, a shopping centre that opened in East London in September 2011.

 

Clyde Gateway had made the final shortlist of six for this award along with one nomination from Manchester and four from London, including the winner.

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “Congratulations to everyone at Westfield Stratford who are very worthy recipients of the award as the scheme has made a huge difference to the regeneration of the East End of London.

 

“Although Clyde Gateway didn’t win on the night, it was still satisfying to make this particular shortlist as it is recognition from our peers in the property industry that we are doing a very good job. What was immediately noticeable from looking across the nominees in all the various categories is that there are very different circumstances in the property market in and around the London area than elsewhere in the UK. But there is no doubt that we are making an impact on a national scale and there is huge interest in all that we are currently doing and in what we are going to do in the years ahead.”

 

 

20 April 2012

FURTHER JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT NEW COMMONWEALTH GAMES VENUES

 

Residents of the East End of Glasgow and Rutherglen, aged between 16 and 25, are being given a further opportunity to land a job at the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome which will open in the Dalmarnock area of the city in late 2012.

 

Thanks to a partnership between Clyde Gateway and Glasgow Life, young people living within the communities covered by Scotland’s biggest regeneration agency will be eligible to enter into a specially designed programme of training, the completion of which will guarantee an interview for the position of Leisure Attendant at the new facility. The training programme will be delivered by Street League, a Glasgow-based organisation with a hugely successful track record of supporting young people and adults into employment or further education through sport.

 

Niki Spence, Community Benefits Manager at Clyde Gateway said “The first round of training is coming to a close in the next few days and has been very successful in providing 18 local residents with job opportunities. We always had plans to have a second round of opportunities and these will start on 8 May. Prior to that Street League are holding a series of taster days at the East End Healthy Living Centre which will give anyone interested a better idea of the sort of work involved on the training course and within the role of Leisure Attendant at any of the venues managed by Glasgow Life.

 

“The opening of the Commonwealth Arena later this year will provide a jobs spin-off for local residents and the idea of this new programme with Street League is to target people living in or around the Clyde Gateway communities and hopefully assist them into a secure and well-paid job with future career prospects in sports and leisure.”

 

The new training programme lasts 12 weeks and part of it will include a minimum of 30 hours work experience in an existing sports facility operated by Glasgow Life. The programme, which has been specially customised by Street League, will include a wide range of vocational training including sports coaching and lifeguard training. It will be open to any Clyde Gateway resident aged between 16 and 25 who is registered with either Skills Development Scotland or Job Centre Plus as unemployed. Street League will be responsible for determining suitability and eligibility.

 

Anyone interested in taking up one of the training place is asked to call Joe or Gillian at Street League on 0141 285 6440 or by e-mail to glasgow@streetleague.co.uk

 

 

12 April 2012

MAIN WORKS COMMENCE ON DALMARNOCK STATION

 

The main construction work has now begun on the creation of a new £11m station for Dalmarnock in Glasgow’s East End.

 

Following extensive preparatory and enabling works, Network Rail and contractors C Spencer Ltd are now building a new station on Dalmarnock Road to replace the existing facility on Swanston Street.

 

In order to construct the new station in a safe and secure way, the current facility will be closed to the public from 3 June 2012 to 25 November 2012.

 

Once complete, by the end of 2013, the station will have:

 

  • A new, fully DDA-compliant station building (relocated to Dalmarnock Road from Swanston Street)
  • Lift access to both platforms
  • A new pedestrian footbridge
  • New platform surfaces
  • New wall cladding on both platforms
  • New customer information and communication systems

 

The station is being redeveloped in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when it will be a key transport hub for those travelling to and from many of the Games’ events. It is also a key element of the long-term regeneration of the East End of Glasgow.

 

The project is being funded by Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, with an additional contribution secured through the European Regional Development Fund.

 

Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of Transport Scotland and the funding partners.

 

The first stage of the project included a programme of advanced works, including site clearance as well as restoration and painting of the 15 concrete encased steel (over-rail) beams. These works commenced on site during August 2011 and were completed during December 2011.

 

 

02 April 2012

ON YOUR MARKS FOR THE 2012 5K RUN AND ‘BIG DAY OOT’

Tollcross Park on Sunday 10 June 2012 will be the buzz of Glasgow with it again being the location of the annual East End 5K Family Run and ‘Big Day OOT’.

 

Thanks in part to Clyde Gateway’s continued sponsorship, the 2012 edition of the event promises to be even bigger and better than before.

 

The 5K Family Run remains free to enter, but limited space within the park means the number of runners has to again be capped at 4,000. However, a new event in the shape of a free-to-enter 5K Fun Cycle over the same route will allow more folk than ever before to take part on the day.

 

The Fun Cycle will take place at 9am while the warm-up for the Family Run begins an hour later at 10am. The ‘Big Day OOT’ will commence as soon as the first runner crosses the finishing line and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with hilarious street theatre, rousing samba drumming, pipe bands, drama and dance performances, music sessions and sports activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy on what is always a big highlight in the East End calendar.

 

Demand for places in the Family Run and Fun Cycle is sure to be high, so everyone is being encouraged to enter as soon as possible. Registration is quick and easy – just log on to www.eehlc.org.uk and sign up now.

 

 

28 March 2012

RESIDENTS GET PREVIEW OF EASTGATE OFFICES

 

A group of local residents from the Community Council, the Bridgeton Cross Steering Group and the St Francis-In-The-East Church have been given a guided tour of the Eastgate offices in advance of their opening at the beginning of April.

 

eastgate offices

 

The tour was led by David Crombie of Turner & Townsend, one of the key members of the Design Team, and it allowed the residents to look at the artwork which adorns the railings around the side of the building, the public spaces and greenspace at the main entrance and also to see inside the main atrium and visit a number of the offices and meeting spaces on the 3rd Floor.

 

Their visit came just a few days before the first employees of Glasgow & Community Safety Services move into Eastgate with the initial 350 staff occupying their new desks from between 31 March and 4 April.

 

Lesley Ward, a member of the Bridgeton Steering Group was hugely impressed with all that was on offer at Eastgate. She said, “It’s incredible to realise just how quickly the building has gone up and that from next week so many hundreds of people will be coming to Bridgeton to work. The offices themselves are of a superb quality and the views over the East End and beyond from the 3rd Floor are stunning.

 

“The second that you walk into the main atrium there’s a real sense that you’ve come into a building that feels and looks very special. It’s another fantastic example of how this community is changing so much for the better and I can guarantee that every one of the GCSS staff will get a very warm and heartfelt welcome to the area”

 

 

26 March 2012

COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON NEW OFFICE DEVELOPMENT IN DALMARNOCK

 

Clyde Gateway is to hold two days of community consultations to ask the views and opinions of local residents and businesses on a proposal to build a 10,000 sq m high-quality office in Dalmarnock, adjacent to the site of the improved railway station.

 

new dalmarnock offices

 

The consultation exercise will take the shape of public exhibitions of drawings and plans over two days as follows:-

 

Thursday 29 March 2012

 

11am – 8pm at the Clyde Gateway Offices, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow (this includes a presentation and Q&A session beginning at 6pm); and

 

11am – 3pm at the Dalmarnock Centre, Lily Street, Glasgow

 

Friday 30 March 2012

 

11am – 3pm at the Clyde Gateway Offices, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow

 

Alison Brown, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said “The imminent opening of the East End Regeneration Route and the completion of the £9m overhaul of Dalmarnock Station in late 2013 will transform how the area will look and it is our view it will provide the commercial market with an exciting new business location.

 

“We have worked up a proposal for a four-storey building that is almost 10,000 sq metres in size and would cost around £16m to build. It could work either as a stand-alone HQ office or be a location for a number of smaller and medium-sized operations with up to 600 staff in total. We are also proposing it contains much needed conference centre facilities that could be used not just by the occupants of this building but also the existing and future businesses from across the East End.”

Staff from Clyde Gateway and the Design Team involved in the project to regenerate Dalmarnock will be present throughout both days to talk through the various details and to answer any questions.

 

All are welcome to attend and further information is available from Alison Brown on 0141 276 1579 or by email to alison.brown@clydegateway.com

 

 

19 March 2012

EVERYONE’S A WINNER….THANKS TO COMMUNITY BENEFITS

 

Clyde Gateway’s innovative use of community benefits clauses has given pupils from St Brigid’s Primary School in Toryglen a day to remember.

 

mini olympics

 

The school held its own ‘Mini Olympics’ at the nearby Toryglen Regional Football Centre in mid-March, an event organised and managed by Street League, the Glasgow-based charity which assists young people and adults into employment or further education through sport.

 

The specific link with St Brigid’s came through Clyde Gateway’s partnership with Street League to deliver a specially designed programme which is training young people to take up the new jobs that are being created at the Commonwealth Arena at Dalmarnock.

 

Niki Spence, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said, “Clyde Gateway inserts community benefit clauses in all its contracts which require the successful bidder to give something back to the community. This particular partnership however did not have a specific benefits clause but Street League were keen to do something extra for young people and came up with the idea of organising Mini Olympics at primary schools in the area.”

 

“They have been hugely enthusiastic about delivering something that would not only be fun for everyone but show how sport is going to have a big role in changing the Clyde Gateway area. The pupils from St Brigid’s certainly had a great time as too do did the Street League team, many of whom came along in fancy dress to add to the occasion. It was a gold medal effort all round.”

 

Brian Lennox of Street League said “We fully support the idea of community benefits to guarantee that all the companies and organisations who are working with Clyde Gateway put something additional back in. It made perfect sense for us to put together the Mini-Olympics programme but we wanted to add a huge element of fun and excitement which is why we came up with the idea of fancy dress. This meant that even those pupils who aren’t all that keen on the competitive element of the games could get involved and all of the Street League team had as great a time as everyone from St Brigid’s”

 

Street League are currently in the middle of a 12-week training programme for twenty young people, aged between 16 and 25, which will guarantee an interview for the position of Leisure Attendant and the opportunity to be employed by Glasgow Life at the new Commonwealth Arena which is nearing completion. A further group of twenty more residents will undertake the same programme later in the year.

 

 

12 March 2012

STEELWORK GOES UP AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

 

The plans to bring up to 1,500 jobs to the site of the new Clyde Gateway East Business Park in Auchenshuggle have taken another giant step forward with work starting on the construction of the first three units.

 

steelwork

 

The steelwork is already beginning to dominate the skyline of the £35m Business Park which is located on London Road close to the M74 on the site of old railway sidings that served the Clyde Iron Works.

 

Councillor George Ryan, a board member at Clyde Gateway is delighted at the rapid progress being made on-site. He said “This is another great example of just how much change is taking place in the East End and how hard everyone is working to bring new investment and jobs to the local communities.

 

“Two private sector developers have already invested £14m into this business park and it is their funding which is allowing the first three units to be built so soon after the new roads, drainage and infrastructure was delivered by Clyde Gateway.

 

“I’m also highly encouraged to learn from the developers that there have been a number of serious enquiries from companies interested in taking up these units which bodes very well for the future.”

 

 

8 March 2012

COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON REDEVELOPMENT OF SHAWFIELD

 

Clyde Gateway is to hold two days of community consultations to ask the views and opinions of local residents and businesses on proposals to redevelop the area around Shawfield Stadium and Industrial Estate.

 

The consultation exercise will take the shape of public exhibitions of drawings and plans over two days as follows:-

 

Thursday 15 March 2012 ; from 12 noon – 8pm at the Red Tree Business Suites, 24 Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen (this includes a presentation and Q&A session beginning at 6pm)

 

Friday 16 March 2012 : from 12 noon – 6pm at the Clyde Gateway Offices, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow

 

The proposals being put forward involve the creation of a new National Business District as a strategic employment location for Glasgow, South Lanarkshire and Scotland, taking advantage of its riverside frontage, its proximity to the M74 and the fact that the area is well served by public transport. The National Business District will be a mix of commercial, industrial and office uses and also proposes a new pedestrian bridge across the Clyde to provide improved and easier access to the railway station at Dalmarnock.

 

Staff from Clyde Gateway and the Design Team involved in the project to regenerate Shawfield will be present throughout both days to talk through the various details and to answer any questions.

 

All are welcome to attend, and further information is available from Stephen Hope on 0141 276 1566 or by email to stephen.hope@clydegateway.

 

 

6 March 2012

THIRTY NEW JOBS AT CONTACT CENTRE AVAILABLE FOR CLYDE GATEWAY RESIDENTS

 

Residents of the East End of Glasgow and Rutherglen are being given a unique opportunity to land a job in a Bridgeton-based contact centre.

 

Negotiate Now is an online discount directory which lists businesses that give discounts on goods and services to its members. Members purchase a discount card at a cost of £1.99 VAT to gain access to savings on a range of items such as holidays, restaurants, car hire etc. The company has recently moved into new premises at Brook Street in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow and is looking to create up to 100 new and additional jobs over the coming months.

 

Clyde Gateway has, through a partnership with Negotiate Now, secured 30 of these new posts for local residents and is offering entry into a specially designed programme of training, the completion of which will guarantee an interview for a job with Negotiate Now. The training programme will be delivered by the Wise Group, one of Scotland’s most successful organisations at helping the long-term unemployed back into the workplace.

 

Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said “We recognise that many local people, while willing to work, may lack the necessary skills or confidence for this type of opportunity which is why we are putting the opportunity for additional training and support through the Wise Group. The beauty of this particular approach is that it gives a fair and balanced view of the contact centre industry and how it can be a career that offers great opportunities. It also provides participants with the guarantee of an interview with Negotiate Now at the end of the training course with every chance of landing a permanent job afterwards.”

 

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The new training programme lasts 6 weeks and begins in mid-March. In order to be eligible, individuals must live in the Clyde Gateway area and be registered as unemployed with either Skills Development Scotland or Job Centre Plus. Any individual in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance should be able to maintain their benefit while participating in the training programme.

 

The Wise Group will be holding two information sessions at their offices in Charlotte Street in the Calton area of Glasgow on Tuesday 13 March, one beginning at 10am and the other at 2pm at which anyone interested and eligible under the criteria can obtain further information about the training programme, part of which will involve practical contract call centre experience through the Wise Group’s own Contact Centre which is based in the East End of Glasgow.

 

Anyone interested in being referred to the training programme is asked to call Lynn McAteer or Joe Logan at Job Centre Plus on 01698 483685.

 

 

5 March 2012

POWER STATION SITE GETS £3 MILLION INVESTMENT

 

Dalmarnock Power Station was once a landmark structure towering over the entire area and which in its heyday generated enough electricity to run the city’s trams as well as light up its homes and offices.

 

It operated from the 1920s until 1977 and was demolished three years later, since when it has lain unused, vacant and derelict. It has since been purchased by Clyde Gateway and work is now underway to ready the site for a new purpose in life.

 

I & H Brown have been awarded a £3m contract to remediate the site. This will involve the removal of tonnes of concrete and steel strips left behind when the building was demolished more than 30 years ago together with ridding the site of Japanese Knotweed. A new major drainage system will be introduced within the site to support its future development and that of further regeneration proposals in around the Dalmarnock area.

 

dalmarnock power station

 

Graeme Inglis is the Project Manager at Clyde Gateway. He said “There is a Masterplan for the South Dalmarnock area which identifies the power station site as having potential for residential development. But we are going to be flexible enough to integrate any commercial development should there be market interest. The completion of the works by I & H Brown will create a large development platform of 13.3 acres and in essence makes the site development-ready.”

 

The clean-up operation began in December 2011 and is expected to take up to 12 months.

 

The contract will provide jobs and training opportunities for a minimum of six local residents within an overall work force of 40 when the work is at its peak in the summer months.

 

 

1 March 2012

COMMUNITY TURN OUT IN FORCE TO SEE DOME RESTORATION

 

Glasgow’s East End community witnessed a landmark moment in the area’s regeneration when the original and restored five ton dome of Bridgeton’s B-listed Olympia building was lifted back into place on 29 February.

 

Work began last year on a £10m project by Clyde Gateway to bring the historic Olympia Theatre back into use exactly 100 years after its initial opening in 1911.

 

As part of the programme, the building’s wooden cupola was removed in June 2011 for restoration, with the works preserving much of the original timber as well as using some new materials. Now exactly eight months later the restored dome was lifted back into place by a 60ft crane operated by local contractors CCG.

 

George Redmond, the local councillor for the Bridgeton area and Board Member of Clyde Gateway, said: “This is a historic moment for both the East End community and for Glasgow as well as being another major landmark of the Clyde Gateway regeneration.

 

“The feedback from local residents since we started work on the Olympia has been overwhelming. We already knew that this is a building which means so much to them however the interest they have shown throughout the project to date has exceeded all expectations and helped to create a real buzz and add to the sense of pride in the area.

 

“We’re very pleased to involve the community in today’s event. Once completed, the new Olympia will provide health, wellbeing and educational benefits for the local community which will help form part of a real legacy from Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

 

Olympia building

 

Due to open ahead of schedule in Autumn 2012 the Olympia will comprise: a public library and cafe; a high performance centre and HQ for the National Governing Body for Amateur Boxing; and commercial lettable office space.

 

Jimmy McLellan is a local resident who sits on a local community steering group that advises Clyde Gateway. He said: “It’s been amazing to see the speed at which the works have progressed. For someone who has lived in the area for so long, the fact that the original dome is being restored and using much of the original timber means a lot, it helps ensure the history of the building is preserved. Now we are all looking forward to work being completed and myself and others from the East End using the new facilities such as the library, which we believe will be the best of its kind in Glasgow.”

 

Built as a theatre in 1911, the building also served as a cinema for 50 years. It lay derelict for almost two decades and was severely damaged by fire in 2004. Its purchase by Clyde Gateway was the first time the building had been in public ownership and the scheme was then developed in consultation with local residents and business owners.

 

The £10m costs of purchase and restoration has attracted funding from a wide range of sources including Clyde Gateway, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Scotland, Glasgow City Council’s Better Glasgow Fund, Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, sportscotland, the Glasgow Trades House and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

 

The Olympia opened in September 1911 was envisaged as Glasgow’s equivalent of the Palladium Theatre in London. It has served as a variety theatre, cinema, bingo hall and furniture shop before closing its doors in 1993. The building suffered major fire damage in 2004 but in the intervening period the site had received planning permission to be converted into flatted accommodation.

 

 

1 March 2012

POSITIVE PROGRESS ON JOBS FRONT

 

The activities of Clyde Gateway have created 453 jobs and 162 training and further education places for local residents over the past three and a half years.

 

Neil McDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway welcomed the positive progress and highlighted how every effort is being made to maintain the momentum despite the challenging circumstances in the wider economy.

 

He said “We have always said that Clyde Gateway cannot just be about physical change across the communities and have always argued that social and economic regeneration is every bit as important. Our Chief Executive Ian Manson and the small team he has assembled at our Bridgeton offices have worked tirelessly to ensure that community benefits are the heart of everything that we do.

 

“Whether it has been through the use of specific clauses in all of the contracts that we let, or initiatives such as wage subsidies, dedicated training courses or by targeting specific client groups through direct community outreach, we have made every effort imaginable to tackle head-on what has historically been a very difficult problem to resolve.

 

“We are not deluding ourselves that everything in the garden is rosy, but to have been able to make this amount of progress in such trying times is quietly satisfying. And with further programmes and initiatives in the offing, we are looking to maintain the momentum and report further progress in the months ahead.”

 

The figures, which were provided in a report to the Clyde Gateway Board meeting held in Rutherglen Town Hall at the end of February, reveal that 140 construction jobs were created by the end of January 2012 and a further 313 jobs in other industries and vocations including sports & leisure, retail, youth work and manufacturing. There were also 162 training and further education places provided to local residents.

 

The Board was also informed that work with other partners in both the public and private sectors could over the next six months bring up to 80 new jobs for local residents with the opening of the new Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome as well as the expansion of activities at a factory and a locally-based call-centre.

 

Niki Spence, the Community Benefits Manager, has lead responsibility for employability at Clyde Gateway. She said “It is absolutely crucial that local residents are helped in every possible way to take advantage of emerging job and training opportunities within the communities.

 

“A perfect example of this is our partnership with Glasgow Life which will enable 40 young people from the East End and the Rutherglen area being eligible to enter into a specially designed programme of training, the completion of which will guarantee an interview for the position of Leisure Attendant at the new Commonwealth Arena.”

 

Clyde Gateway is also set to benefit from other developments on the jobs front with 500 staff at Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) moving to Eastgate in April 2012, a new custom-built office just 300 yards from Bridgeton Cross while the on-going conversion of former derelict shops on Dalmarnock Road could bring up to 50 jobs across a range of small and medium sized enterprises. Work is also now well underway on the construction of the first phase of the business and industrial units at Clyde Gateway East in Auchenshuggle, a development that is capable of accommodating up to 1,500 jobs.

 

 

21 February 2012

CLYDE GATEWAY SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS UK AWARD

 

Clyde Gateway has been shortlisted in the Regeneration of the Year category at the Property Awards 2012.

 

property awards 2012

 

The Property Awards celebrate innovation, excellence and outstanding performance in the UK property and real estate market. They are organised by Property Week magazine, the UK’s leading commercial property publication and have been in existence for seventeen years.

 

The shortlist of projects for the award, and the companies behind them, is made up of:-

 

Clyde Gateway, Clyde Gateway URC

Kings Cross Central, Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership

MediaCityUK, Peel Group

Olympic Park, Olympic Delivery Authority

Wembley City, Quintain

Westfield Stratford, Westfield

 

There were more than 1000 nominations for the Property Awards 2012, and this has been reduced to 99 finalists across 17 categories. An expert panel has been put together to decide each of the winners.

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “It is always immensely satisfying to be recognised by your peers and to be nominated for this award in 2012 alongside so many long-established regeneration schemes in London and Manchester is a great reward for the whole team at Clyde Gateway. “

 

The winner of the Regeneration of the Year award will be announced at a dinner in London on 19 April.

 

 

20 February 2012

NEW BUSINESS E-BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS PROSPEROUS LEGACY FROM 2014 GAMES

 

Glasgow City Council has distributed the first edition of a quarterly e-bulletin to 7,000 Glasgow businesses to illustrate the latest news and business opportunities available through the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 

The e-bulletin, contains details of ‘Winning Contracts Through The Games’ an upcoming free half-day conference taking place on 27 February at the SECC along with a link to a short film which demonstrates some of the activities currently underway or in the pipeline in respect of the Games. The work of Clyde Gateway is highlighted within the film.

 

The e-bulletin can be downloaded at:-

 

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/EBF3B12A-AD7F-47D5-8B79-A1BF241168E8/0/Businessemailerissue1.html

 

 

26 January 2012

SPORTS PROGRAMME GIVES CLYDE GATEWAY YOUNGSTERS A JUMP-START TO HEALTHIER LIVING

 

Clyde Gateway is playing its part in helping local school children improve their fitness and health through its sponsorship of Jump2it, a programme managed by Scottish Sports Futures, a Glasgow-based charity which delivers “Education through Sport” programmes to disadvantaged young people across Scotland.

 

Jump2it involves Glasgow Rocks, the professional basketball side which currently plays at the Kelvin Hall in the west end of the city. The programme gives 17 primary schools from the East End and South Lanarkshire the chance to play basketball while at the same time learning about the importance of fitness, healthy eating and the dangers of smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. More than 600 pupils joined stars from Glasgow Rocks, including player-coach Sterling Davis, at the Kelvin Hall for a special event to celebrate the programme and to give awards to the winning schools.

 

Sterling Davis said, “It is great to see the kids having fun playing basketball here at the Kelvin Hall and to offer them encouragement and advice.”

 

Future Jump2it events will take place at the Commonwealth Sports Arena in the heart of Clyde Gateway with Glasgow Rocks moving there from Kelvin Hall for the start of the 2012/13 professional basketball season.

 

Niki Spence, project manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said, “Our partnership with Scottish Sports Futures has been hugely successful in attracting many more youngsters to play basketball. Such work is part of our efforts to improve the health and well-being of local people and to give them the best opportunities to make the most out of their lives.”

 

Further information on the work of Scottish Sports Futures can be found at http://www.ssf.nsdesign6.net/

 

 

18 January 2012

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON THREE NEW UNITS AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

 

Developer SCOT Sheridan is set to commence work later this month on the first phase of the £14 million development of Clyde Gateway East Business Park in the East End of Glasgow.

 

clydegateway east

 

SCOT Sheridan will create 57,500 sq ft of modern, flexible business accommodation in three separate buildings at the park which has a prime location off the newly completed M74 just four miles from Glasgow city centre. The development is accessed close to Junction 2a of the Motorway.

 

The space will comprise units of 22,200 sq ft, 19,200 sq ft and 16,100 sq ft suitable for production or distribution and each featuring office accommodation, dedicated parking and secure yardage with a rental rate of £6.50 per sq ft. The units will also include the latest Smart Grid technology meaning that prospective tenants can manage their energy more effectively and potentially sell any self-generated power back to the grid.

 

It is hoped that the business park, which is owned by UK business estate operator MEPC and Clyde Gateway, will eventually support around 700 jobs. Funding for the work – the first major new-build industrial development scheme to be undertaken in Glasgow for over three years – is being provided by MEPC. Construction will be carried out by CCG from Cambuslang and is expected to be completed in late Summer 2012.

 

David MacLachlan, Director, SCOT Sheridan said;

 

“We’ve already had a tremendous amount of interest in these speculatively built units due, we believe, to a combination of a superb business location with modern, flexible buildings that put the needs of today’s businesses firmly at the heart of their design. The impressive levels of interest to date confirm our strong belief in the potential of Clyde Gateway East which looks set to attract much-needed jobs to the area in the near future.”

 

Steve Pritchard, Executive Director of Development at Clyde Gateway said;

 

“This investment is another great demonstration of the willingness of the private sector to commit to Clyde Gateway. This particular location takes advantage of unrivalled road connections through its proximity to the recent completion of the M74 and is a huge vote of confidence by SCOT Sheridan and MEPC in our on-going and future activities to fully transform the fortunes of our communities.”

 

More information on Clyde Gateway East is available at www.clydegatewayeast.co.uk or by contacting Alan Gilkison at Ryden on 0141 204 3838 or David Rolwegan at CBRE on 0141 204 7666.

 

 

17 January 2012

DALMARNOCK ROAD TO PARTIALLY RE-OPEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED

 

The section of Dalmarnock Road, between Bartholomew Street and Springfield Road, which has been closed since November 2010 to allow major bridge replacement works to be carried out as part of the construction of the East End Regeneration Route, is to partially re-open on 18 January, some two and a half months ahead of schedule.

 

It will re-open to one lane of traffic in each direction, an arrangement that will remain in place until the latest section of the East End Regeneration Route opens in May 2012 when two lanes in each direction will again be available on Dalmarnock Road.

 

The re-opening of Dalmarnock Road will reduce the levels of traffic that has, for the past 18 months, been diverted onto Strathclyde Street, Swanston Street, Poplin Street and Bartholomew Street.

 

 

11 January 2012

SIX MONTHS IN AND FORTY-ONE JOBS AT RED TREE RUTHERGLEN

 

The Red Tree Business Suites at Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen, which were officially opened in July 2011, have proven to be an instant success. Nine of the eleven suites are now occupied, providing employment for forty-one people.

 

SIX MONTHS IN AND FORTY-ONE JOBS AT RED TREE RUTHERGLEN

 

The rate of occupancy and the number of jobs is well ahead of the expectations, a situation that has delighted Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway who said:-

 

“Red Tree Rutherglen was a project designed to provide stylish and affordable high quality office space in the heart of the burgh and also to bring the former Housing Office on Stonelaw Road back into economic use.

 

“When we put the business plan to our Board for its approval we indicated that it could take up to three years to begin to see a significant proportion of the building to be let and four years before full occupancy. It is hugely encouraging that after only six months so many suites have been snapped up with businesses showing a huge keenness to locate in Rutherglen.”

 

All nine of the companies within the Stonelaw Road offices are new to Rutherglen having moved and in most cases expanded from previous premises in Glasgow and other parts of Lanarkshire.

 

Information on the remaining two suites can be found at www.redtreebusinesssuites.co.uk or by calling 0141 204 3838

 

 

10 January 2012

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

 

Residents of the East End of Glasgow and Rutherglen, aged between 16 and 25, are being given a unique opportunity to land a job at the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome which will open in the Dalmarnock area of the city in late 2012.

 

Thanks to a partnership between Clyde Gateway and Glasgow Life, young people living within the communities covered by Scotland’s biggest regeneration agency will be eligible to enter into a specially designed programme of training, the completion of which will guarantee an interview for the position of Leisure Attendant at the new facility. The training programme will be delivered by Street League, a Glasgow-based organisation with a hugely successful track record of supporting young people and adults into employment or further education through sport.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

 

George Redmond, chair of Glasgow Life and a Board member at Clyde Gateway said “Glasgow Life will begin managing the Commonwealth Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome from this coming March and we will immediately begin the extensive preparations for its opening to the public later in the year.

 

“The new facility will be one of the biggest and best indoor sports and leisure centres of its type in Europe and a showcase for the sports services we provide at Glasgow Life. While some of the experienced staff working there will transfer from some of our other centres across the city, we will be recruiting fifty-five new staff for a range of positions but predominantly Leisure Attendants.

 

“We have always said that part of the legacy from the construction of the new facility will be the jobs spin-off for local residents and this new programme with Street League aims to help achieve this. It is tailored for people living in or around the Clyde Gateway communities of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Toryglen and is a wonderful opportunity for young people who are currently unemployed to land a secure and well-paid job with future career prospects in sports and leisure.”

 

The Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome complex is being built by Glasgow City Council who included specific clauses in the tendering process to create employment and business opportunities for local people and companies.

 

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The companies involved in building the arena and velodrome have played a significant role in ensuring local people benefit from the work, not least with the number of apprentices places created.

 

“So I’m delighted that Glasgow Life, which will operate the venue on the council’s behalf, are continuing in partnership with Clyde Gateway to ensure there are benefits to the local community through this project.”

 

The new training programme lasts 12 weeks. The first of the intake will begin the training in late January, part of which will include a minimum of 30 hours work experience in an existing sports facility operated by Glasgow Life. The programme, which has been specially customised by Street League, will include a wide range of vocational training including sports coaching and lifeguard training. It will be open to any Clyde Gateway resident aged between 16 and 25 who is registered with either Skills Development Scotland or Job Centre Plus as unemployed. Street League will be responsible for determining suitability and eligibility.

 

Anyone interested in taking up one of the training place is asked to call Joe or Gillian at Street League on 0141 285 6440 or by e-mail to glasgow@streetleague.co.uk

 

 

4 January 2012

EXCITING TIMES AHEAD IN 2012

 

2011 will go down as an important year for Clyde Gateway. Our involvement in a series of construction projects along with the opening of the Red Tree Business Suites in Rutherglen have seen hundreds of local residents recruited and trained as part of the drive to tackle unemployment. But 2012 promises to be even bigger and more exciting as George Redmond, a local councillor for Bridgeton and Dalmarnock and Board Member at Clyde Gateway, explains.

 

“Clyde Gateway is playing a huge and important part in transforming the East End and the progress during the past year has been quite astonishing. It’s incredible to think that 2012 promises to be even better with the completion of three projects at Eastgate, Red Tree Bridgeton and the Olympia, all of which are generating a huge amount of excitement in the community. The National Indoor Sports Arena and the new Velodrome are also opening their doors in 2012 and so there can be no arguments that the good times are returning again to the East End.

 

“But of course it goes well beyond physical change and the fact we’ve already helped around 450 people into work or training is what makes me most proud of all that we are doing.”

 

The Eastgate offices, just 300 yards from Bridgeton Cross at the junction of London Road and Brook Street, will open in Spring and become the new Headquarters of Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS). Construction of both Red Tree Bridgeton and the Olympia is expected to be completed by late summer which is also the timescale for the completion of the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome.

 



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