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News – 2016

21 Dec 2016

CLOSURE OF OFFICES OVER FESTIVE PERIOD

Clyde Gateway’s office will close at 4pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and not re-open until 9am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

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

30Nov 2016

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AT THE OLYMPIA HELPS CREATE SPORTING HISTORY

A young boxer who trains regularly at the Boxing Scotland High Performance Centre at the Olympia has made history by winning Scotland’s first ever gold medal at the World Youth Championships.

Willie Hutchison, who lives in Shotts and is a member of the Springhill Amateur Boxing Club, defeated five opponents from Cuba, Venezuela, Hungary, Ireland and Kazakhstan to clinch the Middleweight title at the age of just 17.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:”I’d like, on behalf of everyone at Clyde Gateway, to offer my congratulations to Willie and his coaching team on such an outstanding achievement.

“It was always the intention that the High Performance Centre at the Olympia would lead to even more success on the international stage for the country’s best young boxers and here we are celebrating a historical gold medal for a young man who has been training and improving his skills here ever since it opened its doors back in 2014.

I am sure this is the first of many such similar successes for Willie individually and for the rest of his Boxing Scotland teammates in the championships and tournaments that lie ahead.”

30Nov 2016

CUNINGAR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE OPENS

The Cuningar pedestrian and cycle bridge, spanning the Clyde between the Athletes’ Village and the Woodland Park, has today (30 November) opened to the public.

The bridge will now, as planned, form one of the two main entrances to the Cuningar Woodland Park, the project delivered as a partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland and Clyde Gateway, bringing fifteen hectares of what had previously been vacant and derelict land back into popular use, attracting 67,000 visitors since April.

Eileen Rae, who lives on London Avenue within the Athletes’ Village, was the first to cross the bridge shortly after its opening at 11am. She said: “I’ve watched it being built over the past year and been impressed in particular with how quickly it all came together after the piling operations were completed a few months back. I just happened to be walking past when the fences were being removed and thought I’d take a walk over.

“It’s amazing to think that I’ve been the first pedestrian to walk on the bridge and just a minute or so later I was joined by two cyclists who came over from the park and the Rutherglen side. The bridge looks and feels fantastic and it is certainly a great addition to the area.”

The bridge, along with the park, will however, be temporarily closed on Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December on safety grounds to enable the installation of the infrastructure to support the sold-out ‘Loop By Light’ event being held over the weekend.

The bridge and park will be re-open open to the public on Saturday 3 December until 4pm and then in full from Sunday 4 December.

22 Nov 2016

NEW ARTWORK INSTALLED AT MAIN ENTRANCE TO CUNINGAR LOOP WOODLAND PARK

A six-metre high stainless steel structure has been erected at the main entrance to the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park in Rutherglen.

‘Evolve’ is the final piece of artwork created by Rob Mulholland and represents the transformation of the site from derelict land to a fantastic asset that is already proving to be a popular visitor attraction.

Rob has been the artist-in-residence at Cuningar over the past two years, working closely with local community groups from Rutherglen, Dalmarnock and Bridgeton to create a series of sculptures and installations that are dotted throughout the park. He said: “When I spoke to people from the area it became apparent that they wanted a sculpture which could convey the feeling of change and development but would also represent a bright future, which I think Evolve delivers.

“The Clyde will always have a huge impact on the development of Glasgow as it provides so much of its history. The natural curve of the Clyde plays an integral role into the layout and design of Cuningar Loop and I thought it was only right for it to be represented in this piece under which visitors using the Downiebrae entrance will walk under.”

Joneen Clarke, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s project manager at Cuningar Loop said: “It’s amazing to see the final sculpture on site and in its rightful place. Rob has worked tremendously hard with the local community to create this and it really gives Cuningar Loop a statement entrance for visitors to enjoy.

“Since the park opened we’ve received excellent feedback from the community and the surrounding area, we’ve also attracted visitors from all over Scotland which is great to see.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “I’d like to congratulate Rob for the exemplary way he has involved the local community in all his work at Cuningar and to thank him for the role he has played in helping make the park such a popular attraction for people of all ages.

“We are now just a matter of days away from completing the final piece of the jigsaw with the imminent opening of the pedestrian bridge linking the park with the Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock and I have no doubt that Cuningar Loop will continue to grow in popularity in he weeks and months ahead.”

Further information can be found at http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/cuningar-loop

 

18 Nov 2016

ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE FOR SWITCH-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The switch-on of the Christmas Lights at Bridgeton Cross will take place on the evening of Tuesday 6 December.

The event, which is fully financed by Clyde Gateway with additional support from Glasgow Life, is being managed and organised by staff and volunteers from the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus. The fun will get underway from 5pm with music and entertainment with Santa’s Grotto at the Olympia opening at 5.45pm.

This free event is open to everyone of all ages.

 

17 Nov 2016

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR UNIQUE EVENING EVENT AT CUNINGAR LOOP

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Cuningar Woodland Park in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area is to be the location for a unique and special event over two evenings at the beginning of December.

‘Loop By Light’ is being organised and managed by the Forestry Commission Scotland and will allow visitors to literally see the Park in a different light thanks to a series of installations upon the trees and along the pathways.

The event is taking place on each of Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December. Admission is free but only by an allocated ticket which can be obtained through this link:-

https://theloopbylight.eventbrite.co.uk

The tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER, ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE TICKETS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED

 

12 Oct 2016

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME IN CONSTRUCTION

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Applications are being invited to be part of a Clyde Gateway-funded Construction Pre-Apprentice Programme.
The programme begins on Monday 24 October and takes place at the Legacy Hub building on Springfield Road, Dalmarnock.

It will be delivered by TIGERS, a Glasgow-based specialist training agency and involves a 6-8 week course in which participants will follow a programme content that takes in a range of activities related to the construction industry followed by a similar length of time in work placement. All participants will be paid a training allowance plus travel.

The course is open to anyone who is aged 16-20, is currently not in full time employment and is from the Clyde Gateway area.

Further information can be obtained from TIGERS by calling 0141 771 5200 or by e-mailing office@tigersltd.co.uk.

 

10 Oct 2016

COMMUNITY VIEWS SOUGHT ON PROPOSALS FOR NEW PROJECTS ACROSS CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

Clyde Gateway is to hold two public consultation events in late October to seek out the views and opinions of local residents, workers and business owners on proposals for which the regeneration agency is seeking support through a Scottish Government backed fund.

The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund 2016/17 supports locally developed projects that involve local communities, help to support and create jobs and build sustainable communities. Four submissions from Clyde Gateway are among forty-three projects from across the country that have made it through to Stage Two of the process:-

– enabling works for a new industrial development on London Road, close to the Emirates Arena

– a new use for the former Gas Purifier Sheds in Dalmarnock

– remediation and infrastructure works within Phase 2 of the redevelopment of Shawfield

– a combined heat and power, green energy efficiency project for the Dalmarnock area

Jim Clark, Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said: “We have enjoyed some success with past submissions to the Regeneration Capital Grand Fund and are hopeful of doing so again this year with these four very
strong bids.

“The process at this particular point in time allows us to build on our initial submission to the panel and when we do so we really want to add in the views and opinions of local people which is why we are making these arrangements for public consultation events towards the end of the month”

The first consultation will take place on Tuesday 25 October at Rutherglen Town Hall and the second will be at Bridgeton Library on Wednesday 26 October. In both instances, staff from Clyde Gateway will be on hand between 11am and 4pm to talk in detail about the proposals and answer any questions.

Anyone who is unable to attend either of the events is also welcome to get in touch, by telephone on 0141 276 1573, or by email to gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com

 

07 Oct 2016

NEW SATELLITE BUSINESS DISTRICT AT SHAWFIELD IS SET TO CREATE 12,000 NEW JOBS

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Commercial property developer Highbridge Properties has today launched what will be a new satellite business district for Glasgow and one of the UK’s largest office parks, at the former Shawfield development in Clyde Gateway.
The development, branded Magenta at Clyde Gateway, will comprise 1.2 million square feet of office space set on 27 acres next to the River Clyde and M74 motorway network and just ten minutes from Glasgow’s city centre.

Magenta is the largest office development with planning consent in Scotland and will create a new national business district for the Central Belt. It is estimated that the development will bring at least 12,000 new jobs to the area. Clyde Gateway has invested £20m in public realm and infrastructure works to the site to ensure it is development-ready.

Highbridge – Clyde Gateway’s development partner for Magenta – has strong credentials in this field. Formed in 1988, the specialist business park developer has successfully developed over 13 million square feet of office and industrial space, including Cobalt, the largest office park in the UK. Situated near Newcastle, Cobalt employs over 14,000 people and is home to numerous blue chip companies including Hewlett Packard, Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, EE and Santander.

Magenta will provide a value for money addition to the Scottish economy – with Grade A office space that offers savings of 37 percent on similar new-build offices in city centre locations, and 28 percent on similar refurbished city centre offices. High density organisations, such as shared services and customer contact centres can make even greater savings, as buildings can be designed to meet their exact requirements and achieve very efficient occupational densities.

Adrian Hill, director of Highbridge Properties PLC said: “When I first saw this site it reminded me of London Docklands in the early years – so much potential and so close to the city centre. Magenta is a very compelling option for businesses, boasting superb connectivity, infrastructure and value for money.

He added: “The location is first class – a stunning riverside development that’s just ten minutes from the city centre, 15 minutes from Glasgow Airport, two minutes from the M74, and with ample parking available on site. As the site can accommodate large modern floorplates, Magenta offers flexible and bespoke solutions which can be tailored to meet a company’s exact needs.”

Ian Manson, Chief Executive at Clyde Gateway said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the Clyde Gateway area and I am delighted to have appointed Highbridge as our commercial development partner – a company with a fantastic track record in delivering high quality business parks”.

“Magenta will give the local economy and employment market a phenomenal boost. It will also attract new inward investment to Scotland and stimulate economic growth.”

“Neighbouring the Magenta site, Police Scotland has already seen the massive benefits of locating over 1,000 administrative, finance, and IT staff here and more and more companies are seeing first-hand why this area is such an attractive proposition for investment and the ideal location to do business.”

It is expected that, as well as office space, Magenta will support a number of shops, cafes, a gym and business centre.

Cushman & Wakefield and Savills have been appointed as joint marketing agents on the development.

 

05 Oct 2016

NEW MANUFACTURING UNIT SET FOR CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

Glasgow City Council has given its approval for an £800,000 guarantee on a loan which will enable a 27,000 square feet manufacturing and engineering unit at Clyde Gateway East Business Park.

This loan guarantee from one of Clyde Gateway’s key partner will pave the way for Clyde Gateway to borrow £1million towards the £3million costs of constructing the unit which will be targeted at the manufacturing and engineering sectors. The guarantee covers 80% of the amount that Clyde Gateway requires to complete the funding package which is also supported through Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government’s SPRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) and RCGF (Regeneration Capital Grant) funds.

Councillor George Redmond, the Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “We are glad to support the development of a manufacturing and engineering unit of this size as we believe it would be a great asset for the East End – and indeed the whole – of the city. Once built, such a specialist facility will attract long-term jobs and investment to Glasgow, adding to the skills of the city’s workforce and continuing the development of this industrial estate.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway has given a very warm welcome to the Council’s decision and said: “Our regeneration efforts would not be possible without the continued political and financial support from all of partners and I’m delighted that the City Council has today delivered such fantastic backing to our plans for the further expansion of Clyde Gateway Business Park.”

Construction of the new unit is expected to get underway before the end of the calendar year.

16 Sep 2016

CLYDE GATEWAY’S EFFORTS BRING IMPROVED TRAIN SERVICES TO BRIDGETON AND DALMARNOCK

Bridgeton and Dalmarnock stations are to benefit from additional and more regular train services from December 2016. The changes have come on the back of an approach by Clyde Gateway to ScotRail and Transport Scotland seeking improvements to the service provision to meet the ever-increasing numbers of people who are living and working in the area.

From Sunday 11 December, the trains running to and from Larkhall will now additionally call at Bridgeton and Dalmarnock resulting in many instances of the number of services increasing from four to six per hour in each direction with the added boost of a more even spread throughout the hour.

The move is a temporary one as, from December 2017, ScotRail plan more widespread timetable improvements, triggered by the central belt rail electrification programme, and the subsequent ‘cascade’ of trains for use on different routes.

ScotRail has taken action following evidence of increased demand from customers travelling into East Glasgow to work. The train operator worked with Clyde Gateway to agree this interim plan.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the Chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “There is no question that a frequent and reliable train service will always be a factor which will be taken into consideration when people choose where to live, or companies home in on the best possible location to site a new office or factory. I am delighted with this investment by ScotRail as it provides a huge boost to the on-going work being undertaken by Clyde Gateway.

“There is a remarkable transformation underway across the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock communities that has already brought thousands of new homes and new jobs to the area. The ever increasing numbers of passengers who use the stations will welcome the increase in the number of services and the improvement in the timetable.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “These new timetables are good news for passengers travelling to and from Dalmarnock and Bridgeton, who will now benefit from more regular and convenient services.

“This is a great example of how public transport plays a key role in supporting local economies, and this change will support the Scottish Government’s investment in Clyde Gateway which is regenerating the area and creating jobs.

“Upon completion of our programme of electrification across the central belt trains will be cascaded across the network, allowing us to do more to meet passenger demand. I look forward to seeing the positive differences these will bring across the network in the future.”

A ScotRail spokeswoman said, “We constantly review timetables and always do our best match up demand with supply wherever possible. More widespread improvements are on the way next year, but December’s change will definitely make it easier for people to travel into the area to live and work.”

“We’re grateful to Clyde Gateway for their support in identifying the best short-term solution for the growing number of people who use Bridgeton and Dalmarnock every day.”

ScotRail has produced a sample timetable for the new services:-

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The full details will be unveiled when the full timetable for services across Scotland from 11 December is published next month.

25 Aug 2016

PUBLISHING FIRM ENJOYING LIFE IN THE EAST END

One of Scotland’s leading independent publishers has brought 40 jobs to the heart of the Clyde Gateway area.

Peebles Media Group has leased the entire 6,500 sq ft ground of the award winning office building, The Albus, located 300 yards east of Bridgeton Cross and adjacent to the HQ offices of Glasgow Community Safety Services at Eastgate.

Yvonne Bremner, managing director of Peebles Media Group said: “The Albus has enabled us to create a dynamic office environment that complements the company’s publishing ethos.

“The specialist contemporary fit-out, together with the latest technology, has given us an amazing workspace that will allow us to retain and attract the best creative talent for our publications.”

Fionna Kell, inward investment manager at Clyde Gateway, feels that the enthusiasm shown by Peebles is evidence of the ever changing perceptions of the area as the ideal business location. She said: “Bridgeton and the wider Clyde Gateway area is benefiting from significant investment and businesses are quickly realising this is an area that really is on the up.

“The quality of the accommodation, great transport links, provision of superfast broadband and highly competitive rental levels make business space here a very compelling option.”

The Albus is targeted in particular at creative media and technology occupiers and is already home to digital agency MadeBrave.  It was voted best small building in the UK at the most recent British Council for Offices awards with judges praising ‘flexible internal spaces on a very modest budget yet avoiding a feeling of being cheap and cheerful’.

Clyde Gateway is in discussions with a number of other potential occupiers at The Albus which could see five of the seven units completely full, leaving available only 4,500 sq ft of what was a speculative 20,000 sq ft development.

 

18 Aug 2016

MAKING A DIFFERENCE – HOW CLYDE GATEWAY IS DELIVERING SOCIAL JUSTICE

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A new 20-page booklet has been published to highlight the work underway to ensure that the extensive physical regeneration across Clyde Gateway is being more than matched by an impressive social and economic transformation.

‘Making a Difference’ demonstrates the extent of what has been achieved and highlights some of the best practices and examples of an approach to regeneration that has been continually responsive and community-led.

The contents of the booklet are centred around five key themes:-

– Reducing Worklessness

– Raising Educational Attainment

– Improving Health and Wellbeing

– Developing Community Capacity

– Supporting Local Businesses

Copies of ‘Making A Difference’ will be available widely as it will, over the coming days, be distributed to all of Clyde Gateway’s partner organisations across the community. It can also be downloaded direct from here.

17 Aug 2016

MEET THE BUYER EVENT SET TO OFFER BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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Local businesses across the Clyde Gateway area could soon benefit from the next phase of the regeneration of a site in central Rutherglen.

Harris Finance is soon to commence development of Plot C at Rutherglen Links, the business park located between Farmeloan Road and Cambuslang Road, and are offering supply and contract opportunities across a range of activities including electrical, plumbing, fencing, glazing, signage and painting.

An information event is taking place on Wednesday 31 August, between 10am and 12noon at Rutherglen Town Hall where representatives from Harris Finance, together with partners from South Lanarkshire Council, Clyde Gateway and the Supplier Development Programme will be on hand to provide all the relevant information, including details of how firms, no matter the size, can tender for the upcoming works.

Advance booking is advised through www.scotland.co.uk/events/rutherglen-links

 

15 Aug 2016

DALMARNOCK FIRM SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS GREEN AWARDS

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PR Print, a design and print agency located in Dalmarnock, has been shortlisted in two categories within the 2016 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

Now in its 17th year, the prestigious VIBES Awards recognise the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies working hard to reduce their impact on the environment and contributing in substantial way to Scotland’s sustainability. A total of 32 Scottish businesses, ranging from multinationals to independent SMEs, have been shortlisted but PR Print one of only seven to appear in more than one category.

Jim Clark, Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway said:”These nominations are due reward for a company that has consistently been a leader when it comes to innovation and delivery around green issues.

Clyde Gateway has used PR Print as a supplier from the very beginning of our regeneration efforts in 2008 and long been aware of their commitment and efforts to champion how a print business can be environmentally friendly in a cost-effective way. They would be a very worthy winner in both categories and our best wishes to then for the awards night.”

All of the shortlisted businesses will attend an awards ceremony on the 8th November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, where the winners will be announced.

The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).

Regular updates on the VIBES Awards 2016 will be posted on Twitter. Follow @VibesAwards or visit http://www.vibes.org.uk/news/.

 

29 July 2016

NEW VIDEO SHOWCASES CUNINGAR WOODLAND PARK

The school holidays have led to a an increase in the number of visitors to Cuningar Woodland Park with families keen to sample and enjoy its many attractions.

A look at the this promotional video, produced by Forestry Commission Scotland, will show you what is on offer.

14 Jul 2016

£24 MILLION FIGURE IDENTIFIED FOR SECOND PHASE OF CHROMIUM CLEAN-UP AT SHAWFIELD

A report put before the Enterprise Resources Committee of South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed a likely cost of £24 million to deal with the extent of the chromium beneath the surface during the second phase of Clyde Gateway’s long-term plans for the regeneration of Shawfield.

The report also revealed that the levels of chromium VI, which was often used as a catalyst in the chemical manufacturing industry, are five times greater in the area west of Glasgow Road than was found in the old industrial land to the east which was remediated as Phase One of Shawfield by Clyde Gateway in 2014 .

The remediation work will be assisted by the 2016 Vacant and Derelict Land Fund in which the Scottish Government provide support to the Council who in turn have agreed to provide the entire sum of £936,000 to Clyde Gateway.

Jim Clark, the Senior Manager for Communications at Clyde Gateway welcomed the support from the Council which will kick-start a comprehensive effort to fund and complete what has always been a key priority.

He said: “This is part of a long-term 20-year masterplan for Shawfield. It is the second phase of our remediation strategy which is all geared to bringing back to the Shawfield area industry, jobs and commerce.

“We are confident we have the solution to remediating the site. It’s now a case of working out the exact costs and working out how to fund that.

“We are exploring every possible opportunity to obtain the funding to get this work done.”

 

07 Jul 2016

SUMMER OF FUN WITH THE CUNINGAR CHALLENGE

The Cuningar Challenge is a new and exciting way for people of all ages to explore the Cuningar Woodland Park. and at the same time win a prize.

CUNINGAR CHALLENGE LEAFLET

The challenge has been set by Forestry Commission Scotland and consists of ten questions about the park, the answers to which can be found on information boards at the various attractions.

Everyone can participate by picking up a flyer at the park which are on display in the leaflet holders located within the Park or from the Wee Cabin, which is open everyday to serve food and light refreshments.

More details about Cuningar Woodland Park can be found here

 

15 Jun 2016

NEW COMMUNITY BUILDING GETS THUMBS UP

Work is nearing completion on the construction of a new home to the Bridgeton-based charity Church House and local residents have been given the first opportunity to have a look around.

NEW COMMUNITY BUILDING GETS THUMBS UP

Church House provides a range of services which address poverty, deprivation and a lack of opportunity for young people living in Bridgeton, Camlachie and Dalmarnock. It was formed in 1942 and is run by two full-time members of staff and 30 volunteers with its operations governed by a board of local residents and church members. A partnership between Clyde Gateway and the Church of Scotland is seeing an investment of £820,000 to relocate the charity from its rundown and isolated premises in Boden Street to a new building in the heart of the community on Queen Mary Street.

The unique design has involved a mix of the old and new with a single-story construction linking a converted part of the former Queen Mary School, which closed in 2009, and the existing facilities within the St Francis in the East Church. The new facility will enable the charity to expand its range of services as well as increase the number of clients it can reach out to.

One of the local residents who was given the first look at the building was 91-year old Grace Donald who, as a teenager, was one of the first ever volunteers when Church House was established almost seventy five years ago.

Grace said: “Church House has played an important part in helping many young people in the east end over so many years but the Boden Street building was old fashioned and no longer in the best location for the community. It is wonderful that the new building is down here in Queen Mary Street, right next to where so many people live, and I’m sure it will prove really popular when it opens up.”

“I remember the old dining room at Queen Mary Street school but the changes to it outside and inside make it almost unrecognisable but in a really good way. It is bright, it feels bigger than it used to and it fits in perfectly with all the new things like the kitchen and office space in the new building. Clyde Gateway have been doing great things since they came here but this is up there with the best.”

Amy Wimpenny is the Project Manager at Clyde Gateway responsible for overseeing the construction of Church House. She said: “This new and better-located Church House will, like its predecessor, be around for at the least the next 75 years serving the local community and providing a range of popular services delivered by a willing and determined group of staff and volunteers.”

“The users of Church House have been involved in the design and layout of the new building from the very beginning and it is really satisfying that their efforts and those of Clyde Gateway have been so well received by the local residents who dropped by to have a look at the work in progress.”

The funding for the new building is a combination of £671,000 secured by Clyde Gateway from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund together with £150,000 from the Church of Scotland. The work is being carried out by the Glasgow-based Brick and Steel Construction and is due to be fully completed by the end of the month

 

08 Jun 2016

FUN PICNIC AT CUNINGAR IS OPEN TO EVERYONE

‘The Big Lunch’ is taking place at Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area, on Sunday 12 June between 12 noon and 3pm.

It is being hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland and is designed to be a fun-filled and entertaining outdoor afternoon with everyone encouraged to bring along a picnic or to visit the Wee Cabin Café which is located within the park. Storytelling and a treasure hunt will be among the activities on offer together with information sessions about the various artworks and stone sculptures which are dotted throughout the park.

The event is free and is open to all.

 

11 Apr 2016

CLYDE GATEWAY LAUNCHES GET IN2 CARE PROGRAMME

An innovative care sector programme designed to promote vocational learning and facilitate work placement opportunities for unemployed residents living in the Clyde Gateway areas of South Lanarkshire and the East End of Glasgow is set to take place next month, having already helped 10 people gain work.

Now entering its second year, Get IN2 Care is an initiative which aims to support individuals so they can enter a job within the care sector once training has been completed.

The successful initiative has been developed by Clyde Gateway in conjunction with Employment Enterprise, an employment intermediary dedicated to the eradication of poverty by the provision of jobs in Scotland’s communities.

Job Centre Plus’ Sector Based Work Academy will also play a key role during the duration of the course, as well as local employers who will provide work-placed training for the duration.

While a number of individuals taking part in May’s programme will have been referred by their local job centres, an information and application session will be held at Employment Enterprise Consultancy’s Rutherglen hub, 80 Main Street, Rutherglen G73 2HY, at 1pm, Thursday 14 April, for those wishing to check their eligibility for the initiative.

Rutherglen and the surrounding area will also be where pre-employment training takes place, before those taking part go out on placement with an established care provider.

Niki Spence, Senior Manager Business and Community Growth, Clyde Gateway: “This is the second year we have run the Get IN2 Care initiative and we look forward to continuing the success and building on the momentum created during last year’s programme.

“At Clyde Gateway, we remain committed to providing employment and training opportunities for locals in Glasgow’s East End and South Lanarkshire, with this initiative the latest in a number of programmes undertaken during the course of a year.

“The continued success of our employment initiatives will help create a real legacy for local residents, and I would urge anyone who is currently unemployed but considering a career in Scotland’s care sector to attend the information event later this week.”

Phil Parker, Project Coordinator, Employment Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Clyde Gateway on what we believe is a great programme. It really does help give people, many of whom have often faced multiple barriers, a great chance to learn vocational skills for a career in care.

“In the majority of cases, those taking part in the programme gain full time employment, but we know first-hand that those taking part also boost their confidence and self-worth, as well as growing their skills sets.”

 

07 Apr 2016

LEARNING WORKS PROGRAMME EXPANDS SUCCESSFULLY INTO TORYGLEN

The Clyde Gateway funded Learning Works programme, which has already helped more than 140 unemployed people by teaching a new range of skills to assist them back into work, training, learning or volunteering, has reached another landmark with the course expanding for the first time beyond the east end of the city and into the Toryglen community.

LEARNING WORKS PROGRAMME EXPANDS SUCCESSFULLY INTO TORYGLEN

The 14th Learning Works course saw staff from Thenue Housing Association use their knowledge and experience from the previous courses to team up with Thistle Housing Association, and, with the support of Glasgow Kelvin College, deliver an extensive programme from which six residents successfully graduated, two of whom have now gained places on college courses.

Charlie Turner, chief executive of Thenue Housing said: “The continuing success of Learning Works is a shining example of us all working together to benefit the community. We congratulate those who have completed the 14th course. We also look forward to ensuring Learning Works helps many others to find their way back into the workplace or to continue their education.”

Lorraine Quinn, assistant operations manager at Thistle added: “On behalf of Thistle Housing Association, I would like to express our thanks to Thenue and Learning Works for the help and support provided to the residents of Toryglen during this course.

“This is the first time Thistle HA has been involved in a training programme with Learning Works and I believe two Thistle tenants have gained a place at college, which is a fantastic achievement.? Not only will it further their knowledge and education but more importantly it has given them confidence and motivation to change their lives.”

Clyde Gateway was represented at the graduation ceremony by Clare Ferry, the Project Manager for Community Benefits and Business Development who said: “Learning Works has proven to be a popular and highly effective way of engaging with and helping unemployed people back into work or education.

“Everyone at Clyde Gateway is delighted that the programme has proved to be so successful in Toryglen. It was a real pleasure to be part of the latest graduation ceremony and I would like to offer not only my congratulations but my best wishes to everyone with their future endeavours.”

 

29 Mar 2016

EMIRATES ARENA HANDED OVER TO 200 LOCAL PUPILS

The success of an innovative partnership involving Clyde Gateway and St Mungo’s Academy in the east end of the city has led to 200 local pupils enjoying a memorable day of sports and activities at the Emirates Arena.

EMIRATES ARENA HANDED OVER TO 200 LOCAL PUPILS

Over the past six months, a group of senior pupils from the school have been participating in a leadership development programme centred around sport and activity and they came up with the idea of organising a day-long Olympic themed event at the Emirates under the heading of ‘St Mungo’s Academy – Get Set for Community in Action.’

Natalie Phillips, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: “We are continually working with all of our local schools to provide opportunities and experiences which help pupils with academic attainment and wider life skills. We felt it was important to raise the awareness of good health, not just in the school but across the wider community as a whole, and in ways that were that both a bit different from the norm and of interest to senior pupils at St Mungo’s

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“The leadership development programmes are all about increasing the self-confidence levels among those taking part and inspiring young people to think about ways their actions and decisions can make a difference in school and beyond. It was the pupils who were participating in the sports leadership programme who came up with this amazing and clever idea around the theme of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Fiona Sullivan of the PE Department at St Mungo’s said: “The whole event, from conception to delivery, has been organised by our young people – from fundraising, to hiring the venue and carrying out risk assessments, they’ve planned the entire thing by themselves including promoting it to pupils from our associated primary schools. It began from our sports leaders being very interested in asking ‘what can you do in the east end during the holidays and after school?’ and then wanting to get the answer to the question out there for other young people.”

The St Mungo’s sports leaders were also successful in encouraging the involvement of a number of community and sports clubs, including Active East, PEEK, Glasgow City Basketball and Shettleston Harriers, with the result that eight different sports or activities – basketball, athletics, dance, tennis, badminton, boccia, gymnastics and wheelchair rugby – were on offer on the day with the pupils rotating around each sport within eight teams, each under the flag of an Olympic nation while wearing appropriately coloured team uniforms and outfits. They also were successful with an approach to the community team at Tesco Parkhead with the result that everyone at the Emirates on the day was able to enjoy a free, healthy lunch.

The staff at St Mungo’s firmly believe that the pupils participating in the leadership programme are benefiting in many ways. Fiona Sullivan said: “It really is a big thank you to Clyde Gateway for all the support and the funding this year to help train our leaders. I have seen a real change in the young people who have taken part in the course.

“You have some that when they started in first year they wouldn’t put their hand up to ask a question in class and now you have them here at the Emirates leading younger pupils in sport and they’re doing public speaking. Their confidence has gone through the roof.”

Plans are in place for the pupils to now link up further with the community and sports clubs to take those new partnerships forward and build stronger links over the coming months.

 

15 Mar 2016

PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS EXPERIENCE SCIENCE CLOSE-UP

Park View Primary in Cambuslang recently hosted its second annual Science Week, the culmination of which was a whole school trip to the Glasgow Science Centre, free of charge to all pupils thanks to funding provided by Clyde Gateway.

Pupils and staff took part in a wide range of Science related activities which encouraged the pupils to develop and extend their skills and knowledge. The range of experiences, workshops and learning was assisted with lessons delivered by staff from the Science Department at Stonelaw High and from Strathclyde University were utilised in order to extend the range of experiences on offer to the children. Generation Science also led a number of workshops for the pupils.

Campbell McKissock, Principal Teacher at Park View and the leader of the Stonelaw Learning Community Science Network, was delighted with the outcome of the event: “Our Science Week has been a huge success. The children have been so engaged in all the activities and have participated fully in all of the workshops that have taken place over the course of the week.”

Maria Speirs, Head Teacher at Park View praised the skill and commitment of the Park View staff : “Their innovative and enthusiastic approach to learning and teaching has made Science Week a highlight of our school year so far. It has also been a great example of how partnership working can really support the work of the school.”

 

14 Mar 2016

CLYDE GATEWAY AWARDED ADDITIONAL SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Margaret Burgess MSP, the Minister for Housing, has today announced the award of an additional £3 million for Clyde Gateway to support further development of vacant and derelict sites in Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield.

Plans include new business units and factories to provide local employment opportunities and create sustainable, social and economic growth. Mrs Burgess said: “It is vital we continue the regeneration of South Lanarkshire and Glasgow’s east end, which will serve to maintain the long-term legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

“Since long before the Games took place, we have witnessed a steady transformation of an area once viewed as one of Scotland’s most deprived.

“We have taken care to ensure the transformation is more than an urban makeover. Its purpose is to tackle inequalities, create jobs and opportunities, ultimately improving the lives of those who live in the area.”

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This additional funding from the Scottish Government, together with the commitment given to our long-term future, will be welcomed right across the east end and South Lanarkshire.

“This is a reward for the hard work we have been putting in, together with our two council partners, Scottish Enterprise and with the support of the local community, to ensure the Clyde Gateway regeneration has a clear and immediate impact.

“At the same time, it also acknowledges just how much more still needs to be done to address continued challenges around worklessness, educational attainment and poor health, all of which must be overcome if we are to deliver a lasting, meaningful and sustainable legacy.”

08 Mar 2016

CONTRACTOR SOUGHT FOR NEW OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

Clyde Gateway and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) have revealed plans for the design and construction of a new office block in Shawfield to serve as the new flagship office for BRE Scotland.

A competitive PQQ and ITT process aims to procure a contractor led design team, and tender details can be found on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) portal.

BRE Scotland is an independent, research-based, testing and training consultancy which offers expertise on the built environment and related industries across the UK and internationally and the successful contractor will deliver a new office pavilion at the heart of Clyde Gateway’s National Business District.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive, Clyde Gateway: “Once developed, BRE Scotland’s new headquarters will act as flagship for the National Business District and the calibre of both the client and scale of work required is the perfect illustration of the site’s potential.

“Our developments are built with business in mind. Our sites comprise the very best in transport links, fantastic business facilities and an interlinking network of community groups, infrastructure, superfast broadband and cross-sector business support, making it the place to do business.”

Shawfield is the largest commercial and industrial planning consent in Scotland and the 11th largest in the UK with a total site area of 65 hectares. Phase 1, comprising 11 hectares, has seen infrastructure and site preparation investments of £20m from Clyde Gateway including a new Smart Bridge providing direct access to Dalmarnock Station.

 

08 Mar 2016

CUNINGAR LOOP CLYDE GATEWAY TO OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM EASTER WEEKEND

The new woodland park at Cuningar Loop in the heart of Clyde Gateway is to open to the public, seven days a week, with effect from Friday 25 March.

The park is located in Rutherglen, on the banks of the River Clyde, directly opposite the Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock to which it will be linked by a pedestrian bridge currently under construction. It takes in 15 hectares of what was previously a landfill site, offering a range of attractions and facilities including:-

  • Extensive path network/li>
  • Adventure play facilities
  • A bike skills area
  • Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park
  • A woodland workout
  • Large meadow and picnic areas
  • An outdoor classroom
  • A riverside boardwalk

The park has been open at weekends only over the winter months, but from Good Friday, at the start of the Easter Weekend, it will move to a seven day opening, and while there will still be some construction traffic involved in the work to complete the pedestrian bridge, the public will still enjoy access to all of the new facilities that proved to be so popular during the ‘come and try’ sessions in 2015.

The full opening is also being marked by a special ‘Tree Dressing Day’ taking place between 12noon and 3pm on 25 March. There will be an extensive range of additional fun activities including Willow Weaving, Story Telling, Felt Craft, Green Wood working and specially arranged walks along the woodland trail.

 

19 Feb 2016

RECYCLING PROJECT IN RUTHERGLEN MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

School pupils, volunteers, local businesses and the elderly within the Clyde Gateway area have all been doing their bit to help beat climate change and make a positive impact on the environment.

They have all been taking part in the R:evolve Recycle project, an intergenerational initiative based in Rutherglen that aims to encourage a different way of thinking about unwanted and worn-out clothes by learning from the experience of older adults in the community, helping to build on the skills of local children and families and revive the culture of make do and mend.

The project, run by Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) also promotes reuse and recycling of clothing and textiles with the goal of reducing waste to landfill, reducing costs of clothing to participants and reducing CO2 emissions through their various activities.

Activity to date has seen 896 people doing over 3000 swaps and collecting 5 tonnes of clothing and four local primary schools taking part in uniform recycling activities, re-use workshops and community swap events.

In total, 79 tonnes of CO2 emissions – one tonne takes up the same space as a 10m wide, 25m long and 2m deep swimming pool – has been saved through the activity and 29 volunteers have contributed over 1000 hours to the project.

Natalie Phillips, Project Manager, Education, Business & Community Growth, Clyde Gateway, said: “We are of course delighted with the wide range of participation in this initiative and I wish to thank LEAP for facilitating the project, as well as all those who have helped and volunteered along the way.

“We must all play our part in making sure that our environment is in the best possible shape it can be for future generations and taking part in initiatives like that of the R:evolve Recycle are one of many ways we can all do our bit.”

Wendy Russell, LEAP Project, said: “We have been gobsmacked by the response of our R:evolve Clothing Swap Shop boutique in Rutherglen. In the beginning the concept was strange to people, being able to bring in their unwanted clothing and swap it for something else seemed too good to be true, but now we are so busy that we have just extended the opening hours to five days a week.

“Without the help of Clyde Gateway we would have been unable to afford a shop in the main shopping area of Rutherglen and I doubt the project would have been so successful. The great thing is you don’t have to come from Rutherglen to use our swap shops. We have customers from all over Glasgow and the central belt visiting our shop on 47 Farmeloan Road in Rutherglen every week.”

More information on R:evolve Recycle can be found by searching for ‘revolverecycle’ on Facebook and Twitter.

 

15 Feb 2016

PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED FOR £15 MILLION PROJECT IN CLYDE GATEWAY AREA

South Lanarkshire Council has given planning permission for a mixed used development in Rutherglen with the potential to create 500 jobs.

TwoM74, located on land adjacent to Junction 2 of the Motorway and opposite Clyde Gateway’s development at One Rutherglen Links, will comprise of an anchor retail store, a retail terrace, drive-thru restaurant and two family restaurants.

Developers Ashfield Land will now press on to meet conditions attached to the application before starting work later this year and in an interview with the local paper, the Rutherglen Reformer, company director Steve McGarva was hopeful that some facilities could open as early as the middle of 2017.

Mr McGarva said: “We would hope now to move forward over the next few months and be on site later this year.

“We are having ongoing discussions with potential tenants and the planning permission will certainly help with that, it allows us to move the project on to the next step.

“The permission has a series of conditions to be met before we can build, but we don’t need to start the planning process again.

“Our intention would be to clear these conditions and if we can get on site this year we could be looking at having occupiers in the summer or autumn of 2017.”

“It is a project of a significant scale and something that will hopefully deliver a significant number of jobs.”

 

10 Feb 2016

COMMUNITY GIVES ITS BACKING TO NEW NURSERY SCHOOL IN DALMARNOCK

A consultation exercise, carried out by Glasgow City Council, has revealed support for a proposal that will see the construction of a new £4.3million nursery school in the heart of the former Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock.

Local residents and parents provided positive feedback to the suggestion of closing Elba Lane Nursery in Parkhead, which currently provides term-time provision for 70 children aged six weeks to five years, to be replaced by a new facility in Silverdale Street which will provide a 50-week service with the equivalent of 12 full time places for under twos and 128 full time places for two to five year olds. The new school will also offer full access to outdoor play areas which is currently not the case at Elba Lane.

Councillor George Redmond, the Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of the consultation exercise as it gives the green light to bring forward the formal plans to build the new nursery. The Council has of course, already approved the construction of a new primary school with the capacity for 460 pupils at a separate site within the former Athletes’ Village and this means there will be a very welcome investment of more than £17million in new schools in the heart of Dalmarnock.

“All of this is part of the promised legacy from the 2014 Games and provides further evidence of the very positive changes that are happening with new homes and new community facilities being constructed alongside new offices and commercial developments that will increasingly offer job opportunities for local residents.”

 

09 Feb 2016

FIRST OCCUPIER AT ONE RUTHERGLEN LINKS TO BRING 141 JOBS

SPIE UK, one of the country’s leading providers of multi-technical services, is to become the first to move into the new office block at One Rutherglen Links.

The company, whose services include construction, maintenance, engineering and repairs, is moving into the top two floors of the four-storey, £5 million building which is located on the site of the former Monogram factory, on Farmeloan Road just 200 yards from Main Street. SPIE employs more than 3,500 people in regional offices across the UK and One Rutherglen Links will be the home of a single Scottish headquarters bringing together the 141 staff currently operating from a number of different locations. The move will also accommodate SPIE’s expansion plans which are forecasting a growth to 170 full-time staff in Scotland.

One Rutherglen Links was built in 2014 on a speculative basis by Clyde Gateway as part of an ambitious long-term plan to regenerate the town centre and the area in and around Shawfield Industrial Estate, together with other areas of vacant and derelict land in the east of Glasgow.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “I am delighted that SPIE has chosen One Rutherglen Links for its headquarters in Scotland.

“SPIE is part of what is a very welcome surge in the number of firms and organisations who recognise just how much Clyde Gateway can offer. There is something of a shortage of new, affordable quality office stock in and around the city-region but our commitment to speculative developments at a number of locations across Clyde Gateway will help address this gap.”

Will Smith, managing director of SPIE Multi-Technical Services of SPIE UK, added: “SPIE is looking forward to becoming an occupant of this quality development and expanding its Scottish business from this excellent location.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “There has been a great deal of interest shown in One Rutherglen Links over the past 18 months or so since its completion with a number of interested parties making serious enquiries about the building which was constructed in a way that could allow it be either a major headquarters building or sub-divided into various smaller units.

“It was our belief from the outset that an office of this size, and with such high technical and environmentally friendly specifications, would merit the status of an HQ and so it has proved with SPIE taking the top two floors and more than half of the 4,000 square metres of space available.

“SPIE are the latest in an ever expanding list of firms and organisations who are benefiting from the wide range of things Clyde Gateway can put on the table including the quality and location of business space, the easy access to public transport and motorway links along with highly competitive rental levels.

“This office building is the first of what we believe will be a number of developments at Rutherglen Links, the name that we have given to the site of old Monogram factory along with other adjacent surplus land following the completion of the M74, all of which has the capacity for as many as 1,000 jobs in new and growing industries.

“South Lanarkshire council has given tremendous support to our efforts to bring this vacant and derelict town centre site back into use as a business park and indeed it was Councillor McAvoy, the Leader of the Council, who performed the topping-out ceremony at One Rutherglen Links back in 2014 when the first phase of its construction was nearing completion.”

Further information on office building and the remainder of the business park can be found at www.rutherglenlinks.com