Historic Greenock building re-opens after £6m restoration project

THE official re-opening of Greenock’s Custom House has also marked the tenth anniversary of Riverside Inverclyde, the organisation charged with the economic regeneration of Inverclyde.

A ceremony was held at the 200-year old building, which has been refurbished as part of a six-year, £6 million project.

Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde, formally re-opened the building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. He said, “The upgrading of this building, ably delivered by the team at Riverside Inverclyde, has helped to preserve this landmark for the current and future generations.”

Also present was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Fiona Maguire, chief executive of Riverside Inverclyde and project architect, Tom Connelly of Elder & Cannon.

Fiona Maguire added, “It has been a stellar decade of achievements for Riverside Inverclyde, almost too many to list. Being able to cap the 10 years with the completion of this iconic piece of Greenock history is magnificent.

“We are not resting on our laurels, though; we have a number of projects currently in the pipeline, including Baker Street, a dedicated food and drink incubator Hub in Greenock, and the development of a new spur road into Port Glasgow town centre.”

Over the past decade, the organisation has obtained more than £73 million direct investment in Inverclyde, from a variety of sources. These include modern business centres in Gourock (Municipal Buildings), Greenock (Victoria House), and Port Glasgow (Scarlow House).