Funding contribution agreed for Glasgow’s Windmillcroft Quay project

GLASGOW City Council has agreed in principle to accept an offer of a funding contribution for the creation of a new quay wall at Windmillcroft Quay housing development.

The local authority said that it now plans on a new quay wall being built on the River Clyde riverbed, around 12 metres in front of the existing quay wall line – with a hybrid single and twin steel sheet structure, at an estimated cost of between £15 and £18 million.

In 2014, the quay wall was found to be in need of urgent repair. Following this, an emergency demolition and replacement earthworks were required to stabalise a section of the quay wall in 2016.

Over the past five years, Glasgow City Council, property management firm Speirs Gumley and the co-owners of the 278 homes in the development have ‘frequently engaged’ to consider options to address the situation. The council said that the co-owners have shared legal responsibility for common grounds at the development, however uncertainty remains over responsibility for the burden of maintaining the wall.

As a result, in June 2018, Speirs Gumley submitted an application for a £11.6 million grant funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The local authority said that the application was approved on the basis that the council carries out the project and the City Deal funding is supported by a contribution from the property owners.

In March 2020, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Waterfront Development concluded an almost unanimous decision in favour of providing a contribution of £1.39 million (£5,000 x the 278 properties) towards the Windmillcroft Quay project. The council has accepted the offer in principle.

The council said that improving the quay walls in locations such as Windmillcroft Quay and Custom House Quay will ‘Unlock the area’s development potential, enhance connectivity, and improve the quality of places on the waterfront.’

They added that around £50 million of the £113.9 million funding for the City Deal: Clyde Waterfront and West End Innovation Quarter project has been allocated to improving some of the quay walls in the area.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City region cabinet, said, “Repairing the Windmillcroft Quay wall will not only benefit everyone who lives, works and visits there, but the entire city. We’re going to create new, high-quality public space on the waterfront and better connectivity that will complement the huge amount of development activity taking place on along the Clyde.”

The council said that the project is due to commence with detailed design development in June 2020, with a site start expected in January 2022.