THE completion and opening of a new £24 million office development is set to bring a huge boost to the east end of Glasgow.
Police Scotland has agreed to become the sole user of Riverside East, a 134,000 square foot building in Dalmarnock which is due to be completed by the end of November and ready for occupancy from the beginning of 2015. It will become home to 1,100 Police Scotland officers and staff, functioning as the main office and administrative centre for the West of Scotland.
Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said, ”Our task has always been to get this area best prepared for the longer-term legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to ensure the continued delivery of a physical, social and economic transformation for the communities for many more years to come.
“There has been a colossal amount of early progress but the decision by Police Scotland to locate up to 1,100 officers and staff in the area gives a huge boost to everyone and provides evidence of the real and sustainable legacy promised by the Games.”
The move follows hot on the heels of the construction of a new 13,000 sq ft building for use as a technical facility for the engineering and training divisions of BT, which began this week.
The old East End is almost unrecognisable and massive physical and environmental changes have taken place. Vast expanses of vacant and derelict land now have modern offices and industrial buildings, as well as serviced zones which are ready for future development.
In addition to Police Scotland, BT and Community Safety Glasgow, a range of businesses from the engineering and construction sectors have already moved into the area, these include; oil and gas services company, Glacier Energy Services; who relocated its manufacturing operations from its previous site in Motherwell, and Torishima Service Solutions Europe Ltd, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-end pumps and boiler house systems, who recently relocated its European HQ to the area.
Clyde Gateway are currently working to completing many more multi-million pound projects including the Albus and Rutherglen Links which are all due for completion later this year.