Clydeside Regeneration

Utility contractor appointed for Queens Quay

Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has appointed a contractor to undertake utility works at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Multi-utility connections experts Energetics has been instructed to install all of the utility infrastructure for the delivery of the entire mixed-use development including the new the Energy Centre for the District Heating Network.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) providing significant funding. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is CRL’s development partner.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Limited, said: “The appointment of Energetics is another significant step forward in the regeneration of Queens Quay. It follows on from the appointment of our marine works contractor, George Leslie Ltd, who is undertaking all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage including creation of an esplanade that will give the public access to the river.”

Energetics will begin these works in quarter 1 2018 with the construction of the Energy Centre also expected to commence in quarter 1 following the completion of the contractor tender process. Works for the new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre start in the summer.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened last year.

Land purchase approved for Clydebank’s District Heating Network

Ambitious plans to make Clydebank the “greenest town in Scotland” have taken another step forward after councillors agreed a deal to purchase land to build a District Heating Network energy centre.

Councillors agreed to release £450,000 to buy the required land from Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) during a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration & economic development (IRED) committee this week.

Planning permission for the energy centre was granted in December with work expected to commence in early 2018 and the Network being commissioned by the end of 2018 and generating heat by early 2019.

It will serve the entire Queens Quay site with potential to expand into the wider Clydebank area.

The energy centre will power the District Heating Network from the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard. The network is part of a wider £250 million regeneration of the area and will see water extracted from the River Clyde through heat pumps and directed to businesses and homes via insulated pipes to be used for heating.

Up to 200 rented homes are being developed on the site by registered social landlords alongside 1000 private homes, and all will benefit from the new system. A number of public buildings may also receive their heating supply via this method, including West College Scotland, Clydebank’s new leisure centre, the new care home and health centre at the site, council offices at Aurora House, the Titan Business Centre, the Town Hall and Clydebank Library.

The IRED committee heard at this week’s meeting how the Network could be expanded into the wider Clydebank area in the coming years and how lessons learned at this stage could even be used to create similar heating schemes elsewhere in West Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Iain McLaren, convener of IRED, said: “We are delighted that the committee agreed the purchase of the land, which really marks the final big step in this incredibly important and ambitious project. With planning permission in place and the purchase of the land for the energy centre agreed, work can start on this first phase of the District Heating Network. I want to thank all of the council officers who have worked so hard behind the scenes to get this deal done.”

The District Heating Network will also make a major contribution towards the council’s climate change targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% over the next seven years.

Councillor Diane Docherty, vice convener of IRED, added: “As well as providing heat to homes and businesses in Queens Quay, the District Heating Network will allow the council to generate an income from the sale of energy and to expand the project throughout Clydebank. Being able to offer a discounted tariff to residents will also have a positive impact on tackling fuel poverty.”

Green light for new Queens Quay energy centre

A new energy centre at Queens Quay could start generating heat by Autumn 2018 after planning permission was granted for the development at the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Construction of the energy centre for the District Heat Network will commence in quarter 1 2018. Set to serve the entire Queens Quay site and beyond, developers say the network will make Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.

Queens Quay’s District Heat Network will be the largest and most ambitious in Scotland and will enable valuable energy, which is often wasted in power generation and industrial processes, to be captured and supplied to householders and businesses directly.

The 100% carbon free system is designed on a modular basis to allow expansion, with the ability to include the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital as well as the wider Clydebank area making the network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives.

Within the energy centre water source heat pumps will extract water from the River Clyde, giving the system a direct link to natural resources. Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre.

The energy centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor the system. This system is generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff. An on-site office and welfare facilities will be located on the mezzanine level.

Queens Quay is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with West Dunbartonshire Council part funding the development. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with the council to deliver the energy centre and the wider development.

West Dunbartonshire Council will own, operate and maintain the entire heating system, ensuring security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers. The Scottish Government provided £6m of funding towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme with the council covering the remaining £6m.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd said:  “It is fantastic news that we’ve achieved planning permission for the Queens Quay Energy Centre, it is yet another piece of good news in the delivery of the project and promises a green future for Clydebank.

“The coming year will be very important for Queens Quay with the delivery of all infrastructure and the commencement of a number of other exciting developments.”

Last month it was announced that civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage.  The contractor will start work in January before construction of the new £15m care home commences in quarter 2 and the state-of-the-art £25m health centre in quarter 3.

The next stage of infrastructure works, involving the formation of a new access road and utilities connections, which will service the entire mixed-use site, will also commence in quarter 1 2018.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened earlier this year.

Marine contractor appointed for Queens Quay in Clydebank

Queens Quay 1Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has appointed a contractor to undertake marine works at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage. Included in this is the creation of a 40m wide esplanade river frontage that will, for the first time since shipbuilding began in this area, give the public access to the river and in particular the basin that built the ‘Three Queens’ ships.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council part funding the development. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with the council to deliver the development.

Duncan Graham of Clydeside Regeneration Limited said: “CRL is committed to creating quality amenity space within Queens Quay as the basis for attracting further investment. Commencement of the marine works is the first step towards the process of delivering Queens Quay and represents a milestone that has taken many years to achieve. It has come about as a consequence of the partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council and all those that have assisted us along the way.”

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Limited, said: “We are delighted to appoint George Leslie Ltd as part of our project team for Queens Quay; the firm has a proven track record and is a leader in its field. The coming year will be very important for Queens Quay with the delivery of all infrastructure and the commencement of a number of other developments.”

John McNaught, managing director at George Leslie Ltd, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the marine works package on this regeneration project at Queens Quay.  We are looking forward to working with CRL and Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd to make a positive impact within the Clydebank community through the delivery of this important project.”

Queens Quay DNH 2George Leslie Ltd will start work in January 2018 before construction of the new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre starts in the summer. Subject to planning consent, construction of the Energy Centre is also expected to commence in quarter 1 2018 following the completion of the contractor tender process.

The first phase of enabling works, which included excavating existing subsoils and segregating unsuitable materials before backfilling the excavations with materials recycled from elsewhere on the site, completed in quarter 3 2017.

Once a thriving industrial yard famous for being where the QE2 and Queen Mary ships were built, Queens Quay is now a residential-led, mixed-use waterfront development extending to 80 acres. The £250m regeneration project will transform the site into a vibrant community with over 800 diverse housing units, health and leisure facilities, office and retail elements and civic spaces including parkland and a riverside walk/cycleway.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened earlier this year.

The layout of Queens Quay will be a traditional urban grid with a main spine road going through the development and smaller roads going through to the residential grids. There will be a variety of greenspaces designed to have more than one function, such as enhancing biodiversity as well as recreational purposes.

Energy centre plans lodged to make Clydebank the ‘greenest town in Scotland’

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Computer-generated image of the Queens Quay development including the energy centre

Plans have been submitted for a new energy centre at Queens Quay which developers say could make Clydebank become the “greenest town in Scotland”.

The proposed facility for the District Heat Network [DHN] will form part of the first phase of development at the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard and will serve the entire Queens Quay site and beyond.

Queens Quay’s District Heat Network will be the largest and most ambitious in Scotland and will enable valuable energy, which is often wasted in power generation and industrial processes, to be captured and supplied to householders and businesses directly.

The 100% carbon free system is designed on a modular basis to allow expansion, with the ability to include the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital as well as the wider Clydebank area making the network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives.

Within the energy centre water source heat pumps will extract water from the River Clyde, giving the system a direct link to natural resources. Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre.

The proposed energy centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor the system. This system is generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff. An on-site office and welfare facilities will be located on the mezzanine level.

Developers claim the design of the energy centre will create an attractive landmark for the area which will complement the historic Titan Crane whilst the glazed riverfront elevation will facilitate views into the centre.

Queens Quay DNH 2The masterplan for the development of Queens Quay was approved by West Dunbartonshire Council in March 2016. The site is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with the council part funding the development.

Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with the council to deliver the energy centre and the wider development.

West Dunbartonshire Council will own, operate and maintain the entire heating system, ensuring security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers. The Scottish Government is providing £6m of funding towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme with the council covering the remaining £6m.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd said: “This development will be the first of many at Queens Quay to regenerate Clydebank’s waterfront. As well as being a fantastic start to the project, it also promises to create a legacy for the whole of Clydebank by tackling issues such as low carbon energy from entirely renewable sources, energy security and fuel poverty. This is the first time a system like this will be installed in Scotland and we are very excited about the prospect of getting started on site to bring this vision to fruition.

“The system harnesses the River Clyde’s latent energy which will distribute heat to existing and new communities in the area. It is a major development for Queens Quay and one that will benefit the residents and businesses of Clydebank and beyond for generations to come.”

The first phase of enabling works have now completed on site, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Civil engineering contractor I & H Brown undertook the workswhich included excavating existing subsoils and segregating unsuitable materials before backfilling the excavations with materials recycled from elsewhere on the site.

The works also included platforming sites in order to prepare the land for creation of the Health Quarter, which will contain a new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre.

The next stage of infrastructure works, involving the formation of a new access road and utilities connections which will service the entire mixed-use site, will commence in quarter 1 2018 before construction of the new care home and health centre starts in the summer.  Subject to planning consent, construction of the energy centre is also expected to commence in quarter 1 2018 following the completion of the contractor tender process.

Duncan Graham, of Clydeside Regeneration Limited, added:  “The development offers an opportunity to open up an area of Clydebank which has been derelict for a number of years, whilst also creating much-needed housing and other amenities in a stunning location overlooking the Clyde.”

£15m deal to unlock development at former Clydebank shipyard

Queens Quay 1The former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank, famous for building some of the world’s greatest ships, is set to be unlocked for future development after an ambitious £15 million plan was signed.

The deal will see essential infrastructure and ground works undertaken on the site, and more importantly, pave the way for more than £250m worth of private investment, potentially including 1,000 new homes, a retail unit, hotel, care home and health centre.

The once thriving industrial yard was famous for building the QE2 and Queen Mary, but the majority of the site – now known as Queens Quay – has been derelict for decades.

Now almost 30 years on from the closure of the shipyard, West Dunbartonshire Council has agreed to invest £15.62m to bring a bright new future to the town.

The former John Brown Shipyard was bought by Clydeside Regeneration in 2004. However, due to difficult market conditions, the owners were unable to attract the investment to fund the necessary infrastructure works.

Under the terms of the innovative new agreement the council will step in to fund the repair of quay walls and create a new road layout. In return the council will recoup its investment from a share the financial benefits of any future land sales at the site, and in the economic benefits this would bring to the area.

It is expected that the works will start early in 2016, with the road infrastructure and site enabling work being completed by summer 2017 and the remaining works by early 2018.

This activity will allow the developer to push ahead with their master plan which includes proposals to build over 1,000 new homes (a mixture of private and social), a local retail unit, pub/diner, hotel, and new public space with a new boulevard leading from Clydebank town centre to the riverside and to the town centre and transport interchange.

Queens Quay

Unlocking the potential of the Queens Quay site is predicted to bring the following benefits to West Dunbartonshire:

  • £5.5m income generated locally each year, with a further £2.9m created nationally
  • 2,138 short term construction jobs
  • An estimated 57 apprenticeships supported;
  • Construction works worth an estimated £250m
  • Attracting an additional population of over 2,000 people

In addition these plans will complement the major developments that have already taken place on the Queens Quay site, including:

  • The development of West College Scotland
  • The opening of the Titan Crane visitor attraction
  • Creation of the Titan Enterprise Business Centre
  • Creation of Aurora House, now the offices of almost 300 council staff
  • A new £22m Clydebank Leisure Centre construction of which began at the end of June

And the council is also well under way with its plans for other development at the site:

  • A new £19m Clydebank Health Centre will be built with Scottish Government funding
  • A new £10m Clydebank Care Home

Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure and regeneration, said: “This deal sets Clydebank up for the most exciting period the town has enjoyed for decades. It is the biggest and most influential project the council has ever been involved in as we look to transform the former John Brown’s yard into a bustling community hub. To see over 1,000 new homes built at this stunning location overlooking the Clyde, as well as a range of other amenities, will help to drive population growth and bring a number of economic benefits to Clydebank.”

Council leader Martin Rooney said: “For too long our once proud shipyard has been a derelict site at the heart of Clydebank, but that is all about to change. We’ve shown clear leadership in driving forward this landmark deal to create a once in a generation opportunity for regenerating the town and bringing major investment into West Dunbartonshire. The potential benefits are huge and it is really exciting to see how the plans to link up the Queens Quay site with the existing town centre will progress in the coming years.

“A great deal of thanks must go to the council officers for their hard work in getting us to this stage and to our private sector partners for working with us to make this happen. We still need to keep the momentum going and my focus will be on working with the Scottish Government to secure partnership funding to support the social housing element of the development plans.”

Duncan Graham, of Clydeside Regeneration, added: “The council has shown tremendous vision throughout this process and has always been an excellent partner in terms of driving the project forward. Having been involved in many large scale projects over the years, I believe that the way the council has approached the regeneration of such an iconic site should be held up as an example of how to approach this type of project. By the council committing this money it will allow us to push ahead with the major development plans for the site.”

Paul O’Donnell, of Dawn Developments, Clydeside Regeneration’s development partner, said: “We have been working closely with the council throughout the Queens Quay process and this is a major step forward. Once these infrastructure works are carried out it really does open up so many opportunities for the site and it will be great to see these become a reality over the next few years as we start to realise the potential of this amazing site.”