Plans in for first build­ing at new busi­ness dis­trict

Clyde Gate­way con­firm pro­posal for a four-storey of­fice block

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Plans have been lodged for what could be the first build­ing in the am­bi­tious Na­tional Busi­ness Dis­trict set to be built at Shaw­field.

Clyde Gate­way last week con­firmed they had handed the pro­posal for a new four-storey of­fice block to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The plan in­volves the cre­ation of Red Tree Shaw­field within the re­me­di­ated area of land that sits be­tween Shaw­field Drive and the River Clyde.

It would see the con­struc­tion of a 2,900 square me­tres (30,000 square feet) block pro­vid­ing any­where be­tween 37 and 50 high-qual­ity and af­ford­able of­fice spa­ces that would be tar­geted at small and medium sized or­gan­i­sa­tions and which would seek to build on the suc­cess of sim­i­lar Red Tree of­fice mod­els al­ready in op­er­a­tion at Stonelaw Road in Ruther­glen and Dal­marnock Road in Bridgeton.

Dougie Cameron, Pro­ject Man­ager at Clyde Gate­way said: “The suc­cess­ful re­de­vel­op­ment of the Shaw­field area is cru­cial to our long-term tar­get of bring­ing 20,000 new jobs to the Clyde Gate­way area by 2028.

“We have al­ready spent more than £ 20mil­lion, not only to rid the lo­ca­tion of con­tam­i­na­tion and pol­lu­tion, but to im­prove and mod­ernise the in­fra­struc­ture in and around Shaw­field and so cre­ate the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions for fur­ther in­vest­ment and re­de­vel­op­ment that will bring the site back into eco­nomic use.

“Our Red Tree of­fices have proved to be a huge suc­cess and there is clearly a de­mand for this type of high qual­ity and af­ford­able space for small to medium sized busi­nesses.

“Shaw­field pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to build the largest Red Tree de­vel­op­ment so far in a flex­i­ble way that could see up to 50 units and as many as 166 jobs.

“The cost of the build­ing has been es­ti­mated at £6.7m and Clyde Gate­way has be­gun to in­ves­ti­gate a range of op­tions in terms of ob­tain­ing the fund­ing.

“If the pro­posal re­ceives plan­ning per­mis­sion and the fund­ing falls into place then we could po­ten­tially be on site by next sum­mer with a pro­ject com­ple­tion in mid-late 2017.”

Any­one look­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is in­vited to con­tact Dougie Cameron at Clyde Gate­way by e- mail to dou­glas. cameron@ clyde­gate­ or on 0141 276 1583.

Clyde Gate­way are an ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion com­pany re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of projects in the Ruther­glen area.

These in­clude the £ 5mil­lion Ruther­glen Links build­ing on Farmeloan Road and the Red Tree Busi­ness suites on Stonelaw Road.

New build­ing An artists im­pres­sion of the pro­posed struc­ture

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