Newton Mearns project delivers range of community benefits

EAST Renfrewshire Council has revealed that a range of community benefits have been secured as part of the construction of Greenlaw Business Centre in Newton Mearns.

The project, which is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal and being delivered by Morrison Construction, has resulted in the creation of four jobs, two apprenticeships, work experience placements and learning opportunities for local schools.

The council said it is working in partnership with Morrison and Clyde College to support two fully funded construction pre-apprenticeship courses.

Council Leader Tony Buchanan said, “I’m delighted with the jobs, apprenticeships and skills development activities we have secured for our local community with contractor Morrison Construction. Through supporting this Clyde College course and getting our young people out on site to see the build in action, we hope to help and inspire them to consider the different career opportunities in construction.

“Greenlaw Business Centre forms part of a range of ambitious projects for East Renfrewshire made possible thanks to our £44 million Glasgow City Region City Deal investment. The facility will enable the council to increase its support for small businesses by meeting a growing demand for quality office space in the area.”

Greenlaw Business Centre, which is expected to be completed by spring 2019, will provide office accommodation in up to 36 small suites over two storeys.

Caitlin Quinn, assistant community skills manager for Morrison Construction added, “’It is wonderful to know this partnership has directly benefited the community by supporting jobs, apprenticeships, work experience placements and building relationships with local schools.”