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News – 2015

 

21 December 2015

CLOSURE OF OFFICE OVER FESTIVE PERIOD

 

Clyde Gateway’s office will close at 4pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and not re-open until 9am on Tuesday 5 January 2016.

 

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year.

 

20 November 2015

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES MEET HRH PRINCESS ROYAL AT OPENING OF POLICE SCOTLAND CLYDE GATEWAY

 

The new Police Scotland Clyde Gateway office in Dalmarnock was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne on Thursday 19 November.

 

HRH was welcomed by senior Police Scotland officers, including Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson and Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan and visited some of the of the specialist departments housed within the building, including the Domestic Abuse Unit, Football Co-ordination Unit Scotland (FoCUS), and our Licensing Violence Reduction Department.

 

She also had the opportunity to meet those involved in the project, including a number from Clyde Gateway, led by our Vice-Chair George Redmond and our Chief Executive Ian Manson. Princess Anne also met and chatted to some of Clyde Gateway’s community representatives who recalled that the first consultation on the proposal was as far back as 2009 and expressed their delight at the extent of changes underway in the area.

 

 

Owen Stewart, who is also the Chair of the Board of Management of the Thenue Housing Association, was one of those who met and spoke to HRH Princess Anne.  He said : “It was a thrill to be given the opportunity and I’d like to thank Police Scotland and Clyde Gateway for making it possible.  It is protocol not to reveal what exactly was said but I was able to mention just how special the whole regeneration programme has been and how proud the community is to be the home to Police Scotland and its 1100 staff.

 

“I know that all of the community representatives who were there at the opening were proud to have been asked along and it is a day that will live with us forever.”

 

 

17 November 2015

ARRANGEMENTS FOR SWITCH-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ANNOUNCED 

 

The annual switch-on of the Christmas Lights at Bridgeton Cross is taking place on Tuesday 1 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 and is being managed and delivered by staff and volunteers from the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus.

 

Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The switch-on is always a really happy and enjoyable event and I’m delighted that Clyde Gateway, the Credit Union, the Library and the Community Learning Campus are working so closely on the arrangements for 2015.

 

“As ever, we will be having a special Christmas Market on Bridgeton Cross, musical entertainment provided by a DJ and a few surprise appearances from some famous cartoon characters.  The event really has grown in size over the past few years and this year, if the weather proves favourable, we are anticipating somewhere in the region of 300 young children meeting Santa in the grotto at The Olympia where they will each receive a small momento of the evening.

 

“The whole night is free and everyone who lives and works in the community is welcome to come along.”

 

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 5.30pm.

 

 

16 November 2015

£820,000 INVESTMENT TO CREATE NEW COMMUNITY ASSET FOR BRIDGETON

 

A partnership between Clyde Gateway and the Church of Scotland is bringing a further £820,000 of investment to the Bridgeton community that will provide a new home to the locally-based charity Church House.

 

 

The charity, which was formed in 1942, is run by two full-time members of staff and 30 volunteers with its operations governed by a board of local residents, members of the Bridgeton, St Francis in the East Church and the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland.  It presently operates from a rundown and isolated old church building in Boden Street (pictured above) providing a range of services which address poverty, deprivation and a lack of opportunity for young people living in Bridgeton, Camlachie and Dalmarnock.  The new partnership and investment has enabled a contribution of £671,000 from Clyde Gateway and £150,000 from the Church of Scotland and will see the charity relocate to a purpose-built new Family Support Centre the heart of the Bridgeton community.

 

The new building will sit on the site of the former janitor’s home and dining hall at the former Queen Mary Street School which closed in 2009.  It will offer a multi-use space. multimedia suite, training kitchen and counselling rooms and, thanks to a direct link to the adjacent Bridgeton, St Francis in the East Church, will also be able to access existing facilities including a drama/music room and games hall and so allow the charity to expand its range of services as well as increase the number of clients it can reach out to.

 

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The local community are quite rightly very proud of the role Church House has played over the past seventy-plus years and we are delighted to be able to respond positively to their request to provide a new better-located home that is fit for modern-day needs. 

 

“Our financial contribution has come through the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and its support will ensure a physical transformation through the partial demolition and partial refurbishment of what had sadly become a derelict eyesore as well as making a very significant and on-going difference to the physical and mental wellbeing of local young people which will ultimately help them along the road to improving their lives through obtaining training and job opportunities that are coming to this area.

 

The Reverend Howard Hudson has been the Minister at St Francis in the East Church since 1984 and is the convener of the Church House board.  He said: “The current building in Boden Street was ideally located when the charity began its work in 1942 but the large scale demolitions of the 1970s and 80s have left it quite isolated for quite some time now although the services remain popular and well-used.  There has been a long-term ambition among the board to see Church House find a new home and I’m delighted that Clyde Gateway and the Church of Scotland have forged this strong partnership.”

 

“There’s a genuine belief locally that the regeneration efforts underway are making a real difference to the area, not just in making it look and feel better, but in restoring a sense of pride and purpose.  Local residents are really keen to get involved in what is happening and what is really pleasing about this particular partnership is that the ownership and management of the new facility will sit directly with the local church and community who will determine how it will be best used and run. 

 

“It really should make a big difference to children, young people and families in our community and Clyde Gateway must be commended again for the way they have gone about things and for keeping good on their promises of legacy.”

 

The demolition work at the former janitor’s house got underway at the beginning of November following which work will begin on the refurbishment of the dining hall and construction of the new single-story building with an anticipated completion date of May 2016. 

 

 

10 November 2015

ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE AT BRIDGETON CROSS: WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 

 

The annual Armistice Day Service, organised and managed by members of the local community, will take place on Wednesday 11 November 2015 at the VC Memorial on Bridgeton Cross, adjacent to the Umbrella, with a start time of 10.40am.

 

The service will be jointly led and conducted by The Reverend Howard Hudson and Monsignor Paul Conroy.

 

All are welcome to attend.

 

9 November 2015

GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY OPENED BY FIRST MINISTER

 

Glasgow Women’s Library has celebrated the launch of its newly refurbished building, with a visit from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The stunning new purpose-designed spaces will be home to unique and fascinating archives and artefacts celebrating women’s writing, history and achievements in Scotland and beyond. 

 

 

In reaching this landmark achievement, Glasgow Women’s Library has benefitted from capital grants and public donations of over £1 million to revamp the Grade B-listed Carnegie public library building with purpose-built spaces for its innovative programmes of cultural and learning events.

 

As the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history, Glasgow Women’s Library now also boasts purpose-built stores in which to preserve its rare collections of artefacts and archives, including a substantial collection of original Suffragette memorabilia. Equipped with exhibition spaces and provision for a forthcoming cafe and shop, the building will also be available for community use with a dazzling events programme celebrating Scotland’s women’s culture, achievements, learning and heritage.

 

The outside façade of a newly installed lift features titles from the Library’s vast book collection. Visited by people from all over the world, while also being well used by the local East End community, Glasgow Women’s Library is open for events and visits, respected all over Scotland as both a cultural asset to Glasgow’s East End and an important centre for women’s history, empowerment and learning in Scotland.

 

Funding for the major redevelopment was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, Glasgow City Council, Creative Scotland, Clyde Gateway and Museums Galleries Scotland. A portion of the funds raised came from ‘Women on the Shelf’, a individual donations initiative to allow anyone to honour a woman special to them by dedicating a shelf or Library section in their name, with all funds going towards the capital build project.

 

Formerly the Bridgeton Public Library, the building has been given a new lease of life as a part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games regeneration, with Clyde Gateway supporting Glasgow Women’s Library in managing the capital build project.

 

Since its founding in 1991, Glasgow Women’s Library has been based in a number of locations including Garnethill, Trongate and, for several years prior to this move, in temporary premises including the Mitchell Library. Now granted a long-term lease by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Women’s Library appointed Collective Architecture to design the refurbishment of the building.

 

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said:

 

“Glasgow Women’s Library is truly a national treasure and I am thrilled to officially open the new premises after the recent renovation.

 

“As well as excellent resources, the library also offers vital support to women – and makes a real difference to so many people’s lives.

 

“The Scottish Government was happy to support the library by contributing over £500,000 to the renovation so their work could continue.”

 

On behalf of Glasgow Women’s Library, Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager said:

 

“We are incredibly proud of reaching this milestone in our journey – to becoming a national centre for women’s history and achievement based in the historic and regenerating East End of Glasgow. Collective Architecture designed this beautiful space within an historic library building – and the response to our new home has been tremendous. It’s a dream come true to have purpose-built premises to house our unique and rare collections and to witness local, national and international visitors appreciating and using them. The launch of this building marks our transition to a permanent, forever home and we are so appreciative of the crucial support that our funders, partners, donors and friends have contributed in getting us here.”

 

Dame Seona Reid, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund’s Scotland Committee, said:

 

“Saving significant artefacts and archives has never been more important. They provide an invaluable record of our society and how it has changed over the years. They also provide a catalyst, in this case for women of many backgrounds and experiences, to come together to discuss the issues that face them and explore those that face others. I have watched the important work that Glasgow Women’s Library has done over many years and am delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund, as a result of National Lottery Players, has been able to support their move to a vibrant new home where people can delve into the voices, memories and stories that make up our country’s fascinating social history. We congratulate everyone, including the extensive band of committed volunteers, who have made this happen.”

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:

 

“It is wonderful that, after almost 25 years, Glasgow Women’s Library has found itself a permanent location and that it is here in Bridgeton Cross at the very heart of the Clyde Gateway area. In doing so, the Library has become the latest in what is an ever increasing number of important organisations who have decided that this is the place to call home. The staff and volunteers have already had a very significant and positive impact on the local community and I have no doubt that this will increase yet further thanks to what is going to be on offer from this marvellously restored building.”

 

 

23 October 2015

CUNINGAR WOODLAND PARK TO BE OPEN AT WEEKENDS UP TILL DECEMBER 2015

 

Forest Enterprise Scotland’s and Clyde Gateway’s new woodland project at Cuningar Loop in Rutherglen is now going to be open every Saturday and Sunday until 6th December 2015.

 

 

Following the success of the park’s Come and Try events throughout August and September, the public will be able to enjoy the attractions on offer from 10am – 4pm each weekend.

 

Visitors can try out the Activity Zone which features a bike skills park, bouldering park, adventure play and woodland workout area. 

 

Forest Enterprise Scotland’s project manager for Cuningar Loop, Joneen Clarke said:  “We’re delighted to be able to open at the weekends and encourage people to keep on visiting the park.  Our Come and Try events were so popular we’ve had people come back time and time again which is fantastic. 

 

“Our official opening is Spring 2016 but we want the local community to use the areas which are already complete as much as possible.”

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It is great news that the upcoming weekend openings being organised by Forest Enterprise Scotland will enable even more people to come along and see the already incredible transformation of what was in effect a former landfill site. 

 

“The new park is spectacular and already provides a real ‘wow’ factor which will increase even further early next year when we are able to complete and open the new pedestrian bridge linking it direct to the Village site on the opposite bank of the river.”

 

Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million project which will see the transformation of 15 hectares of derelict land . It can currently be accessed from Downiebrae Road, Rutherglen which is adjacent to the south bank of the Clyde.  There are regular bus services to and from the city centre which also service a number of towns in South Lanarkshire including Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre, Hamilton and East Kilbride.  The entrance to the park is also just over 10 minutes walk from each of Dalmarnock and Rutherglen train stations. 

 

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

 

 

19 October 2015

REGENERATION WORK OF CLYDE GATEWAY BEING ADMIRED THE WORLD OVER

 

The continued efforts by Clyde Gateway to transform the fortunes of communities in the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen are setting the highest of standards and being admired the world over.

 

 

The claim comes as the regeneration agency publishes its seventh annual report which highlights the extent of the significant physical, social and economic progress that has been made in the wake of the staging of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “The statistics and figures in our latest annual report provide very clear evidence that we have picked up the baton from the 2014 Games, run with it and ensured its spin-offs and benefits are going to be enjoyed for many more years to come.

 

“You only need to take a quick glance at the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen to get a flavour of the remarkable change which is underway.  The very best of developments of all types, including community and sports facilities, housing and offices, can be found throughout the Clyde Gateway area with each and every one of them making a real and meaningful difference to the quality of life for local residents.  

 

“There is huge interest the world over in what we are doing and how we are doing it.  The past year alone has seen visitors come here from all corners of the globe. These have included senior politicians, civil servants and business delegates from the likes of Australia, China, Canada, France, El Salvador, Uganda and Russia as well as closer to home from the rest of the United Kingdom.  Without exception, they have admired the work we are undertaking and have been particularly complimentary about the extent to which we enable the local communities themselves to shape and drive forward the changes. 

 

“Throughout the course of the past seven years ever since Clyde Gateway was set-up, we have taken great pride in our approach at putting local people at the very centre of every single thing we do. This is something which not only ensures we continually invest in the sort of initiatives and programmes that local residents themselves want to see happening but it makes us accountable and answerable locally and puts us on a very sure footing to best maintain the pace of change in the years ahead.”

 

The seventh annual report produced by Clyde Gateway details spend of almost £44m in the financial year up to 31 March 2015 and outlines that, for the first time ever, expenditure on the key strategic goal of Increasing Economic Activity outstripped the spend on Sustainable Place Transformation, a fact which bodes well for the future according to Chief Executive, Ian Manson.

 

“Up until now we have had to spend almost 70% of all our available resources on remediating large areas of derelict, vacant and often contaminated or polluted land but this latest investment of £17 million added up to just under 40% of our yearly spend in 2014/15” said Ian.

 

He added: “This means that much more was available to spend on activities which brought jobs and economic growth to the area along with providing support to programmes and developments that are popular and in demand locally.

 

“The past two weeks alone since the annual report went to print have seen £5 million worth of new community facilities open in the Clyde Gateway area – facilities that will be owned, run and managed by local residents – as well as our announcement that we will be putting almost £350,000 of resources into school and extra-curricular activities to the benefit of more than 8,000 pupils of all ages in our area. 

 

“And it musn’t be forgotten that just last week, the Albus, our innovative and imaginative office building just a few hundred yards from Bridgeton Cross, was named as the best new small office development in the whole of the UK.  An accolade of that nature might almost seem beyond belief but it is well-deserved and testimony to the extent and the quality of the regeneration that is underway.

 

“All of our work is helping to bring a huge turnaround in the way that the area is now looked upon by the outside world and it is very satisfying that a whole range of organisations, of all shapes and sizes have made their home in Clyde Gateway over the past few years. 

 

“Many of these companies are active in field of activity that would never have previously come to mind when thinking of the east end of Glasgow or Rutherglen and include innovative design agencies, specialist underwear and swimwear suppliers, research fellows attached to historic Universities, foresters, media publications and firms very active in the oil and gas sector, while of course we are also now home to thousands of office based workers including the 1100 working at the new Police Scotland building on the banks of the Clyde.

 

“We are also in a great position to move forward thanks to having attracted Lord Smith to take on the challenge of chairing Clyde Gateway through this immediate Post-Games period. His knowledge and expertise in business and commerce will be of huge benefit and when you look at the big picture, I don’t think there can be any argument that the conditions in Clyde Gateway are ideal for a long-term and sustainable legacy.”

 

Copies of the 2014/15 Clyde Gateway annual report can be downloaded from the publications section of www.clydegateway.com while copies can be obtained at the Olympia Building in Bridgeton Cross or by telephoning 0141 276 1573.

 

 

6 October 2015

LOCAL SCHOOLS GET £340,000 BOOST FROM CLYDE GATEWAY

 

More than 8,000 primary and secondary pupils from twenty-eight schools across the east end of Glasgow, Rutherglen and Cambuslang are to benefit from a major investment of £340,000 by Clyde Gateway.

 

The regeneration agency has made a successful bid of £140,000 to the Scottish Government’s Access to Education Fund, a sum which will be boosted by direct Clyde Gateway support of £200,000, into a series of in-school and extra-curricular activities.

 

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “The Access to Education Fund is designed to support pupils by reducing barriers they might be experiencing in their every-day learning.  We worked closely with all of the eligible schools in and around our area to put forward a coherent and relevant bid that would address a wide range of issues and it is tremendous news that we were awarded the maximum amount which is the equivalent of £5,000 per school. 

 

“We know however, that much more can be achieved from additional support which is why, for the fifth successive year Clyde Gateway has put resources directly into local secondary and primary schools in both Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to try and ensure that pupils get as many learning opportunities as possible. 

 

“Clyde Gateway has always believed successful regeneration is about boosting the lives of local people of all ages and this record level of £340,000 investment in our schools for 2015/16 will impact on 8,300 pupils and their families.  It will enable the expansion of existing and successful initiatives around learning, training and health along with the introduction of new programmes which will be based around science and technology as these are becoming increasingly important in the world of modern employment. 

 

“The schools themselves will have a big say in how the money is to be spent but we know from our past involvements with them that some of the investment within the four secondary schools will go into programmes and initiatives that will have a positive impact on attainment levels and in the fullness of time further help the students into work or higher education while all twenty-four of the participating primary school pupils will, among other things, enjoy additional sports and health related lessons delivered by members of the Glasgow Rocks basketball team, an initiative that has proved very popular in previous years.”

 

“A lot of hard work went into the preparation of the bid to the Access to Education Fund and I’d like to thank the heads and deputy heads from all of the schools for their invaluable support and for getting fully behind our efforts.  I know that they will all welcome the additional resources coming their way in the coming weeks and months but ultimately it is the pupils themselves who stand to gain most.” 

 

The schools involved are:-

 

Glasgow Secondaries

 

Eastbank Academy and St Mungo’s Academy

 

Glasgow Primaries

 

Blackfriars, Dalmarnock, Eastbank, Quarrybrae, Sacred Heart, St Anne, St Denis, St Francis,St Michael, St Thomas, Toryglen and Wellshot

 

South Lanarkshire Secondaries

 

Stonelaw High and Trinity High

 

South Lanarkshire Primaries

 

Bankhead, Burgh, Burnside, Calderwood, Parkview, St Anthony, St Bride, St Charles, St Columbkille and Spittal

 

 

30 September 2015

 

CLYDE GATEWAY ADULTS AND PUPILS SAMPLE HOSPITALITY SECTOR UNDER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMME

 

Clyde Gateway, in partnership with Marriot Hotels has launched an innovative programme designed to provide some of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire’s most disadvantaged adults with hospitality skills and employment opportunities.

 

The adult hospitality programme will see 10 local people embark on an intensive two-week fully certified course, following which five of those taking part will be funded to receive full time employment at the Glasgow Marriott for a period of six months.

 

The initiative will run in conjunction with a similar hospitality programme aimed at school pupils: ‘The Hotel & Hospitality Academy’.

 

Now entering its second year, last year’s programme saw the hotel chain employ 18 school leavers at its Glasgow city centre site, with the latest raft of new recruits hoping to make a similar positive impact.

 

12 pupils from four high schools will each be given 190 hours of work experience across all elements of a busy hotel environment, with each individual learning life skills and increasing their chances of employability once they graduate.

 

Natalie Phillips, Project Manager, Education, Business & Community Growth, Clyde Gateway, said: “Working together with the local community and employers to provide new skills and create future employment opportunities sits at the very heart of the work we deliver at Clyde Gateway.

 

“These initiatives are some of the many programmes we carry out with local high schools and adults within the Clyde Gateway catchment area. The hospitality sector is continuing to grow and provides a wide range of job opportunities so we are delighted to work alongside the Glasgow Marriott Hotel to support the next generation of industry workers.”

 

Claire Fisher, Human Resources Manager, Glasgow Marriott Hotel, said: “The Glasgow Marriott Hotel HR team have formed an effective business relationship with Clyde Gateway. They are extremely community focused and we were continually impressed by the level of support they provided during last year’s scheme. Their efficiency and professional approach inspired confidence during our work together on the Hotel and Hospitality Academy and we look forward to welcoming the next batch of recruits through our doors during the coming weeks.”

 

 

16 September 2015

PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR RED TREE SHAWFIELD

 

A proposal from Clyde Gateway to build a new office block at Shawfield has been lodged with South Lanarkshire Council.

 

 

The plan involves the creation of Red Tree Shawfield within the remediated area of land that sits between Shawfield Drive and the River Clyde. It would see the construction of a four-storey building of 2,900 square metres (30,000 square feet) in size providing anywhere between thirty-seven and fifty high-quality and affordable office spaces that would be targeted at small and medium sized organisations and which would seek to build on the success of similar Red Tree office models already in operation at Stonelaw Road in Rutherglen and Dalmarnock Road in Bridgeton.

 

Dougie Cameron, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: “The successful redevelopment of the Shawfield area is crucial to our long-term target of bringing 20,000 new jobs to the Clyde Gateway area by 2028.  We have already spent more than £20 million, not only to rid the location of contamination and pollution, but to improve and modernise the infrastructure in and around Shawfield and so create the best possible conditions for further investment and redevelopment that will bring the site back into economic use.

 

“Our Red Tree offices have proved to be a huge success and there is clearly a demand for this type of high quality and affordable space for small to medium sized businesses.  Shawfield provides an opportunity to build the largest Red Tree development so far in a flexible way that could see up to 50 units and as many as 166 jobs.

 

“The cost of the building has been estimated at £6.7 million and Clyde Gateway has begun to investigate a range of options in terms of obtaining the funding.  If the proposal receives planning permission and the funding falls into place then we could potentially be on site by next summer with a project completion in mid-late 2017.”

 

Anyone looking for further information on the planning application is invited to contact Dougie Cameron at Clyde Gateway on 0141 276 1583 or by e-mail to douglas.cameron@clydegateway.com

 

 

11 August 2015

CARSTAIRS STREET SET FOR £1 MILLION OF IMPROVEMENT WORKS

 

A major upgrade of Carstairs Street in Dalmarnock is set to get underway later this month.

 

The £1 million worth of works are part of a wider Key Routes and Spaces project across the are and will see enhancements to the existing road, footway and lighting infrastructure together with environmental improvements including a new sustainable urban drainage scheme. The scheme is being funded by Clyde Gateway and delivered by Glasgow City Council.

 

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said:”This is a very important part of our wider regeneration plans for South Dalmarnock.  We have already spent £1.4 million on improvements at French Street and Reid Street which we believe were a major factor in helping attract Police Scotland to the area along with 1100 jobs.

 

The improvements to Carstairs Street will provide a high-quality direct link between Dalmarnock Station, the River Clyde and across the new pedestrian bridge to Shawfield where there is an 11 hectare site ready for immediate development amd we are delighted Glasgow City Council will be undertaking the project on our behalf.”

 

The work is intended to be completed by the end of November 2015. 

 

 

6 August 2015

COME AND TRY TASTER SESSIONS TO BE HELD AT CUNINGAR

 

A series of exciting taster sessions within the Activity Zone at the new £5.7m woodland park at Cuningar Loop in Rutherglen have been unveiled.

 

The taster events will start on Sunday, August 23 when residents are being invited to try the bike skills park before Scotland’s first bouldering area will open for a day on Sunday, August 30. Then, on Sunday, September 20, people will have the chance to experience the adventure play area. Events will run from noon to 4pm.

 

The new woodland park is the result of a unique and innovative partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland and Clyde Gatewayand has seen the conversion of 15 hectares of what was formerly waste and scrub land in a previously difficult to access site on the banks of the River Clyde. 

 

The project manager for Cuningar Loop, Joneen Clarke said: “Cuningar Loop is a really exciting Legacy 2014 project that has been in development for the last three years. It’s looking fantastic. Every day it looks less like a construction site and more like a woodland park. The Activity Zone is now complete. That’s why we’re opening the gates to hold three events.

 

“We want to give local people and visitors the chance to enjoy a first peek of this exciting new park before it’s finished and fully opens in spring next year. People will be able to come and try out the Activity Zone and see the park as it is taking shape. We’re excited for people to see it – they’re going to love it.

 

“If you have a bike or climbing shoes, please bring them along. If you don’t have a bike don’t worry, there will be some bikes for you to use. Come dressed to play and if it’s raining on the day, we’ll still be there.”

 

As well as the Activity Zone, the new park is set to feature an extensive paths network, a boardwalk that runs along the River Clyde along with picnic areas, sculptures and a large meadow and outdoor classroom.

 

Clyde Gateway board member and Rutherglen councillor, Denis McKenna, added: “Having been fortunate enough to have had a sneak preview, I know that the new attractions on offer at Cuningar Loop are going to surprise and delight everyone who comes along for these innovative ‘come and try’ events.

 

“Clyde Gateway and the Forestry Commission Scotland have done an outstanding job on bringing this forgotten and long-neglected corner of Rutherglen back to life and I’ve no doubt that local people and visitors from further afield alike will appreciate and enjoy all the hard work that has gone into creating the new park.”

 

The full opening of the park will not take place until Spring 2016 by which point a new pedestrian bridge, linking it directly to the Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock on the Glasgow side of the river, will be open and in use.

 

 

6 August 2015

DEER SCULPTURE CREATED AT CUNINGAR WOODLAND PARK

 

The combined efforts of Rob Mulholland, the Cuningar Loop artist in residence, and two local volunteers has seen the installation of a new deer sculture as part of the attractions that will be on show at the new Woodland Park being delivered in partnership between the Forestry Commision Scotland and Clyde Gateway.

 

 

The work is part of the community engagement strategy of Rob’s residency programme, The sculpture has been created from rusted steel and recycled mirrors over a two month period and installed in an of trees behind the outdoor bouldering park. The volunteers who worked with Rob were Robert Kennedy, 29 from Dalmarnock and Stephen Milligan, 24 from Rutherglen.

 

Rob said: “This part of the project has centred on engaging with the local community.  I have worked closely with the volunteers to transfer my skills and under supervision they have learnt to weld and polish and cut metal materials.

 

“The inspiration behind the deer sculpture is to capture the urban and nature aspect of Cuningar Loop. We’ve attached mirrors to the antlers, giving a modern twist to an wild animal in its natural habitat.

 

“Creating a sculpture is all about the team effort, an artist can’t do it alone and with the deer sculpture the local community have helped me create this beautiful sculpture that is going to be in their park, Cuningar Loop.”

 

Joneen Clarke, the Project Manager at Cuningar Loop said: “Members of the local community have helped to create this wonderful sculpture which perfectly captures the wildlife that inhabits Cuningar Loop. 

 

“The park is looking fantastic and we can’t wait to share it with local people and visitors. We hope they stumble across the deer sculptures and appreciate the work of the local community who have created a lasting legacy.”

 

Cuningar Loop is due to fully open in Spring 2016 but a series of taster sessions are to be held during August and September 2015.

 

 

5 August 2015

COMMUNITY CHOIR SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

 

A Clyde Gateway backed community choir formed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is looking to recruit new members.

 

The “Wailin’ Weavers”, made up of local people from Calton and Bridgeton in the east end of Glasgow, aims to hit the right note with some new voices and an appeal has gone out for more people to come forward so the choir can grow bigger and blossom into a strong musical voice for the east end.

 

The choir took its name from Calton’s rich historical connection to the weaving industry which the vibrant community was renowned for.  Its first musical opportunity came last year when it serenaded local people when the Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in the city as Glasgow’s golden games got ready to begin.

 

Since then it has gone from strength to strength with performances at a range of venues incluiding a “flash mob” impromptu performance during a journey on the new Clyde Gateway bus service.

 

The Choir meets each Friday at 3.30 pm and alternates practice sessions between Calton Heritage and Learning Centre on London Road and the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus at Dale Street.

 

Rosie Robertson, Centre Manager at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre said: “The emphasis is firmly on fun, singing together and creating a sense of community which the east end is well known for.

 

“We came up with the name Wailin’ Weavers because this part of the city was well known for weaving in the 19th century and we thought that highly appropriate.

 

“You don’t need to be a great singer. All we need is enthusiasm and a willingness to take part. Whatever age you are, a warm welcome awaits at the Wailin’ Weavers.”

 

Expert tuition for the choir is provided by the Glasgow Music Studios which are based in Osborne Street in the Merchant City.

 

Further details on the choir and how to join can be obtained from Rosie Robertson on 0141 550 9573 or via the Calton Hearitage and Learning Centre’s Facebook page. 

 

 

2 July 2015

CLYDE GATEWAY PROVIDES WHEELY GOOD DEAL FOR RUTHERGLEN SCHOOLS

 

 

The latest use of community benefit clauses by Clyde Gateway through its extensive regeneration activities will see £7,000 worth of bike related initiatives delivered to pupils at Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools.

 

VHE Construction, whose Scottish base is in Cumbernauld, have been remediating a number of sites in the Dalmarnock area of Glasgow, and the idea to for the community benefits from the work to go to the South Lanarkshire schools came from Clyde Gateway responding to requests to help support the ever increasing popularity of cycling

 

Natalie Philips, Project Manager for Community Benefits said “We always try to apply a little bit of imagination when it comes to delivering community benefits.  In this instance we knew the two schools were keen to have initiatives around cycling and so it made sense to take the £7,000 arising from the contract and look to do something that would directly benefit the pupils.

 

“New bike shelters have been constructed at both schools but what will no doubt be more welcomed is that the remainder of the money will be used to purchase bikes, probably in the region of 20 for each school, that they will store and use as part of lessons around health and physical activity together with road safety.”

 

The first of the shelters at Trinity High School was completed just before the school broke up for the summer holidays with Gordon Wilson, the Construction Director of VHE on hand to pass on the good news.  He said :”VHE is proud not only to be playing our part in helping to transform many previously vacant and derelict sites across Clyde Gateway but also the fact that our work is providing spin-offs to the local communities in different ways. There is no doubt that cycling is increasing in popularity all of the time and it is tremendous that when the pupils return to school after the summer break they will soon be able to get access to the new bikes that will be purchased through this particular initiative.”

 

Peter Bollan, the Head Teacher at Trinity High School said:”The pupils both here and at Stonelaw have really benefited from the great relationships that have been built up with Clyde Gateway over the past few years.  I’d like to thank Natalie and all the team at Clyde Gateway, as well as Gordon and his colleagues at VHE, for the very positive and tremendous response they have given.  The bike shelters will undoubtedly prove very popular with the pupils who cycle to and from school every day and I’m particularly excited and looking forward to taking delivery of the new bikes and to put them to good use in different ways within the curriculum.” 

 

 

1 July 2015

CLYDE GATEWAY IS ON THE MOVE

 

Next month will see Clyde Gateway staff relocate to a new office on the 2nd Floor of the Olympia Building.

 

The current set of offices, on the corner of Bridgeton Cross and at 11 Dalmarnock Road, have been sold to Alzheimer Scotland for the establishment of a Resource Centre and Day Care Centre together with supporting administrative services, bringing up to 16 new jobs to the area with the potential for a further 15 staff being recruited over a 12 month period.

 

Jim Clark, Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said: “We really value having our location at Bridgeton Cross.  It is the case that we had to some extent outgrown our current offices as some of the team needed to be accommodated within the nearby Red Tree Business Suites but we never contemplated making a move until we were contacted by Alzheimer Scotland who felt that our prominent ground-floor location with its great links to bus and train connections, would be an ideal fit for their changing needs and requirements.

 

“The other major factor in agreeing to sell our old offices was the plan for Alzheimer Scotland to bring with them new jobs to the Clyde Gateway area which, after all, is the ultimate goal of all of our wider regeneration efforts.

 

“We did consider a number of possible options but came to the conclusion that the space on the second floor of the Olympia would be ideal.  It will again bring all of our 26-strong team, made up of our own staff and those on secondment from partner agencies, into a single location across an open-plan layout with a reception area, seminar space and meeting rooms and will maintain our presence in the very heart of a community where we have been warmly welcomed and received.”

 

Work is currently underway on the fit-out of the offices at the Olympia and staff will make the move into the new space on Thursday 6 August 2015.

 

 

30 June 2015

CLYDE GATEWAY BACKED CYCLISTS SHINE IN SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Riders from the Clyde Gateway-backed Glasgow Cycle Team dominated the Scottish Youth and Junior Track Cycling Championships that took place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June, claiming four gold medals and having members of the team on the podium of every race that the team entered. 

 

The first event of the Championships was the Junior Men 1km Time Trial on Friday evening.  Glasgow Cycle Team’s Andy Brown and Angus Claxton went head to head on the track and astonishingly posted exactly the same time of 1m 08.980s, each being awarded gold. The team made it a clean sweep thanks to Fraser Knox taking the bronze medal.

 

A short time later, it was the 3km pursuit and once again Andy Brown and Angus Claxton were up against each other again in the final.  It was Claxton who just came out on top with a time of 3m 26.880s. A night of triumph for the team was completed with Lewis Mulholland’s bronze making it a second clean sweep of the medals.

 

The following day, the riders line up for a gruelling 25 km Points Race over 100 laps of the Velodrome.  In what turned out to be a frantically paced race with attack and counter-attacks from the outset, it was Lewis Mulholland who made a highly significant move after 10 laps that provided him with a points bonus and enabled him to take control of the race.

 

 

He then put on a perfect display of tactical riding for the remainder of the race and took gold ahead of Grant Martin (Spokes Racing Team), while his Glasgow Cycle team-mate Angus Claxton added to his two golds haul of the previous evening with a bronze medal in this endurance race.

 

It was the turn of the sprinting events to take centre stage on Sunday and whilst Glasgow Cycle Team had no riders in the shorter match sprint races, the team took to the track for the Kierin and were rewarded with a silver medal for Fraser Knox in an event that is far from his speciality.

 

The final event of the Championships was the 20km scratch race over 80 laps.  In a marvellous display of team riding, the four Glasgow Cycle Team lads worked collectively in making regular attacks to wear out the others in the field and enabling Andy Brown to break free with 10 laps to go to such an extent that he made up a full lap on the bunch 3 laps before the end and so allowed him to coast home to the gold medal.  Angus Claxton completed the weekend’s haul of eleven medals for the team by snatching bronze in a bunch sprint at the finish.

 

Having proven themselves at the Scottish championships, five members of the Glasgow Cycle Team team will travel to Bilbao in Spain in early July to take part in a five-day road race against some of Europe’s best Junior riders  while the next focus for the team after that will be the British National Track Championships taking place in Manchester between 3-7 August 2015.

 

 

22 June 2015

COMMONWEALTH GAMES WERE ‘WORTH IT’ SAY EAST END RESIDENTS

 

Findings from a University of Glasgow study of the impacts of the Commonwealth Games on the East End of Glasgow have been published. They show that the vast majority of people living near the Games venues in the East End continue to be supportive of the fact that Glasgow hosted the Games, and that most of those who experienced inconvenience at the time of the event thought it was worth it. 

 

A large number of people in the study, seven out of ten respondents, were inconvenienced by the Games in one way or another, due to traffic and security arrangements and as a result of the large numbers of people in the area. Very few people, however, (7.5%) were inconvenienced by antisocial behaviour, suggesting that those attending the Games were for the most part well-behaved. 

 

Given the pre-Games debates about the problems caused for local residents, it is interesting that afterwards, the vast majority of those affected thought that the inconveniences they experienced were worth it for the enjoyment or benefits brought by the Games.

 

The results also show that the regeneration activity in the area, some of which was allied to the Games, is producing positive changes that are noticed by residents, including increased feelings of safety at night and reductions in problems of vacant and derelict land.  

 

However, progress on other indicators of the attractiveness of the area is slow, and to bring the area up to national average standards on many indicators of environmental quality requires sustained regeneration efforts.

 

The direct impact of the Commonwealth Games, for example on participation in sport and physical activity, is positive but modest in size thus far, with 8% of the respondents in the study saying that they were doing more sport, or in a new sport as a result of being inspired by the Games.

 

Professor Ade Kearns, Principal Investigator on the study, said: “In general, our findings indicate that the Commonwealth Games were a positive experience for many of the people we interviewed in the East End of Glasgow. More importantly, however, the regeneration process is producing improvements, some faster and some slower than others, that offer the prospect of future gains to quality of life and health and wellbeing in the area. 

 

“It is important that these regeneration efforts are continued, and supported by well-resourced management and maintenance efforts, as well as by social programmes that support people to become more physically active and to interact with others where social change is occurring in the communities.”

 

Councillor Archie Graham, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Hosting the Commonwealth Games and influx of athletes, officials and visitors from around the world was a huge undertaking for the city and I’m pleased that the majority of survey respondents felt it was worth it and indeed are still enjoying the benefits of the regeneration activity and community engagement through a number of organisations, including the council and Glasgow Life. We are fully aware that social change on this scale happens over a prolonged period and with continuous effort. We will strive to keep the momentum going through partnerships with other agencies, legacy projects and council-led initiatives such as East End specific projects under the recently announced £1.13bn City Deal for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.”

 

The report was also welcomed by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, who said: “There can be no doubt that the Games have been a strong catalyst for regeneration in the East End of Glasgow, with anticipated lasting benefits to the communities living there. The results of the GoWell East study indicate the Games were a largely positive experience for the residents of the East End. It’s now up to all of us to continue working hard to ensure the legacy of the Games is lasting and positive.”

 

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “We welcome the findings of this study as it supports the view that the Games were a positive experience for people in the East End of Glasgow, and they now have world-class sporting venues, such as the Glasgow Hockey Centre, Tollcross Swimming Centre, and the Emirates Arena and Velodrome, that are being used by many in the local community.”

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the Chair of Clyde Gateway said: “I’m delighted that the findings of this study confirm the very encouraging response there has been locally to Clyde Gateway’s regeneration efforts. The physical, social and economic transformation so far has been remarkable but there is still much more to do, given we are just seven years into what is a 20-year programme of planned work. The continued support of the Government and our partners will ensure that the Legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be every bit as world-class as the event was itself.”

 

The full report entitled GoWell East: Studying Change in Glasgow’s East End. Headline Indicators Report for Wave 2(2015) in comparison with Wave 1 (2012), and is available to download at: http://www.gowellonline.com/news

 

GoWell stands for the Glasgow Community Health and Wellbeing Research and Learning Programme and is a long-term study of the health and wellbeing impacts of regeneration activities and housing improvement works across deprived communities in Glasgow. GoWell is a partnership between the University of Glasgow, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. 

 

GoWell East is an extension of the GoWell Programme, begun in 2012 to study the impacts of regeneration and the Commonwealth Games upon communities in the East End of the city. GoWell East is sponsored by the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and sportscotland.

 

 

27 May 2015

NEW BUS SERVICE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO NEW AND EMERGING BUSINESS LOCATIONS

 

Clyde Gateway is launching, from Monday 1 June, a new dedicated bus service to further improve access to the various commercial, office and industrial developments that have been constructed in recent years across the east end and South Lanarkshire.

 

Bus Service CG1, operated by Community Transport Glasgow, will offer an hourly service between Rutherglen Town Centre and Carmyle Station by way of Shawfield, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and the Clyde Gateway Business Park in Auchenshuggle, every Monday to Friday between 6am and 6pm. 

 

 

The new service is the result of the Clyde Gateway Sustainable Transport Project (CGSTP), an initiative backed by a range of partners including Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and which has also attracted additional funding of more than £700,000 from the European Regional Development Fund and Transport Scotland.

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “Ever increasing numbers of local residents are obtaining job and training opportunities across the Clyde Gateway area and the main aim of the new bus service is to make it easier for them to get from their homes to their places of work in an affordable and comfortable way.”

 

“At the same time, the route of CG1 links to and from four railway stations at Rutherglen, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Carmyle and in doing so it improves the already excellent options available to those who come here to work by public transport.  

 

“We have been working quietly behind the scenes with our partners for some time on a range of ideas for better and sustainable transport options to support and complement the huge investment that has already been made or is in the pipeline for the coming years.  This specially branded bus, which we have purchased through the Bus Investment Fund that is managed by Transport Scotland, will serve a number of locations such as Rutherglen Industrial Estate and Clyde Gateway East that are not presently covered by existing services, as well as offering a direct link from the Athletes Village to a whole range of other new developments right across the area.

 

“It is yet another example of Clyde Gateway looking to be innovative and imaginative in our regeneration efforts and how we are already planning ahead for the continued developments we are anticipating, especially around the areas of Shawfield and South Dalmarnock where we intend to capitalise on the outstanding success of the new Police Scotland building which has brought 1100 jobs to a prime site on the banks of the Clyde.”

 

The service is guaranteed to be in place for the next four years with the award-winning Community Transport Glasgow running the bus on behalf of Clyde Gateway.  The first service will leave from Queen Street in Rutherglen at 6am each day, arriving at Carmyle Station after a journey lasting twenty six minutes with the first of the return journeys being at 6.27am.  The service will run to a regular hourly timetable with the last departures being 6pm from Rutherglen and 6.27pm from Carmyle.

 

There will be just two fare levels on CG1 with a charge of £1 for short journeys and £1.50 for longer journeys.  Children under 5 will travel free while those aged 5-16 will be eligible for half-price fares.  Anyone holding the National Entitlement Card for Concessionary Travel will be eligible travel for free and the bus will also accept users of the SPT Zonecard.

 

The service however, will be entirely free of charge to all users for a three-week period from Monday 1 June to Friday 19 June, with the fares coming into operation on Monday 22 June.

 

Further details, including a timetable, detailed route and fares table, can be downloaded from the Clyde Gateway website.

 

Copies are also available from a range of public offices and buildings including the Clyde Gateway offices at Bridgeton Cross, the public libraries in Rutherglen and Bridgeton, Rutherglen Town Hall, and the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus in Dale Street.

 

The new bus is a new Mercedes-Benz Euro VI Sprinter City 45.  The vehicle is environmentally friendly, meeting the highest European specifications on emissions.  It will be garaged and serviced from the Community Transport Glasgow depot in Shettleston.

 

Clyde Gateway has introduced a number of new bus stops and shelters including Potters Way and Queen Street in Rutherglen, Glasgow Road in Shawfield and within the Clyde Gateway East Business Park in Auchenshuggle.

 

CGSTP has been awarded a grant of £419,000 by the European Regional Development Fund to improve transport infrastructure and a grant of £295,442 by Transport Scotland, through its Bus Investment Fund, to purchase the bus and to operate the service over the next four years through to May 2019.

 

 

8 May 2015

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON HOUSING PROPOSAL FOR CARSTAIRS STREET, DALMARNOCK

 

The local communities across the Clyde Gateway area are being invited to participate in a consultation exercise on a planning application that could see 114 new flats created at Carstairs Street, Dalmarnock.

 

The proposal is being brought forward by Spectrum Properties (Scotland) Ltd which is one of the largest private sector landholders within the Clyde Gateway area and involves the conversion of two buildings, including the former Strathclyde School which overlooks the Clyde Gateway-constructed SMART bridge that spans the River Clyde, as well as new build on land that is currently vacant.

 

The consultation will take place on Monday 11 May, between 11am and 7pm, with the location being the former industrial building at 103-109 French Street which is located just a few hundred yards from the Carstairs Street site. Drawings and images will be on display throughout while members of the project team assembled by Spectrum will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an additional informal presentation on the proposal between 5pm and 7pm.

 

Futher information can be obtained from Jewitt & Wilkie Architects, 38 New City Road, Glasgow, G4 9JT. The telephone number is 0141 352 6929 while the e-mail is info@jawarchitects.co.uk.  

 

 

1 May 2015

LORD SMITH SETS OUT HIS VISION AND HOPES FOR CLYDE GATEWAY

 

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the new chair of Clyde Gateway, has set out his vision and plan as to how he can make a telling contribution to the ongoing transformation of the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire and to continue the Legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in which he played such a prominent role as Chair of the Organising Committee.

 

In an interview with Douglas Dickie, the Chief Reporter of the Rutherglen Reformer  conducted immediately after he had chaired his first Clyde Gateway board meeting in the burgh’s Town Hall on 27 April, Lord Smith said he hoped to use his contacts in the business world to help finish the job of regenerating the area.

 

He said: “I like challenges; I’ve taken on a few.  I’m very lucky that I’m in a position where people ask me to do these things and I’m delighted to take this one on with good people, a good project, good ideas, great board papers, and I really don’t say that often, so I’m really excited for the future.

 

“Throughout my career, internationally and here in Scotland, I have got reasonable contacts to the extent that I can use them to help the good work that is happening here. That’s one of the reasons I guess I’ve been asked to do this.

 

“We talked today about sovereign wealth funds, about overseas investors, real overseas investors, not in Europe, not in the UK, not in Scotland but real outside people coming in and investing and I think there’s something I could bring to that party, to try and attract people from the far east or wherever to invest in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.”

 

Lord Smith was full of praise for what he had already seen in his early days in his new role.

 

“It’s tremendous, a very very impressive group of people, and very good board papers as well and I’ve done more boards than you could shake a fist at.

 

“They came and said ‘look would you do this’ and I was delighted to do it. A colleague who was already involved with Clyde Gateway did say, and he was right, that they are past the regeneration stage as it’s now a success story to be built on.

 

“Clyde Gateway is building offices now and people are coming, real businesses. Once you get real businesses you get jobs, everything flows from that; education, health and so on, wellbeing. The important thing is to get industry, commerce and wealth creating, job creating people into the area and that’s happening.

 

“I didn’t know a huge amount in detail about Clyde Gateway before taking up this role. I had obviously heard of them as everywhere we went in this area in and around the Games you could see evidence of what Clyde Gateway was doing and of course you read, in any national news, for example the Police headquarters coming to the area,”

 

Lord Smith was also keen to acknowledge the challenges that lay ahead and that Rutherglen was every bit as integral to the future work.

 

“The area is dominated by sites that used to be heavy engineering, steel making and similar sorts of industrial activities. A lot of the ground was left in a state where people could not build on them. A lot of contamination has to be remediated and it’s all ground-breaking work that has to be done.

 

“Clyde Gateway cleans up sites, gets them prepared and then lets developers come in and develop things. You want to attract private enterprise in as much as you can alongside your housing associations or whatever, but we have to do a lot of the remediation work first. Once you’ve done that you start to attract people into the area.  Shawfield, for example, is going to be a very, very big area so people in South Lanarkshire are not going to be forgotten.”

 

 

28 April 2015

550 NEW HOMES TO BE BUILT ON SITE OF FORMER DALMARNOCK POWER STATION

 

The latest stage on the ongoing transformation of the Glasgow’s East End will see 550 homes constructed on the site of the former Dalmarnock Power Station.

 

Clyde Gateway has sold the 22 acre (8.9 hectare) Dalmarnock Riverside site to Link Group in a deal worth £5.7m, paving the way for what has been a vacant and derelict area on the banks of the River Clyde to come back into use for the first time in almost 40 years.  The funding for the acquisition by Link was provided by Glasgow City Council.

 

Link will now press ahead with a six-year investment programme worth £65m that will see a comprehensive housing mix of various sized units across different tenures including social rented, shared equity and family homes for sale.

 

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “This deal epitomises what Clyde Gateway is all about.  We have stepped in to deal with market failure and having initially purchased the site and followed it up with a spend of £3m on decontamination and infrastructure improvements beneath the surface, we have now found a very able and willing development partner who will deliver the types and quality of housing that the community here requires.

 

“These 550 homes will complement perfectly the nearby Athletes’ Village. What we are seeing and experiencing here in this area is a truly world-class transformation with the likes of Dalmarnock railway station – which recently underwent an £11m refurbishment – the community-owned Legacy Hub, the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Police Scotland building and the soon-to-be-built nursery and primary schools making an unbelievable difference and fulfilling the legacy promises made when Glasgow first bid for the Commonwealth Games.”

 

Roy Stirrat, chair of Link Group Limited, said: “We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to enable us to lead on the Dalmarnock Riverside development. This regeneration project will provide high quality cross -tenure housing opportunities for Glasgow’s East End.

 

“Link has a design philosophy which embodies Clyde Gateway’s masterplanning aims of high quality buildings and open space, creating a vibrant and cohesive and sustainable community. Working with our partners and stakeholders, Link aims to develop the site delivering a range of community benefits, including up to 76 jobs new to the Clyde Gateway area, which will provide a lasting legacy for the Dalmarnock area and the people living there.”

 

Link has been involved in this area for a number of years, having delivered some of the first built properties for Shared Ownership in Scotland in Bridgeton in 1980 and more recently supported the provision of new social housing in Oatlands while helping the Oatlands Development Trust get established. 

 

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Dalmarnock Riverside is the latest example of the remarkable regeneration of this part of Glasgow.  The exciting proposals for this development will mean 550 high-quality homes for sale, social rent and shared equity, and I am sure this will complement all that has already been achieved in the area over the past few years, a period that has seen a stunning renaissance in Dalmarnock.”

 

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP said: “The Scottish Government has provided £181 million to Glasgow City Council over the last three years for its affordable housing supply programme. This allowed the council to fund Link Group Limited’s acquisition of the Dalmarnock site for affordable homes.

 

“This development complements the significant investment already made in the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, which delivered 700 new affordable homes and a care centre. I am delighted that the funding of this project will make use of surplus, public sector land that meets local housing needs.”

 

Dalmarnock Power Station was, for decades, a landmark structure whose chimney dominated the East End skyline.  It was built in 1915 and expanded on two occasions in 1921 and 1935 to meet the ever growing demand for power across the city.  It was such a strategic component of the city and national economies that it was targeted by enemy aircraft during the Second World War. The power station suffered only superficial damage, but bombs landed on adjacent tenements with loss of civilian lives.

 

It closed in 1977 and was demolished in 1980, but such was the strength of the structure that it took three attempts to bring down the chimney in a controlled explosion.  The site subsequently lay vacant and derelict, often used for illegal dumping and fly tipping, before being purchased by Clyde Gateway in 2010. 

 

The first stage of the work to bring the site back into use saw a 12-month remediation programme by Clyde Gateway in 2011/12 for the removal of thousands of tons of concrete and steelwork which was left behind below the surface when the initial demolition took place – as well as clearance of Japanese Knotweed and the installation of a new sustainable drainage system to support regeneration efforts across the wider Dalmarnock area.

 

Link will build the site out on a phased basis with the first phase getting underway in 2016 and overall completion due in 2021/22.

 

 

13 April 2015

CLYDE GATEWAY STUDY SCHOOL GIVES BOOST TO STUDENTS

 

Pupils and staff at Trinity High in Rutherglen are making an extra special effort towards delivering and achieving good grades as they embark on the second week of a Clyde Gateway backed study school during the Easter break.

 

peter bollan

A total of 25 members of staff across 18 different subjects are supporting the students and head teacher Peter Bollan (pictured above) said:”The study school shows the commitment of young people in the area to work hard to achieve the best they can in their final years at school.

“This is a strategy to raise attainment and one where the pupils themselves take responsibility for their own learning, but with confidence that there are teachers on hand to guide and support them.

“The school is delighted that so many staff have given up their time to support the Easter revision programme, and the ongoing partnership we have with Clyde Gateway. In particular, we are delighted with their efforts to promote this possibility with the young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity.”

Pupils are studying chemistry, history, computing science, Spanish, physics, art, music, biology, administration and IT, English, maths, modern studies, geography, PE, graphic communication, practical woodwork, accounting and drama.

Natalie Philips, project manager for community benefits at Clyde Gateway said: “We provide resources to all of the secondary schools in our area with the idea that they can develop a range of programmes and initiatives that will have a positive impact on attainment levels and in the fullness of time further help the students into work or higher education.

“The Easter Study School in past years at Trinity High has been popular and undoubtedly boosted the exam results of those who took part and Clyde Gateway is delighted that the school is currently repeating the programme.”

 

9 April 2015

COMMITMENT GIVEN TO A JOBS AND TRAINING LEGACY FOR RUTHERGLEN RESIDENTS

 

The next twelve months of activity by Clyde Gateway is set to provide local residents across Rutherglen with an ever-increasing number of job and training opportunities.

 

COMMITMENT GIVEN TO A JOBS AND TRAINING LEGACY FOR RUTHERGLEN RESIDENTS

 

The pledge was made by board member Councillor Denis McKenna as he met up with some of those, along with their employers, who have already taken up the opportunities on offer across a range of activities including construction, healthcare, administration, retail and sports and leisure.

 

Councillor McKenna said: “Most people probably associate Clyde Gateway with the physical transformation that is well underway which is no real surprise given the very noticeable work at the likes of Rutherglen Links on Farmeloan Road and the site of the former Shawfield Industrial Estate.

 

“This physical regeneration has been matched with a number of specially provided employability programmes delivered directly by experienced and knowledgeable locally-based partners that have brought outstanding results and real benefits to so many people.

 

“Our work provides a genuine example of legacy and is social justice in action.  It is very satisfying that our efforts have been acknowledged in recent weeks with funders such as the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery providing us with additional resources for our programmes meaning that we will be able to get even more local residents, including Ruglonians, into work in the coming financial year.”

 

Routes to Work South (RTWS) is one of Clyde Gateway’s main employment and training providers who offer opportunities within a range of trades and professions all across South Lanarkshire and Glasgow. 

 

Eli Wilkinson, an outreach worker at RTWS said “I was delighted that a number of our success stories and some of their employers were able to meet up with Councillor McKenna so that he could hear first-hand the difference our joint efforts are making.

 

“It is tremendous news that Clyde Gateway is seeking to expand its already superb efforts to support local people in the coming years and Routes to Work South is looking forward to a continuation of what has been a very successful and meaningful partnership”

 

The Clyde Gateway/RTWS partnership has enabled building repair specialists Affiniti Response to recruit 22-year old Jack Macintyre who is learning the ropes at the East Kilbride HQ and on-site at various locations alongside contract manager Allan Dunning while Kelly Davidson (21) is a vital part of the Keane Premier Health Group, currently working at the Duncraggan Care Home in Rutherglen, under the expert eye of her manager Janine Logue.

 

Janine said “It was a huge help to the company that Clyde Gateway and Routes to Work South were able to identify Kelly as being ideally suited to our type of work and activities.  She is doing a tremendous job for us here in her home town but I’ve no doubt she has the ability to go on and enjoy a successful career in the industry no matter the location.”

 

One of the other most successful strands of Clyde Gateway’s efforts around jobs and training has been the ‘Academy Programme’ with Street League, a UK-wide charity which seeks to change the lives of young people, aged 16-25, through football.  Scott Smith, a youth and community coach with Street League who runs the Clyde Gateway programme from the Toryglen Football Centre located close to the National Stadium at Hampden Park, brought four of his new charges along to meet Councillor McKenna.

 

Scott said:”Street League has been involved with Clyde Gateway since 2010 and the vast majority of our academy graduates have gone into all sorts of jobs and employment, or taken up the chance to go to college or university, and not just in sports and leisure. 

 

“Youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems in modern society and what we have been able to do, thanks to specific funding from Clyde Gateway, is provide local residents, including those living in Rutherglen, with a challenging but enjoyable training programme followed by a work placement.  Street League has an excellent and proud track record of achievements and we are delighted to be able to play our part in this exceptional and world-class regeneration programme.”

 

Since 2009, more than 800 local people have been supported into jobs following their participation in a Clyde Gateway backed employability programme.  The continued investment over the next twelve months into these activities, delivered by RTWS, Street League and other, is help a further 200 local residents into work or education.

 

 

7 April 2015

ALBUS ATTRACTS AWARD-WINNING DESIGN AGENCY AS ITS FIRST TENANT 

 

MadeBrave®, an award-winning design agency, has become the first company to move into the Albus building.

 

The agency, which was founded three years ago by Andrew Dobbie has enjoyed tremendous success and growth, doubling in size since January 2014, and the move by the 20-strong team to Bridgeton will see them occupy a space three times the size of their current home in the Merchant City.

 

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Andrew Dobbie, who also sits on the Glasgow Chambers of Commerce Council of Directors, spent almost 12-months looking for the perfect space before finding The Albus building. He said: “There’s a great buzz around Bridgeton at the moment and we’re excited to be part of the area’s regeneration and future.” 

 

“As for the building, The Albus is great – it just feels very MadeBrave® and as you can guess, we’re excited to put our own creative stamp on it.”

 

Fionna Kell,  the Senior Manager for  Inward Investment & Property Marketing at Clyde Gateway said, “I am delighted to welcome MadeBrave® as our first tenant in The Albus. The building was conceived and designed to attract exactly this kind of creative company and their move is testimony to the entrepreneurial culture of the east end. MadeBrave’s relocation to the area is the latest in a number of firms choosing to establish and grow their business in Clyde Gateway and we look forward to welcoming others”.

 

MadeBrave® attribute the bulk of their success to being a full-service agency, with the ability to support clients with all aspects of their design, digital, marketing and social media needs. Renowned and celebrated brands such as Aggreko, Bowmore Whisky, Springbank, Linn Products, Air Space, The SSE Hydro and Mary’s Meals are on their client list. While for the second year running, they have entered into a partnership with the innovative TEDx brand as the Official Creative Partner.

 

MadeBrave® have enlisted the services of several locally based suppliers to create a space that is both unique and functional. The team is looking forward to moving into the new premises and ultimately welcoming new members to MadeBrave® as it continues to grow. 

 

Further information can be found at  http://madebrave.com

 

 

1 April 2015

JOB VACANCY – BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MODERN APPRENTICE

 

Clyde Gateway is seeking to recruit a Business Administration Modern Apprentice to provide administrative support to the team at our Bridgeton Cross office. The post holder will also provide the first point at reception and on the main telephone number.

 

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Other duties include financial administration (invoice processing and office supplies), typing documents, minute taking, management of staff diaries, filing and data management.

 

Applicants must be familiar with a range of IT equipment and software. A practical knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel are essential as is typing competency.

 

Candidates with National Level 5 in Administration and IT or equivalent, are preferred. Individuals taking exams towards this qualification in 2015 will be considered and an appointment may be made on the condition of satisfactory exam results.

 

The successful candidate must have a polite and friendly manner when working with visitors and staff. They must have a high level of attention to detail and be able to work systematically through a range of diverse tasks. They should be able to demonstrate that they are proactive and self-motivated. They will work 35 hours per week and be paid £4.21 per hour in their first year. Salary increase will be subject to review and achievement of Apprenticeship milestones.

 

Support will be given towards the postholder achieving SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.

 

All applications should take the form of an e-mail, with an accompanying CV, sent to recruitment@jbg.org.uk.

 

The e-mail should be headed “WESTWOOD BUS17972”

 

The closing date is Thursday 30 April 2015

 

 

19 March 2015

BIG LOTTERY TO FUND POPULAR CLYDE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

 

Gateway to Health and Opportunity, a partnership programme involving Clyde Gateway, West of Scotland Housing Association (WoSHA) and the Celtic FC Foundation is set to expand thanks to a grant award from the Big Lottery Fund that will help ensure its delivery over the next three years.

 

BIG LOTTERY TO FUND POPULAR CLYDE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

 

The programme sees participants take part in a 10-week long project promoting healthier lifestyles and enables them to address and manage physical and mental health problems as well as make huge strides into gaining employment.  The Big Lottery Fund is putting almost £270,000 into Gateway to Health and the continued support from Clyde Gateway and WoSHA means that £450,000 will be invested up until March 2018.

 

Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Business and Community growth has been one of the driving forces behind the programme which, during its initial pilot phase, proved popular and successful.  Niki said:” Clyde Gateway is always on the lookout for innovative ways to address the social aspects of our regeneration efforts and Gateway to Health and Opportunity certainly fitted the bill.  Many long term unemployed local residents benefited from the pilot project and from a position with few prospects or hope found themselves in much better positions to access jobs, education or training.

 

“We were keen to maintain the programme into the future and this new funding support from the Big Lottery Fund is very welcome as it will assist with our extensive efforts to provide legacy and social justice from all aspects of our regeneration activities.”

 

Maureen McGinn, the Scotland Chair of the Big Lottery Fund was at Celtic Park today to announce the award. She said: “We know from the successful pilot project that our funding will make a huge difference to lives of those who need it most. As well as helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local people this innovative project will break down barriers to employment by putting them in touch with job seeking services. Celtic FC Foundation is well placed to deliver this project and we wish them every success as they motivate and encourage hundreds of people to move towards a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

 

The Chief Executive of the Celtic FC Foundation, Tony Hamilton, was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue with the programme that will be open to residents right across all of the Clyde Gateway communities in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. He said: “I’d like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for believing in Celtic FC Foundation.  Throughout the pilot period of Gateway to Health and Opportunity we worked closely with Clyde Gateway and West of Scotland Housing Association to make a significant difference to the lives of people on health related benefits. This most recent funding from Big Lottery Scotland will enable us to develop the project even further and make a positive impact to the lives of many adults looking to improve their health and wellbeing and ultimately move into training. volunteering or employment opportunities.”

 

One of the beneficiaries from the pilot project was Joanne Burns from Camlachie.  A single parent with four children, Joanne has experienced massive change in her life since participating in Gateway to Health back in 2012.  She said: “The programme was just what I needed to get my life back on track. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and to look at all sorts of opportunities I had never considered before.  

 

“I’ve now completed a number of college courses and the qualifications I’ve obtained have put me on the track to going to Stirling University later this year. It’s just been amazing.”

 

 

12 March 2015

£600,000 LEGACY FUNDING BOOST FOR COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYABILITY ACTIVITY

 

The continued delivery of community outreach work in Clyde Gateway has been boosted by £600,000 of funding from the Scottish Government.

 

£600,000 LEGACY FUNDING BOOST FOR COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYABILITY ACTIVITY

 

The funding was announced by Sports Minister Jamie Hepburn today(12 March) on a Legacy Week visit to the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust in Rutherglen.  He said: “Legacy Week is an opportunity for communities to recognise the impact of the Commonwealth Games and celebrate the way it has transformed the Clyde Gateway area beyond recognition.  

 

“This £600,000 funding will ensure the legacy continues and that people continue to reap the benefits of the Games long after its closing ceremony.

 

“People were key to the success of the Games and this funding will deliver a range of community and employment activities in the area to help people access new economic opportunities, get active and gain confidence.

 

“By providing training and employment opportunities and encouraging children to take up sport from a young age Clyde Gateway is improving the lives of people and communities in the area.”

 

The delivery of the projects will, in keeping with the practice of Clyde Gateway,  be done in partnership with community organisations, housing associations, public agencies and employability agencies .

 

Niki Spence, Senior Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway said:  “We have never just been about physical regeneration and this very welcome funding will allow us to continue with our successful efforts to make real differences to people’s lives and to ensure they benefit from and experience a legacy that is truly world-class and deserved.”

 

 

3 March 2015

LOCAL FILMMAKERS PICK UP NATIONAL AWARD

 

A Clyde Gateway-backed short film that was made by three Bridgeton women was been named the winner of the ‘Innovative Media Campaign’ category at the Safer Communities Awards 2015 at a prestigious ceremony held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

 

LOCAL FILMMAKERS PICK UP NATIONAL AWARD

 

‘Judge for Yourself’ is the work of Nessie Howard, Nancy Humphries and Mary Alice McLellan. It portrays their own real-life take on the perceived issues of gang violence, bigotry and isolation and delivers a message, in a humorous and entertaining style, that their local community is wrongly and unfairly labelled in ways that are damaging to its reputation.

 

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.

 

Speaking in July 2014 when the film received its public premiere in front of a 150-strong local audience 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 was shown at a number of outdoor locations in the Bridgeton area during the 2014 Commonwealth Games where it attracted a great deal of favourable comment and media coverage including an in-depth piece on STV Glasgow, including a studio interview with Mary Alice.  The film has also been available to view online.

 

Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway said :”This national award for ‘Judge for Yourself’ is well earned and I want to pass on my congratulations to Nancy, Nessie, Mary-Alice and the entire team involved.  

 

“I’d also like to thank them as it is was they who felt so strongly about so many false things being said and written about the Bridgeton community that they wanted to tackle things head-on.  They did so in a very clever and entertaining way and it is tremendous that their efforts have received this acknowledgement and accolade.”

 

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’)

 

 

26 February 2015

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW MOVING INTO THE OLYMPIA AT BRIDGETON CROSS

 

Clyde Gateway’s long-term efforts to transform the fortunes of communities in the east end of the city and to deliver a lasting post-Games legacy have been bolstered further with the news that the University of Glasgow is to take up space in the Olympia, one of the most famous and iconic buildings in Bridgeton.

 

The top-floor of the 103 year old former theatre and cinema is to become the new home to 15 University staff from a range of schools and research centres with the space also being shared with 30 staff from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), a partnership organisation established in 2004 which seeks to address the city’s poor health and tackle inequalities.

 

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW MOVING INTO THE OLYMPIA AT BRIDGETON CROSS

 

The move was announced today by Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice in his first visit to the Olympia following its re-opening back in December 2012 after a £10m refurbishment.  He said:

 

“Thanks to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and Clyde Gateway’s commitment to redeveloping the area, the east end of Glasgow has transformed beyond recognition over the last few years.

 

“With the University and GCPH now moving east it’s clear that perceptions are changing and organisations now have the confidence to relocate to this vibrant, evolving area.  

 

“We’ve already seen how physical changes is improving the lives of the people and communities who live there, and these new 45 jobs will bring even more benefits to the local economy. 

 

“I’m excited to see how the tenants will continue their valuable research in these new surroundings, and establish how we can bridge the poverty gap and tackle inequalities in Glasgow.”

 

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, believes the decision by the University to locate part of its activities in Bridgeton and to strengthen its association with GCPH not only brings huge social and economic benefits to the area but will act as a game-changer in terms of perception.

 

He said: “These are 45 jobs new to the east end of Glasgow and it means we are now getting close to almost 2000 office workers having made their new home in Bridgeton or Dalmarnock in the past three years alone.  The spin-offs to the local economy from such numbers are enormous.

 

“There is no question that the area is being transformed beyond all imagination, helped in part by the work in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, but Clyde Gateway has kept the momentum going ever since as the promised Legacy grows with each passing week and month. 

 

“This is a particularly important relocation for us.  Our efforts to bring the Olympia back into use some 20 years after it had seemingly closed its doors for the final time have proved very worthwhile.  It is very fitting that Alex Neil has made this historic announcement as it was his decision, back in 2009 in his role as Minister for Housing and Local Communities, to provide us with additional funding to buy the building and bring into public ownership for the first time.

 

“The decision by the University to move to the east end might raise a few sceptical eyebrows but such people have a very an outdated view of Bridgeton and Dalmarnock and don’t realise our business community is strong, stable and diverse. 

 

“The team of academics and researchers will be joining the likes of Police Scotland and the Glasgow Womens’ Library as recent newcomers to an area that for years has been home to successful arts and cultural organisations such as Chemikal Underground Record and the David Dale Gallery not forgetting companies such as Andrew Muirhead, the world’s biggest supplier of leather to the airline industry with exports to more than 60 countries.  I’m very confident that many more forward-looking and innovative organisations will also be looking to make their presence felt here in the heart of Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration area.”

 

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow and Head of the College of Social Sciences said “The University is pleased to be involved in this innovative and ambitious venture, which we believe will boost the potential for our research to meet the expressed needs of the communities in Glasgow.

 

“This move promises opportunities for closer collaboration between our social scientists, researchers at Glasgow Centre for Population Health and public bodies to undertake substantial and transformative research that will make a real difference to people’s lives in the future.”

 

GCPH was represented at the event by its Director, Professor Carol Tannahill, and she too believes the benefits of the move into the Olympia will be wide-ranging.  Professor Tannahill said: “The Glasgow Centre for Population Health works with a range of organisations and communities to understand and tackle the causes of poor health and health inequalities.

 

“We are delighted to be moving into the Olympia with colleagues from the University of Glasgow and to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the east end of Glasgow. 

 

“This is an important point in time to build the Commonwealth Games legacy by focussing on improving the health and wellbeing of all of Glasgow’s people and the GCPH team is looking forward to playing its part.”

 

Work will begin next month on the fit-out and layout of the top floor of the Olympia with staff likely to move in over the summer months.

 

A video, from the you tube channel of the Scottish Government, can be viewed at the following link:-

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TnSGneFS9s&feature=em-share_video_user 

 

 

20 February 2015

RUTHERGLEN REFORMER INTERVIEW WITH OUTGOING CHAIR OF CLYDE GATEWAY

 

One of the main newspapers covering the Clyde Gateway communities has this week carried an in-depth interview with Neil MacDonald on the eve of him standing down as Board chair.  Neil was talking to Douglas Dickie, the Chief Reporter of the Rutherglen Reformer.

 

RUTHERGLEN REFORMER INTERVIEW WITH OUTGOING CHAIR OF CLYDE GATEWAY

 

Neil MacDonald takes a seat in The Black Poppy on Rutherglen’s Stonelaw Road, just yards from the Red Tree Business Suites.

 

Outside the window you can clearly see the huge Clyde Gateway sign that reads “Building the Legacy.”

 

That has been part of Neil’s role for the past sevenyears, first as a member of the Clyde Gateway board as a representative of the private sector, and for the last three years as the chair of the board.  As he prepares to take charge of his final meeting in the role next week, Neil has been looking back on the achievements of the urban regeneration company during his time.

 

After taking the Reformer for a tour of the new One Rutherglen Links building near Farme Cross, Neil settles down to discuss his time with Clyde Gateway before handing over the reins to Lord Smith of Kelvin. And he revealed he’s not shy about showing off the group’s achievements to friends.

 

“If I come into town with someone I will drive them round the back streets and tell them this is what’s happening,” he laughs. “I’ll say here’s the police building or whatever, because people will remember that for what it was and are astonished when they see it now.”

 

Born on the Isle of Skye in 1945, Neil moved to Lanarkshire early in his life. He served his apprenticeship as a Design Draughtsman with Marshall and Anderson and worked his way up to become a successful businessman in his own right. Greatly respected by his peers, he has served on dozens of boards over the years and is still called on for advice and assistance from local businesses. But Clyde Gateway remains one of the jewels in his crown.

 

He cites getting the various partners working together as well as winning funding support from the Scottish Government as highlights. But he also reckons winning the support of communities like Rutherglen was a real achievement.

 

“I suppose the other thing is seeing communities getting involved and seeing them supporting what we are doing,” he says. “That is no easy task, getting communities to think positively about what has been going on around them. That’s been a major achievement. ” It’s been hugely challenging but there are staff within Clyde Gateway that are dedicated to exactly that, keeping them informed, keeping them aware of what we are trying to do so that when we are doing those things, because some of them are disruptive, they can understand what the end game is. Sticking to that plan has made that whole thing credible.

 

“There’s been very little opposition. One or two in the early days where people understandably did not really believe this was going to happen because they have had the experience in the past of projects and initiatives that have been short term and after a year or couple of years they have died away. It’s hard to get them to believe they are here for the long run but it’s been quite positive.”

 

Earlier that day, Neil had taken us around one of Clyde Gateway’s greatest achievements at Rutherglen Links, a project that hadn’t even been in their initial  plan. According to his colleagues, the reason many of the projects have been given the go-ahead is Neil himself, who has persuaded the board it was the “right thing to do.”

 

An unpaid volunteer, he was supportive of Rutherglen Links, and believes it could eclipse the success of the Red Tree centre.

 

“One of our earliest things was Red Tree of course and that was a jumping off point for us. It was a big success. Very quickly the office space was taken up with good businesses. Even now we are sitting at 90 per cent occupancy, which is an amazing achievement.

 

“When you look at the building we were in today, that’s a huge achievement as well. Right beside the motorway, the site will sell itself and I think that will be an attractive area. It would be a surprise if that wasn’t very active in two or three years. I think perceptions have changed of Clyde Gateway and certainly in Rutherglen. It doesn’t matter where you look.”

 

Neil also praised the role played by South Lanarkshire Council , al though he admitted he may have been sold the role on false pretences by the council’s board member, Councillor Chris Thompson. He laughs: “Chris was on my board when I was chair at Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire, so we’d known each other for a long number of years. “In fact it was Chris who invited me to join the Clyde Gateway board as the private sector representative from South Lanarkshire. He did it under false pretences because he said it would  just be a few hours every month and of course it was very quickly different from that because there were so many different things going on because I ended up inheriting the audit committee chair and then URC chair. My one or two hours a month got pretty big after a while.”

 

He’ll have more time on his hands now he’s standing down, although he will continue to act on other boards and help his son with his own fledgling business. But he admits he’ll be sad to say goodbye to Clyde Gateway.

 

“It’s been fantastic, a challenging seven years from a standing start. “Seven years ago there wasn’t a great masterplan, there were plenty of challenges but no masterplan, but there’s been a tremendous amount of work done right across the Clyde Gateway area. “It’s been great to be associated with it for all these years. The last three years as chairman I have enjoyed  immensely and I have very mixed feelings about going but there’s a time when you’ve got to go.

 

“With respect to the chairman who is coming on board after me, the chairman has a role to play but the business is made up of the staff, the board. They’re a good bunch of folk.”

 

Clyde Gateway would like to thank Douglas Dickie and also Kenny Smith, Editor of the Rutherglen Reformer, for their permission to reproduce the article.

 

 

12 February 2015

LOCAL MP PRAISES NEW RUTHERGLEN OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

 

Work has been completed on the construction of One Rutherglen Links, the latest office block to be delivered by Clyde Gateway, and the local Member of Parliament was given an early opportunity to have a look round.

 

LOCAL MP PRAISES NEW RUTHERGLEN OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

 

Tom Greatex MP, the member for the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, was shown round the £5million facility by outgoing chair Neil MacDonald, board member Councillor Denis McKenna, chief executive Ian Manson and assistant project manager Amy Wimpenny and also heard of Clyde Gateway’s efforts to attract companies to the new office as well and plans for further development in the burgh.

 

Located on Farmeloan Road, just three minutes walk from Rutherglen Station and Main Street, the three-storey building at One Rutherglen Links has the capacity to hold up to 500 employees and is capable of functioning as an HQ building for a single company or being split up to accommodate several organisations.  It has already been nominated for several property awards as well as attracting several serious enquiries from potential occupiers.

 

Mr Greatrex paid tribute to Clyde Gateway and its partners for delivering One Rutherglen Links and the wider work across the wider area. He said “The commitment of South Lanarkshire Council has helped get to a position where the Shawfield area is being decontaminated, the new Police Scotland administration headquarters is being occupied, and the very environmentally sound new Rutherglen Links building is now complete and ready to be occupied.

 

“The high energy efficiency standards of the building make it an attractive prospect, as does the site which is within easy reach by road and rail of Glasgow city centre.

 

“Of course, the benefit locally is not just the local jobs created in construction and then potentially by the occupants – but also bringing more people into the Main Street, and new custom for shops and services there too.

 

“There remains a lot to do – but, at last, some of the regeneration talked about for many years is there for all to see.”

 

Amy Wimpenny had the responsibility for overseeing the delivery of the office block. She said: “This is the biggest ever purpose-built office in Rutherglen but it is also an incredibly environmentally friendly end energy efficient building that will offer and provide so much to its users. 

 

“The level of interest in the construction phase was very encouraging but now that it is complete and with potential occupiers being able to see the quality of the building, as well as appreciate the magnificent views offered from the top floors, we are hopeful that the level of interest will increase even more.”

 

The business park at Rutherglen Links has been constructed on an extended site that was largely previously occupied by the former Monogram factory and there are a further six plots available in addition to the office block.

 

Further information on One Rutherglen Links and the further opportunities available within the business park can be found at www.rutherglenlinks.com

 

 

5 February 2015

NEW SCHOOLS IN ATHLETES’ VILLAGE WILL ACCELERATE REGENERATION EFFORTS

 

The decision by Glasgow City Council to fund and build new nursery and primary schools within the site of the Athletes’ Village has been warmly welcomed by Clyde Gateway.

 

 

A meeting of the Council’s Executive Committee, chaired by council leader Gordon Matheson, gave the green light to education officials to bring forward detailed proposals for what will be a new non-denominational primary school and a separate stand-alone nursery.

 

Councillor Matheson said: “We are building a brand new school in the very heart of the village.  I made it clear from the beginning that the Games were not only about 11 days of sports and culture and this proves it.

 

“It will contribute hugely to our vision of a new build village in the East End.  The multi-million pounds new school and nursery proposed for Dalmarnock will give local children the best start in life and foster a strong sense of community.

 

“The new school is part of Glasgow Labour’s £250m investment in all our city’s primary school and demonstrates the successful regeneration of the East End.”

 

The primary school will consist of 18 classrooms and accommodate 460 pupils.  The cost has been estimated at £13m and the school is expected to open in 2018.  Today’s decision also committed the council to consult on a proposal to close the nearby Elba Lane nursery school and to build its replacement on a further site within the Athletes’ Village.

 

The news has been welcomed by Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway and the local member for the Dalmarnock area.  He said: “The provision of the new school will, without any question, accelerate Clyde Gateway’s regeneration efforts.  The first phase of the Athletes’ Village brings 700 new houses and around 2,500 new residents but there are plans in the pipeline for an additional 1500 homes in the Dalmarnock area over the next few years.

 

“This, together with the impending opening of the new community hub on Springfield Road, is further evidence of the legacy promised by the Commonwealth Games. 

 

“Everything that has been happening here over the past few years has laid to rest the ridiculous claims that this was an area in terminal decline.  These are exciting times for people living in Dalmarnock and the wider east end with much more still to come as we continue along the 20-year journey to complete the physical, social and economic transformation.”

 

 

3 February 2015

EIGHT PROPERTY AND OFFICE ‘OSCAR’ NOMINATIONS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY

 

The quality and design of the property and office developments which have been delivered by Clyde Gateway over the past year has been acknowledged with eight separate nominations for upcoming industry awards.

 

EIGHT PROPERTY AND OFFICE 'OSCAR' NOMINATIONS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY

 

The Scottish Property Awards 2015 have recognised the impact of the Albus at Bridgeton Cross with it being nominated across all three categories for which it was eligible.  One of those categories is Commercial Development of the Year where it finds itself in competition with One Rutherglen Links, another of Clyde Gateway’s key projects.

 

The contribution of the offices to the wider transformation of the area has also been acknowledged separately within the Scottish Property Awards.  The Albus has additionally been shortlisted for the City Regeneration Award and the Architectural Excellence Award for a Public Building while One Rutherglen Links has a chance of being named as the recipient of the Town Centre Regeneration Award.  All of this, together with the on-going success of previous developments such as the Red Tree Business Suites in Bridgeton and Rutherglen has led to Clyde Gateway itself has been named as one of the top five performing companies in Scotland and could pick up the ultimate accolade of Property Company of the Year when the Awards Ceremony takes place in Edinburgh next month.

 

The Scottish Chapter of the British Council of Offices (BCO) has been equally impressed by the quality on offer across Clyde Gateway with the Albus being short listed in the category of best new buildings of 2,000 sq m or less together while the Police Scotland building in South Dalmarnock is up for an award as the best new Commercial Workplace in Scotland.

 

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:” These events are the equivalent of the Oscars in the Scottish property and office industries and I’m thrilled that efforts of everyone in Clyde Gateway has been given such a level of recognition and acknowledgment.  Eight nominations across seven separate categories is unheard of.

 

“This is further evidence that our hard work to build and maintain the Legacy on the back of the Commonwealth Games is beginning to pay off.  More and more notice is being given to the quality of our buildings which, combined with an affordability that is difficult to match anywhere else in the city and the tremendous road and rail transport links, all adds up to Clyde Gateway becoming an increasingly attractive and popular option.”

 

“Police Scotland are the latest organisation to make their home here with 1100 staff now in the process of relocating here from various locations but mainly from Pitt Street in the city centre.

 

“We are currently in discussions with a number of potential occupiers for The Albus and One Rutherglen Links and my fingers are crossed that we will soon be able to badge both properties as award-winning or even multi-award winning.

 

“Our regeneration plans don’t just stop there as we have ambitions to bring forward further quality developments, especially in Dalmarnock and Shawfield on both banks of the Clyde and we are quietly confident of attracting a range of development partners in the months ahead.”

 

The Scottish Property Awards 2015 will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 5 March and the winners of the categories in the BCO Scottish Chapter will be announced in a ceremony at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on 17 April.

 

 

26 January 2015

LORD SMITH OF KELVIN TO BECOME NEW CHAIR OF CLYDE GATEWAY

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin is set to take a lead role in the delivery of the post-2014 Games Legacy having accepted an invitation to become the new chair of the country’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration project.

 

LORD SMITH OF KELVIN IS NEW CHAIR OF CLYDE GATEWAY

 

He will, from next month, take the reins at Clyde Gateway as the successor to Lanarkshire-based businessman Neil MacDonald who is stepping down after a successful and productive three year stint in the role as the independent chair of an organisation which has been charged with transforming the fortunes of communities in the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

 

Lord Smith said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to shape and influence the continued delivery of the Games Legacy.  The 2014 Commonwealth Games came with a promise that the event would be a springboard for a continued and sustainable transformation of the east end, one which would go on for many years after the athletes and officials had returned home and Clyde Gateway is at the forefront of ensuring this happens.

 

“The first residents are in the process of moving into the 700 new homes within the Games Village and Police Scotland have begun the relocation process for the 1,100 staff into the magnificent new offices in Dalmarnock on the banks of the Clyde while there is also the on-going construction of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub in the shadow of the Arena and Velodrome.  These are perhaps the most obvious signs of change but there is also so much else happening, especially on the jobs and training side of things, which is having a direct and very significant impact on peoples lives.  

 

“I have long been impressed with the vision and ambition being shown by Clyde Gateway and by the fantastic partnership work involving the two councils, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and the wide and diverse range of community groups.  However, there is still a big task ahead over the next decade and beyond.

 

“No-one should think that just because things have moved on from the Games that the efforts to bring about the change and transformation are going to slow down.  The next Commonwealth Games are a little more than three years away in Australia at which time many people will look back and ask what exactly has been the Legacy for Glasgow – I intend to ensure that when they look at the Clyde Gateway communities they will see it has been every bit as world-class as the Games were themselves.”

 

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “The role of our independent Chair is vitally important.  It requires someone who has the experience of the public and private sectors together with an understanding of how they have to work in tandem with the wishes of local residents and business owners.

 

“Lord Smith is a perfect fit for us at this time, some seven years along a journey that is going to take two decades to complete.  He not only has all that we are looking for but he brings the addition of his much-stated desire to ensure the continued building of a Games Legacy.  All three of our partners as well as our local community and business representatives are thrilled that he has taken up the invitation to get closely involved with Clyde Gateway.

 

“I would also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Neil MacDonald, our outgoing chair, who has been part of the fabric of Clyde Gateway for the past seven years.  He has given very freely and generously of his time and been part of a Board that has taken a number of very courageous but essential investment and policy decisions which have made such a difference not only in changing the look and feel of this area but to ensure that local residents were the people who benefitted the most from our activities.”

 

The Clyde Gateway Board has eleven members in total – two from each of the partners (Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise), two business representative and two representatives from the local communities as well as the independent chair.  The role of the chair, as with all Board members, is an unpaid one.

 

 

12 January 2015

SKILLS AND TRAINING COURSE TO PROVIDE HELPING HAND

 

The on-going partnership between Clyde Gateway and Jobs & Business Glasgow is set to provide a helping hand to east end youngsters on the lookout for work opportunities.   “Introduction to Workplace Skills” is a 13-week long training programme specially designed to equip 16-17 year olds with a range of fresh and improved skills which will assist in their efforts to find a job. 

 

The first intake will begin the course next week on Monday 19 January, with the training taking place initially at the G31 Centre at 67 Yate Street in Camlachie before participants being given the chance to take part in a work placement across a number of local firms and companies.

 

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Niki Spence, the Senior Manager for Community Benefits at Clyde Gateway (pictured above) said: “This training course is all about providing local young people with the best possible chance of finding work in what are ever-increasingly competitive markets.  It will boost their literacy, numeracy, computer and communications skills while the work placement, over a six-week period, will provide a real-life example of what it takes to get on and succeed in the workplace.”

 

“Clyde Gateway has long recognised that improving the job prospects for local people is one of the best ways to bring about a long-term and sustainable transformation of our communities and I’ve no doubt that each of the young people will find their prospects much improved once they have completed the course.”

 

“Introduction to Workplace Skills” is a Stage 2 element of the Employability Fund and is therefore open to unemployed 16-17 year olds who are registered with Jobs & Business Glasgow but classified as not job-ready.  The Employability Fund is supported by Skills Development Scotland.

 

Plans are in place to deliver further courses throughout the remainder of 2015 and any 16-17 year old who is interested in taking part should contact the Jobs and Business Glasgow offices at 1403 Gallowgate at Parkhead Cross.

 



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