West Dunbartonshire

Plans approved to create Scotland’s answer to New York’s ‘High Line’

An artist’s impression of the proposed linear park – inspired by New York City’s High Line – that could soon grace the top of the revamped Bowling Harbour bridge at the gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal

An artist’s impression of the proposed linear park – inspired by New York City’s High Line – that could soon grace the top of the revamped Bowling Harbour bridge at the gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal

Ambitious plans to create a new linear park inspired by New York City’s High Line at the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal have taken another step forward with the granting of planning consent for the project.

Scottish Canals and its partners are currently fundraising for the development of the route, which will transform a 120-year-old disused railway bridge at Bowling Harbour in West Dunbartonshire into a fully accessible linear park and pathway. This new route, the latest stage of a £3.2 million project to breathe new life into the area, will form a direct link between the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath and the National Cycle Network route towards Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Helena Huws, design and development manager at Scottish Canals, said: “Over the past few years, we’ve been working with our partners and the local community to breathe new life into Bowling Harbour, investing more than £3.2m in the area. The transformation of the area’s iconic railway bridge into an innovative new parkway overlooking the canal and the River Clyde is the next step in that story and we’re delighted that the project has received planning consent.

“Our recent win at the Scottish Government’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning was a fantastic accolade for the masterplan we’ve helped shape with the local community. We look forward to building on that success to bring further investment, employment opportunities and vibrancy to Bowling.”

A 120-year-old swing bridge at Bowling Harbour - the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal - has been lovingly restored as part of the latest stage of a £3.2m transformation of the area

A 120-year-old swing bridge at Bowling Harbour – the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal – has been lovingly restored as part of the latest stage of a £3.2m transformation of the area

The community-led transformation of the area is being undertaken by Scottish Canals in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council with support from the Coastal Communities Fund, Sustrans Scotland, and Historic Environment Scotland. Over the past three years, the project has refurbished the arches of the area’s decommissioned railway bridge, transforming them into commercial units and bringing new businesses, activity, vibrancy and economic benefits to the canalside community. The project was recently recognised at the Scottish Government’s Awards for Quality in Planning, taking home the prize for place-based regeneration.

Dave Keane, community links manager at Sustrans Scotland, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Scottish Canals for further regeneration in Bowling.

“The project has great potential to further attract people to the area, whilst connecting the corridor as a more direct and enjoyable traffic free route. We hope this will encourage people to walk and cycle for more of the journeys they make every day.”

Bowling Harbour’s viaduct swing bridge was constructed in 1896 to carry the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway over the Forth & Clyde Canal. After the railway was abandoned in 1960, the bridge fell into disrepair. Thanks to funding support from Sustrans and Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Canals has undertaken vital repairs to the structure’s badly corroded metalwork and repainted the entire span.

A short summary video of the transformation of Bowling Harbour so far and a look at its future

The masterplan for the area was shaped by the award-winning Bowling Basin Charrette – a collaborative design programme which saw the local community work with other stakeholders, agencies and industry experts to develop a shared plan for its future. The village is identified by West Dunbartonshire Council as a key regeneration and development priority.

Bowling, which sits on the northern bank of the Firth of Clyde and near the western terminus of the ancient Antonine Wall, was a major transport hub during the Industrial Revolution and was vital to the success of the River Clyde, the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway.

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.

Kier named as Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland

Kier imageKier Construction Scotland has been appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland’s supply chain.

A joint-venture organisation owned by both the public and private sectors, hub West Scotland delivers a range of public sector capital works projects throughout west central Scotland.

It works in partnership with 15 public bodies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City councils, covering a population of around 1.2 million people.

The partnership designs and constructs a wide range of new community facilities, including schools, health and community centres and facilities for blue light organisations, whilst providing value for money to the public purse and the opportunity to work with local SMEs.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Iain Marley, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “Key supply chain members are a vital ingredient in the success of hub West Scotland where we work in a collaborative partnership to deliver quality, innovative and value for money solutions to our public sector partners.

“Kier Construction Scotland boasts a wealth of delivery experience, and we look forward to working with them as a partnering contractor on future projects, to develop a sustainable future within communities across west central Scotland.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to be appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the hub West team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

Kier wins £34.5m Clydebank hospital deal as group results remain upbeat

Golden Jubilee 1Kier Construction Scotland is to deliver the £34.5 million Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank as its parent group prepares to unveil a new trading update in line with current expectations.

The contractor has been awarded the role of Principal Supply Chain Partner to develop a new elective care facility at the hospital, as part of Frameworks Scotland 2.

The building work, at this early stage valued at £34.5m over two phases, involves building a dedicated cataract surgery unit as well as an additional orthopaedic and elective surgical care facility.

The award follows a Scottish Government announcement for expansion of the Golden Jubilee and five new elective treatment centres to be built across the country to carry out procedures like hip, knees and cataracts, in order to reduce patient waiting times and enhance patient experience.

The Golden Jubilee is a national resource for NHS Scotland; home of regional and national heart and lung services, a centre of excellence in orthopaedics, a major diagnostic centre and one of the largest cataract providers in the UK.

Kier Construction Scotland is expected to start on site early next year and their programme of work will be complete by 2021. The announcement follows a number of recent healthcare contract wins for Kier Construction Scotland, including work with NHS Grampian at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Highland at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Brian McQuade, managing director for Kier Construction Scotland, said: “This is another major win for Kier Construction Scotland and illustrates our strength in delivering healthcare projects throughout Scotland.  These new facilities will provide improved healthcare services within the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and well as giving the local economy a boost as we will be creating local jobs and learning opportunities for local suppliers.”

June Rogers, director of operations at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, added: “It’s great to see the plans for these new facilities take a step forward and reach this exciting stage with our partners. Our expansion will provide a number of community benefits such as additional jobs, learning opportunities and environmental projects.

“Once we get approval to proceed, our new facilities will make a huge difference to thousands more patients in the future. It will allow us to deliver more effective healthcare services by continuing to deliver a world-class standard of safe and effective care that the patients of Scotland deserve.”

Tradesmen inspecting workKier Construction, part of Kier Group, is one of five principal supply chain partners on the Framework Scotland 2, a national procurement programme for healthcare new build and refurbishment projects. Kier is also one of five principal supply chain partners on the NHS’ £600m Health Facilities Scotland framework for Capital Development in Scotland.

Ahead of today’s Annual General Meeting, Kier Group has also announced that it remains on course to deliver double digit profit growth in the current year and achieve its Vision 2020 targets.

The Property division is “performing well”, delivering a return on capital (ROCE) in excess of 20% on an increasing capital base, and securing a development pipeline remaining in excess of £1.4 billion.

The mixed tenure and private housebuilding businesses continue to make good progress as private sales and pricing remain strong and demand for mixed tenure housing continues.

The performance of the Construction division is underpinned by the regional building business and is delivering margins in line with the Board’s expectations. The current order book represents more than 95% of the division’s targeted revenue for this financial year.

The Services division continues to deliver with consistent margins and has a current order book representing more than 95% of its targeted revenue for this financial year.

Following its acquisition, the McNicholas business is performing well and good progress is being made with its integration.

West Dunbartonshire celebrates double success at Scottish Quality Awards in Planning

The winning Bowling Basin team with Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing (centre)

The winning Bowling Basin team with Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing (centre)

West Dunbartonshire Council has won two coveted awards at a Scottish Government event celebrating excellence in planning.

The project to redevelop Bowling Basin and a development of affordable housing on the site of the former Kippen Dairy in Alexandria scooped the prizes at 2017 Scottish Quality Awards in Planning (SQAP) event.

The Kippen Dairy site is operated by Cordale Housing Association in partnership with Caledonia Housing Association.

Judges said they considered the 11 houses and 44 flats at the development to be “a good solid social housing development using a sensitive palette of materials. The scale blended in well along the High Street as well as supporting some bold regeneration within the town centre and positioning social housing at the heart of the place”.

Mr Stewart with the Kippen Dairy team

Mr Stewart with the Kippen Dairy team

At Bowling Basin, Scottish Canals has developed a masterplan for the area featuring housing, commercial and leisure related opportunities. The council agreed to invest £2 million to the project.

The SQAP judges said they were impressed with the work achieved so far, adding: “It was a delight to see what had been accomplished through the commitment of all the parties involved as well as the careful application of limited, but continued funding.”

Both projects won their prizes in the ‘Place’ category.

Pamela Clifford, the council’s planning & building standards manager, said: “It is always very nice to receive recognition for the hard work that our teams carry out and we could not be happier to win these SQAP awards. The judges’ comments show that we have got it right when it comes to the planning of these two very different projects and I pass on my congratulations to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

“What is particularly pleasing is that the community has had a real input into these projects, particularly the Bowling Basin through the charrette process.”

Investment in Dumbarton’s Lomondgate regeneration project tops £100m

An aerial view of Lomondgate

An aerial view of Lomondgate

A project launched 10 years ago to regenerate the former J+B whisky bottling plant at Dumbarton has created 718 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs and £365 million for the region’s economy, according to a new independent economic impact assessment.

A review by consultants Peter Brett Associates has revealed that 757 people now work at Lomondgate – the regeneration and development project being delivered by Strathleven Regeneration CIC and Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd.

And private sector investment has now topped £100m, smashing the £60m target set in 2007.

According to the report, Lomondgate businesses – Aggreko, BBC Scotland, Euro Garages, Jaconelli’s and Whitbread – and housing developers have invested a total of £106m including £47.9m invested in building 344 new homes by three developers – Walker Group, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

Lomondgate has also created the equivalent of 82 construction jobs, on top of the 718 identified in the study.

Key developments that have taken place at the 120-acre Lomondgate site over the 2016/2017 year, which have contributed to its continued success, include:

  • Whitbread Group plc almost doubled the size of its Premier Inn (already one of its best performing hotels in the region) by 54 rooms to 114 rooms, a vote of confidence in the location.
  • Taylor Wimpey received planning permission and acquired additional land to build a further 58 houses at Lomondgate. Groundworks have commenced and the new homes will be built over the coming two years.
  • Traffic count and visitor surveys were undertaken in 2016 from which it has been independently estimated that Lomondgate Services is now attracting more than 740,000 vehicles and 1.7 million visitors per year.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Strathleven Regeneration’s chairman, Bruce Malcolm, said: “These results – which have been achieved in challenging conditions and without public funding – show that Lomondgate has progressed from a regeneration initiative to become a vibrant community, successful business location and natural gateway to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.

“Securing over £100m of investment in such difficult conditions is testament to the effectiveness of our partnership with Walker Group and the strength of the location.”

Local MSP Jackie Baillie said: “Lomondgate is one of Scotland’s most ambitious regeneration projects and this report confirms that it is a real success story. Creating new jobs and good-quality housing are crucial to getting our economy back on track and promoting Dumbarton as a fantastic place to live and work.

“Hundreds more people now work at Lomondgate compared to when the J&B plant closed in 2000 and the development has attracted a number of world-leading businesses, including Aggreko and the BBC. I hope that even more companies will see the huge potential of the site’s location as the Gateway to Loch Lomond on one of the country’s most important trunk roads.”

Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council Jonathan McColl added: “These figures represent incredible success at Lomondgate, with initial targets surpassed and investment continuing to pour in. This Council is determined to show businesses big and small that West Dunbartonshire is a place where they can be confident locating their operations. We are well positioned close to vital links to major road, air, rail and sea transport networks and we are very much open for businesses.”

The release of the study follows the news that the BBC is partnering with the Scottish Government to launch a hub of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) at BBC Scotland’s studios at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, and Dumbarton. The organisation’s hit soap opera River City is filmed at Lomondgate and celebrated its 15th anniversary last month.

And just last month Chivas Brothers was granted planning permission to build a new bottling plant at its Kilmalid site – adjacent to Lomondgate – as part of a £40m investment.

Posties Park set for £1.7million sports hub project

West Dunbartonshire CouncilFunding to redevelop Dumbarton’s Posties Park into a state-of-the-art sport hub has been approved by West Dunbartonshire Council.

The £1.7 million redevelopment plans include creating a six-lane all-weather athletics track for use by schools and local clubs, with a grass football pitch constructed in the middle of the track and purpose built, modern changing facilities and gym.

Councillors agreed to fund the plans at a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council this week.

It is anticipated that work on the site will begin in the summer of 2018, with completion due in time for the following summer.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We are pleased that this project has been given the funding to progress and that Posties Park will offer the people of Dumbarton an excellent facility for athletics and football. The new changing pavilion will also make it a much more welcoming place for clubs and groups and I know it will certainly be well used.”

Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “This is another example of this Council’s commitment to promoting sport and a healthy, active lifestyle for our residents. With so much other redevelopment happening in Dumbarton, such as the upgrades at Levengrove Park and the walkway linking the town centre to the Castle, it’s an exciting time for the area.”

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.”

Council to remove external window panels in Clydebank after review of high-rise flats

West_Dunbartonshire_CouncilWest Dunbartonshire Council is set to remove external window panels on 11 high-rise blocks in Clydebank as the post-Grenfell review of Scotland’s buildings continues to raise questions over the use of cladding in use across the country.

The council commissioned an external expert to conduct comprehensive fire safety assessments of its 22 multi-storey properties in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June this year.

The consultant has recommended that the panels below each window in 11 of the blocks should be replaced.

The checks raised questions over the composition of the material used within the panels and, although the panels meet current building safety regulations, to remove any uncertainty, the council is removing the panels from five blocks in Dalmuir, five blocks in North Drumry and one block at Kilbowie.

Work is underway to identify alternative panels and the removal and replacement programme will begin as soon as possible.

The independent assessor has stressed that the window panels “are not in any way similar to those installed in Grenfell” and has recommended the material is removed to ensure the buildings meet enhanced fire safety standards.

Following the tragedy in London, the focus has been on the cladding applied to tower blocks, and the council confirmed in June that none of the high-rise properties in West Dunbartonshire were clad with the external material used at Grenfell.

The enhanced checks, which go beyond what is expected of landlords in Scotland, were commissioned by the council to scrutinise all aspects of fire safety within the buildings and offer further reassurance to residents.

Housing officers have today hand delivered letters to residents of all 11 affected blocks. In addition, council officers are in regular communications with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), focused on all aspects of safety within high rise blocks, and this will continue throughout these works. SFRS are also putting measures in place to further reassure tenants and will visit any tenants at their homes and carry out free home safety visits.

The reports’ findings have also been shared with the Scottish Government and West Dunbartonshire Council is recommending that all councils and housing associations with similar properties across Scotland consider independent assessment of the properties.

Peter Barry, West Dunbartonshire Council’s strategic lead for housing & employability, said: “Our priority is the safety of our tenants and that is why we took the additional step of commissioning enhanced fire safety assessments. By carrying out these checks that are above and beyond what is expected, we have been able to identify an area for improvement in the form of the window panels. I want to be clear that the expert is explicit in saying these panels are not the same as the external wall coverings that were fitted at Grenfell. However, we will replace them as quickly as possible to fully reassure the people living in these homes.”

West Dunbartonshire Council leader Jonathan McColl said: “In the wake of Grenfell, everyone ─ the media, politicians, the public ─ has been focused on cladding and we remain assured that our cladding is not the same as Grenfell. While I am reassured that we have no concerns about our cladding, we want to provide the best possible reassurance to our tenants. Having instructed an expert to carry out extended inspections on these buildings, we are taking further action based on their findings.

“Council, Fire Service and external experts have been working on this from day one following the tragedy and deserve our thanks for their amazing efforts. Local tenant and resident groups have gone to great lengths to work in partnership with us for everyone’s benefit and this community effort is keeping people safe.”

West Dunbartonshire Council is the latest body to take action on its properties following a review of cladding across the country.

Last month it was announced the “combustible cladding” was found at 57 high-rise properties in Glasgow, though the city council said there was “no suggestion that these buildings are a particular fire risk”.

ACM was also found at hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh; however, officials from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say the buildings are safe.

Last week it was revealed that two housing blocks in Glasgow which were identified as containing ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower are being subject to round-the-clock site patrols as part of a range of interim fire safety measures.

And just today, The Herald has reported that 38 sites owned by Scottish Enterprise, including the Glasgow Science Centre, are to undergo a series of inspections amid fears they were constructed with “flammable” materials, including its insulation.

Lomond Shores in Balloch is among those to be examined, along with Conference House in Edinburgh, Fife Energy Park, and the Alba Innovation Centre in Livingston.

A handful of buildings in East Kilbride, including the James Young Building, also feature along with sites in Stirling, Livingston, Larbert and Gourock.

Ministers to call in £90m Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project

An artist's impression of what the revamped Clyde Waterfront would look like

An artist’s impression of what the revamped Clyde Waterfront would look like

A £90 million proposal to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront is to be called in by the Scottish Government at the request of three local authorities to “streamline” the planning process.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project aims to regenerate the waterfront as an area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities.

Led by Renfrewshire Council as part of the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, the project includes construction of the only opening road bridge across the River Clyde and new roads and cycle routes to better link the communities of Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank.

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‘Twin leaf’ designs for the bridge were unveiled by Falkirk Wheel architect Tony Kettle in July

Given the scale of the project, Renfrewshire Council has reached an agreement with West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow City Councils to request that the Scottish Government calls in the planning decision to streamline the process.

The Scottish Government has agreed to the request.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Iain Nicolson, said: “It’s right that the Scottish Government determine the planning application for the Glasgow City Region City Deal Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project following a request made by Renfrewshire Council in agreement with Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

“This is a unique infrastructure project which straddles across three local authorities and it helps simplify the process. The project has the potential for significant economic regeneration across the city region with increased potential for jobs and improved connections to opportunities for local communities and as such, this method of determination is the most effective approach.”

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The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside will include:

  • A 184 metre, two-lane opening bridge across the River Clyde, linking Meadowside Street in Renfrew with Dock Street in Yoker and accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A 750 metre Renfrew North Development Road to link Meadowside Street to the A8 at Argyll Avenue in Renfrew.
  • New cycle lanes and connections to existing cycleways and active travel paths, connecting from Inchinnan Road, Renfrew through to Yoker Railway Station.
  • New bridge approach roads providing access to the River Clyde crossing from existing roads
  • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges

Clyde waterfront regenration 3The Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government will outline the determination timetable and process to determine the planning applications.

If approved, work is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction completed in 2020.