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he award winning Economic Regeneration Partnership at Lomondgate just north of Dumbarton is well into its final chapter. Lomondgate Services site on the A82 is partly complete, the BBC’s River City studios are operational, under the stewardship of Walker Group

over 400 new homes have been built and the performance of relocated manufacturer Aggreko continue to out strip its international competition. So, the new challenge for the partnership including the Strathleven Regeneration CIC board and its recently appointed Project Director Steven Szostak, is to take stock of fresh opportunities.

25 acres of prime roadside development land remains. With over 11 million vehicles passing the sites each year, with ambitious plans for further developments around Loch Lomond, with clear opportunities to

collaborate to promote the adjacent industrial park at the Vale of Leven and with a real resurgence of

investment in the local whisky and craft beer


lydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has announced it has appointed a contractor to undertake utility works at Queens Quay, the £250million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank and additionally that piling works have commenced marking the official start of major works there.

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 Clydeside Regeneration

Limited (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 £15million care home and state-of- the-art £25million 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 £23.5million leisure centre which opened last year.


community. Riverside Inverclyde (ri) has investment opportunities for new and growing organisations, large and small, all of whom benefit from access to a wide range of modern offices and industrial premises.


The area is firmly established as a hub of business activity thanks to the work of ri. Established to facilitate regeneration all across Inverclyde, ri works in partnership with Inverclyde Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government and, to date, has driven forward £70 million worth of investment. Inverclyde is also included in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, with a further £86 million proposed further investment planned within the area. As well as having such a high level of sustained investment, and proven infrastructure, Inverclyde knows connectivity is vital. Businesses can also gain a competitive advantage from substantial rent and rate savings, as well as harnessing the talents and skillsets of a local workforce. Inverclyde also has a support team on hand to assist your business migration.

Choosing where you base your business is an incredibly important decision for a company. The right environment will allow employees to feel comfortable and focused - it will also nurture their talents and, ultimately, help grow your business. Thankfully, this is where Inverclyde really does offer a unique advantage. Our brand new industrial sites and pristine premises maximise operational efficiencies for all sectors. Typically, office space in Inverclyde is available from £4-£15 per sq.ft. That's around 60% less than average city centre rentals, rewarding your business with substantial operational savings and, depending on the length of lease you need, rents can be negotiable.


ome to a wide variety of established businesses, Inverclyde welcomes new companies to become part of our successful

sector, the board will not be rushed into knee jerk reactions. “Whilst there is interest from several potential developers and end users, the Strathleven CIC board feel the location is very special and we should expect only the best quality of development making the greatest contribution to the West Dunbartonshire economy”. Szostak’s brief is very clear: Alongside

Walker Group’s agents, GVA and Cushman and Wakefield, a fresh campaign to select the best combination of end uses is now underway. “The Regeneration Partnership has exceeded all its historic key performance indicators and become a model of excellence and regeneration best practice. We aim to complete the brief on a high with some real head turning developments able to make long lasting commercial contribution to the local economy”

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