Work starts on £3 million business unit project

CONSTRUCTION has started at the Clyde Gateway East business park on a new unit that will provide space for manufacturing, engineering and offices.

The 27,000 sq. ft industrial unit, which will deliver a boost for local jobs and the supply chain, is being built on a speculative basis for urban regeneration company, Clyde Gateway. The development, situated just off Junction 2A on the M74, is already home to BT, Glacier Energy, Dentec and Cusack.  

Kier Construction Scotland is leading the construction, procured through the Scape National Minor Works Framework, and will be complete later this year.

Ian Manson, Clyde Gateway chief executive said, “This new unit continues the success story of Clyde Gateway East business park and is being built to attract the key growth sectors that have been identified by Scottish Enterprise.

 “There is clearly an appetite for this kind of manufacturing and engineering space as we’ve already received some tenant enquiries for what is a speculative build.”

Philip McDowell, contracts manager of Kier Construction Scotland added, “We are committed to supporting the local supply chain and providing employment and training opportunities for the wider community.  During this project we will be providing five work placement opportunities and an apprenticeship role and we will also be working with local schools and colleges to encourage young people to consider a career in the construction industry.”

Clyde Gateway was established in 2008 after Glasgow won the bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since then, the organisation has seen over £1.5 billion invested in the area from both the public and private sector. 

The launch of the construction of the new unit was attended by Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing who also announced that Clyde Gateway will receive £5.5 million from the Scottish Government in 2017/18, subject to parliamentary approval this week.