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News – 2014
17 December 2014
ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
The Clyde Gateway 2013/14 Annual Report, including the Accounts and Key Performance Indicators, was launched at the Annual Public Meeting held in the Riverside East building at the end of November.
Copies of the 24-page report can be obtained from the Clyde Gateway offices at Bridgeton Cross while an electronic version can be downloaded from the website athttp://www.clydegateway.com/pages/publications_general.php
27 November 2014
LOCAL RESIDENTS ENJOY PREVIEW OF RIVERSIDE EAST OFFICE BUILDING
The completion of the construction work at Riverside East enabled a small number of local residents to enjoy an early preview of the building which is to become home to just under 1,100 Police Scotland staff from the new year.
Their visit came seventeen months after Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the then Deputy First Minister, turned over the first sod of soil on a what had previously been a vacant and derelict on the banks of the River Clyde to mark the start of one of the most important regeneration projects in a generation.
The finished building is a £24million eye-catching and impressive five-storey block at 2 French Street which has completely transformed the look and feel of this corner of Dalmarnock.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This has been the biggest single construction project we have undertaken so far and is a very clear demonstration of our capabilities and ambitions.
“The transformation of the east end communities is being done on a scale, at a level and over an extended timescale never seen before. We have been working away quietly and effectively these past few years but now that the Commonwealth Games have come and gone it is our task to ensure the continued and sustainable delivery of the legacy promised to local people.
“Riverside East has already had a big impact with 50 local people being provided with jobs, training or work experience during the construction phase with a number of young people getting their careers off to the perfect start. The local spin-offs from Police Scotland are already being felt some six months ahead of the completion of their move here, with, for instance, two new takeaway shops recently opening while a number of other local shops and businesses are gearing up to deal with what will be an increase in footfall.”
For many local people, the idea of 1,100 people coming to work in an office block in Dalmarnock was something beyond their expectations.
Grace Donald, is a 90-year old lifelong east end resident whose Mill Street home lies in the shadow of Riverside East and who spent many years working as an auxiliary at the nearby former Strathclyde Primary School in Carstairs Street.
“This part of Dalmarnock was a real hive of activity when I was growing up. There were tenements as far as the eye could see and they sat right in among all sort of factories and works, especially in engineering and textiles. It was more than 40 years ago when the rot began to set in with businesses starting to close and then the homes being torn down and nothing built in their places. The area was really just a wasteland with a feeling of it being in the middle of nowhere but the changes these past few years have been incredible.
“It is hard to believe but there will even more people working in the Police Scotland office than ever did in the factories at their busiest and it is great to see the whole area come alive again in so many different ways.”
Riverside East is just the first part of a large jigsaw being put together by Clyde Gateway to bring huge swathes of formerly derelict land back into economic use.
“It was a very deliberate effort on our behalf to develop this particular site given its prominent location on the banks of the Clyde and being so close to the likes of Glasgow Green, Richmond Park and Shawfield” said Ian Manson.
He added: “Clyde Gateway has invested very heavily in land assembly and remediation work while other partners got on with the job of delivering the sports facilities and new homes to support the staging of the Commonwealth Games.
“What this means is we now have a number of commercial and industrial sites of all sizes ready-to-go in terms of development and providing fabulous and affordable locations for new businesses or those which are looking to expand or grow. This is particularly the case along either side of the river in Dalmarnock and Shawfield, two areas that have been brought closer together than ever before with the opening of a new footbridge and improvements to the Clyde Walkway.
“The east end is unrecognisable from just a few years ago and is now awash with opportunity. I am delighted that our efforts have already attracted an organisation with the stature of Police Scotland and I’m very confident they will among an ever-increasing number who will make their home here in the fastest-changing area in the country.”
Riverside East Facts & Figures
Overlooking the Clyde Walkway, the five-storey building sits at the corner of French Street and the Clyde Gateway road at Rutherglen Bridge.
It is a 10 minute walk from each of Bridgeton and Dalmarnock stations and a 2 minute drive from Junction 1A (Polmadie) of the M74.
The construction costs were £24m with the main contractor being Morgan Sindall. The building is 12,450 sq metres (134,000 sq ft) in size
Work got underway in June 2013 and supported 300 jobs in the construction sector while providing job, training and work experience for 50 residents in the Clyde Gateway area.
The construction was completed on-time and on-budget, with the building handed over to Clyde Gateway in November 2014; the first use of the building will be to play host to the Clyde Gateway Annual Public Meeting on Friday 28 November
Police Scotland will take ownership of the building from December 2014 and will complete the process of locating just under 1,100 staff by mid-2015. It will serve as the main office and administrative hub for the West of Scotland
26 November 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY KIDS SET TO ‘JUMP2IT’
Over 2,800 Glasgow and South Lanarkshire youngsters, including those attending all the primary schools within the Clyde Gateway area, are set to benefit from a visit by the Glasgow Rocks Professional Basketball Team. The Jump2it programme, delivered by the Rocks Professionals, is being rolled out to primary schools in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire this autumn through an exciting partnership with Clyde Gateway, sportscotland, and Scottish Sports Futures.
Jump2it is a unique, education through sport initiative delivered to primary schools across Scotland by charity, Scottish Sports Futures (SSF). Rocks players will educate pupils with facts on a number of health topics including the importance of fitness and healthy eating and the dangers of smoking and alcohol. Presenting participants with the information they require to make positive lifestyle decisions.
Following on from the initial Jump2it input, all schools will then benefit from basketball coaching, provided by experienced local community coaches. These pupils continue on to participate in a fun tournament delivered by SSF. The top schools receive a special invitation to attend a Jump2it finals event, played at the Emirates arena, on the professional court in front of thousands of Rocks fans.
Jump2it is also supported by the Scottish Governments CashBack for Communities scheme which provides diversionary and participatory activities for young Scots and is funded by money taken from the proceeds of crime. Jump2it, Active Schools, Clyde Gateway and sportscotland are working closely together to provide links to additional provision so the young people involved in the programme can continue to stay active.
Natalie Philips, the Acting Community Benefits Manager for Clyde Gateway said : “Jump2it is an excellent programme which has had a superb impact within our schools. It has helped focus the attention of young people and given them a much better understanding of how a healthy lifestyle and increased physical activity can make a real difference to their wellbeing. The programme fits in perfectly with Clyde Gateway’s wider efforts to provide a diverse range of opportunities for all our residents so that they can get the widest possible benefits from the physical, social and economic regeneration being delivered right across our communities in the east end of the city and South Lanarkshire.
Jacqueline Lynn, Head of School and Community Sport added: This programme is a great fit for our goal of creating more and better opportunities for young people to take part in sport in schools while creating all-important links to clubs in the local community. It’s fantastic to see the children and young people Primary enjoying their experience and I know many more will benefit hugely from being involved in Jump2it.”
Sterling Davis, Head Coach of the Glasgow Rocks said :”It’s great to be back in Glasgow delivering Jump2it to even more schools. It just shows how valuable the programme is and is more proof that we are making a difference in the lives of so many young people. We hope as sporting roles to inspire as many children as possible to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
24 November 2014
CONSTRUCTION WORK PROVIDES SPIN-OFFS FOR BURNHILL
The continued use of community benefit clauses as part of Clyde Gateway’s construction contracts is set to bring a further boost worth £19,000 to residents living in the Burnhill area of Rutherglen.
Previous clauses for work underway at the Rutherglen Links Business Park on Farmeloan Road led to improvements being made to the car park at the Burnhill Sports Centre together with the erection of a new welcome sign at the main entrance into the community from the town centre. On this occasion, John Paul Construction, an Irish-based contractor which is delivering Phases 3 & 4 of the Infrastructure Works, has agreed:-
- a cash donation of £3,500 to support a range of family fun days and trips planned for children and youth groups;
- the supply of ten new steel park benches, with a value of £14,500, to be located in and around the football pitches in Burnhill; and
- the donation of a defibrillator unit, worth £900, which will be stored within Burnhill Sports Centre.
Councillor Denis McKenna, who is one of the elected representatives for the Burnhill community on South Lanarkshire Council as well as a member of the Clyde Gateway Board, has been involved in the discussions between John Paul Construction and the members of the Burnhill Action Group. He said: “The local residents were delighted to again be chosen to get the direct spin-offs from the work at Rutherglen Links. It is tremendous news that such a sizable donation is being made to support what will be a range of events and activities over the coming weeks and months beginning with plans that the Action Group have for this coming Christmas.
“I’m also really pleased with the suggestion of new park benches as this will make a real difference to the look and feel of the area around the football pitches while the defibrillator unit is nowadays an essential addition to the equipment which can be found in sports centres.”
Henry Scanlon, Regional Director (Civils) at John Paul Construction, travelled over from the firm’s headquarters in Dublin to make the cheque presentation. He said: “John Paul Construction is a company which prides itself on having a strong social responsibility and so we were delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Clyde Gateway and the Burnhill Action Group on what would be the best and most welcome way to deliver the community benefits from our remediation contracts at Rutherglen Links.
“I’m delighted to be able to personally hand over the cheque to the members of the Burnhill Action Group and Councillor McKenna, especially after hearing of the various ways our support will be put to use.”
Isobel Donoghue, the Chair of the Burnhill Action Group said: “The idea of community benefits has really made a difference to Burnhill and on behalf of everyone who lives in the area and who uses the sports centre and the football pitches I would like to pass on my thanks to Clyde Gateway for their continued support and to John Paul Construction for this fantastic gesture.
17 November 2014
SANTA IS AGAIN ON HIS WAY TO BRIDGETON CROSS
The annual switch-on of the Christmas Lights at Bridgeton Cross is taking place in the early evening of Tuesday 2 December.
The switch-on, which has in just a few short years has established itself as one of the most eagerly awaited and popular events in the local community is again being backed by Clyde Gateway, the Bridgeton, Calton & Dalmarnock Credit Union and Glasgow Life through the Library at the Olympia.
Around 250 local children are expected to come along and see the lights switched on by two of their peers – Kyis Colvin who is a Primary 1 pupil at Sacred Heart Primary and Kaysie Frew from Primary 2 at Dalmarnock Primary – after which everyone will be invited to visit Santa in his Grotto inside the Olympia.
Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The past year has been really significant for the Bridgeton community and the switch-on of the Christmas Lights is the ideal way to round things off.
“As in past years we will be having a special Christmas Market on Bridgeton Cross and musical entertainment provided by a DJ, but for the first time ever we will be treated to a performance from the Bridgeton and Calton Community Choir, a group of local singers who came together initially to perform on the day the Commonwealth Games Relay Baton came to the area.
“The switch-on is always a really happy and enjoyable event and I’m delighted that Clyde Gateway, the Credit Union and the Library are getting involved in backing it and making it that little bit more special.”
The Christmas Market will be at Bridgeton Cross from 9.30am with the festive fun getting underway at 5pm.
The switch-on itself takes place at 5.45pm.
12 November 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY FLOURISHES AT COUNCIL AWARDS
The Sports Venues Employability Programme, delivered in partnership by Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Life and Street League, has won the Economic Growth category at the 2014 Glasgow City Council Flourish Awards.
The Flourish Awards are hosted every year by Glasgow City Council to recognise and share best practice. This year, the awards celebrated the achievements of organisations in guaranteeing a lasting legacy from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Sports Venues Employability Programme helping young people in Clyde Gateway area take advantage of the new job opportunities and benefits attached to the opening and running of the Emirates Arena.
The partnership delivered six Academy programmes which helped 78 unemployed young people progress into employment, education or training, including 28 jobs with Glasgow Life.
Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said: “Our partnership with Street League and Glasgow Life has had a real impact on the lives of so many young people across our communities. The programme has been a major part of the delivery of the legacy aspect of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and I was thrilled, along with our partners, to collect the Flourish Award from the City Council.”
Brian Lennox, Street League Operations Manager for Glasgow, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for Street League in what is one of the biggest local authorities in Scotland. To have an outcome success of 92% across the programmes is a phenomenal standard, and I’d especially like to give credit and thank the Clyde Gateway team for their hard work.”
Nicky Waterson from Glasgow Life said: “It is fantastic to see Glasgow Life teams recognised in this way for their contribution, showing how we can really make a difference to the lives of Glaswegians as well as to the city’s international reputation.”
11 November 2014
WORK TO GET UNDERWAY ON MAJOR REFURBISHMENT AT GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY
A £1m programme of works to refurbish the Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in Landressey Street, Bridgeton will get underway in two weeks time.
GWL relocated to their new home in November 2013, taking occupancy of the magnificent former Bridgeton Public Library which was designed and built more than 100 years ago. Clyde Gateway, together with its development partner Hub West Scotland, has assisted GWL in funding the works which involve a significant internal refurbishment to create an exciting new venue space with a dedicated archive, museum showcases, new learning zones, a small café and exhibition spaces. There will also be major external structural works, including the installation of a lift.
The work will commence on Monday 24 November and is due for completion at the end of May 2015.
GWL will remain open throughout the duration of the works with a full programme of events and activities.
Further detals can be found at www.womenslibrary.org.uk
4 November 2014
ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER
Clyde Gateway’s Annual Public Meeting and Exhibition of Clyde Gateway is to be held on Friday 28 November 2014.
The event is set to provide a one-off opportunity for members of the public to visit the ground floor of the newest office building in Glasgow. The venue is Riverside East in Dalmarnock, a £25m four-storey development on the banks of the River Clyde which, from early next year will become the home to 1100 Police Scotland staff, the majority of whom will be relocating from Pitt Street in the city centre.
Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway has the responsibility of organising the event. He said: “This is one of the best ways to learn about the work of Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration project.
“It will consist of a day-long exhibition between 11am and 7pm with the centrepiece being the hour-long public meeting beginning at 2pm.
“Our chairman, Neil MacDonald and our Chief Executive, Ian Manson, will talk about what has clearly been a momentous and significant year with so many of our activities centring around the delivery of the Commonwealth Games Legacy. As ever, Neil and Ian will be very happy to take questions on any aspect of our current work and future plans while other key staff from Clyde Gateway will be on hand to chat to everyone in a more informal setting throughout the day.
“The event has been held at a number of different locations over the years but everyone is very excited at Police Scotland giving us this one-off opportunity to use the ground floor of what is a fantastic and stunning new building.”
Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson of Police Scotland said: “The opening of this new police facility, which will make a major contribution to the delivery of policing services across the West of Scotland, will have a significant influence in the regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area. I am convinced that the relocation of Police Scotland to the new building will not only enhance confidence and safety in the neighbouring residential and business communities but will also be a catalyst for future development.”
Riverside East is located at 2 French Street in Dalmarnock, adjacent to the landmarks of Richmond Park and Shawfield Stadium, just a ten minute walk from the recently refurbished Dalmarnock Station.
3 November 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY IS ‘A TARGET FOR ALL INWARD INVESTMENT MOVES’
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, in a speech to key members of the business community in Glasgow has said that the area is now “on the table” whenever inward investment enquiries are made to Scottish and UK government agencies.
He was speaking at the ‘Glasgow Talks Legacy’ breakfast event, organised by the city’s Chamber of Commerce, with the audience learning about what has been achieved in the first six years of Clyde Gateway’s existence culminating in the 2014 Commonwealth Games – and giving the message that much more is now coming down the line thanks to additional backing from government agencies.
He said: “We can continue to achieve much on our own, but the support of the inward investment arms of government at Holyrood and Westminster will make a real difference.
“We know that influential agencies such as Scottish Development International and the UK Department of Trade and Industry are aware of the ongoing transformation underway in the East End, Rutherglen and Shawfield because we have not been slow at bringing our progress to their attention.
“And we know that Clyde Gateway’s offer is now on the table whenever those agencies are responding to inward investment enquiries.”
During his speech, Ian said “for far too long” delivering inward investment to the East End of Glasgow had been “mission impossible” thanks to a lack of appropriate sites that made it difficult to both attract new businesses and to retain existing businesses which had growth ambitions.
He gave the example of AG Barr, a major sponsor of the Commonwealth Games, which had been forced to move to Cumbernauld in the mid-1990s because it couldn’t find a site allowing it to expand.
But there was now an opportunity for that to change with Clyde Gateway building a long-term and sustainable legacy by creating modern office and industrial space, with the infrastructure now in place for much more on ideally-located sites.
He listed some prime opportunities:
- The Albus building – 2,000 square metres of high quality office space.
- Rutherglen Links – a new five hectare business park adjacent to J2 of the M74.
- Shawfield National Business District – eleven hectares of industrial and commercial development space made possible by a £20m programme of site remediation and infrastructure, including a new bridge over the Clyde.
Ian also harked back to the launch of Clyde Gateway – just six weeks after the Commonwealth Games was awarded to Glasgow in late 2007 – and said that from the start there was a whole new approach to regeneration, focusing on social and economic change with local people at the heart of the plans.
The legacy outcomes, just a third of the way through the 20-year lifespan of Clyde Gateway, had been considerable, with 2014 a “game changer”. Amongst the highlights are:
- 3,000 new jobs in the area.
- 150 local businesses supported directly.
- Half of the derelict and contaminated land back in use or ripe for redevelopment.
- Phase 1 of Clyde Gateway East business park complete and Phase 2 about to start.
- 48,000 square metres of office space completed by the end of 2014.
- Community Safety Glasgow moved its 450-people workforce to the area in 2012.
- The re-opening of the Olympia Cinema building in response to local requests
- Police Scotland will move 1100 staff to its new £25m Dalmarnock office early in 2015.
His comments and observations well well-received by the audience. Stuart Patrick, the Chief Executive of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “Clyde Gateway has been changing the face of the east end, providing space for new businesses to come in and jobs to develop in an area that has been transformed in the years leading up to the Commonwealth Games. It is importnat that the backing it has received over that time continues in the years ahead so that the social and economic regeneration of the area is completed in full.”
28 October 2014
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE AT BRIDGETON CROSS
Bridgeton Cross will again be the venue for a multi-faith service, organised and managed entirely by the local community on Remembrance Day, Tuesday 11 November.
With it being the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I (1914-18), there is expected to be an even bigger turnout than normal.
The service will commence at 10.40am and last approximately 30 minutes with the two-minute silence being observed at 11am.
31 July 2014
‘JUDGE FOR YOURSELF’ FILM NOW ON SHOW AT BRIDGETON CROSS
‘Judge for Yourself’, the work of three Bridgeton women, none of whom had any previous film-making experience, is now available to view in the heart of Bridgeton Cross.
A short feature preview feature can be viewed by clicking on the following link:-
The film will be on show until Sunday 3 August.
23 October 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY BACKED CYCLING TEAM SHINES AT SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four junior members of the Glasgow Cycle Team, whose sponsors include Clyde Gateway, enjoyed success in the 2014 Scottish Track Championships held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome over the weekend of 18-20 October.
Competing at the Under 19 level, the young riders – Andy Brown, Keira Johnston, Fraser Knox and Lewis Mulholland – took part in a series of heats and finals across five different events. Each of them came away with at least a personal best performance while Andy had an exceptional weekend with three medals and a new Scottish record.
His gold medal and Scottish record came in the individual pursuit with silver coming in the 1-kilometre Time Trial; he also showed great versatility by taking the bronze in the energy-sapping points race.
Team manager Neil MacLeod said: “This is a new team which was formed on the back of the opening of the Velodrome and is very much geared towards providing opportunities for young riders.
“Everyone involved – coaches, parents, other team members and sponsors – were thrilled to cheer on Andy, Keira, Fraser and Lewis as they took part in their national championships. Their performances have given everyone a huge lift and it all bodes well for the continued growth and development of the Glasgow Cycle Team.”
Clyde Gateway is a Level 2 sponsor of the team with the company logo displayed on the side of the team jerseys.
14 October 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY SELLS ITS WARES ON THE WORLDWIDE PROPERTY STAGE
Hot on the heels of the widespread interest created by the regeneration of Glasgow’s East End in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s newest business destination, will launch its search for new investors at MIPIM’s UK property show in London, later this week.
The event, the first forum of its kind for professionals looking to close deals across all major sectors of the UK property market, will showcase leasing and investment opportunities within the office, retail, industrial, residential healthcare and sports property sectors. It will be held at Olympia, London, from Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 October.
Clyde Gateway certainly has no shortage of investment opportunities available, and the success experienced by the regeneration company to date should fill potential investors with confidence.
Over the past six years more than £1.5 billion has been invested into the area from both public and private sectors. As a result of that investment, the East End is now almost unrecognisable. Massive physical and environmental changes have taken place. Vast expanses of vacant and derelict land now boast modern offices and industrial buildings, as well as serviced zones which are ready for future development. A range of businesses from the engineering and construction sectors have already made Clyde Gateway their home and two of Scotland’s largest public sectors organisations – Community Safety Glasgow and Police Scotland – have relocated thousands of staff to the area.
Now that the £24m Police Scotland move to Riverside East is underway, Clyde Gateway is launching its search for a joint venture partner to take forward Scotland’s largest commercial planning project at Shawfield.
Offering unrivalled development opportunity and commercial prospects, Shawfield is the largest commercial and industrial planning consent in Scotland and the 11th largest in the UK.
With a total site area of 65 hectares, Clyde Gateway is now bringing forward Phase 1 comprising 11 hectares. £20m is being invested in the site infrastructure and landscaping and a new bridge provides direct access to Dalmarnock Station. Its access to road and rail routes, as well as its close proximity to Glasgow city centre and Glasgow airport make it the ideal business location.
Shawfield offers the scope to deliver a large scale modern business environment. It will be primarily Class 4 business space but with ancillary mixed use to support the needs of occupiers, staff and the local population. Supporting uses will include shops, cafés, gym, business centre and hotel. The integrated approach to infrastructure, surface water, green space, and accessibility and energy efficient buildings makes Shawfield a highly sustainable business location.
Plots range from 0.2 ha to 2.5 ha accommodating buildings from 20,000 sq. ft. (GIA) to 300,000 sq. ft. (GIA) and can be subdivided and amalgamated to suit occupiers’ requirements.
Opportunities are also available for investors to become partners in Dalmarnock Cross and Dalmarnock Riverside.
Dalmarnock Cross is a major new development opportunity including hotel, commercial, retail and residential, all within minutes of Glasgow City Centre, the 700 new homes in the first phase of the Athletes’ Village and world-class sporting venues associated with the Commonwealth Games.
Dalmarnock Riverside is Clyde Gateway’s flagship residential opportunity with development capacity for 450 – 800 homes.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway is delighted to be representing the regeneration company at this week’s event. “This has been a phenomenal year for Clyde Gateway,” he said. “We have been overwhelmed with the interest that the Games generated and with the quality and numbers of businesses that have already made the decision to make Clyde Gateway their new home.
“It’s clear that the location, the value for money and of course the quality of build available are second to none. That’s why these new developments are not to be missed opportunities for potential investors. This is their chance to get involved with us and play a significant part of something which is already making huge economic and lifestyle differences to the lives of people in and around Glasgow.
“The Shawfield development, in particular, is a one of a kind. It’s the largest planning consent in Scotland and the 11th largest in the UK – what an opportunity that presents.”
Investors attending the MIPIM UK event can meet Clyde Gateway staff at stand D26.
3 September 2014
PUPILS SET TO BENEFIT FROM NEW ENGINEERING COURSE
A Clyde Gateway sponsored project is set to provide six secondary school pupils from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools in Rutherglen with a unique insight to the world of civil engineering.
‘Get Into Engineering’ has been devised by Clyde Gateway with delivery support coming from a range of partners including the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), Robertson Construction and the University West of Scotland (UWS). The course will give would-be engineers a practical and hands-on experience of how construction projects are devised and delivered.
The course starts on 10 September and will see the pupils spend ten Wednesday afternoons either in the lecture halls of the University or on site at Cuningar Loop where Clyde Gateway are working alongside the Forestry Commission Scotland on the creation of a £5m urban park.
Natalie Philips, the Acting Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway has been working closely with ICE and the schools to ensure that the project achieves its aim of assisting students to realise their ambitions of pursuing a career within the engineering profession. Natalie said: “This course is one which will excite and fascinate the pupils who are taking part. Around half of their time will be spent at either the Hamilton or Paisley campuses of the University while the other half, five Wednesday afternoons in total, will see them don their hard hats, boots and safety equipment as they get their hands dirty on site at Cuningar Loop.
“The six pupils – four boys and two girls – will be mentored throughout their time by two third year UWS engineering students while the formal teaching aspect will be delivered by range of qualified professionals from the University, Clyde Gateway and Robertson who are the main contractors at Cuningar Loop. By the end of the course, they will have learned how civil engineering projects are delivered from concept to completion as well as being given details on how to take forward a career in civil, structural, water or infrastructure engineering should they choose.”
Four of the pupils – Carys Kelly, Christopher Laing, Gavin Mackle and Joshua Collins – are in 6th year at Stonelaw High with the remaining two – Fizra Zafar and Kieran Craig – being senior pupils at Trinity High.
‘Get into Engineering’ is the latest link-up between the schools and Clyde Gateway and follows on from the success of the Commonwealth Sports Day last February when 360 S3 pupils from the two schools enjoyed a morning of sports at the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
20 August 2014
POLICE SCOTLAND CONFIRM OFFICE MOVE TO EAST END
The completion and opening of a new £24 million office development is set to bring a huge boost to the east end of Glasgow.
Police Scotland has agreed to become the sole user of Riverside East, a 134,000 square foot building in Dalmarnock which is due to be completed by the end of November and ready for occupancy from the beginning of 2015. It will become home to 1,100 Police Scotland officers and staff, functioning as the main office and administrative centre for the West of Scotland.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:” Our task has always been to get this area best prepared for the longer-term legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to ensure the continued delivery of a physical, social and economic transformation for the communities for many more years to come.
“There has been a colossal amount of early progress but the decision by Police Scotland to locate up to 1,100 officers and staff in the area gives a huge boost to everyone and provides evidence of the real and sustainable legacy promised by the Games.”
Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Police Scotland to relocate from its current Pitt Street location. This will unlock real benefits not only for the Police Authority and the Police Service but will be crucial to contributing to the regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area and will enable enhanced policing services to be delivered to local communities and beyond.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games Shona Robison said: “This welcome news is testament to our work with Clyde Gateway to regenerate Dalmarnock and the surrounding areas long after that the Games are over. It’s fitting that Police Scotland, who played such an important role in delivering the greatest ever Games, will now have a permanent home in Riverside East bringing significant local economic benefits and showing other organisations that the area is a fantastic place to live and work.”
The office building at Riverside East is being constructed at a cost of £24million on a previously vacant and derelict site bounded by the Clyde Gateway road, French Street, Reid Street and the River Clyde walkway. Upon completion it will offer almost 134,000 square feet of space.
Work got underway in June 2013 and is scheduled for completion by November 2014. It has supported 300 construction jobs of which 10% have been made available for residents living in the Clyde gateway area.
Police Scotland will begin the process of moving in from January 2015 with the aim of having all officers and staff in the new building by April 2015. The facility will serve as the main office and administrative hub for the West of Scotland.
The move by Police Scotland follows hot on the heels of teh construction of a new 13,000 sq ft building for use a technical facility for the engineering and training divisions of BT, which began this week at Clyde Gateway East Business Park.
The old East End is almost unrecognisable and massive physical and environmental changes have taken place. Vast expanses of vacant and derelict land now have modern offices and industrial buildings, as well as serviced zones which are ready for future development.
In addition to Police Scotland, BT and Community Safety Glasgow, a range of businesses from the engineering and construction sectors have already moved into the area, these include; oil and gas services company, Glacier Energy Services; who relocated its manufacturing operations from its previous site in Motherwell, and Torishima Service Solutions Europe Ltd, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-end pumps and boiler house systems, who recently relocated its European HQ to the area.
Clyde Gateway are currently working to completing many more multi-million pound projects including the Albus and Rutherglen Links which are all due for completion later this year.
7 August 2014
TEAM NEW ZEALAND GIFT EAST END RESIDENTS A PERMANENT REMINDER OF THE 2014 GAMES
The Commonwealth Games may have ended but something very special is to remain behind in the east end of Glasgow thanks to a tremendous gesture by Team New Zealand.
Pou whenua are wooden posts that mark territorial boundaries or places of significance. An important part of Maori culture, two specially designed Pou whenua were brought over with Team New Zealand to stand proudly at their entrance to their homes and offices within the Athletes Village. The Pou would normally be packed up and returned home but instead they have been gifted as a permanent reminder of the 233-strong Team New Zealand’s time in the east end.
The elaborately-decorated Pou were designed by artist Rangi Kipa.
The first contains the Kape Rua/Kowhaiwhai design and was the pattern first used at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and symbolises the human desire for constant improvement, development and growth.
The second has the Pūhoro design, which is the dominant moko (tattoo) symbol used on the legs and torso of a Maori warrior, denoting the power of water as a never-ending stream of energy.
Both feature the Pukepoto/Blue Ochre – the colour used by the early Scottish tribes as a body adornment and now can be seen in the blue of the St Andrew’s Cross, featured on the Scottish flag.
The Pride of New Zealand Tartan, which was specially designed for use by all New Zealanders more than twenty years ago and which has been formally registered on the Scottish Register of Tartans, is also very prominent within the Pou.
Rob Waddell, the Chef de Mission of Team New Zealand, took time out from his busy schedule to sign the Pou donating them to the people of the east end of Glasgow. He said: “We are really delighted to be gifting to the city of Glasgow and the local area the two Pou which marked our position in the village.
“We have used these to gather around, to welcome our team members and to celebrate our successes.
“The Pou were designed by pre-eminent Maori artist Rangi Kipi, and via the maori designs (Pūhoro and Kape Rua/Kowhaiwhai) they reflect our strong understanding of who were are as a people and where we are from.
The Pride of New Zealand Tartan is used as a base for both and symbolises our strong links with Scotland and respect for our hosts.”
The Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway, Councillor George Redmond was invited along to the Games Village to accept the gift. He said: “I want to thank Rob Waddell and the entire team from New Zealand for this incredibly generous and kind gesture.
“Over the coming weeks, Clyde Gateway will exhibit the Pou at various locations after which we will ensure they find permanent homes in community facilities close to the Athletes’ Village where they will be enjoyed and admired as well as providing a wonderful reminder of what has been an amazing Commonwealth Games.”
Details of the venues, dates and times of where and when the Pau will be on display will be announced by Clyde Gateway in due course.
6 August 2014
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES DELIVERS PERFECT PLATFORM FOR A SUSTAINABLE LEGACY
The 2014 Commonwealth Games have been universally described as the most successful ever.
The Games had a huge impact on Clyde Gateway. The population of the area enjoyed a temporary increase of almost 7,000 thanks to those who were accommodated within the Athletes Village. The eleven days of Games competition brought hundreds of thousands of spectators to the badminton, cycling and hockey events, most of whom travelled to the venues through Bridgeton and Dalmarnock stations.
As with the rest of the city, local businesses – particularly those who were providing food and drink – enjoyed a substantial increase in footfall and turnover, with some shops having to recruit additional temporary staff to cope with demand.
Local residents, thanks to the efforts of Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government’s Legacy Team and local construction firm CCG, were provided with tickets for a large number of popular events including the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park.
A ‘Welcome to the Commonwealth’ event organised and run by the local community at St Francis-in-the-East Church Hall brought together over 70 people, including a number of officials living and working in the Athletes Village, within a friendly and relaxed setting on what was the busiest day of the Games in terms of sports events, while the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme also brought benefits to the local area in a variety of ways including large-scale events at the Glasgow Green fanzone, art exhibitions at the David Dale Gallery in Bridgeton and street theatre to entertain the lunchtime crowds at Bridgeton Cross.
All of which, according to Ian Manson the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, has provided the perfect platform to continue the delivery of a lasting and sustainable legacy for the local communities.
Ian said: “The buzz created by the Games in and around the Clyde Gateway area was astonishing and exceeded everyone’s hopes and expectations. Now that the athletes, officials and visitors who descended on the east end have headed home with their happy and priceless memories, an increasing amount of attention is being given to the idea of a legacy from the Games.
“It is well worth remembering that legacy is something which was being delivered and enjoyed well in advance of the Games. The launch of Clyde Gateway a mere six weeks after the Games were awarded to Glasgow back in late 2007 can be seen as the beginning of a concerted legacy effort.
“A promise was made that the 2014 Games would be the catalyst for a physical, social and economic transformation of the east end of Glasgow and there is plenty of evidence that this promise has been kept. The facilities for the Games such as the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have been accompanied by more than 320,000 square feet of new offices, factories and business space which have already brought more than 1,700 jobs to the area, with as many again in the pipeline as further developments near completion.
“The Athletes Village and other developments have brought almost 2,000 new homes of which half are in the social rented sector while a distinctive and unique urban park is being constructed at Cuningar in South Lanarkshire on a former landfill site where so many of Glasgow’s slum tenements were dumped after their demolition in the 1960s and 70s.”
“The new roads and the rebuilt Dalmarnock station all helped with the logistics of the Games but they will have a far more important role in the future as they have made the Clyde Gateway area far more accessible and better connected and therefore much more attractive to inward investors and developers.”
The aerial television pictures from the Opening Ceremony, which were beamed to millions of people all across the world, showcased the extent of physical change that has taken place in recent years but it is the social and economic legacy from the Games which is having the most and lasting impact on local communities, some of which have historically been among the most deprived and disadvantaged in Scotland.
Niki Spence, the Project Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said: “Local people made it clear from the outset that, above everything else, the 2014 Games had to deliver a legacy centred on jobs and training. We have delivered where it matters most, with more than 800 residents being assisted into employment across a range of areas including construction, engineering, administration, hospitality, sports & leisure and manufacturing.
“Many other changes underway throughout Clyde Gateway have come at the behest of the community. One of the most visible examples is the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross which has re-opened almost forty years after it closed its doors as a cinema and now provides the community with a popular space encompassing a library and café as well as Scotland’s only Mediatheque with links to the amazing archive of the British Film Institute. An upper floor of the building is now home to the High Performance Centre for Boxing Scotland and every member of the team who took part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games used the building as part of their training and preparations.
“In Rutherglen, a long-established Community Development Trust has been provided with the funding to allow them to finally own their own home and so expand the range of services and activities on offer to people living across South Lanarkshire.
“The community of Dalmarnock, where so much of the Games activity took place, will be benefiting from the opening of the Legacy Hub in early 2015. This incredible new facility will be owned and managed locally through the People’s Development Trust and house an all-purpose community centre, nursery, GP surgery, pharmacy, training and educational facilities and café. Every single element within the Legacy Hub is being incorporated in response to requests from local residents.”
All of these changes, and the reaction of local people to them, have been captured in a series of leaflets and a new book produced by Clyde Gateway under the title of ‘Building the Legacy’ which also focuses on what is still to come in the years ahead.
“Everyone involved welcomed the statement from Shona Robison MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games and Sport that the regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area doesn’t finish when the Games stop”, said Ian Manson.
“It shouldn’t be forgotten that when Clyde Gateway was set up, we were given until 2028 to complete our task and to meet the ambitious targets around investment, jobs, housing and the revival of the area. Everyone involved – our partners, funders and those who live and work in the local communities – have re-affirmed their support and commitment to these long-term regeneration aspirations and the continued delivery of a post-Games legacy.”
“History has been made at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in so many different ways, but all the while the event was taking place, our attention remained focused on the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. Clyde Gateway has been at the epicentre of the Commonwealth Games and our task now is to further build and deliver a legacy that is real, meaningful and sustainable and one which will be a blueprint for all future international events the world over.”
Copies of the Building the Legacy leaflets or book can be obtained from the Clyde Gateway offices at Bridgeton Cross, by calling 0141 276 1573 or by e-mail to email@example.com
16 July 2014
BRIDGETON CHURCH GETS READY TO WELCOME THE COMMONWEALTH
The members of Bridgeton St Francis-in-the-East Church of Scotland are preparing to celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place on their doorstep.
Their church hall, which is on Queen Mary Street, just a 5-minute walk along London Road from the Arena, Velodrome and the Athletes’ Village, is to be the venue for ‘Welcome to the Commonwealth’ on Sunday 27 July, an event which will be the centrepiece of a special day of activities within the community.
Reverend Howard Hudson has been the minister at Bridgeton St Francis-in-the-East for more than 30 years and in common with his parishioners, is excited that so many important aspects of the Commonwealth Games are coming to this corner of Glasgow.” He said: “We all knew the Games would mean so much for the city, but the impact on us here in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock has been extraordinary in so many ways.”
“The congregation wanted to commemorate the Games and at the same time try and make a connection and link with the many visitors from such diverse cultures who are going to be in our community. We got together with our friends at Clyde Gateway and we came up with ‘Welcome to the Commonwealth’ as an opportunity to bring together people who have lived all their lives here in the east end with those who are living here for a short time while the Games are taking place.”
“The idea behind the event is that local people and visitors can enjoy one another’s company over tea, coffee, soft drinks and sandwiches in a setting and location which is friendly, relaxed and informal. It is open to absolutely everyone regardless of their faith or beliefs and is intended to be a simple but enjoyable celebration of this tremendous sporting event as well as an opportunity for the community to feel very much part of it.”
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:”Howard Hudson and the congregation at Bridgeton St Francis-in-the-East gave Clyde Gateway a fantastically warm and friendly welcome when we were set up some six years ago and it is very fitting that we have been able to assist them with their efforts to give a similar welcome to the Commonwealth Games.”
The ‘Welcome to the Commonwealth’ event will begin at 12.15pm within the church hall on the ground floor of the Queen Mary Street building which dates back to 1873, but the church upstairs will be the venue for two special services with a Commonwealth theme, taking place on the same day at 11am and 6.30pm, to which all are invited to attend.
14 July 2014
LOCAL PEOPLE USE FILM TO CHALLENGE UNFAIR AND FALSE PERCEPTIONS OF BRIDGETON COMMUNITY
Three Bridgeton women, none of whom had any previous experience in the field, have made a short film which puts the record straight on a number of unfair and false perceptions which are damaging to the reputation of their community.
‘Judge for Yourself’ is the work of Nessie Howard (66), Nancy Humphries (76) and Mary Alice McLellan (39) and it portrays their own real-life take on the perceived issues of gang violence, bigotry and isolation. The idea for the film initially came from Nancy and the initial funding was put together by Community Safety Glasgow and Clyde Gateway while the locally-based Media Co-op was taken on to provide the training and production support.
Nancy said: “Like Nessie and Mary Alice, I have lived in Bridgeton all my life so know the reality of what it is like living in the area and it is a far cry from what people and the media often make it out to be. I was fed up with all the negativity I kept hearing about my neighbourhood, from the Orange Order to youth brutality – it is disproportionate, it is not accurate and it is not fair. We have a fantastic, close-knit community here which looks after its residents.”
The film makers began the project by carrying out a survey of their local community to find out what residents and visitors thought about the prejudice around Bridgeton and then got together with Media Co-op to decide how best to tackle the main issues.
Lucinda Broadbent of Media Co-op said: “The survey uncovered a resounding agreement amongst interviewees about what the mains stereotypes are. Gang violence, bigotry – or more specifically sectarianism – and isolation in terms of older people feeling stuck in their homes and too scared to go out featured strongly in people’s thoughts.
“That is why Nessie, Nancy and Mary Alice chose to base the film on those issues and wanted to show that in many ways, Bridgeton is not the place people often think it is.”
George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “This is a wonderful wee film which perfectly captures so much of the real Bridgeton. It’s another great example of how local people are determined to play their part in bringing about real change in the area and about building a legacy for the years ahead and I want to thank and congratulate everyone involved.”
‘Judge for Yourself’ has already created a great deal of interest with its community premiere attracting more than 150 people while STV Glasgow News devoted more than ten minutes of coverage in its main bulletin on Thursday 10 July, including a studio interview with Mary Alice McLellan. Plans are in place for further showings within the community and for special screenings will take place on the windows of prominent buildings in Bridgeton during the Commonwealth Games.
The two-minute film, together with a short feature highlighting in detail how and where the film was conceived and shot, is available to view on-line:-
http://vimeo.com/97715198 (link to ‘Judge for Yourself’)
http://vimeo.com/98536472 (link to the making of ‘Judge for Yourself’)
10 July 2014
LOCAL HISTORY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE
‘Bridgeton, Recollections from Time of Change’ is a 64-page book produced by a local history group. It was originally published at the end of 2013 with copies available free of charge from the Bridgeton Library at the Olympia.
The book proved so popular that a second print run was commissioned, thanks to a contribution from Clyde Gateway, earlier this year. Almost all of the additional copies have now been snapped up and to help meet this continued demand a digital version has been made available for download.
The twenty-strong Bridgeton Library Local History Group is made up of past and present east-enders, led by local resident Professor Raymond Thomson, a former Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde.
The book brings together the memories of life in Bridgeton from the late-1950s onwards which is regarded as the time when the de-industrialisation of the community began to take effect. The recollections of those who involved have been edited and grouped into topics such as domestic life, school life and working life set out within a wider social context capturing important aspects of working-class life in a much loved and historical part of Glasgow.
Many members of the group are also regular contributors to the popular website ‘Glesca Pals’ which is where the digital version can be accessed and downloaded:-
2 July 2014
NEW OFFICE AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO BE BRANDED AS RUTHERGLEN LINKS
Clyde Gateway’s new office and commercial district currently under construction on the formerly derelict, five hectare site, bounded by Farmeloan Road and Cambuslang Road, is to be branded and marketed as Rutherglen Links.
The new name will replace Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone which for the past three years has been used as the working title for the project as Clyde Gateway sought and gained planning permission and was then provided with funding for the initial phases of development.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This is a significant and strategic development for Clyde Gateway and in a highly competitive market place it is important to establish an easily-remembered name which captures a sense of place and has an appeal to potential occupiers.
“Rutherglen Links works well in a number of ways, not least that the use of the name of the burgh provides everyone with a clear and distinct destination and one which is particularly well-signposted on the extended M74.
“The word links suggests somewhere which is well-connected and this is certainly the case when it comes to public transport in Rutherglen with excellent train and bus services serving this new development. It is also a word which can be associated with green and clean spaces and given that we are looking to promote Rutherglen Links as an environmentally efficient and low-carbon development then once again the new name provides an excellent fit.”
The name was chosen from a list devised by Matthews Marketing, a branding and communications agency whose Headquarters is at the Red Tree Business Suites on Stonelaw Road, just 200 yards away from what will be the main entrance to the first office block being built at Rutherglen Links. Carol Matthews, the Managing Director of the company said: “Identifying the right name for a new development is a balancing act – it has to meet the commercial aspirations of the site and also find favour with people who already live or work nearby.”
“The name ‘Rutherglen Links’ was market tested in the local community and across the property industry and got the thumbs up. As a local firm, I’m especially pleased that ‘Rutherglen’ is right up there in the title of the project, promoting the town as a strong business destination.”
The unveiling of the new name comes just two weeks after Councillor Eddie McAvoy, the leader of South Lanarkshire Council put the finishing touches to the concrete work of a 4,000 sq m office block on the site of Rutherglen Links. The office, which will be ready for occupation in October 2014, is costing £5m to build and can accommodate between 300-400 jobs depending on the requirements of its occupier.
A new website, designed to provide further details about the on-going development of Rutherglen Links, has been set up at www.rutherglenlinks.com.
19 June 2014
FIRST STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RUTHERGLEN OFFICE NOW COMPLETE
The on-going efforts to bring new investment and new jobs to Rutherglen has taken another major step forward with Councillor Eddie McAvoy, the leader of South Lanarkshire Council, performing the topping-up ceremony on the new office block currently under construction on Farmeloan Road.
Accompanied by Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway along with key personnel from the main contractors and the design team, Councillor McAvoy put the finishing touches to the concrete work on the four-storey, 4,000 sq m office block.
The office is due to be completed in October, some five months ahead of schedule. It is a four-storey building and at just under 4,000 square metres in size, can support anything between 300-400 jobs depending on the requirements of its occupier.
Councillor McAvoy said: “I’m delighted to see the rapid progress that is being made with this development. Providing first-class office space with such excellent public transport links like this will be attractive to many businesses and that in turn will bring jobs and help rejuvenate this whole area.
“The Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone is an exciting development and one which the council are thrilled to give its full support to.”
The cost of the office block is just over £5m and forms the first phase of what will be a longer-term development of the site over an anticipated five year period.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone has the potential to bring 1,000 jobs to the burgh, but what is most important right now is getting this first office fully ready for occupation and I’m delighted that we have been able to make such great progress and will have it ready for occupation earlier than we expected.
“We are working hard with our specialist property agents to identify those types of organisations and businesses who would be an ideal fit for an office of this size and scale in a location with such great public transport links and so close to a junction on the M74.
The early level of interest has been encouraging with the quality of the building, the high environmental standards to which has been built and the low cost of the floorspace proving to be attractive. We have also been road-testing a few alterative names for the overall development and hope to be able make an announcement soon.”
9 June 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY SUPPORT FOR INWARD INVESTORS DESCRIBED AS ‘SUPERB’
A new report from one of the world’s biggest and well-known professional firms has highlighted and praised the way that Clyde Gateway has provided support and assistance to a Japanese-based engineering company which is relocating its European arm into new headquarters in the east end of Glasgow.
An Ernst & Young study into the attractiveness of Scotland for foreign direct investments has showcased the example of Torishima, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-end pumps, steam and hot water boiler house systems and related equipment and who are moving to newly-built and high-quality premises at the Clyde Gateway East Business Park, adjacent to Junction 2a of the M74.
The tremendous location of Clyde Gateway East was a key consideration for the new European HQ of Torishima, but according to Gerry Clocherty, the Managing Director of European operations, other factors also came into play.
“As an inward investor in Scotland, the support that we’ve had from Scottish Enterprise has been nothing short of phenomenal”, he said. They’ve helped us enormously across a wide range of areas from financial to training to human resources and more.
“Clyde Gateway has given us additional support above and beyond what we get from Scottish Enterprise. This has included things like infrastructure support, such as upgrading power supplies to meet industrial requirements, as well as further financial support, assistance with personnel and so on. In combination, the package we get through Scottish Enterprise and Clyde Gateway is superb.”
The Ernst & Young report also highlights that securing the new headquarters of Torishima Europe is just the latest in a series of successes for Clyde Gateway. It comments that the accolade of winning the UK-wide Regeneration category at the 2013 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards is a reflection of not only an economic and physical transformation of the area but how the approach being undertaken is putting social change at the centre of everything with local people sharing in the benefits.
The study also reflects that while Torishima may be currently focusing on relocating its existing 43-strong workforce to the area, Clyde Gateway is poised to help it access local talent as its business and skills needs grow. Fionna Kell, the Senior Manager for Inward Investment at Clyde Gateway said: “We work with all businesses coming into the area to understand their recruitment needs – all the way from apprentices to fully-qualified engineers. When Torishima needs this support we will be ready.”
A copy of the Ernst & Young 2014 attractiveness survey for Scotland, including full details of the Torishima case study, can be found atwww.ey.com/UK/en/Issues/Business-environment/2014-Scotland-attractiveness-survey
5 June 2014
GAMES BOXERS TO TAKE PART IN PUBLIC TRAINING SESSION AT THE OLYMPIA
The new High Performance Centre, located at the Olympia on Bridgeton Cross, will be the venue for a special Open Day being organised by Boxing Scotland on Sunday 22 June.
While the day-long event is primarily aimed at those involved in the sport through participation, coaching, officiating and volunteering, the opportunity is being offered for the members of the public to come along to watch the members of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Team take part in a sparring and training session between 11am and 11.45am with free tickets being available through Clyde Gateway.
Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “There’s been great excitement in the local area about the fact that Olympia is the home of the new High Performance Centre. This is a sport which has historically had a huge following in the east end and so I’m delighted that Boxing Scotland has extended this invitation to the community to come along to the training session and meet the young folk who willl be carrying our medal hopes next month.”
The layout of the High Performance Centre on the day, combined with the numbers who will be coming along to take part in the other aspects of the Open Day, means that the event has to be ticketed. Anyone who is interested is asked to go along to the Olympia and leave their name, address and contact details with the concierge desk at the Olympia.
A ballot will take place on Wednesday 18 June with all those who have been successful contacted by Clyde Gateway the following day.
27 May 2014
FIRST MINISTER ANNOUNCES MULTI-MILLION POUND BOOST FOR CLYDE GATEWAY
Communities in Rutherglen and Dalmarnock are to benefit from a £4.48 million funding boost which will extend the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.
The announcement was made by First Minister Alex Salmond during a visit to the Aspire Building in Rutherglen, the home of the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust.
All of the projects being supported through the additional funding are based near 2014 Commonwealth Games venues and the Athletes’ Village, and include a £4 million investment in safe and attractive pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as schemes to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people in the area.
New pedestrian routes will connect the new constructed SMART bridge with commercial plots under development at the National Business District in Shawfield while a range of key routes and spaces will see upgrades across South Dalmarnock to the upgraded Dalmarnock railway station. Other work will see improved paving, surfacing and street furniture on King Street, Rutherglen between its junctions with Castle Street and Queen Street, all aimed at enhancing main pedestrian and vehicle routes serving the Commonwealth Games.
The investment will ensure necessary regeneration work is undertaken before the Commonwealth Games begin.
A sum of £50,000 is being made available to the Gateway To Health project which addresses long-term health inequalities, particularly among older males, and will provide four additional programmes to be delivered in partnership with the Celtic Football Club and West of Scotland Housing Association in Clyde Gateway’s two most deprived communities.
The balance of the additional funding – £436,000 – will be used to carry out a refurbishment of the Aspire building, a prominently located B Listed converted church building just a matter of yards from Main Street in Rutherglen.
This will provide Healthy n Happy with increased control over their future as well as enabling the organisation to generate revenue as a key aspect of a self-sustaining business plan which in due course will allow further investment in service provision and delivery tailored to the needs and desires of the local community. The Trust will be able to own the building for the first time and to convert it into a community space to house a range of services and projects including health, IT and employment advice.
Mr Salmond was visiting the Aspire together the Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, after the Scottish Cabinet’s public referendum Q&A event earlier in the day in Rutherglen.
The First Minister said: “The impact of the Commonwealth Games will reach across Scotland but the epicentre is here in the Clyde Gateway area. This is why additional funding for community regeneration initiatives in this area are vital. The new pedestrian areas will not only let visitors to the Commonwealth Games move easily between venues, they will also provide a lasting legacy in the area, allowing people to get to the new business development areas and the upgraded Dalmarnock railway station.
“Community involvement is essential to the success of regeneration initiatives and the funding going to both the Aspire project and Gateway to Health will provide additional mental and physical health support in the area.
“This Government is absolutely clear about the contribution that regeneration makes to growing our economy and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.
“All these projects are central to the regeneration of the area and will contribute to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.”
Neil MacDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “It is thanks to the tremendous support provided by our partners and funders that Clyde Gateway has been able to make such impressive progress in recent years.
“The additional funding from the Scottish Government will make a huge difference as it allows us to respond to local wishes and needs and deliver the sort of programmes and activities which will provide a sustainable legacy around the 2014 Games.”
Brendan Rooney, the Director of the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust said:”Owning our own base has been a long-held ambition of everyone at Healthy n Happy and I’m thrilled that Clyde Gateway has made the dream come true. This not only gives the trust a very welcome asset upon which we can expand our range of services and activities but creates a very welcome and new community venue.
“This is a perfect example of what I’m sure everyone had in mind when they said the 2014 Commonwealth Games would deliver a true, meaningful and sustainable legacy.”
22 May 2014
GETTING LOCAL PEOPLE ACTIVE IN SPORT – HOW CLYDE GATEWAY IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Commonwealth Games are now a little over two months away and while Glasgow is increasingly focusing itself on what is sure to be a memorable event, one of Clyde Gateway’s staff is working hard to ensure that children will be encouraged into sport for decades to come.
Natalie Philips is our Assistant Project Manager for Community Benefits and and among her many and varied tasks is to invent creative ways to get East End residents fit and active. From basketball and football to flashmobs and coaching qualifications, Natalie’s aim is to get as many young people into sport as possible.
Natalie said: “I want everyone to have the information to lead a healthy life, particularly in the East End. My job is to try and promote healthy living and physical activity and health interventions, which in turn lead to employability. I look at schoolchildren and I want to see them in their 30s, employed and living healthily – or even becoming athletes.”
It was the chance to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics that set Natalie on the path to sport. She said: “That showed me what sport could achieve.”
One of Natalie’s main projects is the Jump 2 It scheme, which sees her work with basketball team Glasgow Rocks. Currently more than 700 primary pupils are involved and receive basketball coaching with a view to taking part in the Jump 2 It school basketball tournament. Rocks players visit schools to teach about everything from healthy eating to the dangers of drugs.
To get more people in the community interested in basketball, Natalie gave out free tickets to matches at the Emirates Arena. For the first game, she distributed 800 tickets to East End residents, schools and community groups. That success led her to distribute 500 more tickets to 23 primaries and four high schools involved with Clyde Gateway.
Natalie also works with Glasgow City Council’s Active Schools Co-ordinators to run programmes on volunteering and health in city schools.
She was instrumental in arranging for 360 pupils from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools in Rutherglen being given the chance to try out sports in the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. During the course of the day, pupils got 30-minute taster sessions in rugby, judo, athletics, netball and basketball. Additionally, 45 pupils from each schools were selected to take part in one-hour cycling sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Natalie also helped set up the Parkhead Youth Conference, which launched in June last year, allowing school pupils have a say in the future of their community while last year also saw her co-ordinate with Active East and Youth Employment Zone (YEZ) to organise a flashmob at the Forge Shopping Centre in Parkhead at which more than 40 young people took part in a spontaneous dance in the shopping centre to promote enterprising activity to shoppers.
Natalie said: “Living a healthy lifestyle is vital and this is the ideal time for Glasgow to get fit and active and involved in sport, so the Evening Times Active 2014 campaign is a great idea. Anyone can get involved and in the East End we have many facilities where people can take part in a whole range of sport, so there’s no excuse for people not to find out how they can get involved.”
(the above article was adapted from a piece written by Catriona Stewart of the Evening Times. Please click on this link to view the original article)
30 April 2014
LOTTERY FUND BOOST FOR REGENERATION AND LEGACY IN CLYDE GATEWAY
The on-going efforts to regenerate the Dalmarnock community have been boosted by the award of a £1.25 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The grant is going towards the construction and fit-out costs of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, a project that got underway in December 2013 thanks to the initial funding of £2.3m from the Scottish Government and £1.2m from Clyde Gateway. The Legacy Hub, which will be located immediately adjacent to the Emirates Arena, is due to open in early 2015 and will house a new all-purpose community hall, a nursery, GP surgery, pharmacy, training and educational facilities, a convenience store and community café.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This is great news and marks the first occasion since Clyde Gateway was established back in 2007 that our communities have attracted funding of this magnitude from the Big Lottery Fund. We have spent a long time working closely with the people of Dalmarnock on the proposal for the Legacy Hub and it is very satisfying that our combined efforts have helped to lever in more than a million pounds worth of additional support.”
“The building is further evidence of the tremendous transformation underway right across Clyde Gateway but what is particularly significant about the Legacy Hub is that it delivers on the wishes and hopes of the Dalmarnock community and ensures a lasting, meaningful and sustainable legacy associated with regeneration activities and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“All of us are looking forward to the continued excellent progress being made with construction and fit-out work and are eagerly awaiting the opening early next year.”
17 April 2014
PLAUDITS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY’S REGENERATION AND LEGACY WORK FROM 2014 GAMES CHIEF EXECUTIVE
The continued transformation of the east end of Glasgow has been praised by the man tasked with the successful delivery of the largest and most important sports event ever to take place in Scotland.
David Grevemberg, the Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, was speaking as he performed the topping-out ceremony of The Albus, a 20,000 sq ft office currently under construction in Brook Street just 300 yards from the famous landmark of Bridgeton Cross.
He said: “The idea of establishing an organisation like Clyde Gateway to deliver regeneration and legacy around the efforts of the 2014 Games is a wonderful example of the sort of tremendous vision and ambition that Glasgow has long been famed for.
“The quality of the work they are undertaking, whether it is new offices, new community facilities or the programmes to bring work, training and social benefits directly to local people has been outstanding. I was delighted to take up their invitation to perform the topping-out ceremony at The Albus which is yet another very impressive development designed to bring hundreds of more jobs to the east end.”
The Albus is being constructed on a previously vacant yard space and is adjacent to the highly successful Eastgate development, a 64,000 sq ft office building that, since April 2012 has been the Headquarters of Community Safety Glasgow.
Audrey Carlin, Senior Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: “Eastgate, together with the nearby Red Tree Business Suites, are proof that the Bridgeton area is proving to be an ever-increasingly attractive office location. The Albus is offering a similar combination of factors such as the quality of the finished building, competitive and affordable rent levels, proximity to superb public transport links and access to superfast broadband through the recently upgraded Bridgeton exchange with up to seven spaces, across three floors, ranging in size from 2,100 sq ft to 4,450 sq ft.
“The construction has been progressing at a great pace and the building is on course to be completed just a few weeks after the end of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to play an important part in the promise of a continued legacy for Glasgow and the east end for many years to come.”
The main contractor at The Albus is Robertson, the infrastructure, support services and construction group. Regional managing director at Robertson, Martin Smith said: “We’re proud to be delivering this prestigious project as part of Clyde gateway which is one of the most exciting urban developments in the UK.
“Robertson has a track record of delivering major construction and infrastructure projects across the country and we remain on track to complete construction on time and on budget.”
The site visit by David Grevemberg coincided with the launch of a dedicated website for The Albus on which prospective tenants can find not only find detailed information on the building and its location but also download a brochure and a specially designed ipad app offering a unique virtual tour of the building along with suggested layouts for the separate spaces.
Further information can be found at www.thealbus.com
Colliers have been appointed as Clyde Gateway’s agents for the property and interested parties are invited to contact Colin McManus on 0141 226 1035 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
10 April 2014
SEAL OF APPROVAL GIVEN BY RUTHERGLEN AND CAMBUSLANG RESIDENTS
The work being carried out by Clyde Gateway was given a massive thumbs-up by a group of Rutherglen and Cambuslang residents during a recent tour of the area.
The tour, which involved 30 people of all ages, was organised in conjunction with Healthy ‘n’ Happy and the Burnhill Sports Centre with the group taken to see transformational and legacy underway projects in Shawfield, Dalmarnock, Farme Cross and Bridgeton alongside guided tours of the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, together with Natalie Phillips, the Assistant Project Manager for Community Benefits, were on hand to provide detailed information and answer questions throughout the four hours of the tour, which also offered the opportunity to talk to other key staff over lunch.
Elizabeth Meenan was there with her two-year old son Aiden and said she was delighted to see work that could benefit him when he grows up: “As a mother, it’s building a future for your kids. The money being put in is amazing.”
It was a view echoed by 18-year old William Rae from Healthy’n’Happy who helped organise the tour on the back of a public consultation Clyde Gateway had held in Burnhill in late 2013. He said: “It’s great to see the improvements in the area and the job opportunities that are emerging. One of my friends, William Duncan, got a job through Clyde Gateway and that’s good to see. The people of Rutherglen are seeing local young people getting jobs and that’s a bonus.”
Don Perry, a Healthy’n’Happy volunteer from Cambuslang was impressed with the scale and ambitious nature of the work: “It’s great that Clyde Gateway are putting so much money into regenerating the area and all the stuff going on us going to benefit us all while 78-year old George Aslett who recalled the ropeworks, paper mills and engineering firms that used to occupy some of the sites under re-development said: “It’s a vast improvement on the area. When you look at the old Dalmarnock Power Station and surrounding area, a lot of the flats were bombed during the war and no-one did anything about then until now.”
As part of the tour, the group also stopped at site of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub currently under construction adjacent to the Arena and Velodrome, and heard how it will, post-Games, become a facility wholly owned and run by the local community.
Ian Manson said he was “delighted” with the turnout and the enthusiasm of everyone who came along.
“The feedback from the Burnhill residents after our public consultation event last year was really positive but at the same time many people said they wanted to have a closer look at some of the work underway. The response to this tour has been amazing and I’d like to thank everyone at Happy’n’Healthy and the sports centre for their help in putting everything together.
“It was great to be able to spend time talking to so many local residents and to hear their ideas on how Clyde Gateway can work with them to deliver the sorts of physical, social and economic changes they want to see in Burnhill and I can promise that what I heard on the tour will help shape our plans over the next few years.”
The demand for places on the tour was such that not everyone could be accommodated, but Clyde Gateway and Healthy’n’Happy are already working to arrange a repeat event over the next few weeks.
27 March 2014
£60 MILLION MINI-BOOM FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
With almost £60 million being spent currently across ten separate construction and remediation projects throughout the east end of Glasgow, Rutherglen and Shawfield, the efforts and activities of Clyde Gateway are supporting 262 workers within the construction industry.
Eighty six construction workers across a range of trades are on-site at the largest of the projects for a £24m office building, 120,000 square feet in size and due for completion on October 2013, on a fantastic riverside location in Dalmarnock which Clyde Gateway is hopeful will be occupied in early 2014 by a major public sector employer bringing with it up to 1,000 jobs.
The second largest contract in terms of workforce is engaged on a new pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning the River Clyde. Thirty six workers are on-site in Dalmarnock and Shawfield in preparation for the most challenging stage as an 800-ton crane, one of the largest of its type in Europe, is brought in to the lift the bridge into place across the river with the work scheduled for the weekend of Friday 28 – Sunday 30 March.
The bridge is costing £4.8m, of which £1.9m was provided through a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and is being installed as part of the wider infrastructure improvements which will support the construction of what is intended to be 1.28 million square feet of floorspace on the site of the former Shawfield Industrial Estate as the largest single investment and development opportunity that Clyde Gateway will be offering during its 20-year existence between now and 2028.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “There have been incredible and eye-catching changes over the last few years thanks to the work associated with the preparations for the 2014 Games, but what we are busy doing is laying foundations for a whole range of legacy projects that will more than just change the look and feel of the areas but will bring wider social and economic benefits for local people and businesses.
“Every single corner of the Clyde Gateway area is undergoing some sort of physical transformation. The most visible and obvious are at Shawfield and Dalmarnock where the new office and bridge are taking shape, but the Albus at Bridgeton, the Legacy Hub at Dalmarnock and the Low Carbon Zone development at Farme Cross are also showing incredible progress thanks to the hard work and efforts of the hundreds of construction workers employed by the various contractors and sub-contractors and I’m delighted we are able to provide this sort of mini-boom for the sector which has been beleaguered for so many of the recent years.”
Ian added: “I am particularly pleased with the smooth and swift progress we have made with the new bridge that is being lifted into place this coming weekend. The re-development of Shawfield is fundamental to Clyde Gateway achieving our long-term aims and targets for jobs and private sector investment and thanks to the ERDF support we have been able to put in an essential piece of infrastructure which will, in due course, provide a great connection to the nearby Dalmarnock Station and so improve the connectivity and location of Shawfield.”
The full list of current projects underway, together with the value and the number of workers engaged on site:-
Office Development at Dalmarnock
SMART Bridge linking Shawfield & Dalmarnock
Remediation of former gasworks, Dalmarnock
Construction project at Swanston Street, Dalmarnock
Legacy Hub, Springfield Road, Dalmarnock
ALBUS office development at Bridgeton
Land remediation at Shawfield
Infrastructure improvements at Shawfield
Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone, Farme Cross (2 phases)
Cuningar Loop Forest Park, Farme Cross
6 March 2014
HUGE RISE IN PASSENGER USAGE AT BRIDGETON STATION
A huge rise in passenger usage at Bridgeton Station is the latest evidence to emerge to support the success of Clyde Gateway’s regeneration efforts.
Figures released by the Office of Rail Regulation have shown that 617,186 passengers used the station in the period April 2012-March 2013, an increase of 26.1% compared to the previous 12 month period and substantially higher than the overall Scottish increase of 2.9%.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The past five years have seen incredible changes in and around Bridgeton. Hundreds of new jobs have been brought to the area thanks to the likes of Community Safety Glasgow establishing their headquarters at the Eastgate building and it also noticeable that many more people, particularly those who are buying their first ever properties, are making a choice to live in the community.
“Bridgeton station is located right at the heart of the community and is just three minutes journey time from the city centre. It is, together with the other stations in our area at Dalmarnock and Rutherglen, part of what makes Clyde Gateway such a unique and attractive proposition to companies and people.
“Passenger numbers at Bridgeton have been gradually increasing over the past five years but this huge leap is really significant. It backs what we have been saying for some time that Bridgeton, and indeed the wider Clyde Gateway area, is very much on the up and the level of focus and attention on the area will only continue to increase as more and more legacy associated with the 2014 Commonwealth Games is delivered.”
The number of passengers using Bridgeton Station in 2006/07, prior to Clyde Gateway being established was 286,177, meaning there has been an overall increase of 116% in just six years. In the same period it has gone from being the 22nd busiest station in Glasgow to the 12th busiest.
Passenger Usage numbers
28 February 2014
HAT TRICK FOR EAST END AT 2014 SCOTTISH PROPERTY AWARDS
The on-going regeneration of the east end of Glasgow has been given a further boost thanks to three new developments being recognised at the 2014 Scottish Property Awards.
The Commonwealth Games Village was named as City Regeneration Project of the Year, Red Tree Bridgeton picked up the award for Urban Regeneration Project of the Year while the re-development of the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross was highly commended as the Public Building Development of the Year in a category won by another building in Glasgow, the Maryhill Burgh Halls.
The awards were handed over at a gala dinner in Edinburgh, attended by over 450 of Scotland’s top commercial property experts.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It would have been unthinkable a few years ago for the east end of Glasgow to have been given three nominations far less pick up three awards. This is a very clear sign that the area is changing beyond all recognition and that the scale and quality of developments are catching the attention of the experts and professionals in the commercial property world which bodes well for the future.
Clyde Gateway itself is behind the re-development of the Olympia as a multi-purpose space incorporating a library, café, boxing centre and two floors of office space as well as Red Tree Bridgeton which offers twenty-eight business spaces following the conversion of a series of vacant and derelict shops at 21-51 Dalmarnock Road. The Games Village development is the work of City Legacy and has seen the construction of 700 homes and a 120-bed care unit on a 38 hectare site in Dalmarnock.
25 February 2014
NEW COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED TO CLYDE GATEWAY BOARD
Clyde Gateway is pleased to announce that the vacant position on the URC Board, as the community representative for South Lanarkshire, is to be filled by Tommy Rooney, a resident of Rutherglen.
Tommy has a long involvement in the community and voluntary sectors. He is currently chairperson of Rutherglen Community Council, an active member of Burgh Primary Schools Parent Council and was involved in helping develop the Friends of Overton Park group. His role on the Clyde Gateway URC Board is to represent and reflect
the views and interest of people living in Burnhill, Farme Cross, Shawfield and Rutherglen Town Centre.
Neil McDonald, the chair of Clyde Gateway said : “The URC board benefits enormously from having community representatives who can champion the views of local communities. Tommy Rooney is well-known within Rutherglen and having someone with his knowledge, experience and expertise is going to be of enormous value as we move forward with our regeneration efforts and I look forward to working with him.”
20 February 2014
BT TO MAKE £2 MILLION INVESTMENT AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST
One of the world’s largest telecommunications service company is to locate part of its operations at Clyde Gateway East Business Park.
The construction of a new 13,000 sq ft building, for use as a technical facility for the engineering and training divisions of BT will get underway in May 2014 and become the base for fifty staff upon completion.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It is incredibly encouraging that companies with the status of BT are investing and locating here in the east end of Glasgow. It is especially pleasing that they will be occupying a site which, until Clyde Gateway’s intervention and investment back in 2009, had lain vacant and derelict for almost thirty years.”
Clyde Gateway East is a 36 acre business park on London Road adjacent to the Junction 2 of the M74. The first phase of its development is being delivered in partnership with two leading UK property companies – SCOT Sheridan and MEPC. It is already home to international oilfield specialist Glacier Energy Services and PF Cusack, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of contractors’ tools, personal protective equipment, signage and traffic management products.
Jamie Cumming, Commercial Director for MEPC in Scotland, said: “The recent transformation of Glasgow’s East End has been remarkable and MEPC are delighted to be part of the award winning regeneration programme. BT is one of the country’s biggest businesses and their desire to have a new facility at Clyde Gateway East is testament to the quality and strength of this location.
James McClafferty, BT Scotland partnerships director, said: “This is the ideal location for us, providing a technical base for engineering operations close to our customers and with significant external space that we can use for practical purposes. As a major employer in Glasgow, with some 2,000 employees in the city, we’re looking forward to moving in to this additional accommodation and supporting the important, ongoing regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area.”
Jamie Cumming added: “Clyde Gateway East’s location is just 300 yards from the M74 meaning it has easy access to a road network providing quick access to the rest of Scotland and directly to the south of the border and that is highly desirable for many businesses. We have over 250,000 sqft planned for the next phase so we are in a strong position to work with large and small organisations to create new facilities matching their specific requirements.
“The East End of Glasgow also benefits from having a local organisation, like Jobs & Business Glasgow, available to help with training and recruitment. This benefits companies based at Clyde Gateway East and the overall regeneration of the area.
The construction cost of the new building will be £2million and with work expected to be completed by December 2014.
18 February 2014
MINISTERIAL OPENING FOR RED TREE BRIDGETON
Margaret Burgess MSP, the Minister for Housing and Welfare has officially opened a new business centre in Bridgeton which has the potential to bring up to 120 jobs to the east end of the city.
Red Tree Bridgeton provides twenty six office suites and two shop units in a variety of sizes for small and medium sized enterprises in a location that offers superb public transport options a mere three minutes from Glasgow city centre.
A development delivered by Clyde Gateway, Red Tree Bridgeton involved the conversion of a series of vacant and derelict shops at 21-51 Dalmarnock Road and the transformation of what was an eyesore building into an attractive and spacious location which is ideal for modern businesses.
The construction of Red Tree Bridgeton was completed in March 2013 with the first two tenants moving in the following month. This level of early interest has been maintained ever since and half of the suites and units are now occupied by a wide range of businesses including accountancy, marine technology, buildings research, hairdressing & beauty treatments, health & safety training, construction management and information technology, providing 60 jobs.
Margaret Burgess said:” “It is my pleasure to open the Red Tree Business Suites here in Bridgeton – a top quality facility that will support companies interested in locating to, or expanding within, the Clyde Gateway area.
“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the regeneration of all of Scotland’s disadvantaged communities and remains supportive of the Clyde Gateway project, one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in Scotland. That is why we have provided over £86m million to Clyde Gateway so far.
“Together with the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Clyde Gateway’s plans have the potential to transform one of the most deprived areas of our country, attracting additional investment and allowing local people to take advantage of the many new opportunities on offer.”
Neil MacDonald, Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “Red Tree Bridgeton has been an incredibly important project for a variety of reasons. It was one of the earliest challenges thrown down to us by the local community and I’m pleased that the quality of this conversion, along with the investment we have made in the Olympia, has completely changed the look and feel of the area around Bridgeton Cross.
“More importantly, it has allowed us to maintain the progress on the long-term plans to bring thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds of investment to the east end and building on the legacy from the area’s association with the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“These particular offices are in a tremendous location, overlooking Bridgeton station which offers the ability to reach Glasgow city centre in three minutes and towns such as Hamilton and Motherwell in less than twenty minutes. The excellent public transport links and the closeness of world-class attractions like the Emirates Arena, together with the quality and affordability on offer, combine to make Red Tree Bridgeton a very attractive option to businesses and their employees, and it is no surprise that there has been such an early demand for the suites and shop units.”
The total cost of the project was £4.25 million, of which Clyde Gateway contributed £3.1 million with a grant of £1.15 million being awarded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The quality of the conversion has already been recognised with Red Tree Bridgeton being shortlisted for the Scottish Property Awards 2014.
Further information on the Red Tree Business Suites can be found at www.redtreebusinesssuites.co.uk
4 February 2014
EAST END SOCIAL PROMISES MUSIC AND EVENTS FOR ALL AGES AND TASTES
The East End Social is one of the biggest events within the Glasgow 2014 cultural programme, running from April to August.
It is being developed and curated by the Bridgeton-based Chemikal Underground, one of Scotland’s best-known and critically acclaimed record label, and will be delivered with the backing and support of Clyde Gateway.
The focus of the East End Social is on local community but the music programme will be designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. A full programme of concerts and events will be announced in due course, but organisers have given a flavour of the ambition, scale and diversity with details of some of the flagship events including:-
– an open-air music festival at Richmond Park over the last weekend of August
– a reggae sound-system at the Alexandra Park Gals Day in mid-June
– a traditional tea-dance at the Barrowland Ballroom in earl May: and
– a rare UK gig by King Aysisoba, one of the leading lights of the pop music scene in Ghana, at Platform, Easterhouse in April.
Stewart Henderson of Chemikal Underground said:” The East End Social is a celebration of Glasgow, a celebration of the east end and a celebration of the music that binds us altogether. It’s about trying to connect and reconnect communities in the east end through music and to try and energise this side of the city with events that haven’t been happening regularly or haven’t been happening at all.
“This isn’t a programme exclusively curated by Chemikal Underground or just something we’ve chosen to deliver. We are going to be working alongside people who are already doing stuff, such as the annual gala day at Alexandra Park, and maybe to improve or extend the existing provision.
One of the most eagerly awaited early events will be a Tea Dance at the Barrowland Ballroom on Sunday 4 May. Stewart said:” We want to try and hark back to the halcyon days of that fantastic venue. We’ve got this 18-piece jazz band and we’ll have tea, cake, drinks and there might be vintage buses running to the venue or students from local colleges at the event doing hair and make-up. We want to cater for some of the older east end communities but also to welcome people from all over the city as well as looking to try and attract younger people into the vintage side of things as well.
“Everything about the East End Social has the ability and capacity to help invigorate the area that Chemikal Underground has been proud to call home since 1997. I am hugely excited about having the opportunity to help enliven areas of the east end and to shine a light on a very under-appreciated side of the city.”
A website at www.eastendsocial.com is currently under development at which all details of events, including ticketing arrangements, will be posted.
3 February 2014
GOLD MEDAL FOR SUCCESSFUL SPORTS DAY AT ARENA & VELODROME
Around 360 pupils from two south Lanarkshire schools enjoyed a morning of sports at the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Joy Velodrome tnaks to their participaton in the 2014 Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Sports Day.
The S3 year groups from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools in Rutherglen were able to use the entire venue, one of the main sites of this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games to take part in six sports and over the course of the morning had the opportunity to enjoy 30-minute taster sessions of rugby, judo, athletics, netball and basketball.
Additionally, 45 pupils from each of the schools were pre-selected to take part in one-hour cycling sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Coaches and players from the Glasgow Warriors, Judo Scotland, Netball Scotland and the Glasgow Rocks, joined staff from Clyde Gateway and the physical education departments of both schools to coach pupils throughout the morning.
The sports day was the culminating event of the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Project – a 12-month partnership with South Lanarkshire Education Resources and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd which has provided pupils with different ways to incorporate the guiding principles of the Commonwealth including equality, respect and tolerance and the event at the Emirates Arena was designed to help create a pathway to sporting activities and encourage a joint learning approach between the pupils from both schools.
Natalie Phillips, Clyde Gateway’s community benefits assistant project manager, has worked closely with the teaching staff of the two South Lanarkshire Council schools throught the project and was responsible for planning and managing the sports day.
She said: “The day was a huge success and the children all really enjoyed themselves.
“It was the perfect way to finish the Commonwealth Project and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped out along the way, especially Clyde Gateway, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Tesco for providing the water which was enjoyed by everyone attending.
“Being able to give pupils an opportunity to take part in all of these activities in one of the world’s finest sporting venues is a fantastic attribute for the East End of Glasgow and hopefully everyone will take great inspiration from the event.
“Over the year, we have curated a calendar of activity to cover a varied range of activities, designed to explore different aspects of global culture. Overall, each aspect of the project has been organised to promote respect, ambition and achievement with the sports day seen as a fitting way to bring everything to a close.
“The promotion of sport is a major aim of Clyde Gateway and we work closely with the community of the East End of Glasgow to further these ambitions so it was fantastic to see so many young people enjoying themselves yesterday.”
All of the pupils who took part sported special t-shirts designed by Sarah Ali from Stonelaw High. The design came from discussions at a focus group, which was also organised by Natalie and involved six volunteers from each of the two schools. Meeting once a month, the group assisted Natalie by planning the activity rotas for the sports day, designing information leaflets to promote the event within the schools and also contacted local businesses to gain prize-giving support.
Alan Russell, deputy head teacher of Stonelaw High School said: “The pupils had a fantastic time trying out a number of commonwealth sports. It has really given them a taste of what’s to come with the Commonwealth Games. Today’s event has built on the work which S3 pupils have been doing in class around the Commonwealth Games and in particular the commonwealth values of humanity, equality and destiny.
“We are extremely grateful to all of those involved in the organisation of the event, including Clyde Gateway, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Tesco for providing the water which our pupils thoroughly enjoyed and needed after all the exciting physical activity.
“We are also incredibly proud of our S6 pupil Sarah Ali for designing the logo which appeared on all of the t-shirts which pupils have taken home as a souvenir of the day.
“In the school we can feel the excitement building for this momentous occasion and the countdown is now well and truly on.”
A video of the Commonwealth Sports Day, made by South Lanarkshire TV, can be viewed by clicking this link.
31 January 2014
CLYDE GATEWAY LAUNCHES FIRST 3D INTERACTIVE APP FOR NEW OFFICE BUILDING
Clyde Gateway, in partnership with commercial real estate company Colliers, has launched what is believed to be the first 3D interactive iPad app for a new office building in Scotland.
The app offers the opportunity to tour The Albus, a three-storey office development of 20,000 sq ft currently under construction just 300 yards east of Bridgeton Cross. The app uses images from architectural plans and gives users full control of five interactive cameras with 360-degree views, allowing any prospective tenant to alter the office layout, including floor and wall finishes.
Fionna Kell, the inward investment and property marketing manager at Clyde Gateway said: “The Albus is located on Brook Street adjacent to the Eastgate office which is fully let and occupied by Community Safety Glasgow. We want to build on that success and attract more companies to the east end into offices which are contemporary and incredibly efficient to operate. This new app demonstrates exactly what is on offer and is a far better way of getting things across than merely relying on words and still-images in a promotional brochure.”
Matt Bellshaw, associate director of Colliers said: The Clyde Gateway app provides a fresh and innovative approach to marketing a property that is still under development and taking visualisation to an advanced 3D level gives tenants a tool to provide inspiration to create their own work environments.”
Clyde Gateway is spending £4.5m on the construction of the Albus, which is named after the Latin word for white to reflect that the concrete exterior will be finished in that colour. There will be seven separate units available within the building with the potential to create up to 150 permanent jobs.
Construction got underway in November 2013 and is expected to be completed by July 2014.
The free iPad app is available to download from the App Store.
30 January 2014
SECOND PHASE OF WORK AT RUTHERGLEN LOW CARBON ZONE SET TO BEGIN
The second phase of the re-development of the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone at Farme Cross is to get underway on Monday 3 February.
The project has always been planned across a number of phases. Work commenced in September 2013 with the first phase which consisted of remediation/infrastructure works and these are due to be complete in March 2014. The contract for the second phase has now been let with which means for a short period of time there will be two on-site contractors carrying out construction.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “This second phase is hugely significant as it involves the construction of a new £5.8m Grade A office development on the Farmeloan Road entrance to the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone with the potential to bring more than 300 jobs to the Burgh. It is anticipated that the offices will be ready by October 2014 but, during the construction period, Clyde Gateway will be actively marketing them with the hope of attracting one or more occupiers to move in immediately upon completion.”
The contract for the second phase has been awarded to the Robertson Group Ltd, and as with the first phase, a range of community benefit clauses will be used to ensure that local residents are provided with jobs and training opportunities during construction.
Letters are being sent to local residents and businesses in the Farme Cross area advising that the normal on-site working hours will be Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm and that every effort will be made to ensure there is as little disruption as possible with noise, dust and vibration being kept to a minimum.
29 January 2014
HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTRE AT OLYMPIA IS A KNOCKOUT
A hi-tech training centre for the country’s best young boxers has opened in what was the old Olympia Theatre at Bridgeton Cross.
The building underwent a £10 million upgrade three years ago.
The facelift by regeneration chiefs at Clyde Gateway transformed the B-listed property into a much needed community hub.
Now Boxing Scotland has opened a high performance training centre on the top floor.
It is the sport’s first centralised facility and will be used to nurture the country’s most talented boxers.
Officials say the academy of excellence will help young big hitters to achieve world rankings with the aid of top coaching.
Richard Thomas, chairman of Boxing Scotland, said: “This will be the home of Scottish champions as we look forward to building an enduring boxing dynasty.
“This is the culmination of three years working on the Boxing Scotland performance programme.
“Sports have a number of facets,but performance and the creation of champions are a priority which we see as a means to grow the sport post-Glasgow 2014.
“This facility, in conjunction with our excellent coaching team, the sportscotland Institute, and the continued talent that streams from our clubs, gives boxing the best chance of increased medals and increased numbers.”
The project is backed by sportscotland.
Chairwoman Louise Martin said: “The facilities now available to Boxing Scotland are absolutely wonderful and will help the coaches to train the country’s next generation of champions, as well as provide an excellent base for preparing the team that will compete at the Games in the summer.”
Local councillor George Redmond, who is vice-chairman of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company, added: “The opening of this world-class training facility in the heart of Bridgeton is another important and significant stage in the ongoing regeneration of the East End.
“There has been a lot of excitement across the local community ever since Clyde Gateway announced the plans to bring Boxing Scotland to the Olympia and on their behalf I’m delighted to welcome the athletes, coaches and officials to their new home.”
28 January 2014
PUBLIC LAUNCH OF HOMES AT ATHLETES’ VILLAGE
Plans have been unveiled for the public launch of the showhomes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.
Located on a 38 hectare site on the banks of the River Clyde right in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area, The Village will, post-Games, offer a range of unique, family focussed homes that will be both affordable to buy and live in.
There are 300 properties available for sale within The Village, comprising a selection of one, two, three and four bedroom houses in a range of apartments, terraced and townhouses. The properties, which will cost around £75,000 for a one bedroom flat and around £200,000 for a four bedroom detached home, will be sold in phases.
Energy bills are set to be a lot lower than average, thanks to the energy efficient heating system and super insulated features in every home while purchasers can also take advantage of the brand new Government-backed Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme which allows buyers to own a home with only a 5% deposit.
Already over 1,800 people have registered for updates on the homes and they will be treated to an invitation only viewing of the new Marketing Suite which includes three showhomes, two sales suites and a three storey information suite at The Village at the end of January, ahead of the public launch on Saturday 8th February.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The Village is a very impressive and hugely important development with stunning new homes in a fantastic riverside location. It provides further evidence of the ambition and scale of the regeneration activities underway in the east end and I want to congratulate everyone involved for delivering what is one of the most significant urban developments to be found anywhere in the UK.”
The homes at The Village have been built by City Legacy, a consortium of Glasgow companies Mactaggart & Mickel, CCG, Cruden and WH Malcolm – all with a strong track record of residential development in the city – with the sales being managed by Cruden and Mactaggart & Mickel.
Liz Mallon, Sales and Marketing Manager of Cruden Homes said: “The Village sets a new standard for spacious and affordable family housing. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of registrations of interest in these homes and we are confident that potential buyers will be delighted by what is on offer in this brand new destination for Glasgow.”
Interested buyers can register for updates on the new homes at The Village by visiting www.citylegacy.co.uk or by telephoning 0800 0321 100.
20 January 2014
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE SOUGHT FOR CLYDE GATEWAY BOARD
Clyde Gateway is looking for a new URC board member to represent the Rutherglen community.
The URC has a 13-strong board drawn from each of the URC’s three partners – Glasgow and South Lanarkshire Councils and Scottish Enterprise – together with individuals who have the responsibility of representing business and community interests. The vacancy for a South Lanarkshire community representative has arisen following the death, in November 2012, of Hamish McBride who served with great distinction on the Clyde Gateway board from its inception back in 2008.
Neil MacDonald, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The URC Board benefits enormously from having representatives who can champion the views of the local communities and so it is very important that someone steps forward to continue the wonderful work that Hamish did on behalf of the South Lanarkshire residents and voluntary organisations.
“Our board is a very diverse mix of people but the one thing they have in common is that they work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that Clyde Gateway is delivering a full and diverse programme of activities to bring about a physical, social and economic transformation across the entire area.
“Clyde Gateway’s boundaries take in many parts of Rutherglen, including Burnhill, Farme Cross, Shawfield and the town centre. Many of our key activities in the coming years will be concentrated in those areas and so it will be a busy and exciting time for the new community representative.”
The successful candidate will be responsible for representing the views and interests of the Rutherglen community and voluntary sectors through attending the bi-monthly board meetings which normally take place at the Town Hall and assisting Clyde Gateway on various working groups and at community consultations at a range of locations throughout the course of the year.
The process for recruiting the new representative is being managed and co-ordinated by the Community and Enterprise Resources section of South Lanarkshire Council.
Nominations are invited from individuals who live within the South Lanarkshire boundary of Clyde Gateway or who are involved in community or voluntary groups with a focus or interest in the area. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communications skills and preferably have experience of committee or board working.
Nominations open on Thursday 23 January and close fifteen days later on Friday 7 February after which short-listed candidates will be invited to an informal discussion session. Nomination packs and further information can be obtained from Kenny Mackie of Community and Enterprise Resources on 01698 454021 or by e-mail :email@example.com
9 January 2014
NEW SIGN AT BURNHILL PROMOTES FEELGOOD FACTOR
Clyde Gateway’s innovative use of community benefit clauses as part of the construction work being undertaken by MacLays at the site of the Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone has brought a further dividend for residents living in the Burnhill area of the burgh.
Designed and located in conjunction with the Burnhill Action Group, a new five-foot tall welcome sign has been erected at the junction of Burnhill Street and Toryglen Road which is the main vehicle access into the community from the town centre.
Councillor Denis McKenna from the Clyde Gateway Board was on hand, together with community representatives, to unveil the sign which has been hewn from whinstone quarried in Stirlingshire. Councillor McKenna said: “All of our contracts have clauses to ensure wider community benefits are delivered by the contractors. We are ensuring the residents of Burnhill get the spin-offs from the construction of the first phase of the Low Carbon Zone and already we have seen a local youngster taken on by Maclays to work on the site along with improvements to the car part at the local sports centre.
“The Action Group was really keen to have some sort of welcome sign installed at this particular junction just a matter of yards from Rutherglen Main Street and I’m delighted that Clyde Gateway has helped make this happen.”
Isobel Donoghue, the Chair of the Burnhill Action Group said: “The chance for us to link up with Clyde Gateway and Maclays has been tremendous. The new welcome sign gives Burnhill a better sense of identity and it helps makes all of us who live here feel that wee bit prouder.”
One of the Maclay workers who helped to install the new sign was William Duncan, an 18-year old from Burnhill. He said: “I was taken on by Maclays as a Modern Apprentice Roadworker and I’m normally on site at the Low Carbon Zone, but I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the teams that put up the sign and did the improvements to the car park. It’s a great feeling to see these things every day and think that I was a part of it all.”