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17 December 2013
CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGINS AT DALMARNOCK LEGACY HUB
Work has got underway on the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, a building that will house a new all-purpose community hall, a nursery, GP surgery, pharmacy, training and educational facilities, a convenience store and community café on Springfield Road, immediately adjacent to the Emirates Arena.
The Hub, which has been on the wishlist of the community for a number of years, is being financially supported by a number of partners with the Scottish Government providing £2.05 million investment for the project alongside £1.23 million from Clyde Gateway while Glasgow City Council has sold the site, worth £200,000, for a nominal £1 to project managers, the People’s Development Trust.
The partners were all present at the ground-breaking ceremony on 17 December. Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison MSP said: “The impact of the Commonwealth Games will reach across Scotland but the epicentre is here, in Glasgow’s East End. Alongside the world class sporting facilities of the Emirates Arena, this new building will ensure that legacy is felt in the very communities at the heart of the Commonwealth Games bid, providing new community facilities people of all ages can benefit from.
“The Hub will be central to the community and their drive to improve the East End of Glasgow well beyond 2014. It will create jobs, growth and services to benefit the whole of area and the investment in the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub will be felt for a generation.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, “This vitally important project is something on which have worked closely with the people of Dalmarnock over past few years and further proof that our efforts are delivering a lasting, meaning and sustainable legacy. I’m delighted that the The Hub will meet the aspirations of the existing Dalmarnock community as well as acting as a beacon for those new residents who will soon make their homes in the Games Village and the other housing developments across the area”.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted to see the beginning of work on the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, a building right at the heart of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and one that will deliver real benefits to everyone in Dalmarnock after 2014. Glasgow City Council has been working with all our project partners to progress this project, one that provides an emblem of the great economic and social benefits that preparing for – and hosting – the Games have brought and will bring to us. I look forward to the Dalmarnock Community Hub being a fantastic community asset for decades to come.”
Yvonne Küçük, Regeneration Manager for the People’s Development Trust, said: “The Legacy Hub will be our first community asset wholly owned and operated by local people. I am hopeful that this project will inspire neighbouring organisations to become the catalyst for change in their own communities. This project should only be the start of our work to increase the confidence and capacity of local people and ultimately one which will support and encourage them to take the first steps in their own journey in bringing long term benefits to their own communities.”
6 December 2013
HAMISH McBRIDE : 1929 – 2013
Tributes, led by the Chair of Clyde Gateway, have been paid to URC Board Member Hamish McBride who passed away, following a short illness, on Friday 29 November 2013. He was 84 years of age.
It was following his retiral after a long and successful career in the steel industry that Hamish became active within a wide range of groups and voluntary organisations in the Rutherglen area. The establishment of the URC Board in early 2008 provided a place for two community representatives, one from Glasgow and one from South Lanarkshire, and it was on behalf of the latter that Hamish was appointed following an election process.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said:” Hamish’s passing is very sad news. His involvement with us goes back to our inception and it is no exaggeration to say that we would not have had so many successes in Rutherglen over the past five years without his valuable input. Hamish was a very hard-working and committed board member who, up until his illness was diagnosed just a few months ago, was an ever-present at all of our meetings and events. He will be much missed by everyone and the thoughts of everyone at Clyde Gateway are with his family and friends.”
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway added: “Hamish seemed to know everyone and his level of understanding about what was most important to local residents and businesses was beyond measure. He was unstinting in his support for Clyde Gateway, especially in our efforts to deliver the social and economic regeneration alongside the physical changes taking place. He didn’t just see his role as coming along to monthly Board Meetings and taking decisions. He was out there alongside staff at public consultations talking to everyone about why ideas such as the Red Tree Business Suites and the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone were important to the burgh. His energy, vision and wisdom will be much missed.”
19 November 2013
NOSTALGIA ON THE AGENDA AT THE OLYMPIA
‘Glimpses of Times Past’, a 48-page book packed with nostalgic paintings capturing how life was lived in the east end of Glasgow, is to be the subject of a special event taking place at the Olympia on the evening of 26 November.
The book is the work of self-taught artist William M. Neilly whose paintings of buildings, landmarks, trams and scenes of everyday life have received accolades from many parts of the world.
Mr Neilly is also a member of the Olympia Heritage Group which brought together local residents, past and present, whose skills and expertise in writing, painting, music and photography as well as their personal memories and collections contributed to an two-year long arts project supported by Clyde Gateway and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The author will be on hand to talk in more detail about the inspirations behind many of the paintings as well as to to sign copies of the book which has been available to buy on-line since its publication in March 2013. Some of the original paintings will also be on display.
The event begins at 6pm and entry is free.
25 November 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY SECURES PUBLIC FUNDING TILL APRIL 2016
Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme has been given a huge vote of confidence with a total of more than £8m of funding being provided for projects and core funding through to April 2016.
Clyde Gateway has received the support through the newly created Regeneration Capital Grant Fund which is provided by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with local authorities. The award to Clyde Gateway will ensure:-
– the construction of a £5.8m office development, for an anchor tenancy, at the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone at Farme Cross;
– an investment of £460,000 to upgrade the historical building in Landressy Street, Bridgeton that has recently become the new home of the Glasgow Women’s Library; and
– the core staffing and operational costs of Clyde Gateway will be met to at least 1 April 2016.
The Fund was set-up in April 2013 and open to applications from councils, urban regeneration companies and regeneration special purpose vehicles across Scotland. All applications were considered by an independent Investment Panel with its recommendations then endorsed by Scottish Ministers and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund caps what was been a fantastic 2013 for us. Just over £6 million of the award will allow us to deliver on our promise of an important and highly visible office building that will bring 100 construction jobs over a 12-month period followed by 200 new jobs to Rutherglen town centre by March 2015 and to take forward what will be an exciting addition and extension to the old library building at Bridgeton and so give the Glasgow Women’s Library a tremendous new home that can last another 100 years.
“The decision to allow the Fund to provide over £2m of core funding to Clyde Gateway is also very welcome news as it provides us with the long term security and greater certainty that developers and investors are looking for in what remain very difficult and testing economic conditions. It is a decision that recognises our achievements over the past few years as well as a vote of confidence in our plans for the continued physical, social and economic transformation being delivered with the backing and support of our partners and those who live and work in the local communities.”
The work on the development of the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone, on the site of the former Monogram factory, got underway in August 2013 with the first phase of a remediation and infrastructure project. A further phase of this work is scheduled to begin on-site before the turn of the year with the office construction, which will take around one year to complete, scheduled to get underway next March.
Clyde Gateway will again be using community benefit clauses to ensure that local residents will be given jobs and training opportunities during the construction phase in a similar fashion that has seen 18-year old William Duncan from Burnhill recruited by the contractor carrying out the remediation and infrastructure contract.
18 November 2013
SWITCH-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT BRIDGETON CROSS
The annual switch-on of the Christmas Lights at Bridgeton Cross willl take place on Tuesday 3 December. The event is being organised and supported by Clyde Gateway, the Bridgeton & Dalmarnock Credit Union and Glasgow Libraries.
Two pupils from Dalmarnock and Sacred Heart Primary Schools will switch on the lights while musical entertainment will be provided by a DJ. The regular Tuesday market at Bridgeton Cross will be expanded with stalls offering a range of Christmas gifts. The switch-on is scheduled to take place at 5.45pm after which all children will be invited to visit Santa’s grotto, located within the Library at the Olympia, to receive a goodie-bag.
VIEWS AND OPINIONS WANTED AS CLYDE GATEWAY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
Clyde Gateway is to undertake its largest ever series of public consultations with residents and businesses being asked for views on the sorts of regeneration activities they would like to see undertaken over the next three years.
Staff will be on hand at locations in Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen over four days in early November to provide information on Clyde Gateway’s current developments and to seek feedback on a range of options that are in the pipeline as part of the continued legacy after the 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken place.
Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications said: “Clyde Gateway has always held an Annual Meeting at which large audiences have been given presentations and been able to ask questions of the Chief Executive and senior staff in a public forum. A number of local residents told us after last year’s event that while they enjoyed the format of the public meeting they felt they could get more involved if it was less formal.
“This year we are holding a series of smaller public consultations and information events at a range of venues. A small exhibition will be put on display along with a number of booklets and brochures which will give updates on the progress we are making in the physical, social and economic regeneration right across our communities. Staff will be on hand at all times to provide any further detail that anyone is looking for and to answer any questions.
“Most importantly, we want to share with residents, business owners and indeed anyone with an interest in Clyde Gateway some of the ideas we have for the area over the next three years and to get their views, thoughts and opinions as we look to the on-going delivery of legacy up to and beyond the 2014 Games”.
The dates, venues and times for the 2013 public consultations and information events are:-
Tuesday 5 November : Rutherglen Town Hall : 11am – 7pm
Thursday 7 November : Olympia, Bridgeton Cross : 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 13 November : Burnhill Sports Centre, Toryglen Road, Rutherglen : 1pm – 5pm
Friday 15 November : Emirates Arena, Dalmarnock : 11am – 7pm
1 November 2013
JOB VACANCY AT CLYDE GATEWAY: TRANSPORT CO-ORDINATOR (part-time 2.5 days per week)
Fixed term contract of 2 years to end of 2015
(Salary of £30k pro-rata)
We are undertaking, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, the delivery of the Clyde Gateway Sustainable Transport Project (CGSTP) to improve the existing public transport and cycling infrastructure in the area. The end result will be a faster, more reliable and integrated network connecting Clyde Gateway’s employment locations with the city centre and beyond.
A new post of Transport Co-ordinator has been created to co-ordinate, manage and implement the CGSTP.
Based at the Clyde Gateway offices in Bridgeton Cross in the east end of Glasgow. The post is part-time and for a fixed term period of 2 years, ending December 2015.
Applicants should be educated to diploma or degree level in a transport-related field of study or have a minimum of three years relevant experience in developing transport projects.
A copy of the job description, as well as further information, can be downloaded fromhere.
Should you wish an informal discussion on the post, please contact Amy Wimpenny, Assistant Project Manager on 0141 276 1562.
All applications should take the form of a letter, with an accompanying CV to Louise McCormack, Clyde Gateway, 11 Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow G40 1BN, or by email to email@example.com
Closing date for all applications is Monday 18 November 2013.
29 October 2013
FIRST GRADUATES FROM THE HOTEL AND HOSPITALITY ACADEMY
Thirteen pupils from St Mungo’s Academy, Stonelaw High and Trinity high have celebrated with parents and family members as they became the first graduates from the Clyde Gateway Hotel and Hospitality Academy.
Designed as a training programme to prepare young folk for work in hotels and the wider hospitality industries by providing pupils with real live work placements, over a 10 week period, in various departments with the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow city centre. the pupils gained a range of formal qualifications including food hygiene, the safe sale and service of alcohol and Glasgow ‘Service with Style’. The pupils also learned how to be a barista through training with Starbucks Coffee.
Victoria Ramsey of St Mungo’s was one of the particants. She said:” It was great being part of the Academy. It actually all began during the school holidays but I was very willing to give up some days just to get this opportunity. Once the school term began I attended the Marriott one day a week and spent most of my time working alongside staff.
“I was part of the housekeeping team and got to see first-hand just what goes into having the hotel rooms looking perfect for each guest. Others worked in the restaurants, the bars, the leisure club or as part of the concierge and at the end of the day we all got together to share our experiences and support one another through the 10-week journey. It has been a fantastic and life-changing experience.”
The pupils are all currently in fifth year and Colin Campbell from Trinity High said: “This has been a fantastic experience doing different things that none of us had ever tried before. I know that all of us who took part have come away with a range of new skills and feel a lot more confident, mature, independent and job-ready.” while Nicola Brown from Stonlelaw High added: “I’ve learned so much from this. It was an interesting and realistic insight into the world of hospitality and helped me realise that if I put my mind to it I can achieve my goals.”
The pupils received their graduation certificates from Patricia Rainey, the Regional Director of Human Resources for Marriot who said: “All of these young people have been a huge credit to their school, their families and themselves. They were that good that our hotel guests would not have been able to tell they were being served by someone who was on a training programme. The Academy was designed to bring out the best attributes in the pupils and they came through with flying colours”
George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway was equally delighted with the pupils. He said “I want to congratulate all of the pupils who took part as they did their communities proud.
“Clyde Gateway made a promise to the pupils that when they graduated from the Academy they would be guaranteed a job interview and some of them will certainly be offered work with the Marriot on a part-time or casual basis which will be a great help to them, especially if they go on to further education at college or university. What is really pleasing is that all of them have said they feel more confident, mature, independent and job-ready from being part of the Hotel & Hospitality Academy.”
Plans are being made for another group of pupils to be put through the Academy, beginning in February 2104.
21 October 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY PICKS UP NATIONAL AWARD FOR REGENERATION
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has named Clyde Gateway as the top regeneration project in the UK ahead of many other prestigious and high-profile projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is the first ever time, since the RICS Awards began in 2001, that a Scottish project has been given the top award in any category, which this year covered Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design & Innovation and Regeneration.
The award was collected by Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, at a lunch event held at the Savoy Hotel in London attended by more than 200 high-ranking executives from the property, land and construction industries. Ian said: “This is a fantastic achievement as Clyde Gateway was up against some of the best known regeneration schemes in the UK such as the Olympic Park.
“The judges clearly liked what we have delivered so far in terms of land reclamation, remediation, property development and the letting of a number of high-value construction projects such as that currently under way at Riverside East at Dalmarnock where £25 million has been invested to create a modern office, built to the highest possible technical and environmental specifications, capable of being home of up to 1,000 staff.
“Being named as the top regeneration project for 2013 reflects our achievements over the past five years but all of us involved know just how much more still needs to be done to complete the physical, social and economic transformation underway across the east end of Glasgow and in South Lanarkshire. It is however, highly significant that Clyde Gateway has become the first ever Scottish winner of a national RICS Award and I’ve no doubt this will help boost our efforts to attract further investors and new developers to the area.”
Sarah Speirs, Director of RICS Scotland, said: “It is early days in this huge regeneration project, but it has already managed to deliver a number of significant schemes. It demonstrates that successful regeneration areas are underpinned by tackling physical, social and economic issues together. It is great to see Clyde Gateway recognised for the benefits it will bring in regenerating the area and I would like to congratulate all involved.”
More than 600 building projects entered the 2013 RICS Awards with eleven making the shortlist for the Regeneration award.
18 October 2013
BOOKLET CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS
Clyde Gateway has published ‘Something For Everyone’, a 16-page booklet which looks back at the ways community benefits have helped bring about social and economic change to its local areas.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The physical transformation over the past five years is immediately noticeable thanks to developments such as the Arena and Velodrome, the Athletes Village, the Red Tree Business Centres in Bridgeton and Rutherglen and the improvements to each of the three local railway stations. All the while, we have been very busy to ensure that our widespread use of community benefits has helped make just as much of a difference to the lives of those who live and work locally.
“This booklet is an important reminder of the sort of work we have been doing over the past five years since our formation. Whether this has been through the insertion of clauses in construction contracts to bring improvements to community facilities, establishing and developing partnerships with local schools, providing funding for events that bring a feel-good factor to the area or most important of all helping hundreds of local people into employment and training, Clyde Gateway has spared no effort in ensuring our regeneration work does mean something for everyone living in our communities.”
Illustrated with more than thirty photographs of individuals and groups who have benefited from Clyde Gateway’s efforts, copies can be obtained as follows:-
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
phone : 0141 276 1576
Alternatively, the booklet can be downloaded electronically by following this link
11 October 2013
RUTHERGLEN YOUTH PUT ON THE ROAD TO A NEW CAREER
The work of Clyde Gateway to bring forward the new Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone, on the site of the former Monogram factory at Farme Cross, has provided an immediate spin-off for one local resident of the burgh.
William Duncan, an 18-year old from the Burnhill area of Rutherglen has been recruited as a Modern Apprentice Roadworker by Maclay Civil Engineering, the main contactor carrying out the first-phase of remediation and infrastructure work at the site. William was successful in obtaining the position after being put forward for interview by Routes to Work South, the Cambuslang-based jobs organisation which is Clyde Gateway’s partner agency for jobs and training in South Lanarkshire.
In addition to learning his trade from the hands-on experience at the site, William is also attending college on a day-release basis where he is undertaking an initial two-year course to qualify in Construction and Highway Maintenance before working towards the next stage of his career development in the roads industry.
William said: “It has been a great experience working at Maclay so far. I have learned a lot from my managers, my college instructors and my workmates on the site at Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone. There is nothing better than working hard and getting paid good money for it and I hope to be with Maclay for a long time to come.”
Niki Spence is the Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway and she is delighted that William is the latest local resident to obtain work from the regeneration activities that are underway. She said: “We have always said that we will do all we can to ensure that new jobs made available through our contracts will go to local people. I know that William was one of a number of very impressive candidates put forward for this vacancy by Routes to Work South and it is fantastic not only hear that Maclay are so pleased with his enthusiasm and progress but that William is enjoying both work and college. Everyone at Clyde Gateway wishes him well in the future”
9 October 2013
SCHOOL PUPILS GET ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH NEW LINK WITH UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF SCOTLAND
Clyde Gateway has teamed up with the School of Engineering at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) on an innovative and exciting project which will assist secondary school pupils towards a career in engineering at a time when the industry is seeking large numbers of new entrants.
A special programme, running up until May 2014, has been developed focussing on the construction of the new smart bridge across the Clyde which will link Carstairs Street in Dalmarnock and the development of the National Business District at Shawfield. Ten pupils from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools, under the supervision and support of Clyde Gateway and UWS. will be meeting on a weekly basis to investigate the development, planning and construction of the smart bridge and the environmental engineering associated with the regeneration of the Dalmarnock and Shawfield areas.
Some of the work being undertaken by the pupils will be on-site with other aspects delivered through presentations and workshops at the Hamilton campus of the University.
In addition, four 3rd year UWS Civil Engineering students will act as mentors to the pupils by providing support for research, reporting and presentation. The four UWS students will also use the project as a part of their assignment work for their Group Project module.
The partnership between Clyde Gateway and UWS seek to address what is a growing skills shortage in the engineering sector. Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “Engineering is a sector that is central to securing local, regional and national economic growth and so it is important to address pressing issues being faced by many of the UK’s engineering employers such as skills gaps, staff shortages and an ageing workforce. What we are hoping to do through this programme is to raise awareness among local pupils and promote engineering as a career option, particularly through further study at University.”
Hugh Fergusson of the UWS School of Engineering said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to find out about the wide range of disciplines and careers within engineering and to witness the planning, procurement, fabrication and construction process. The programme provides a unique opportunity to learn about university life and to experience first-hand a variety of interesting site based activities. Pupils will learn by taking part in research activities and through interaction with their student mentors, university staff and professional engineers.”
Construction on the smart bridge got under way in August 2013 and will run through to May 2014.
7 October 2013
TRIBUTES PAID TO THE LATE COUNCILLOR GEORGE RYAN
The Chair and Vice-Chairs of Clyde Gateway have led the tributes to URC Board Member Councillor George Ryan who passed away suddenly on Saturday 5 October. He was 51 years of age.
Neil MacDonald said: “This is very sad and tragic news and the thoughts of everyone at Clyde Gateway, board members and staff alike, are with his famly and friends.”
Councillor Chris Thomson said: “George Ryan was involved with the URC Board since its inception back in 2008 and he had a huge part in shaping and influencing all of the work that has made Clyde Gateway such a success. His experience and knowledge will be difficult to replace.”
Councillor George Redmond, who also served alongside George Ryan on Glasgow City Council since 1995, said: “I am totally stunned by the loss of a very dear friend and colleague. George was a great servant to the east end of the city and his contributions to Clyde Gateway have been immense, particularly his promotion and support for the type of work we are doing to help local people into work and training. He will be greatly missed.”
3 October 2013
LOCAL RESIDENTS TO ENJOY TOP-CLASS SPORT – THANKS TO CLYDE GATEWAY
Hundreds of local residents will this weekend get to enjoy the thrills and excitement of top-class sport at the Emirates Arena when Glasgow Rocks host Surrey United in their opening home match of the 2013-14 British Basketball League.
The match on Sunday 6 October is part of what will be a weekend-long celebration to mark the first year since the opening of the Emirates and the urban regeneration agency has distributed 500 game tickets across four secondary and twenty-four primary schools in the east end of the city and in Rutherglen and Cambuslang in neighbouring South Lanarkshire.
Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The Emirates has made an incredible impact on the local community since opening last year and Glasgow Rocks have done a tremendous job going to local schools to promote the Clyde Gateway backed ‘Jump to It’ programme which encourages young people to live more healthily and get fit. We were therefore delighted to take up this opportunity to play a part in the 1st Birthday weekend at the Emirates and to have local pupils and their families get along to the match on Sunday and give their noisy and enthusiastic support to the Rocks. I’m sure everyone will have a fantastic time and here’s hoping the Rocks give the fans a result to savour”
Tip-off for Glasgow Rocks v Surrey United is at 5pm with doors opening ninety minutes earlier for pre-match entertainment featuring Clyde 1’s Knoxy.
25 September 2013
TOP TRAINING AWARD FOR CLYDE GATEWAY
Clyde Gateway has picked up a prestigious award from the Scottish Training Federation (STF).
Our efforts to help local residents into employment in the sports and leisure industry through a specially designed training programme was named the winner of the ‘Success In Partnership’ category at the STF 2013 Awards. Niki Spence, the Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway, took the plaudits alongside colleagues from Street League and Glasgow Life at an Awards Dinner held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel on 24 September.
Niki said: “Our Sports and Leisure training programme has been a great success. More than thirty young people, all aged 16-25 and all from the Clyde Gateway communities, have benefited directly from taking part either through obtaining a job or being able to take their qualifications and experiences into further or higher education.
“The input from Street League and the support from Glasgow Life has been invaluable. This has been a real partnership efforts and I’m delighted that we have been recognised jointly by the Scottish Training Federation who are the main representative body for learning providers in Scotland.”
24 September 2013
JOB VACANCIES AT CLYDE GATEWAY – PROJECT MANAGER & ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
(Salaries of circa £45k and £33k respectively)
Due to a combination of staff retirements and career progression, we currently require two experienced professionals to join our team, based at Bridgeton Cross in Glasgow, to deliver our extensive development programme including our ambitions for the National Business District in Shawfield.
Applicants should be educated to degree level or equivalent, or hold an appropriate professional qualification; those interested in the Project Manager post should have a minimum of five years experience while a minimum of three years relevant experience is needed for the Assistant Project Manager post.
We welcome applications from those qualified in the various disciplines that contribute to physical regeneration activities such as construction, design, planning and surveying. However, we are especially keen to hear from those with experience in engineering as one of the posts will be dedicated to a range of specialist work activities including the construction of two new pedestrian bridges across the River Clyde and the delivery of new infrastructure to provide solutions to long-standing water and drainage issues.
A copy of the job description for the Project Manager can be downloaded from here.
A copy of the job description for the Assistant Project Manager can be downloaded fromhere.
All applications should take the form of a letter, with an accompanying CV to Louise McCormack, Clyde Gateway, 11 Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow G40 1BN, or by email email@example.com
Should you wish an informal discussion on the posts, please contact Martin McKay, Head of Development on 0141 276 0758.
The closing date for all applications is Friday 18 October 2013.
26 August 2013
REMEDIATION WORK UNDERWAY IN RUTHERGLEN AND SHAWFIELD
Work is now underway on the remediation of two key strategic Clyde Gateway sites in South Lanarkshire.
VHE Construction moved on-site at Shawfield Industrial Estate on 5 August, and over a thirteen month period will dig up and remove structural foundations left behind after the demolition of the buildings formerly occupying the site. The contract also involves the delicate and complex work required to resolve long-standing issues around industrial pollution dating back to the operations of a former chemicals factory in the Shawfield area.
As with every construction contract, there will be issues of noise, dust and vibration with every effort being made to keep these to a minimum, while it is also being acknowledged that particular remediation work will bring the added complication of odour. This is due in part to contaminated soils that have lain underground for many years being unearthed and brought to the surface but also because the chemical being using to deal with the pollution has a smell which is similar to that of rotten eggs.
VHE and Clyde Gateway have written to local residents and businesses giving an assurance that while the smells well be unpleasant they will not have any detrimental effect on health nor are they dangerous to the public and that everything possible will be done to keep the odour to a minimum through careful storage of the chemical and using a sealed system when they are being transported within the site.
Jim Clark, the Senior Media Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said: “This is the beginning of what will be a complete transformation of the old Industrial Estate over the next decade. With the site being relatively isolated, there will be minimum disruption to local residents or businesses in South Lanarkshire but we are fully acknowledging that the work will cause unpleasant odours at various times. All of this is unfortunate, but it is the price that has to be paid to clean up the legacy of the old industries located within Shawfield as well as creating the best possible conditions to bring the area back into an active economic use.”
Meanwhile, the plans to bring develop the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone (RLCZ) on the site of the former Monogram factory at Farme Cross took a major step forward with the appointment of a Lanarkshire-based contractor to undertake the first two phases of infrastructure work at a cost of £1.7million.
Maclay Civil Engineering Limited, whose main offices are based in Airdrie, moved onto the site on Monday 19 August and over the period of a six-month contract will both remediate the land and install new infrastructure such as roads and lighting, all of which is geared to paving the way for a further wave of works, including the delivery of a four-storey office block.
Neil McDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said “Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone is a key part of our regeneration activities over the next five years. The site enjoys a tremendous location close to Rutherglen Station and Junction 2 of the M74, but it does require a lot of time and resources to be invested before we are able to obtain the full benefits.
“This particular contract will take away all the spoil and growth that has accumulated since Monogram closed its doors back in 2006 and at the same time new roads, lighting and drainage will be installed, all of which will make the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone a very attractive proposition to investors and developers.”
The plans to bring the site back into full economic use were accelerated by two factors; one being the decision of South Lanarkshire Council, in December 2012, to give planning permission for a change of use at the site to business, industrial and storage/distribution and the other being the award of almost £2m of shovel-ready funding from the Scottish Government.
The longer-term plans for the RLCZ received a further boost last month with the news of a £2.5million grant from the European Regional Development Fund which will assist Clyde Gateway in its efforts to secure the £6m costs of constructing a new office, accommodating over 200 jobs on the Farmeloan Road side of the site.
Clyde Gateway is also working closely with Routes to Work South, the locally based employment agency, to identify two local residents to be taken on by Maclay for the duration of the remediation and infrastructure contract.
27 August 2013
GLASGOW COMMUNITY & SAFETY SERVICES RE-BRANDED
One of the largest employers within the Clyde Gateway area has been re-branded.
Community Safety Glasgow is the new name for the former Glasgow Community & Safety Services (GCSS) whose headquarters office is located within the Eastgate building at 727 London Road just a few hundred yards east of Bridgeton Cross.
The organisation was formed in 2006 to tackle antisocial behaviour, promote community safety and prevent crime. It operates as a partnership owned by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Police Authority and re-located its HQ to Eastgate in April 2010.
The new name of Community Safety Glasgow aligns with the re-branding and reform of the police service. It also reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime, and will better reflect a stronger organisation, which is more relevant to the needs of the Glasgow communities it serves.
Bailie Fariha Thomas, Chair of Community Safety Glasgow, said: “Our new brand came about as a result of extensive discussion and consultation amongst our Board of Directors. It forms a part of our wider strategy to make sure we meet the needs of the city’s many communities by continuing to focus on the quality of our services and ensuring we enable our staff to perform their duties to the highest possible standards.
“We will be implementing a new system of ‘PRIDE’ in our company, which focuses on people, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. We are confident that this will lead to an even more efficient workforce.
“We have already achieved a great deal for Glasgow’s communities since the company’s inception in 2006. This includes a significant 26% reduction in the total number of reported antisocial behaviour incidents in Glasgow in 2012 compared with 2002, and a year on year decrease in reported antisocial behaviour incidents from 2007 onwards.
“We are looking forward to operating under our new brand, and will continue in our commitment to keep Glasgow’s communities safe.”
For more information about Community Safety Glasgow, visit www.saferglasgow.com
16 July 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY CONTRIBUTES TO 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES CULTURAL PROGRAMME
Details have been released of the dozens of events that will make up the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme and Clyde Gateway is proud to be playing a supporting role in the delivery of two – the East End Social and Making the Most of Dalmarnock – that are being held in our local communities.
Curated by the Bridgeton-based record label Chemikal Underground, the East End Social will be an ambitious and eclectic music programme consisting of events, performances and initiatives utilising an extraordinary range of new, unconventional and everyday venues in the east end and Rutherglen.
A disused site close to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be the location for Making the Most of Dalmarnock with a collaboration of artists, architects and local people ensuring its transformation into a permanent outdoor learning and play area.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said : “The Cultural Programme was always going to be a hugely important part of the 2014 Games experience for all concerned and Clyde Gateway was determined to play a big part in ensuring that some of it came directly to our communities. We gave our formal backing and support to these two particular ideas and it is fantastic news that they have both been included in the final list.
“The East End Social promises to offer something for just about everyone no matter their tastes in music and will make use of many fantastic venues, some of which are well-known and established with others being a bit out of the ordinary.
“Making the Most of Dalmarnock is equally ambitious in its scale but will focus on one particular location to create something which will be a welcome and permanent reminder of the 2014 Games and this exciting and vibrant cultural spin-off.”
The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is collaboration between the Games Organising Committee, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life. It will feature theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multi-media in theatres, community centres, on bicycles, by rivers, in gardens, art galleries, public spaces and much more.
Click here to see full details of the programme on the website of Creative Scotland.
11 July 2013
NEW CLYDE GATEWAY BOOKLET PUBLISHED
A new publication which provides facts, figures and information on the various regeneration activities delivered over the past five years, is now available on request from Clyde Gateway or via electronic download.
‘It’s Still All Go 2013’ is a full-colour 32-page booklet. As well as charting the progress made on the physical, social and economic transformation taking place across Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme, it looks ahead to a number of on-going and planned projects across the Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield communities.
Copies can be obtained by contacting Jim Clark at Clyde Gateway:-
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
phone : 0141 276 1576
Alternatively, the booklet can be downloaded electronically by following this link.
9 July 2013
EUROPEAN FUNDING BOOST FOR KEY PROJECT IN RUTHERGLEN
A £9 million funding package will see a derelict land site in Rutherglen transformed into high quality office space, creating jobs for up to 1,000 people.
Once complete, the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone will be a 15,922 square metre space for businesses and SMEs.
The project, which is being developed by Clyde Gateway URC, will receive £2.5 million grant support from the European Regional Development Fund towards the cost of the development. The funding will support the first phase of the project to redevelop the vacant site.
Commenting on the project during a visit to Red Tree Business Suites in Rutherglen, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “Investment in large scale regeneration projects is absolutely key for stimulating economic growth throughout Scotland.
“The development of this derelict site into high spec office space will help to create up to 1,000 jobs for Scottish people, helping to bring our communities closer together and injecting new life into the Rutherglen area.
“This government recognises the importance of projects like these for stimulating economic growth, which is why I am pleased to announce this £2.5 million investment of European Funds. Significant developments like one are absolutely key to stimulating growth in our construction sector – something that is absolutely imperative in these tough economic times.
“This government is clear about the contribution that regeneration makes to growing our economy and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.”
Councillor Chris Thomson, Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “This award is tremendous news and further evidence that Clyde Gateway’s regeneration efforts are making a difference to Rutherglen.
This site is one of our most strategic and important given it sits so close to the railway station and town centre as well as being close to one of the new junctions on the M74. Clyde Gateway, with the support of funding from Europe, has already delivered the Red Tree Business Centre which has brought almost 60 jobs to the town. The Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone is on a much grander and more ambitious scale, one that will bring an environmentally friendly and sustainable development certain to attract enormous interest across the commercial market.”
28 June 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY SEEKS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Clyde Gateway has today embarked on a search for an Executive Director of Development as a replacement for Steve Pritchard who has announced his intention to leave the role in September 2013 the post after a five-year spell.
Steve joined the URC in October 2008 after spending almost 20 years working for Associated British Ports in his native Wales where he had played a significant part in the re-development of Cardiff Bay and the waterfront scheme at Barry and his time at Clyde Gateway has been every bit as successful.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said “Steve has been a guiding light since arriving here in 2008 and his skills, knowledge and expertise in regeneration have delivered superb results, especially through his leadership of our extensive and complex programme of land assembly and the de-contamination of key sites.
“His decades of private sector experience were also key in our discussions and negotiations with private sector investors and partners, particularly those who are alongside us delivering the fantastic new business park at Clyde Gateway East.
“Our communities are much changed over the past five years and a lot of credit for this has to go to Steve whose contribution to Clyde Gateway has left a real legacy and has put us in a great position where his successor can offer the market an extensive and diverse range of attractive development opportunities. nbsp; All of the Board, and his colleagues in the Management Team, are sorry to be losing him, but his departure for family reasons is entirely understandable and he goes with all of our best wishes.”
The search for a new Executive Director of Development is being led by Rockpools, the global executive search and selection firm.
10 June 2013
DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER GETS CONSTRUCTION OF £24 MILLION OFFICE BLOCK UNDERWAY
The on-going regeneration of the east end of Glasgow hit another high point today thanks to Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities carrying out the sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of what will be 16-month project to construct a £24 million office in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area.
The work will see 120,000 sq ft of a five-storey Grade ‘A’ office, capable of being the home for 900 staff on a fantastic riverside location in Dalmarnock.
The project has been made possible thanks a £16 million award of shovel-ready funding from the Scottish Government, designed to stimulate and support the construction industry, with the site supporting 300 jobs in the industry between now and its completion in October 2014. This figure will include 30 jobs and 20 trainee posts which will be targeted at residents living in the Clyde Gateway area.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Investment in regeneration projects like these is vital for creating jobs and prosperity and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.
“The Scottish Government has committed £16 million to the development of this new Dalmarnock facility, which will see the creation of 120,000 sq ft of high quality office space, safeguarding more than 300 jobs in the construction sector. It is already clear that this development will help to stimulate economic growth in the area, with planning consent for a further 100,000 sq ft office space recently secured at a neighbouring site.
“Clyde Gateway is doing a fantastic job progressing this regeneration project, helping to ensure the successful impact of the Commonwealth Games and its legacy for Glasgow’s east end.”
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway was on hand to welcome the Deputy First Minister to the site. He said: “At £24 million, this is the biggest single contract let so far by Clyde Gateway. The offices will be built to the highest standards imaginable while the riverside setting so close to the motorway network and an extensive public transport system makes it the perfect location.
Riverside East will be a game-changer in terms of what we can offer to the office and development markets and marks the beginning of a complete transformation of this area along both banks of the Clyde. I’m also delighted that our use of community clauses in the contract will see 50 local residents benefit directly during the construction phase.”
The contract was won by Morgan Sindall, one of the UK’s largest and most experienced construction and infrastructure companies.
Eddie Carr, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re pleased to be part of one of the largest and most ambitious urban renewal projects currently being undertaken in Europe. This office scheme is the first step in a project which looks set to transform the east end of Glasgow and the adjacent South Lanarkshire areas.
“Morgan Sindall has a strong pedigree in constructing large-scale office developments and has delivered an array of iconic and important developments across the country. Our business and, in particular, our project team is now looking forward to work beginning in earnest on the Riverside East office development.”
7 June 2013
SPORT PROVES JUST THE JOB FOR UNEMPLOYED YOUNGSTERS
A special ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has marked the achievements of a group of locally-based youngsters in completing an intensive training course and then finding employment in the sports and leisure industry.
A Clyde Gateway funded project, delivered by Street League and supported by Glasgow Life, has seen twenty-two Clyde Gateway residents, all aged 16-25 and previously unemployed, be given jobs in a range of centres across Glasgow, including the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Councillor George Redmond, vice-chairman of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company said: “”Every one of these young workers is proof of Clyde Gateway fulfilling our promise that people living in the local communities will benefit most from all of our regeneration efforts. “I am delighted for them because this was a demanding and challenging training course, but it was all worth it, with the reward of a secure and enjoyable job that also offers excellent future career prospects. In recent years Glasgow has transformed itself into one of the world’s top cities for sport ahead of rivals such as Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, which means these are jobs for life for these youngsters.
A number of them gave accounts of just how much their lives have been transformed as a result of signing up for the training course and then embarking on a career with Glasgow Life.
21-year-old Sam Maxwell (pictured right) left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and no job prospects.
Five years later she got involved in voluntary youth work through which she was persuaded to apply for what was a new training course Clyde Gateway was planning to launch. Having landed a place on the 12-week course. Sam passed with flying colours and left with a clutch of certificates and like all qualifying students got the promised job interview with Glasgow Life. Weeks later, she received a phone call and immediately accepted the post of receptionist at the £113million Emirates Arena, which she can see from her bedroom window in Lily Street.
She said: “This is really a new start in life for me. It’s amazing. The course has made me a better person. I have got my first job and even met my boyfriend on the course. My life has completely turned round since getting on the Clyde Gateway course. I never thought this would happen. I’m so lucky.”
“I met First Minister Alex Salmond when he came to the arena have also met Sir Chris Hoy. I’m going to get myself an autograph book in time for next year’s Commonwealth Games.”
Stephanie Blair from Dalmarnock (who is on the left of the picture) told all the attendees at the reception that as an unemployed 19-year-old mother she had been struggling to make ends meet, but the course and the job had changed everything.
She said: “I was amazed at how flexible and helpful the organisers of the training course were, allowing me to plan my participation around the needs of my two-year son.
“I am thrilled at getting a job as a receptionist at Crownpoint Leisure Centre. I enjoy getting involved with the customers and the children who attend the centre’s nursery. I would love to stick with it.”
Scott Magee, a 22-year old eastender, also heaped praise on the course organisers telling everyone how he had struggled to complete the course when his grandmother died but the help of those from Street League and the friend he had made while taking part in the course had been a huge help.
“I saw her for 10 minutes the day before she died. It was a rough time. But I decided to keep going and complete the course, if only for my gran. It is what she would have wanted me to do and I’m so glad I did. I used to go with the flow, but this is the first time I had things happen and I really feel as if I have achieved something through this course. Clyde Gateway has made all the difference to the likes of me and countless others across the communities.”
Scott’s ambition is to be a personal trainer and he has been given a job as a lifeguard at the Bellahouston Sports Complex with a promise from Glasgow Life to help him realise his goal in the coming years.
Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of Glasgow Life and the council’s spokesman for the Commonwealth Games, said: “It is fantastic so many of those who have completed the Street League programme have secured jobs at our facilities, where they will have the chance to work on some of the world’s biggest international sporting events.
“Some of these venues will be at the heart of the 2014 Games and projects such as this are ensuring we leave real and lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow.
“The sport sector is a significant driver for the local economy, supporting about 10,000 jobs, so it is vital we continue providing training and employment opportunities in this area.”
Clyde Gateway’s partnership with Street League and Glasgow Life has been extended to 2015 with hopes that a similar number of young people will graduate through the course and into jobs in the coming years.
5 June 2013
COOKERY MASTERCLASS THRILLS PUPILS AT TRINITY HIGH
A Clyde Gateway sponsored project has enabled pupils at Trinity High School in Rutherglen to enjoy a Cookery Masterclass delivered jointly by the owner and top chef from one of Scotland’s best-known and most popular Indian Restaurants.
Satty Singh and Mahesh Joshi (know to all and sundry as Josh) from Mr. Singh’s Restaurant in Glasgow were at the school on 4 June as part of the Commonwealth Project, a joint initiative with Trinity High and Stonelaw Academy, which sees pupils study different aspects of life in Commonwealth countries as the opening day of the 2014 Games comes ever nearer.
All departments within the schools are getting involved, with ‘Foods of the World’ being the contribution from Home Economics. The Masterclass consisted of Satty and Josh speaking to pupils about Indian culture and cooking before going on to demonstrate how a fusion of two of the best known foods from India and Scotland creates the dish of Haggis Pakora.
Satty said: “I’m a past Board Member at Clyde Gateway and am well aware the team is doing everything possible to make it much more than just a physical regeneration. When I heard about the Foods of the World idea I couldn’t wait to get involved.
“The pupils were a real joy to work with and I was delighted that they came away with a better understanding of life in India and why it is that our cooking has proved so popular the world over but particularly here in Scotland. I’m really looking forward to repeating the class at Stonelaw next week.”
Denise Haggerty is the Head of the Home Economics Department at Trinity High. She said: “It was a fantastic day that was every bit as educational for the staff as it was for the pupils.
“Satty and Josh were excellent, providing great information about Indian culture and traditional cooking and they got a terrific response from the pupils. An event as special as this fuels their fire for cookery and gets them involved with the Commonwealth, so it’s a big thank you to Clyde Gateway, Satty and Josh for such a great experience”
The Commonwealth Initiative will culminate in January 2014 when 360 pupils from Trinity and Stonelaw take part in a sports gala at the Emirates Arena in front of their families and friends.
In the meantime, Satty and Josh will be taking their talents to Stonelaw Academy on 10 June when some more pupils will learn about culture and cookery in India and get to sample the delights of Haggis Pakora as prepared by a top chef.
23 May 2013
PLATFORM FOR EAST END YOUTH TO GET VIEWS ACROSS
Representatives from Clyde Gateway and a number of other locally based organisations will be in listening mode on Thursday 30 May when a group of pupils from St Mungo’s Academy take to the podium in a specially arranged Youth Conference.
The event is being promoted jointly by Clyde Gateway and the Parkhead Housing Association with the venue being the Calton Parkhead Parish Church at 142 Helenvale Street, Glasgow. Ten 4th Year pupils from St Mungo’s have set the agenda for the conference, and over a two hour session between 12.30 and 2.30pm will meet with professionals and volunteers from locally based organisations to offer their take on:-
– the provision of Youth Services in the community
– work, training and employability
– the reform of welfare benefits
– land and environmental improvements in the east end
Natalie Philips, Assistant Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: “The pupils have long felt the youth voice has been too quiet and they were keen to explore how best they could get their views, opinions and concerns across about the issues that matter most to them.
“The conference will bring them together with key people from a diverse group of east end organisations including housing associations, employability agencies and voluntary groups specialising in youth work. There will also be a major input from key employers located in the area while the Glasgow Rocks Basketball Team, whose home is now at the Emirates Arena just a few hundred yards from the conference venue, will be offering their support.
“The pupils themselves have selected the topics for debate and everyone involved is looking forward to an afternoon of what promises to be lively and interesting discussions.”
16 May 2013
JOBS SPIN-OFF FOR EASTENDERS
Fourteen previously unemployed residents living in the Clyde Gateway area have been able take up positions with a major employer in the city’s east end, thanks to a new partnership programme involving Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS) and Jobs & Business Glasgow.
The jobs are with GCSS and involve a range of activities including CCTV monitoring, driving, office admin and community engagement.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The provision of new jobs for Clyde Gateway residents is a vital and essential part of our regeneration efforts and I’m very pleased that GCSS, as one of the biggest employers in our area, is providing opportunities for local people.”
He added : “I’m delighted also that with two further intakes planned for June and September we will soon have the position that GCSS will have 30 new recruits from across east end.”
All of the new recruits are directly employed by Jobs & Enterprise Glasgow on a full-time one-year contract and placed following which GCSS, with the support of Jobs & Business Glasgow, will explore a number of options for the employees including permanent positions with GCSS or interviews with sub-contractors and service providers, including those who will be supporting the delivery and management of security aspects of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Phil Walker, the Chief Executive of GCSS said :”One of the reasons we moved out to Bridgeton last year was to play our part in the fantastic regeneration that is well underway. Taking on local people is the best and most direct way we can make a difference. The new recruits have already had a warm welcome and have settled in quickly as valued members of the GCSS team and we are looking forward to welcoming more new colleagues in the months ahead.”
Three of the new recruits are Grace Gallacher from Camlachie, Lisa Dott from Dalmarnock and Ashley McGibbon who lives in Bridgeton.
Grace’s role is at the forefront of the work undertaken by GCSS as a uniformed Community Enforcement Officer (CEO) playing her part in making Glasgow a safer, cleaner place.
Grace said : “I’ve only just started but already I’m getting a lot of satisfaction out of making a difference. There’s loads to enjoy about being a CEO, particularly the fact that every day is totally different and brings you into contact with people from all walks of life. I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and I’m determined to make the most of it.”
Ashley and Lisa are both part of the admin support team based at Eastgate, a building which was recently awarded the 2013 ‘Best Commercial Workplace’ by the Scottish Branch of the British Council for Offices.
Ashley said : “Eastgate is a great building to work in and I’ve got the bonus of it being just around the corner from my home. I never imagined that an opportunity like this would be available right on my doorstep and I’m aiming to show everyone what I’m capable of so that when my initial contract is up I’ve got the best possible chance of securing a long-term post.”
Lisa has been recruited by GCSS just a few weeks after being made redundant when the shop she previously worked in suddenly and unexpectedly closed down. She said : “It was a real shock when my previous boss decided to close down the business and I was very fortunate that within a couple of days I learned about the opportunities at GCSS from talking to the Clyde Gateway staff and going along to a jobs fair at the Olympia in Bridgeton. “I’m really enjoying working as part of the admin team supporting and helping the hundreds of GCSS team members who are out there on the streets of Glasgow every day really making a difference to the quality of life and I’m proud to be playing my part.”
Calum Graham, Chief Executive of Jobs & Business Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that this exciting new programme, funded by Opportunities for All and Clyde Gateway is underway with the early result that Jobs & Business Glasgow have supported 14 young east end residents into positions with GCSS. In the coming months it is hoped that a further 16 local residents will also secure employment as part of a wider initiative that will enable us to create rewarding and stimulating job opportunities with GCSS for 65 young people from all across Glasgow”.
9 May 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY PICKS UP MAJOR AWARD FOR REGENERATION
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has today announced Clyde Gateway as the winner of its Regeneration Award for 2013.
The RICS Awards have consistently showcased the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property and the built environment, and one of the key aspects that judges take into consideration is the effect a project or development has on the local community and environment.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This is a very proud moment for everyone at Clyde Gateway.
“It recognises the incredible support, vision and guidance provided by our Board over the past five years, the professionalism and dedication of the entire team and the wonderful way that the local residents and businesses have supported and backed our efforts to undertake this massive physical, social and economic transformation.”
The RICS Award comes just days after one of the major new developments within Clyde Gateway was acknowledged as the Best Commercial Workplace in Scotland.
The Scottish Chapter of the British Council for Offices made the award to Eastgate, the HQ Building for Glasgow Community Safety Services (GCSS) which opened in Bridgeton in April 2012. Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said : “This is exceptionally good news as the British Council for Offices has vindicated our view that Clyde Gateway is a location in which you can design, construct and occupy offices of the highest quality and standards. I’m especially pleased for everyone at GCSS whose decision to relocate to the east end from the city centre has helped make this award possible.”
As winner of the Best Commercial Workplace award for Scotland, Eastgate will now be one of five finalists for the overall UK Award due to be announced in October 2013.
1 May 2013
DALMARNOCK STATION TO RE-OPEN TO PASSENGERS ON 20 MAY
The landmark new Dalmarnock station will reach a major milestone this month when it re-opens to passengers.
A full timetable of train services is to resume at Dalmarnock – which has been closed since last June while a new station building was being constructed – on Monday May 20. The new station will have a vital role as a transport hub for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the full refurbishment works remain on schedule for completion this autumn.
Transport Scotland is managing the project on behalf of its funders, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council. The new station is being built by Network Rail.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “Dalmarnock station is absolutely key to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and we are delighted that everything is on schedule for the full refurbishment to be complete this autumn, well ahead of the Games next summer. In the meantime, works have reached such a stage that the station will be safe and operational from 20th May, allowing local passengers to use the station and to see for themselves this state-of-the-art station which will play such an important role come summer 2014.”
The first trains to call at the station will be the 06:24 train via Motherwell to Lanark and, in the other direction, the 06:39 train to Dalmuir via Glasgow Central and Yoker, after which there will be a regular timetabled service of up to four trains per hour in each direction on Mondays – Saturdays.
Passengers using the station will find it much changed since it closed its doors on June 3 2012 with many new features including a new booking office on Dalmarnock Road as a replacement for the old facility formerly located on Swanston Street .Passengers using services in the direction of Rutherglen and beyond will be able to access the station platform direct from the new booking office via a newly installed lift and new staircase. Customers heading for Glasgow Central and beyond, will, until the refurbishment works are completed later this year, only be able to access the station platform via a temporary staircase located on Swanston Street close to the site of the former booking office. Later this summer, an overhead bridge will be installed from the main booking office which will give direct access to the west-bound platform via a lift or stairs.
Neil McDonald, the Chair of Clyde gateway said: “I’m delighted for the local residents and those workers who depend on Dalmarnock station that services are being re-introduced after the best part of a year, and like them I’m looking forward to the full completion of the refurbishment project in the coming months to support the wider regeneration taking place across the Clyde Gateway area.”
An SPT spokesperson said: “SPT has been fully supportive of the redevelopment of Dalmarnock and we’re pleased to hear that it will re-open soon. The refurbishment has been a huge undertaking and the building is really taking shape. It will be exciting to see this marvellous station in its full glory later this year and the important transport legacy it offers Glasgow thereafter.”
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council added: “It is fantastic news for local people and commuters that Dalmarnock Station is re-opening. When the refurbishment is complete, the station will be a superb legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games for the east end.” A ScotRail spokeswoman said: “We look forward to welcoming customers to the expanded station.”
25 April 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY BECOMES CREATIVE SPONSOR OF PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD
Clyde Gateway has teamed up with the Bridgeton-based Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) and together with Dewar’s Whisky, one of the largest employers in the Clyde Gateway area, has come on board as creative sponsors of the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY)Award.
The SAY Award was founded by SMIA, in partnership with Creative Scotland, to celebrate, promote and reward the most outstanding albums released by Scottish artists in a calendar year and offers a £20,000 prize to the winner. The long-list of 20 albums under consideration was announced today with the eventual winner being revealed at a ceremony at the Barrowland Ballroom on Thursday 20 June.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said : “The East End of Glasgow is an area long associated with great music and has of course been home to Chemikal Underground, one of Scotland’s most internationally renowned record labels for many years. It is entirely fitting that the East End is now the new home for The SAY Award and I’m delighted such an important and eagerly-awaited event will help to highlight the very positive and dynamic ways that the area is changing”
Stewart Henderson, Chair of the SMIA said : “It’s long been an ambition to have the SAY awards held in the East End and the support of Clyde Gateway has been very helpful in achieving this. The very announcement of the longlist for the 2013 Awards has attracted national and international attention and I’m looking forward to the event playing its part in showing what a wonderfully vibrant and culturally rich area the east end of Glasgow is fast becoming.”
Further information on SAY 2013 is available at www.sayaward.com
The full list of nominees are:-
Admiral Fallow – ‘Tree Bursts In Snow’
Auntie Flo – ‘Future Rhythm Machine’
Calvin Harris – ’18 Months’
Dam Mantle – ‘Brothers Fowl’
Django Django – ‘Django Django’
Duncan Chisholm – ‘Affric’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Our Version Of Events’
Errors – ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’
Human Don’t Be Angry – ‘Human Don’t Be Angry’
Karine Polwart – ‘Traces’
Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson – ‘New Focus’
Lau – ‘Race The Loser’
Meursault – ‘Something For The Weakened’
Miaoux Miaoux – ‘Light Of The North’
Paul Buchanan – ‘Mid Air’
PAWS – ‘Cokefloat!’
RM Hubbert – ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’
Stanley Odd – ‘Reject’
The Twilight Sad – ‘No One Can Ever Know’
The Unwinding Hours – ‘Afterlives’
25 April 2013
PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS FOR DALMARNOCK “WELL RECEIVED” AT COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Almost 60 local residents and business people participated in the 2-day public consultation exercise held on 17 and 18 April at which Clyde Gateway unveiled proposals which would improve the look and feel of the area located between Dalmarnock Station and the River Clyde.
Audrey Carlin, the Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said : “The idea of the consultation was to share our hopes and aspirations to upgrade existing roads, pavements and street lighting and to introduce high quality public spaces in the area around the railway station, down towards the river on Swanston Street, Cartstairs Street and Dalmarnock Road as well as along the Clyde Walkway itself.
“We were delighted that 56 people dropped in over the two days of the exhibition and to talk over the proposals with us. Overall, the proposals were well received by the majority of people and as ever there were a number of very interesting and valid comments and observations made which we will take on board as we move into the design process.”
23 April 2013
WEEKLY OPEN-AIR MARKET COMING TO BRIDGETON CROSS
Clyde Gateway, in conjunction with City Markets, is bringing an exciting new weekly open-air market into Bridgeton Cross, starting on Tuesday 30 April.
Specialist market traders will be offering an extensive range of products and services such as fresh fruit & veg, quality cuts of meat, bedding and fabrics, jewellery, toiletries and cosmetics, pet supplies and much more.
Clyde Gateway is keen to provide opportunities for local traders and charitable/voluntary organisations to take stalls at the weekly event which will be held every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.
Further information on the local aspect of the Bridgeton Cross open-air market is available from Natalie Phillips on 0141 276 1574 or by e-mailing : email@example.com
16 April 2013
REGENERATION BOOST FOR SOUTH LANARKSHIRE WITH GREEN LIGHT FROM PLANNING FOR TWO KEY PROJECTS
Two of Clyde Gateway’s biggest and most important projects took a huge step closer thanks to the granting of full planning permission by South Lanarkshire Council.
The go-ahead has been given for a woodland park at Cuningar Loop on derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde. Located less than a mile from Rutherglen town centre the £5m scheme, which is being taken forward in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland, is expected to attract 100,000 visitors to the site by 2021.
The Planning Committee gave its full backing to the woodland park which will include a footbridge to link Cuningar with the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village located directly across the river, as well as the Clyde Walkway and National Cycle Route.
Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor Eddie McAvoy, said: “This will create a fantastic, accessible green space area. Cuningar Loop has been a long neglected area of derelict land and I am sure the community around the park will enjoy and appreciate the facilities once completed.
“It is hoped that this will attract people from far and wide and be an important legacy of the Commonwealth Games. I am delighted that the Planning Committee gave its full backing to the proposals today.”
The woodland park at Cuningar will have open space areas, a path network, woodland planting, land regrading and the installation of street furniture, all of which will help to improve the quality of the environment. The proposals will immediately bring back into use some 50% of the 30 hectares that make up the site at Cuningar.
Tom Wallace, project manager at the Forestry Commission Scotland : “We’re delighted that South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee has given Cuningar Loop the green light. This is a really exciting Legacy 2014 project that will provide a fantastic woodland park right in the heart of Rutherglen. Local communities will be able to get involved, get active and be inspired by a range of outdoor and educational pursuits on their doorstep.”
The support given by the council was echoed by Neil McDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway, who added : “The new woodland park is going to bring about a whole new use for this part of the Cuningar Loop. It is a hugely important part of our wider plans for the regeneration of the Farme Cross area and later this year we will making a start on redeveloping the site of the former nearby Monogram factory as the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone.”
The second of the key decisions taken today will enable work to now begin on the new National Business District, a £15m project which will regenerate vast areas of vacant and derelict land around the former Shawfield Industrial Estate.
The Planning Committee approved groundworks, including landscaping, decontamination and infrastructure to establish development plots suitable for future business development, together with a pedestrian link from Glasgow Road which will connect with a new footbridge over the River Clyde. Other aspects of the work will see the creation of a landscaped riverside walkway and footway, as well as an area of public space where the new bridge meets the south bank of the Clyde, and some temporary landscaping work on Glasgow Road including tree planting, grass areas and ornamental planting.
The Committee also agreed that site-wide culvert engineering works can begin, with the proposals being to divert the existing Mallsmire/Polmadie and West burns, the aim of which is to remove pathways for contamination entering the culverts and migrating into the water environment, as well as maximising the potential development space.
Welcoming the decision, South Lanarkshire council leader Eddie McAvoy, said: “We have already given outline approval to these ambitious and groundbreaking plans and this application today was for the work to really get underway. It’s important to remember that the site as it is currently is mostly vacant and derelict land with contaminants in the ground. The proposals approved today will hopefully attract people back into the area and longer-term the goal will be to create a first-class riverside hub for business and leisure use.
“The size and scale of Clyde Gateway’s ambitions really have to be applauded. They could make a significant contribution to growth in Scotland’s economy as well as massively improving the local environment.”
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The level of remediation and contamination clean-up required at Shawfield means that this is very much the most difficult, challenging but ultimately rewarding project we are delivering.
“The National Business District is key to the delivery of Clyde Gateway’s overall jobs target of 20,000 jobs by 2028 and today’s decision by the council means that we can get on site this coming summer with the first phase at a cost of £15m.”
The proposal approved today also includes the stopping up of Clydeside Road, Camp Road and Millcroft Road.
10 April 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY AGAIN NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 10 REGENERATION PROJECTS IN THE UK
The annual survey of Regeneration’s Top 100 Projects has again listed Clyde Gateway as the seventh biggest project in the UK and the largest in Scotland.
The survey, which is carried out by Planning Magazine, ranks the projects by investment required and includes development progress and job creation. Five of those projects ranked above Clyde Gateway are located in London with the other is on Merseyside. The survey also found that in the calendar year 2012, Clyde Gateway completed more floorspace than any other project listed in the Top 10 and was responsible for just over 10% of the total floorspace completed in 2012 across the Top 100.
10 April 2013
COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN DALMARNOCK AREA
Clyde Gateway is holding two days of community consultations on proposals that have been worked up to help improve the look and feel of the area located between Dalmarnock Station and the River Clyde:-
Wednesday 17 April 2013 :
Strathclyde Business Centre, 120 Carstairs Street
11.30 am – 5.30pm
Thursday 18 April 2013 :
Shop unit at 596 Dalmarnock Road (next to Dragon City takeaway)
11am – 6pm
The proposals involve an upgrade of existing roads, pavements and street lighting and the introduction of high quality public spaces.
Images and drawings will be on display and the aim of the consultation is to get the views and opinions of local residents. Staff will be on hand on both days to talk about the ideas and proposals. The images and drawings will also be on display at our Bridgeton Cross offices, during working hours, from Monday 21 – Friday 26 April.
19 March 2013
ENERGY COMPANY DELIVERS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES TO LOCAL RESIDENTS
INTERNATIONAL oilfield services specialist Glacier Energy Services Engineering has increased its workforce in Glasgow by 50% – and delivered career opportunities to residents of the city’s East End as part of an ongoing major regeneration project.
Glacier has created six positions for trainee welding, production management and administrative trainees, in addition to a further 10 qualified posts for experienced personnel at its Clyde Gateway East headquarters, as it responds to ongoing growth.
It is working in partnership with Clyde Gateway, which is leading the urban regeneration of the East End, and Jobs & Business Glasgow, the agency providing support to help residents of the city increase their skills, enhance their chances of getting a job and realise their business potential
The trainees impressed Glacier at an open event organised by the partnership group to attract promising members of the community who have had limited opportunities to develop a careers.
The company, which moved to Clyde Gateway East from Motherwell in October 2012, has now increased staff numbers to 44 from 28 at the start of 2013.
Technicians Sean Shankly, (26), Christopher Burns, (24), Dean Brannigan, (21), Stuart Campbell, (26), and David Weir, (23), and operations administrator Gemma Sullivan, (22), are already in place and are undergoing training alongside Glacier Engineering’s vastly experienced team.
Dean Brannigan, who is working as a trainee welding technician, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we are all extremely grateful to have the chance to make a career for ourselves in engineering, which didn’t seem possible before now.
“The regeneration of the East End is making a big difference to the community and without companies like Glacier, who are really willing to invest in their people, we would have a very limited chance of getting a job or traineeship in oil and gas.
“We all have a brilliant opportunity to learn valuable skills, work in a team and all in our neighbourhood, which is a massive change for Glasgow.”
George Leggate, managing director of Glacier Engineering, says: “We are recruiting across all areas of our business and being able to give opportunities for local people who show real promise to develop careers that were unattainable before is something we’ve been keen to do since we moved to Clyde Gateway East.
“These six young people really impressed us with their enthusiasm and are already working as part of the team, alongside our experienced specialist welders, technicians and business managers. We really want to see them do well and be part of our ongoing growth success.”
Glacier Energy Services’ combined business operations has a turnover of more than £10million following its formation in 2011, with over 90 staff working across the UK and international markets from its operational bases in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Calum Graham, chief executive of Jobs & Business Glasgow, says: “We are extremely pleased to be involved in on-going partnership projects with Glacier Energy Services and Clyde Gateway. These have provided six trainees with the exciting opportunity to gain employment and importantly to help improve their skills.
“Our mission is to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives across the city and this project has supported us to do that.”
Neil McDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said Glacier’s move to provide high-skilled jobs for local people in the East End is a significant step forward for the area.
“It is through partnership with companies like Glacier, who were our first tenants at Clyde Gateway East, that we are able to fully take our regeneration ambitions beyond physical projects and to ensure that local people’s lives are transformed through employment.”
11 March 2013
CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR OFFICE DEVELOPMENT AT DALMARNOCK
Leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has been awarded a contract to build a new £24 million office facility in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, as part of the Clyde Gateway regeneration project.
The project will see vacant land on the banks of the River Clyde redeveloped into 120,000 sq ft of Grade ‘A’ office accommodation spread across a new five-storey building. The new development will provide space for approximately 900 people and will also create 200 car parking spaces. The project is due to complete in October 2014.
Receiving £16 million of ‘shovel-ready’ funding from the Scottish Government, it is hoped that the office will act as a catalyst for further regeneration of land surrounding the site and help grow the newly created National Business District within Clyde Gateway.
Other projects in the business district include a £15m investment to facilitate and support development on the site of the former Shawfield Industrial Estate, the £10 million refurbishment of Dalmarnock Station and a the construction of a new pedestrian footbridge over the River Clyde linking Shawfield and Dalmarnock.
Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s largest regeneration scheme and involves a 20-year programme in advance of and beyond the 2014 Commonwealth Games which take place in Glasgow.
Eddie Carr, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The Clyde Gateway regeneration scheme is an ambitious project and key to the future prosperity of the east end of the city and neighbouring South Lanarkshire. There is a want for high-quality and well-connected office space in the area and the new development, with its riverside location will no doubt attract further investment to the business district. Morgan Sindall has an excellent reputation for creating quality, sustainable office space and we’re delighted to be working on this high profile project.”
Neil McDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “This is an incredibly important development for Clyde Gateway and I’m delighted that a company with the stature and track record of Morgan Sindall has been successful in the tendering process. These offices will be built to the highest possible standards and such a fantastic waterfront location, with superb links to the motorway network and to an extensive public transport system, is certain to generate a huge interest and attract a significant and influential tenant.
“It is the hope of everyone involved in Clyde Gateway that this will be the first of what will become a number of major office blocks flanking the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire over the coming years as we continue to make great strides in the on-going physical, social and economic transformation of our communities.”
6 March 2013
JOBS FAIR FOR CLYDE GATEWAY RESIDENTS
Clyde Gateway has come together with Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency and Housing Associations to organise a Jobs Fair which will take place at the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross on Wednesday 20 March between 10am and 3pm.
The event will provide detailed information on a wide range of of job opportunities currently available across a number of public and privates sector companies. Local residents living within the Clyde Gateway communities will also be able to pick up advice on how best they can apply for the vacancies.
Further information is available from Niki Spence, Project Manager for Community Benefits on 0141 276 1577 (e mail : firstname.lastname@example.org) or from Natalie Phillips on 0141 276 1574 (email :email@example.com)
5 March 2013
JOB VACANCY AT CLYDE GATEWAY – ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
(Salary range £30,000 – £37,500)
Due to an existing postholder taking up an opportunity elsewhere, Clyde Gateway is looking to recruit an Assistant Project Manager to enable the development and delivery of various physical projects within our communities.
The postholder will play an important role working alongside existing team members and our partner organisations and we are looking for an individual with experience in the public or private sectors in the areas of architecture, design, physical development or planning.
Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in a related role.
A copy of the job description can be downloaded from here.
All applications should take the form of a letter, with an accompanying CV to Louise McCormack, Clyde Gateway, 11 Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow G40 1BN, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for all applications is Friday 22nd March 2013.
4 March 2013
SECOND DEVELOPMENT PHASE TO GET UNDERWAY AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST
Developer SCOT Sheridan and its funding partner MEPC are gearing up for the second stage of a £14 million development at Clyde Gateway East Business Park with a Planning Application for the development of 75,000 sq ft of industrial and warehousing space at the Business Park being submitted within the next two weeks.
Four units are planned at the second phase of development with flexible sizes available for prospective tenants ranging from 13,250 sq ft to 46,000 sq ft. Subject to final planning consent, SCOT Sheridan and MEPC hope to commence work on site in late spring or early summer.
SCOT Sheridan and MEPC also announced the sale of a 16,250 sq ft building in the first, three-unit development phase at Clyde Gateway East Business Park, which was completed last year. Tool supply business P F Cusack (Tools Supplies) Ltd is setting up its first Scottish base at the development, purchasing the building plus secure yardage for £1.2 million.
Cusack joins oil and gas services company, Glacier Energy Services, which moved into a 22,230 sq ft unit at Clyde Gateway East Business Park following a bespoke fit out in September. Interest remains high in the remaining 19,623 sq ft Phase 1 building. Quoting rents on the remaining completed Phase 1 unit, and the planned Phase 2 units are £6.50 per sq ft. All feature office accommodation, dedicated parking and secure yardage.
SCOT Sheridan Director, David MacLachlan said: “Cusack were obviously impressed with both the prime location of Clyde Gateway East Business Park and the quality of the modern buildings, which included some bespoke alterations to fit their requirements. This shows that we’re offering exactly what today’s manufacturers and support businesses need and we’re greatly looking forward to our second phase of development which we believe will bring further employment into the area.”
Rick de Blaby, Chief Executive of MEPC said: “Clyde Gateway continues to be an important investment for us and our faith in the location, the Clyde Gateway URC and most importantly the Scottish business community we are seeking to serve, is being rewarded. We remain committed to delivering our vision of a first class industrial estate in an area keen for regeneration and new jobs and appreciate the support we are receiving from everyone who has a stake in the scheme’s success.”
Steve Pritchard, executive director of development at Clyde Gateway said: “The first phase has been an outstanding success in every respect, particularly in terms of Clyde Gateway’s ambitions for jobs and inward investment. This decision by SCOT Sheridan and MEPC to accelerate their plans for further development in the east end is proof that the model of the URC working hand-in-hand with the private sector delivers results even under the most challenging of economic circumstances.”
22 February 2013
CINEMA MEMORIES RETURN TO OLYMPIA WITH THE OPENING OF SCOTLAND’S FIRST MEDIATHEQUE
The Olympia operated as a cinema from 1924 – 1974 and was considered by many to be the grandest building of its type in the east end of Glasgow. Now, thanks to the opening today of the first ever Mediatheque in Scotland, the age of film has returned to the Olympia after a gap of almost 40 years.
Mediatheque offers the opportunity to enjoy highlights from the BFI National Archive, the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of film and television. From home movies to feature films, documentaries to kids’ TV, many titles have rarely been seen since their original release or broadcast – if at all.
The Olympia is just the sixth Mediatheque in the UK and offers free access to a very diverse range of over 2,500 complete films and television programmes – from vintage Morecambe and Wise, Monty Python or Top of the Pops to Edwardian natural history features such as ‘The Open Road’ a journey through Britain filmed in colour in 1925, from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Film buffs can lap-up silent black and white movies from the turn of the 20th Century to more recent contemporary work from highly acclaimed British directors, while telly addicts can feast on soap operas, plays, documentaries, light entertainment, classic comedy and famous adverts.
The Olympia facility will also offer access to ‘Scottish Reels’ which is a specially commissioned collection of historical Scottish film and television drawn from the Scottish Screen Archive as well as the BFI Archives with footage spanning back more than a hundred years.
Highlights of Scottish Reels include street scenes in Glasgow from 1901, early colour footage of tartans from 1906 and 1950s colour travelogues recording Scotland’s epic landscapes. Sean Connery makes a rare television appearance in The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967), a documentary he directed about the decline of the Glasgow shipyards.
There is a rich vein of political television drama including the groundbreaking Culloden (1964) and The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (1974), while big screen classics are also celebrated with films such as Ealing’s subversive comedy of whisky smuggling in the Hebrides Whisky Galore! (1949), the chilling occult thriller The Wicker Man (1973), Bill Forsyth’s delightful comedy Local Hero (1983) or Danny Boyle’s thrilling debut Shallow Grave (1994).
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “This is something really special. It is a coup for all concerned that Scotland’s first Mediatheque is to be located right here in the heart of Bridgeton. It also provides a fantastic and very fitting link to one of the former uses of the Olympia which I know will please many of our local residents.
“The Olympia is already proving to be a building which has captured the attention of people all across the country and the addition of the Mediatheque is bound to add to that. The opening next month will be another very proud day for everyone who has worked tirelessly to help transform the image, perception and fortunes of the Clyde Gateway communities.”
Scotland’s first Mediatheque will contain 10 viewing booths in a specially fitted room on the ground floor within the Bridgeton Library. Users can also enjoy the range of hot food, snacks and beverages available from the Cafe which looks directly out from the Olympia over Bridgeton Cross.
Further information on Mediatheque can be found at the BFI Website.
Advance booking at the Bridgeton Library Mediatheque can be made by calling 0141 276 0870.
12 February 2013
£¼ BILLION CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 2013
Clyde Gateway has outlined £250 million of development activity which will take place within its boundaries in the current year.
The £¼ billion worth of work ranges from the speculative build of a new office development on the banks of the Clyde and the first phase of the Athletes Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to the construction of a major business park with direct motorway network links and the rebuilding of a key railway station giving direct access to the city’s urban and suburban network, and only minutes from Glasgow city centre.
Clyde Gateway chairman Neil McDonald said: “The regeneration of the East End has only just begun and all of our partners are committed to the long-term nature of the project over a 20-year period. However, this incredible amount of activity in the current year, made even more remarkable by the fact that we are all caught up in a severe recession, is a sure-fire sign that many success stories are on their way. The message is that there has never been a better time for investors, developers and entrepreneurs to come and be part the exciting story that is happening here and now.
He added: “There is no doubt that 2013 is a pivotal year for us as we edge ever closer to the Commonwealth Games, in just over 18 months time. Over the first four years of our existence, Clyde Gateway itself has spent £80m on providing a long-term and sustainable transformation. In addition, the two local councils in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire have also been investing heavily in the area and our combined efforts are now delivering substantial economic benefits – with more than 700 permanent jobs locating in the new offices, trade and business parks that have been built as well as those associated with the world-class Emirates Arena.
“It’s also encouraging to have private sector partners in MEPC and SCOT Sheridan at Clyde Gateway East Business Park, and heartening that the first tenant to move in was an engineering and manufacturing company. The East End of Glasgow was always known for making things, and it’s good to see that returning. We are looking to bring in investors in all sectors.”
MEPC chief executive Rick de Blaby said: “Clyde Gateway East is a important strategic acquisition for us where we hope to replicate and deliver the modern Hillington Park, a highly successful business estate we own in the west of Glasgow. The infrastructure that Clyde Gateway has committed to these particular areas of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire is enormous and we have been happy to invest alongside that. Indeed we would like to be in a position to extend that investment.”
The £250m programme in detail:
- This spring sees work begin on a new 130,000 sq ft plus office development at a cost of £24m at South Dalmarnock on the banks of the River Clyde.
- Clyde Gateway East, a £35m Business Park on a site adjacent to Junction 2A of the M74, is being built in partnership with commercial property companies MEPC and SCOT Sheridan.
- Red Tree Bridgeton, a £3.5m construction of high-quality, stylish office suites for up to 30 small and medium sized firms – continuing the growth of the business suites brand following the success of the smaller Red Tree Rutherglen, which has attained 100% occupancy for its 11 units.
- Rebuilding of Dalmarnock Station at a cost of £11m, due to re-open in mid-2013.
- First phase of the Athletes Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on a massive 38-hectare site in the heart of Clyde Gateway, which will see £150m of investment.
- A £15m programme of works for the first phase of the National Business District at Shawfield to deal with a decades-old issue of chromium contamination and create new development platforms for further investment.
- £6m of site preparations at Bridgeton and Rutherglen, which will enable a further almost 110,000 sq ft of new office accommodation to be constructed.
- A £5m plan with the Forestry Commission Scotland which will see a new woodland park developed on half of the site of the 30-acre Cuningar Loop on the banks of the Clyde in South Lanarkshire – directly opposite the Athletes Village.
11 February 2013
HUGE INCREASE IN VISITOR NUMBERS AT NEW LIBRARY
Figures collated by Glasgow Life have revealed a huge increase in the number of people visiting and making use of the facilities on offer at the new Bridgeton Library at the Olympia.
The new facility opened to the public on Monday 3 December 2012 and the first two months to 31 January 2013 saw, in comparison to the same period 12 months ago:-
- a 150% increase in the number of visitors
- a 157% increase in the level of computer usage
- a 116% increase in the number of books and films issued
Martin McKay, Head of Developments at Clyde Gateway said: “These figures are fantastic and more than justify our investment in the Olympia.
“It was the people of Bridgeton who asked us to make it a priority to purchase the building and to find a way to bring it back into use and it is those same local residents who are making it such an immediate success. It is tremendous for everyone involved to see the Olympia re-assert itself as the centre of social life in Bridgeton and become such a powerful symbol of the on-going change and transformation that is underway.”
A total of 14,884 visitors went through the doors of the Olympia over the first two months, compared to 5,950 visitors to the former library in nearby Landressy Street in January 2012.
The statistics also show the library is getting ever more popular by the day, with the number of visitors and PC users tripling in size in January 2013 compared to a year ago while the number of lendings the same month more than doubled.
Martin McKay added: “This staggering growth in the second month since opening demonstrates that people are coming here in ever increasing numbers and this isn’t just down to the magnificence of the Olympia building. Local residents clearly value the fantastic service being provided by Glasgow Life, whose investment in new books and stock has been hugely welcome by the library users, while Cordia’s provision of a new café overlooking the historic Bridgeton Cross has also proved popular with everyone who lives and works in the community.”
“Later this month, the Olympia will become home to the first ever British Film Institute Mediatheque in Scotland which is certain to add to the building’s popularity and bring further increases in visitor numbers. Many of these will be from further afield all across the city and the country and I know they will be impressed with all that is happening in the east end and the wider Clyde Gateway area.”
Figures in Full
Number of Visitors
5339 ( 97%)
9545 ( 195%)
Dec 2011 – Jan 2012
Dec 2012 – Jan 2013
14884 ( 150%)
1591 ( 114%)
2479 ( 195%)
Dec 2011 – Jan 2012
Dec 2012 – Jan 2013
3220 ( 72%)
4545 ( 165%)
Dec 2011 – Jan 2012
Dec 2012 – Jan 2013
7765 ( 150%)
5 February 2013
CLYDE GATEWAY HELPS ANOTHER 30 YOUNG GLASWEGIANS INTO JOBS, TRAINING AND FURTHER EDUCATION
An employment support programme funded by Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council has seen 30 young people from across the east end of the city benefit and thrive from being able to take up and maintain a range of new work, training or further education opportunities.
Launched in March 2011, the Clyde Gateway Youth Jobs Fund was designed specifically for 16-18 year olds who, despite their own efforts, had been unable to find a job or training as a result of the difficult economic conditions. The programme was managed and delivered by Action for Children, one of the largest children’s charities in the United Kingdom. It was partly targeted at those whose personal circumstances, such as health or medical issues, a lack of confidence no formal qualifications or having to cope with pressing family issues were serious barriers to the young person finding work.
The Fund worked by offering a wage subsidy for 50 weeks to a wide range of employers within the private, public and voluntary sectors on the basis that they would provide a full-time job opportunity together with training and personal development programmes for all participants.
Niki Spence, Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said: “All across Europe the current economic climate is making it increasingly difficult for many people to get started in work and providing a little bit of help to employers can often make the difference in them wanting to take on a willing youngster.
“The Clyde Gateway Youth Job Fund made this difference and we are delighted that thirty of our young local residents now find themselves much better off than they were when they signed up for the programme.
Two such youngsters are 18-year old Sean Querns from Bridgeton and 19-year old Grace Gallagher from Barrowfield.
Sean was taken on in August 2011 by a Glasgow-based plastics manufacturer which was able to make use of the year-long wage subsidy to provide a range of workplace-based training, the completion of which enabled Sean to be retained as a full-time employee.
Grace was taken on in October 2011 by a busy and popular Glasgow restaurant. In-work training has been combined with a college course in hospitality and Grace now works in front-of-house dealing directly with customers.
Niki Spence added: “Clyde Gateway cannot be simply about physical change in and around the east end. We have to ensure that the local people benefit in social and economic terms and there is no better way of doing this than providing them with a full-time work. The Youth Jobs Fund has delivered for us over the past year and we will continue to develop and implement new ideas to maintain the momentum.”
1 February 2013
PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON OFFICE DEVELOPMENT AT BROOK STREET
Clyde Gateway is holding two days of public consultations on a proposal for the development of a new office building on Brook Street, Mile End, Bridgeton.
Dates : Thursday 7 February and Friday 8 February 2013
Times : 11am – 1pm
Location : Glasgow Community Safety Services Offices, Eastgate, 727 London Road, Glasgow
Further information is available from Alison Brown on 0141 276 1579
24 January 2013
JOBS FAIR AT BURNHILL SPORTS CENTRE IN RUTHERGLEN
Clyde Gateway has teamed up with its partner Routes To Work South to organise a Jobs Fair at the Burnhill Sports Centre in Toryglen Road, Rutherglen on Thursday 31 January between 1.30 and 3.30pm.
The event will bring live job and training opportunities to the area’s unemployed and also provide an opportunity to learn more about different industry sectors and the different types of role available.
Niki Spence, Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said:”Part of our work in Rutherglen, alongside Routes to Work South, is to ensure any local people who aren’t working get the best possible advice and guidance there is available to help them move into sustainable employment. The Job Fair at Burnhill will provide direct access to a number of organisations and employers who are looking to employ or train people at this point in time.”
Anyone living in Rutherglen who is interested in finding out more is asked to call 0800 731 0444 to book an appointment.
17 January 2013
RED TREE RUTHERGLEN HITS 100% CAPACITY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
The efforts of Clyde Gateway to attract new businesses, investment and jobs has been bolstered with the news that all eleven suites at Red Tree Rutherglen became fully occupied from the beginning of January 2013.
Red Tree Rutherglen, located at 24 Stonelaw Road, opened in June 2011, The result of a £1.6m conversion of the former South Lanarkshire Council offices, they provide modern, stylish and affordable spaces in a range of sizes from 200 sq ft to 3,500 sq ft over two separate floors for new or existing small and medium-sized businesses.
Located adjacent to Main Street and with excellent links to the road and rail network, the suites proved popular immediately upon opening with nine tenants concluding terms by the end of 2011. Twelve months on and eight of those original tenants remain in place where they have been now joined by three new neighbours including Rhino Training Ltd. which recently concluded a deal to occupy the largest and last-remaining unit at Red Tree Rutherglen.
Rhino is the UK’s fastest growing training provider specialising in the delivery of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) across a large number of business sectors, specialising in Customer service, Construction, Insulation and Logistics. Rutherglen will be their biggest operation in Scotland.
Rhino’s decision to locate in the burgh means that the businesses occupying Red Tree Rutherglen between them provide 60 people with work.
Billy Farmer, the Managing Director of Rhino Training Ltd said: “Over the past 5 years Rhino has rapidly expanded across the UK and from having 4 employees we now have more than 60. We looked very closely at various properties around Glasgow to relocate to and form our new head office and these stood out from them all. The offices are modern and stylish and will allow Rhino Training to grow and expand over the next 10 years. We are delighted to be based at Red Tree Rutherglen”
Steve Pritchard, the Executive Director of Development at Clyde Gateway said: “Red Tree Rutherglen has been an outstanding success. Our original thinking was that they would take up to three years to fill and we set a target of bringing 36 jobs to Rutherglen. It is incredibly pleasing to have filled the suites in around half that time and that 60 people are employed within the eleven spaces.
“This gives us great confidence that the Red Tree model is sustainable thanks to the right combination of quality, price range and location and bodes well for the second development of this kind at Bridgeton Cross which is due to open for business at the end of February.
“Red Tree Bridgeton is on a different scale with 28 suites in a wide range of sizes from 175 sq ft to 2,700 sq ft. But in terms of quality and affordability, not to mention a location right next to the railway station at Bridgeton, I am sure they will be every bit as popular as those at Rutherglen”.
Further information on Red Tree is available from Clyde Gateway’s property team on 0141 275 1575 or by visiting www.redtreebusinesssuites.co.uk
3 January 2013
£16M FUNDING BOOST GETS 2013 OFF TO THE PERFECT START
The Scottish Government has announced funding of £16 million towards the development of a 120,000 square feet National/Regional office facility at Dalmarnock. The building will act as a catalyst for growth in the National Business District where the majority of Clyde Gateways new jobs will be located.
The announcement was made by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who said : “Investment in regeneration projects like these is absolutely imperative in tough economic times. The UK Government has, in part, listened to our message that more capital investment is needed if we are to stimulate growth in our economy.
“The money provided as part of the Autumn statement has reversed at least some of the cuts Westminster made to our capital budget. We are determined to inject these funds into our economy as quickly as possible to provide the stimulus for growth we know is vital.
“This government is determined to support opportunities for new business to help create new jobs and also encourage inward investment to Scotland. This project will make a substantial difference, supporting jobs and growth in the short term, as well as providing a lasting legacy for the communities involved.
We are clear about the contribution regeneration makes to growing Scotland’s economy, creating jobs and prosperity and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.”
Neil McDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has again shown its faith in Clyde Gateway’s ability to deliver on major projects. This award of the shovel-ready money will allow us to make a prompt start on the first of what will become a number of major office developments flanking the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire and be a further stage in the on-going physical, social and economic transformation of our communities.”
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said : “This very welcome funding will allow us to accelerate our efforts to develop the National Business District in South Dalmarnock and Shawfield which is so important to the long-term success of Clyde Gateway. I am confident that this particular office, being of such a high quality and in a fabulous waterfront location, will generate huge interest and attract a significant and influential anchor tenant.”