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07 Nov 2019

EUROPEAN FUNDED PROGRAMME ASSISTS LOW CARBON ENERGY AMBITIONS

Clyde Gateway is in the process of designing and delivering an Integrated Energy Strategy with the ultimate goal of having our location acknowledged as an exemplar location for low carbon and renewable energy initiatives.

The key to the strategy is collaborative working with a number of important and influential partner agencies and organisations. A significant step was taken in Autumn 2019 when the Programme for Government acknowledged our current work and future ambition as Scotland’s first Green Regeneration Innovation District.

Among the projects in which we are involved is D2 GRIDS, a new initiative being co-ordinated by Mijnwater BV Ltd who are based in Heerlen, Netherlands and in which communities in France, Germany and England will also participate.
D2GRIDS is an acronym for ‘demand driven grids’, and sits under the umbrella of the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme that seeks to make Northwestern Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, through high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. Interreg NWE has made €11.6million of funding available towards the overall €20 million costs of the D2GRIDS project which will develop 5th generation locally-based urban heating and cooling networks.

Clyde Gateway is one of just five locations chosen to support the five demonstrator projects within D2GRIDS, with the others being in Paris-Saclay, Bochum, Brunssum and Nottingham.

The objective of the demonstrator projects will be to accelerate the roll-out of demand-driven smart grids which, in Clyde Gateway’s instance, will be through a network of low-temperature underground pipes utilising renewable energy from an existing waste-water treatment works in Dalmarnock, combined with heat pump technology, to provide an alternative source of sustainable heat and cooling to new homes, businesses and industrial premises.

For more information on the Clyde Gateway Integrated Energy Strategy and our specific involvement with D2GRIDS, please contact us by e-mail : gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com or by following us on social media via Twitter: @clydegateway or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clydegateway

 

05 Nov 2019

LOCATION ADVISORY TEAM ESTABLISHED

Clyde Gateway has set up a new Location Advisory team to support businesses looking to find a home in the area.

Led by Executive Director, Martin McKay (pictured centre), the team will provide property, development and business support, advising businesses on the key factors that can make a big difference their performance, such as local labour availability, cost, business environment, regulation and availability of supply chain.

To date, Clyde Gateway has attracted more than £1.5bn of investment, supported over 2,800 businesses and helped to bring over 6,000 jobs to the area. Some of the business and organisations now invested in Clyde Gateway include, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Made Brave, SPIE, Robertson Group, Torishima and Trans Canada Turbines.

Martin McKay said: “Clyde Gateway has carved out a solid reputation as ‘the place’ where people can live and work and businesses can thrive. Setting up this dedicated Location Advisory team allows us to shine a brighter spotlight on this area and offer an enhanced cross-discipline resource to businesses – allowing them to supercharge their success here.”

The other members of the team consist of four experienced project managers from within Clyde Gateway – Lisa Miller (communications), Amy Wimpenny (development), Clare Ferry (business support) and John Jackson (property).

 

31 Oct 2019

FRESH INTAKE FOR CLYDE GATEWAY BACKED ENGINEERING PROGRAMME

20 pupils from secondary schools in the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen have become the latest intake into a popular training programme designed to provide a springboard into the financially rewarding world of engineering.

Gateway to Engineering, which was first introduced in 2013, is a Clyde Gateway funded initiative in which the opportunity is given to pupils at Eastbank Academy and St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow, and Stonelaw High and Trinity High in Rutherglen, to take time out of the classroom to gain a valuable insight into one of the most in-demand professions in the modern economy.

Natalie Philips, the Project Manager for Education, Business & Community Growth, is responsible for managing the programme, working with a number of key partners in the academic, scientific and engineering worlds. She said: “Gateway to Engineering has been a huge success from the very beginning, but there is no doubt that our latest intake are embarking on what we all consider to be our best-ever designed and most ambitious programme.

“It is structured around the pupils being available one day each week, and for a ten-week period they get to enjoy a mixture of lectures, workshops and site visits. Once we reach the new year, they will all be given an offer of a work placement, again for one day a week, through a number of the country’s largest construction and civil engineering companies.

“At the end of it all, the pupils will graduate with an SCQF Level 5 qualification and have gained valuable work experience. More importantly, they will emerge with an awareness and knowledge that will help them make informed decisions about what they want to do in the future. Our hope is that many, or indeed or all of them, will consider engineering as an option.”

The Gateway to Engineering programme is again being supported by staff from the University of West of Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College, with both locations being used for the lectures and workshops. Robertson Construction and BAM Nuttall will be among those providing the work placement opportunities as well as hosting the site visits that will be undertaken as part of the programme.

The 2019 intake will also benefit from the support of the world-renowned British Geological Survey (BGS), which is currently on-site at Cuningar Loop in Rutherglen, where it is developing a world-class geothermal energy research site on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The research site will investigate the potential for warm water from disused mine workings to be used for renewable heat.

It was during a visit to Cuningar that the pupils were able to have a close look at the drilling and borehole work underway at the site and to learn, from the experts, on how engineering and science combine to seek out new ways of providing greener and cleaner low-carbon sources of energy.

“Vanessa Starcher, BGS Technical Manager Glasgow said: “We were delighted to welcome the Gateway to Engineering students to the UK Geoenergy Observatory site in Glasgow. It has been a pleasure to share with them the work we’re doing here, explain how it will lead to a world-class geothermal energy research site which will allow the UK’s Earth Science community to ‘see’ underground and show how engineering plays a significant part in achieving that.”

Natalie Phillips added: “Gateway to Engineering has evolved and developed with each passing year, and demand for a place this time around was greater than ever, which itself reflects that past participants have become its greatest ambassadors, spreading the word that there is so much to be gained from being part of it.

“In a short period of time, it has established itself as our most popular training programme for young people who are still at school and contemplating their future, and for many it has been the start of a journey into a rewarding and fulfilling career. There is no doubt that our fresh intake are going to make great strides over the coming weeks and months.”

 

10 Oct 2019

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CUNINGAR PARK EXPANSION PLANS

Clyde Gateway is looking to extend Cuningar Loop Woodland Park with the use of 6 hectares of adjacent land, that is presently vacant and derelict, to develop additional amenities and attractions.

A series of public consultations on the proposals are being held in two locations at separate times:-

(i) Cuningar Loop Woodland Park : Monday 14 October and Tuesday 15 October between 11am and 3pm – the location will be a temporary building (gazebo) in the vicinity of the Adventure Playground

(ii) Rutherglen Town Hall : Wednesday 23 October between 3pm and 7.30pm

A specially designed exhibition will be on display with detailed information related to the proposal. Staff from Clyde Gateway and from SWECO, our appointed planning agent, will be on hand on all three occasions to answer any questions,

Graeme Inglis, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: “Cuningar Loop Woodland Park has been a huge success since opening in 2015 and the aim of the extension is to increase its attractiveness to local residents and visitors from further afield.

“The initial designs on display during this consultation feature additional woodland paths, including an extension to the boardwalk adjacent to the River Clyde, together with additional seating and picnic areas, and newly developed art walks and education zones. We are also looking at installing a safe place where cycles can be stored.

“Everyone who comes along will have the option of filling out a questionnaire, but we are also taking comments, views and thoughts by e-mail and through a specially set-up Facebook page.

“At the end of the consultation, we will analyse all the responses, with the aim of applying all received views and opinions to the existing design proposals which will then be finalised and submitted to South Lanarkshire Council. As with all major planning applications, the process will include neighbour notifications that will allow for a period of time for formal comments and views to be made to the council.

“If planning permission is granted, and subject to the funding being in place, the construction of the Phase 2 extension to Cuningar Loop Woodland Park would get underway in Summer 2020.

The address for submitting written comments is Cuningar-Loop-Phase-2@sweco.co.uk

The dedicated Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cuningarloopphase2

 

01 Oct 2019

DOUBLE SUCCESS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY AT AWARDS CEREMONY

Clyde Gateway has picked two wins at the 2019 Herald Property Awards.

The awards, which are now in their their thirteenth year, aim to celebrate excellence across the property industry in Scotland and the 2019 event saw the highest number of entries ever recorded.

Clyde Gateway took home the coveted Property Team of the Year award along with the Commercial Development of the Year award in recognition of the new and highly popular Red Tree Magenta.

Martin McKay, executive director at Clyde Gateway, said: “We are proud to be recognised at these prestigious awards and it reflects the hard work that our team and partners put into to ensuring we deliver the best possible location for business.

“Clyde Gateway is carving out a solid reputation for being ‘the place’ for opportunity, growth and property investment and these awards wins are testament to this.”

 

26 Sep 2019

JOBS BOOST AT CLYDE GATEWAY EAST

Almost 150 jobs are coming to Glasgow as a result of two global brands setting up home at Clyde Gateway East Business Park.

Global logistics and delivery company DHL Express has agreed a pre-let for a new service centre facility that will be built on plot four at the business park. The move will see the relocation of the firm’s current team, bringing some 95 jobs to Clyde Gateway. The DHL service centre will offer international delivery and collection services for customers in the region, with local businesses and residents also benefiting from a parcel drop-off and pick-up point. The company plans to move into its new facility by summer 2020 which will be built on a 4.8-acre site acquired from Clyde Gateway by Harris Finance, a firm headquartered locally that has to date has successfully developed and let more than 150,000 sq ft of business space within the area.

Torishima Service Solutions Europe (TSSE) is the European arm of Japanese-headquartered Torishima Pump Manufacturing Company, a global provider of pumping system installations and aftermarket support services, who have taken a 27,448 square feet unit, developed speculatively by Clyde Gateway, on a 15-year lease as its new European headquarters, as the home to 50 highly skilled engineering jobs.

Ian Manson, chief executive at Clyde Gateway, said: “On the back of our site assembly, infrastructure investment and marketing efforts, Clyde Gateway East is one of the few locations where industrial units have been built speculatively in recent years and has been extremely successful in attracting high quality businesses.

“It all contributes to the wider transformation of Clyde Gateway, creating new opportunities for local businesses and people.”

 

02 Sep 2019

LORD SMITH TAKES HIS LEAVE OF CLYDE GATEWAY AND THANKS LOCAL RESIDENTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ENOURAGMENT

Lord Smith of Kelvin, one of the country’s most prominent business and public figures, has been reflecting positively on his spell of more than four years as chair of Clyde Gateway. His comments coincided with the publication of the 2018/19 Annual Report and on the eve of him attending a board meeting for the final time.

He said: “It has been immensely satisfying to have been at the heart of things. The regeneration is truly world-class, with housing, offices, factories and community facilities now occupying vast areas of what was previously derelict land which Clyde Gateway has rescued from decades of neglect.

“The latest annual report highlights the physical side of our work, drawing attention to more than 1,000,000 square feet of new and high-quality business space that has been constructed and is now occupied by an impressive roll-call of businesses from across all sectors. Speirs Gumley, SPIE, Made Brave, TransCanada Turbines, the Robertson Group and Peebles Media are among those who have come to the area, each of whom are now turning their attention to growth and expansion, thanks to the benefits they are experiencing from being located in such a modern, innovative and efficient location.

“Just as importantly, Clyde Gateway continues to do a tremendous job in helping to transform the lives of local people of all ages, responding positively to the community’s aspirations around jobs, training, investment and the growth of partnerships with schools and local organisations.

“I must also say a big thank you to the people of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen for the constant support and encouragement during my time as chair. They have played a major role alongside us in making the case for continued investment in the years ahead to ensure the task is seen through to at least 2028.

“I am in regular dialogue with all of the leading politicians in Scotland and I know exactly just how impressed they are with the way Clyde Gateway has gone about the task in hand, and in particular how local residents and business owners are empowered and enabled to be at the centre of everything.

“It is simply the fact that I have now taken up the position as chair of Scottish Enterprise which has led to me taking me leave of Clyde Gateway. My new role will allow me to maintain a keen interest in all that is happening across Clyde Gateway and I am determined, where possible, to continue to play a part in the ongoing and future success stories, of which I am sure will be many.”

Lord Smith was the chair of Clyde Gateway from April 2015 – August 2019, with the post-holder having to be wholly independent from the three partners at Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise.

The search for his successor is already underway, with it being anticipated that a new appointment will be announced in early 2020. The post of chair, which offers no remuneration, will be temporarily filled by the two existing vice-chairs, Councillor Greg Hepburn of Glasgow City Council and Councillor John Anderson of South Lanarkshire Council.

Clyde Gateway’s Annual Report for 2018/19 is available from our offices at The Olympia in Bridgeton Cross and can also be downloaded at www.clydegateway.com

 

07 Aug 2019

RUTHERGLEN AND SOUTH SIDE OF GLASGOW TO BENEFIT FROM MULTI-MILLION GRANT AWARDS FOR CLYDE GATEWAY

Clyde Gateway is to receive £2.8 million from the Green Infrastructure Fund as a contribution to what will be a £7.1 million investment in parklands in Rutherglen and on the south side of Glasgow.

The Green Infrastructure Fund is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and has the aim of improving the quality, accessibility and quantity of green space in major towns and cities while tackling social and economic issues around poor health and inequalities. The funding provided to Clyde Gateway will support two key strategic projects, one of which will see a large extension of the popular Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, while the other will result in a major upgrade of the open space that currently forms Toryglen Park.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “I am delighted that we are now in a position to invest more than £7million on extending and improving the greenspace provision within our communities, adding to our extensive efforts to bring new businesses and jobs to the area.

“Clyde Gateway has gained a deserved reputation for managing and delivering all sorts of high-quality projects over the past decade and our track record has enabled us to become very adept in making successful applications to a variety of funding bodies, many of which are making their first ever investments in our communities.

“This is certainly the case with the Green Infrastructure Fund and it is fantastic news that our two bids have been supported to the tune of £2.8million, a significant sum which represents more than one-third of the total amount available for projects across Scotland.

“In broad terms, it means we, along with our partners including South Lanarkshire Council, will be spending a further £3.9 million at Cuningar Loop. This is in addition to the previously announced £2.4 million costs of a new community building inside the park, close to the existing entrance on Downiebrae Road, Rutherglen and which is on schedule to open in the summer of 2020, all of which takes the total investment over the years to more than £15 million.

“Toryglen Park will benefit from an overall investment of £3.2 million, delivered in conjunction with a number of important partners, including Glasgow City Council and Sustrans, the national organisation that aims to increase cycling and walking activities across the country.

“There is still a long way to go in terms of bringing these two important projects to fruition, but we are already making progress having appointed the best possible design teams, who have been charged with realising the wishes and ambitions of the community.

“The first major task will be to obtain all the relevant and necessary planning applications, and, all being well, the hope is that all works can be completed and open to the public within the next three years.”

 

04 Jul 2019

OFFICIAL OPENING OF FLAGSHIP OFFICE BUILDING

Councillor John Ross, the leader of South Lanarkshire Council, has today opened the latest in a long line of successful new-build office developments delivered by Clyde Gateway.

Red Tree Magenta, a Grade A modern premises of 40,000 sq. ft., has been built at a cost of £9m and is the first building at Magenta, a new 27-acre urban business park situated in Shawfield, next to the River Clyde and M74 motorway network.

It is home to 30 tenant companies, bringing 170 jobs to the area, with demand for the location so high that the building is already 100% let – years ahead of expectations.

There is an impressive range of tenants within Red Tree Magenta, from solo new-start businesses right through to larger established companies, all of whom have recognised the growing demand for flexible and collaborative workplaces and enhanced specification and services.

Councillor John Ross said “Clyde Gateway has a tremendous track record in bringing new jobs and opportunities to this particular part of South Lanarkshire. It made perfect sense for our council to invest over £3m to support the plans to accelerate the construction of Red Tree Magenta and to play our part in delivering what is an eye-catching and hugely impressive building.

“I was delighted to be asked to perform the official opening ceremony and to be given the chance to hear of the high levels of satisfaction from all the occupiers.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “Successful partnerships are key to everything we do and it is very satisfying that we are able to use today as a way to thank Councilor Ross and everyone at South Lanarkshire for their continued support.

“Red Tree Magenta has been an unqualified success and those who have made the building their new home are joining what is a growing number of entrepreneurial organisations right across Clyde Gateway.

“In line with the current commercial property market, we had expected this building to reach 20 percent occupancy in the first year but to be fully let in the first six months is a true reflection of the fantastic accommodation, facilities, business support and transport links on offer here.”

Among the facilities at Red Tree Magenta are a Nespresso café, superfast fibre connections, collaborative working and breakout spaces, a garden roof terrace and electric car charging points.

As well as more established, larger companies, including Robertson Facilities Management, BRE and Speirs Gumley, a number of growing smaller companies have flocked to this contemporary office space.

This includes up-and-coming Scottish business Raven Controls – an events monitoring digital technology business whose systems are used at golf’s Ryder Cup and athletics European Championships. They have recently secured investment funding and are growing their business and headcount accordingly.

Ian Kerr from Raven Controls said “We are very proud to call these impressive new offices our home. Since moving to Red Tree Magenta, we have attracted new talent to our business, allowing us to double our headcount. Raven Controls has global ambitions and at Red Tree Magenta we have the ideal base to expand our business and help us achieve that goal.”

 

24 Jun 2019

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY AT RUTHERGLEN LINKS

The combined efforts of the chair of Clyde Gateway and the board member representing the local community have seen work officially get underway on a new £4million construction project that will lead to the near-completion of Rutherglen Links Business Park.

Lord Smith of Kelvin and Robert McLeary, accompanied by Gordon Cunningham, the Managing Director of the Paisley-based Clark Contracts, the successful bidders for the main contract, broke ground on the site of what will be two office pavilions with a combined size of 1,400 square metres (15,000 square feet) offering space for up to 116 people depending on the final internal layout and configuration.

Rutherglen Links is one of Clyde Gateway’s flagship developments, and its mix of of office, industrial and trade counter uses will ultimately bring more than 500 jobs to the burgh. The business park has also proven to be an attractive proposition for private sector developers with Harris Finance, a company with roots in the east end of Glasgow, purchasing much of the site to create plots and buildings that have been targeted successfully at a range of occupiers, all of whom see Rutherglen as the perfect location to grow and expand.

Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “Looking round what is a very busy and lively location, it is actually quite startling to realise that all of this change from a vacant and derelict site has been achieved in just five years and that in another nine months, much of the construction work will be complete.

“I want to pay tribute to the people who live in the cottages adjacent to the Business Park. They came along in their numbers to our initial public consultation a few years back and gave us a very clear message that the site should be developed primarily in support of the creation of employment opportunities.

“Clyde Gateway itself has brought the office workers to the location while the efforts of Harris Finance have attracted high quality engineering and manufacturing jobs, together with a range of popular trade counters, including what is a first of its kind in Scotland for Ford Retail.

“We have always tried to be innovative in our thinking towards Rutherglen Links. The creation of these office pavilions will be another first for us with the design being such that they will be capable of accommodating either a single user or up to four tenants which means we can be incredibly flexible in meeting any demand.”

Rutherglen Links Business Park occupies a five hectare site in the heart of the burgh, bounded by Farmeloan Road and Cambuslang Road and just a three-minute walk from the train station. It was previously partly-occupied by the former Monogram bedding and pillow manufacturing factory that closed back in 2007.

It has, over the past ten years, benefitted from more than £25 million of investment, primarily through Clyde Gateway. A remaining small section of the business park, located on what is known as the upper deck, adjacent to the M74, will be the final area to be developed over the coming months by Harris Finance.

The various phases of construction at Rutherglen Links have brought a whole range of spin-offs for the local community including jobs and training together with almost £25,000 of physical improvements and support for local activities in the Burnhill area.

Robert McLeary, is the Rutherglen community representative on the Clyde Gateway Board, having taken up the role at the beginning of 2018. He said: “There is no question that Clyde Gateway is doing a tremendous job across the burgh.

“I hadn’t actually realised how much work has been undertaken as it is the type of organisation full of people who would rather concentrate on getting things done rather than making all sorts of noise about how wonderful they are.

“The transformation of the site of the old Monogram factory has been staggering and having so many hundreds of people earning their living so close to Main Street can only be a good thing for local businesses.

“Clyde Gateway has also been responsible for the wonderful Cuningar Loop Woodland Park on the banks of the Clyde, an all-year attraction that is incredibly popular with local families and for which there are ambitious plans in the pipeline to have it almost double in size and bring further facilities.

“Grassroots support for organisations such as Healthy’n’Happy, together with the Burnhill Family Group operating out of the Windlawhill Parish Church, ensures that the everyday lives of people regularly receive a boost while funding for events such as Landemer Day and Summerfest in Cambuslang help make community events and gatherings that little bit more special and memorable.

“Looking forward, there are huge plans to regenerate the area around Shawfield, addressing the contamination issues left behind by the former chemical factory and creating what will be a world-class commercial development on the site of the old industrial estate on the banks of the Clyde.

“It really is a pleasure to sit on the Board of such an ambitious, determined and innovative organisation which will continue to make such a big difference to Rutherglen in the years ahead.”

Gordon Cunningham, Managing Director, Clark Contracts said “It is fantastic to be working with our new customer Clyde Gateway to deliver these two new office pavilions at Rutherglen Links Business Park.”

The two pavilions for which the ground was broken will be built opposite One Rutherglen Links, the four-storey office building that was the first to be constructed within the business park. The pavilions will be targeted at small to medium enterprises of the type which have been flocking to Red Tree Rutherglen on Stonelaw Road and Red Tree Magenta at Shawfield, both of which are operating at near full-occupancy.

Clark Contracts will be on-site for 36 weeks and Clyde Gateway hope that the first occupier will be able to move in by Spring 2020.

 

11 Jun 2019

PRAISE FOR RED TREE MAGENTA FROM NEW TENANT

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Lorraine MacDonald, the owner of Spiers Gumley, has provided an opinion piece to The Scotsman newspaper in which she states that moving her business out of the city centre to Red Tree Magenta has made a world of difference.

“My eyes were first opened to the possibility of moving my 68-strong workforce from our traditional city centre offices during a tour of Glasgow’s East End with Clyde Gateway’s chief executive, Ian Manson. I left feeling astonished at the transformation of the area and it really got me ­thinking, especially as the lease on our Bath Street premises, our home of 30 years, was coming to an end.

“I had previously ruled out moving from the city centre due to the impact I felt it might have on our team. I run Speirs ­Gumley like a family business and would never have moved my family against their will. But the more I looked at Red Tree business suites within the Magenta development, less than two miles from the city centre, the more benefits I could see. So, I presented the idea to the team, along with 3D visualisations of the new building, and asked them to come directly to me if they had any concerns. I expected some ­resistance, but to my surprise, there was hardly any. A few had queries about how the move would impact their ­commute, and what they would do for lunch, but largely the team could see the same ­benefits that I could.

“We signed a pre-let on the building’s entire third floor last year, while the building was still under construction, and moved in at the start of 2019. We consulted with the workforce at various stages ahead of the move, and Clyde Gateway supported us with a detailed travel plan tailored to each individual member of staff, which was incredibly useful. The team were able to view the offices throughout the construction process and have input into the office layout. Taking the team on this journey from the very beginning meant that they felt part of the move, and as a result their attitudes have been amazing.

“Now we are settled in our new home, I could not be happier with the decision. Because most of the team live closer to Magenta in Rutherglen than they do to the centre, commuting has become easier and less stressful. The transport links are great, car sharing is really taking off, there’s ample parking at the building and Dalmarnock train station is a ten-minute walk away. We have pool cars if anyone needs to visit the shops at lunchtime and soon communal Red Tree bikes will also be provided, allowing staff to take advantage of healthier, greener transportation.

“The move to Magenta has provided real value for money. I’d always wanted to make the step up to a modern, Grade A office building, but we couldn’t have afforded to do this in the city centre.

“We have heavily invested in complementing this building with a great fit-out, from soundproof pods for quiet working, to project spaces with TV screens and height-adjustable tables, to a kitchen area that feels a world away from our desks – everything is helping us work more smoothly and efficiently. The tech infrastructure and broadband speeds are noticeably better than in town, and the modern environment here at Red Tree Magenta will provide the perfect backdrop for Speirs Gumley as we evolve and grow.

“Being out of the city centre hasn’t ­negatively impacted on recruitment – far from it. We now see the building as a real asset that will help attract people to work for us. Our team are doing more exercise on their lunch breaks, a lunchtime walking group has emerged, and people are bringing in healthier food from home which is helping them save money. Our office is now paperless and ­everything is recycled. The atmosphere ­within the office, and the entire building, is excellent. Although it has only been open since December, Red Tree Magenta is already fully let – and I can see why.

“The feedback from staff has been very positive. Relocating just a few miles has allowed us to get away from the hustle and bustle and into a whole new working environment in the Red Tree Magenta building, which is making a world of difference to the team.”

 

10 Jun 2019

CABINET SECRETARY TOURS CLYDE GATEWAY

Aileen Campbell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, toured the Clyde Gateway area on Friday 7 June.

Visits to Glasgow Women’s Library and the Healthy’n’Happy Community Development Trust, with the latter involving a chat over coffee with the members of the Clyde Gateway Community Committee (pictured above), book-ended a tour in which the Cabinet Secretary was able to see the extent of the progress over recent years and the ambitions for future development.

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:”We have always been keen to work closely with the various government ministers whose portfolios of responsibilities include our activities, and it was really pleasing to be able to host this particular visit.

“The Cabinet Secretary was genuinely interested to see the extent of the physical changes that have been achieved all across the area but there is no doubt that the most rewarding and important aspect was to hear directly from the members of the Community Committee, to the extent that she was willing to extend her visit by an extra half-hour in order that the discussions could be as wide-ranging as possible.”

Robert McLeary, who represents the Rutherglen community on the Clyde Gateway Board, was one of seven local residents to have a chat with Ms Campbell. He said:”The Cabinet Secretary was very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for what Clyde Gateway was doing but I think she was taken a little bit by surprise as to the extent of genuine and widespread support there is out there across the communities.

“It would be fair to say that all of us who sit on the Community Committee are veterans in terms of our involvement in local activities in some shape or other. We collectively feel that Clyde Gateway is an exemplar when it comes to meaningful engagement and consultation, which certainly can be seen from the fact that all of their work and efforts are in line with our hopes and aspirations.

“It is really satisfying, from the community’s perspective, to be given the opportunity to speak to such senior politicians in this way and to be able to emphasise our support for Clyde Gateway and that we want the long-term task of transforming the area to be completed in the years ahead.”

 

21 May 2019

THE CLASS OF 2019

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School pupils from the Clyde Gateway area are celebrating their graduation from a course designed to introduce them to the engineering industry.

Eleven young people from Trinity High School, St Mungo’s Academy and Stonelaw High School have spent ten weeks been participating in the annual ‘Gateway to Engineering’ programme, run in collaboration between Robertson, Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Now in its sixth cycle, this programme marked the first that pupils gained an SCQF Level 5 Gateway to Engineering qualification, supported by Glasgow Kelvin College.

Joining the pupils was Jamie Hepburn, minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, who highlighted his support for the programme during a speech at the graduation event and said: “Well done to all the pupils who are graduating today – the first ever participants of this innovative course to complete the qualification. I wish them all the best on their next steps.

“The collaboration between the Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College, the University of the West of Scotland and Clyde Gateway schools to involve young people and employers exemplifies our vision for a joined-up education and skills system to deliver our ambition to develop the young workforce and reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.”

With both academic and practical insight into the application of engineering, the programme included several visits to Hamilton Park Racecourse where Robertson Central West is building a new £10m Hampton by Hilton hotel. Featuring 118 rooms, the hotel is being built with a combination of traditional and modular techniques, allowing Robertson to reduce build time without sacrificing quality.

The group also had the chance to use construction software such as 3D scanners and surveying instruments as well as several engineering sessions at the college’s Springburn Campus.

Gemma Gourlay, Robertson’s director of social sustainability, said: “This year’s ‘Gateway to Engineering’ programme has a real focus on impact-led engagement, providing the pupils with tangible learning outcomes to support them on the next steps of their journey and assist them with making informed decisions on future careers.

“We had a brilliant mix of pupils taking part, and it’s been fantastic to watch them gain an understanding of the different disciplines engineering offers over the ten weeks. This is the sixth time we’ve supported the programme, and the first that the group will get a tangible qualification at the end of it, boosting their CVs and their skillset. The pupils are now equipped with the right knowledge to make informed decisions about their future in engineering with some of the pupils already securing Foundation Apprenticeships and exploring university courses.”

As part of efforts to promote the construction industry and careers it has to offer, Robertson provide a variety of different activities and programmes with numerous stakeholder groups, engaging with over 29,000 young people between April 2018 and March 2019.

Natalie Phillips, Clyde Gateway’s Project Manager for Education, Business & Community Growth, said: “The Gateway to Engineering programme has long been one of our flagship programmes, helping young people with their education as well as improving their job prospects.

“It is an initiative that we are incredibly proud of and a great example of how we aim always to ensure local residents, whatever their age, are the focal point of our regeneration efforts.

“The programme continues to evolve, grow and develop year upon year, enabling us to play an active and important role in a range of policy areas such as the Scottish Government’s STEM Strategy.

“Gateway to Engineering is very much about making STEM skills an attractive and realistic prospect for our young people. It raises attainment in our secondary schools and ensures the young people taking part gain certification for their learning and achievements. The awards they are taking home today can lead directly onto a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering and that could well be the beginning of a journey into a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

Anne Porter, Head of Faculty of Engineering, Construction and Science at Glasgow Kelvin College, said: “The students have done splendidly this year to carry off not only college vocational skills and crucial hands-on experience in the workplace, but solid credit-rated qualifications to spur them on in their future career.

“The importance of the Gateway to Engineering partnership approach to achieve this success can’t be overstated and Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to be working with Clyde Gateway, Robertson, University of the West of Scotland and the schools to create opportunities which benefit the future of Scotland’s young people.”

 

02 May 2019

WORLD CHAMP AMY – SHE’S ONE OF OUR OWN

It was back in 2008, just a few weeks after Clyde Gateway had embarked on our regeneration efforts, that we agreed to provide support to help a Dalmarnock teenager achieve her dream of taking part in the Mauy Thai Boxing World Championships in South Korea.

Amy Pirnie returned to a hero’s welcome, carrying the belt which had been given to her when she triumphed in the championships, adding to the British title she had earned a few weeks previously.

Eleven years later, and Amy continues to make waves in her sport, having returned recently from the United States as the world super-flyweight champion, in a bout that was broadcast on the CBS Sports channel.

Now aged 25, and now living in the Athletes’ Village in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area, Amy told her story to Jonathan Geddes of the Rutherglen Reformer.

“I was excited to be out in America to begin with. It took nearly a day to get there, so I had to train and get used to the time difference. It was a real surprise to then knock out my opponent in just 47 seconds meaning the post-fight interviews lasted longer than the bout, but it was an amazing experience.”

It was actually the second world title picked up by Amy within a month. The American bout was for a world title under the Lion Fight promotions arm of the sport and came on the back of her traveling to Rome where she won the Enfusion 50kg world title. Both wins came against opponents who were enjoying the advantage of fighting on home soil.

Amy trains at a gym in Rutherglen and combines her participation in Muay Thai with a day job in sports therapy and coaching work with kids. She told the Reformer, “I really love doing that. I took it on last year and it’s not just about the competition, it’s about getting kids active and showing them healthy things they can become involved in.

From her base in Rutherglen, Amy offers personal training to teams, groups or individuals, providing a a comfortable and stable environment to train, helping with confidence, drive and willingness to learn. Further information about this remarkable lady, and details of how to book a class or session with her, can be found at https://www.amypirnie.com/

A World champion and an inspiration. Amy is very much one of our own.

 

26 Apr 2019

MAJOR AWARD FOR CUNINGAR LOOP

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park has been named a winner at the national awards ceremony of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the most prestigious and respected event of its type in the UK planning industry.

The park won in the Health and Wellbeing category, with judges describing the project as “transformational” with an “impressively inclusive approach with all stakeholders”.

They said: “The project benefits the local community and is a driving force for delivering economic and social benefits to the area as a tourist destination. Cuningar Loop is not only an exciting project with a transferable approach, but it’s inspirational too.”

The submission for the award was made by South Lanarkshire Council who worked alongside the funding partners, Clyde Gateway and Forestry Commission Scotland, in the transformation of derelict wasteland with a history of quarrying, illegal mining and landfill to a 15-hectare urban woodland park connecting the communities of Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire and Dalmarnock and Parkhead in Glasgow’s East End.

 

21 Mar 2019

£4 MILLION EXPANSION FOR RUTHERGLEN OFFICE PARK

Clyde Gateway is set to invest £4m on the construction of two office pavilions at Rutherglen Links Business Park, and in so doing will effectively ensure the full completion some five years after construction first got underway.

The two pavilions will have a combined gross area of 1,400 square metres (just over 15,000 sq. ft.) and they will be built opposite One Rutherglen Links, the first of the buildings within the business park and into which SPIE Ltd took the top two floors in 2015, bringing 140 staff into what is their Scottish HQ. The pavilions will be targeted at small to medium enterprises of the type which have been flocking to Red Tree Rutherglen on Stonelaw Road and Red Tree Magenta at Shawfield, both of which are operating at near full-occupancy.

Rutherglen Links has enjoyed significant success, with Harris Finance, a regionally based private developer, investing more than £5m into the creation of five industrial plots, successfully attracting a number of occupiers including Screwfix, Eurocell, Ford Retail and TransCanada Turbines, which between them have brought 145 jobs to the area. There is still room for one more industrial shed within the business park and Harris Finance are confident construction work will get underway later in the year.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “This is more positive news for the town centre. These new pavilions will provide space for just under 120 office workers, and all told Rutherglen Links, when full, will be home to over 500 people, all of whom will be providing a spending boost to Main Street.

“This style of office pavilion is a new concept for Clyde Gateway, and it is a project we are really excited about.

“They will each have a different internal layout which in itself will maximise the flexibility on offer with the capability of accommodating either a single user or up to four tenants. As we have already seen with the two Red Tree office pavilions in Rutherglen, there is a great demand for high-quality, stylish and very affordable office accommodation and we are all quietly confident of achieving early or perhaps some advance lettings.”

50% of the construction costs of the pavilions will come from the award from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, with the remainder being provided by Clyde Gateway, through reserves, although the possibility of borrowings, using existing investment properties as security, is also under consideration.

Planning permission for the construction of the pavilions has been granted by South Lanarkshire Council and it is hoped that we can be on site by May 2019 with an anticipated nine months construction period.

 

13 Mar 2019

PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

The 2019 version of the world’s largest property fair, MIPIM, is being held in Cannes, France from 11-15 March.

Clyde Gateway is in attendance as part of Team Scotland, showcasing the opportunities on hand to investors and developers, with a particular emphasis on sustainable construction.

Martin McKay, our Executive Director of Development, is in Cannes to make the case direct on our behalf through a number of speaking engagements at seminars and presentations. His pitch to investors will be expanding on his opinion piece that was published in The Scotsman on 11 March:-

You perhaps don’t expect a regeneration programme like Clyde Gateway to be showcased at a glossy international event such as MIPIM, but I believe that we have to think global but act local. MIPIM gives Clyde Gateway a fantastic platform to demonstrate how developers and investors can deliver resilient, sustainable neighbourhoods here in Scotland.

From the start, Clyde Gateway has encouraged innovative ideas to minimise energy use in the construction and powering of our new developments as an essential part of each design, rather than an afterthought. For example, the leather adorning the aeroplane seats of many MIPIM attendees will have made its way from Andrew Muirhead of Scottish Leather Group. Soon that leather will be produced using low carbon renewable heat. This is happening in Glasgow, as Canadian firm Sharc Energy Systems brings its heat recovery energy centre into use.

Sharc will use a significant waste water resource, located right in the heart of Clyde Gateway’s regeneration area, to heat and cool the commercial buildings that we are developing. This will have notable benefits for occupiers in terms of energy and cost savings – a live example of how the real estate industry can capitalise on renewable technology to produce developments that are robust, low-carbon and less dependent on fossil fuels. The spin-off of this investment is that low cost heat can also be delivered to local homes, so that everyone benefits.

Our ambition at Clyde Gateway is to create a truly sustainable city district on a par with European exemplars. The next round of our low carbon journey will see us working in partnership with cities in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and England as we explore fifth generation district heating and cooling networks (5GDHC). This will provide cooling networks designed to support next generation workspaces, with offices which are cooled by low cost renewable resources.

We’re seeing a change in occupier priorities. No longer focused purely on cost, they increasingly understand their corporate responsibilities and want their buildings and places to reflect their values and offer a good quality of life and wellbeing for their staff. You can already live and work in Clyde Gateway – our partners are nearly halfway to completing more than 6,000 new homes within 20 minutes’ walk of Magenta, our major office development with our partner Highbridge Properties – which is also being promoted at MIPIM by the Department for International Trade. A model like this means people become less car dependent and more active, and employers enjoy access to a ready-made labour market in their local community.

Regeneration is a long-term commitment, and patient investors and developers looking for sustained growth can enjoy those benefits in areas like Clyde Gateway. When investment is combined with low carbon technologies, offers jobs to local people and helps businesses grow, then the social value of that investment becomes very significant. That’s a message worth spreading far and wide.

 

12 Mar 2019

NEW COMMUNITY ASSET TO BE BUILT AT CUNINGAR LOOP

Clyde Gateway has agreed to spend £2.34 million to provide a new facility within Cuningar Loop Woodland Park.

Work will now get underway on the technical design for a Bothy and Tur, to be constructed in land close to the Downiebrae Road entrance to the park, with the aim of having construction get underway in September 2019 and opening in June 2020.

The Bothy will be a gathering place which brings together local communities, groups and visitors in a forest building. It will include The Living Room (a multi-functional gathering space), a Community Kitchen (which has the ability to operate as a commercially-operated café), a book-exchange Library, toilets and showers, and a community garden.

The Tur (tower) will be a viewing platform located close to the Bothy allowing visitors to take in expansive views over the park, accessed via a ramp climbing through the tree canopy.

Planning permission was granted by South Lanarkshire Council in January 2019, and the project can now proceed thanks to the Scottish Government providing support of £950,000 through its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, with the £1.39m balance being met by Clyde Gateway, although discussions are underway with Forestry Enterprise Scotland (FES), as the managers of Cuningar Loop, in the hope that they will make a financial contribution to the costs.

Robert McLeary, the South Lanarkshire community representative on the Board of Clyde Gateway:-

“Cuningar Loop has been a huge success since it first opened. Clyde Gateway and Forestry Enterprise Scotland have undertaken public consultations with park users which identified a need for the provision of toilets and changing facilities and some closer car parking.

We opened a 41-space car park last June and we have been giving some very serious thought to addressing the other issues, coming up with the idea of the Bothy and Tur as being of substance and in keeping with our ambitions for the continued development of Cuningar Loop.

We have been trying to find sources of funding to allow it to happen and it is great news that the Scottish Government has made such a generous award of £950,000 to enable a package to come together. It would be wonderful if the forestry body was also to come on board as any contribution from them would free up money for Clyde Gateway to spend on other projects in the community.

This is going to be an eye-catching building, and the Tur will be highly visible from all points. It will be a perfect addition to Cuningar Loop and all being well, should be open and in use by the summer of 2020.”

 

29 Jan 2019

TEN NEW TENANTS WELCOMED TO RED TREE MAGENTA

Clyde Gateway has welcomed ten new tenant companies to the area, as they move into their modern new premises at the newly-opened 40,000 sq ft Red Tree Magenta office building.

The influx of new occupants means that Red Tree Magenta – the third Red Tree building that Clyde Gateway has delivered – is now 82% let, less than a month after opening its doors.

The ten small and growing companies will bring 38 new jobs to the area and join the building’s two larger tenants, property management company Speirs Gumley, which has signed a pre-let on the building’s entire third floor, and BRE Scotland who will occupy the second floor.

Like the two larger tenants, many of the new occupants are in the property sector, such as fit-out contractors Calma Group, interior designers and space planners IDAco, construction site monitoring company I-Watchers, cavity wall insulation specialists Beinn Group, and a local architectural practice.

They are joined by Inspire Scotland, who specialise in residential care for children, electrical wholesale e-commerce business SM Electrical Supplies, events monitoring digital technology business Raven Controls, HR advisors Best Consultancy and accountants Evolve Accountancy.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive at Clyde Gateway said: “Our Red Tree business suites model has already proved itself extremely popular at Red Tree Rutherglen and Bridgeton, and the fact that Red Tree Magenta is heading rapidly towards full occupation just a few short weeks after opening is testament to the outstanding accommodation, facilities, business support and transport links on offer here.

“I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new tenant companies, who are joining the growing number of dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations here at Red Tree Magenta and within Clyde Gateway as a whole.”

Paul Bailey from Best Consultancy said “We’re very excited to be settling in to our new office at Red Tree Magenta. We were previously based in Glasgow City Centre but unfortunately the office could not meet our growth demands. When considering a location for our new premises, as well as the quality of the office accommodation we loved the fact that we’d be joining other like-minded small businesses. We are also really excited to be a part of the regeneration story of Clyde Gateway.”