Topgolf tops out in Rutherglen
The Topgolf facility in Rutherglen is moving a step closer to opening as its team gathered for an official topping out ceremony this week.
Topgolf’s vice president of international, Steve Lane, was joined by representatives from South Lanarkshire Council, Clyde Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, VisitScotland and the many partners involved in the planning and construction of the project including; Luddon Construction, Ashfield Land, CCA (architects), Will Rudd Davidson (engineers), Turley (planners), Currie & Brown (project managers) and DSSR (consulting engineers).
The 45,000sq ft three-level venue golfing attraction is scheduled to open at the end of the year and will introduce a new way of golfing to both golfing fans and novices. Located just off the M74, the venue is part of Clyde Gateway, one of Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programmes.
It’s the global sports and entertainment brand’s first location in Scotland and Steve Lane is confident Glaswegians are going to love the concept.
He said: “Topgolf has locations around the globe and has a proven track record of providing top class entertainment and fun for both golfers and non-golfers. Our Glasgow venue will be the first in the UK to use our signature technology; utilize micro-chipped golf balls and Toptracer technology which will offer even more interactive and dynamic experience for visitors.
“Our construction partners have been hard at work preparing the site and kicking off building works and it’s already starting to take shape. We’re on track for our launch at the end of this year and we’re looking forward to offering more sneak previews of what to expect very soon.”
Martin McKay, executive director of regeneration at Clyde Gateway, said: “Clyde Gateway has worked with South Lanarkshire Council and Ashfield Land to attract investment into the site and we are thrilled to welcome Topgolf to the area.
“It is another multi-million-pound boost for Rutherglen, following the many new office and industrial buildings constructed in the last few years at Rutherglen Links Business Park and the hundreds of new jobs that it has attracted. The new jobs with Topgolf are a further economic boost for local communities and Clyde Gateway and South Lanarkshire Council are working to ensure local people have every opportunity to secure employment.
“With the nearby Cuningar Loop Woodland Park undergoing major expansion, the arrival of Topgolf reinforces the emergence of this part of Clyde Gateway as an important leisure destination.”
Mike Shiel, senior manager, global investment at Scottish Enterprise, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with our partners to bring Topgolf to Scotland. Once complete, its state-of-the-art complex will build on the country’s golfing heritage and support the economic rejuvenation of the Clyde Gateway area.
“Our targeted approach to attracting international investment is intertwined with Scotland’s strengths and values. With the country deservedly recognised as the ‘Home of Golf’ this is definitely a development that plays to its strengths.”
Pauline Elliott, head of planning and economic development at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “We are delighted that such a unique and innovative development will soon be opening its doors in South Lanarkshire.
“It will create jobs in the area for local people and will of course be a real boost to the Rutherglen economy, attracting visitors from across the central belt. We look forward to continuing to support this development with all the other partners.”