Town cen­tre will ben­e­fit from plan

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen town cen­tre will re­ceive a boost from Scot­land’s big­gest of­fice space on the fringes of the town.

That is a view of Clyde Gate­way chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Man­son.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Re­former after plans for the ‘Ma­genta’ de­vel­op­ment in Shaw­field were un­veiled, Ian in­sisted the project would also boost the econ­omy of the Main Street and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The 1.2mil­lion square feet build­ing has been launched by com­mer­cial prop­erty de­vel­oper High­bridge Prop­er­ties in part­ner­ship with Clyde Gate­way.

It will form part of the am­bi­tious na­tional busi­ness district ear­marked for the Shaw­field area of Ruther­glen.

Ian said it was a ma­jor boost for the town: “By bring­ing jobs and homes, you are help­ing bring shop­pers and foot­fall and we ex­pect to see di­rect ben­e­fits to Ruther­glen.

“We have al­ready de­vel­oped the Red Tree Busi­ness Suites and Ruther­glen Links right be­side the town cen­tre, and it is very im­por­tant to us that the work­ers there use lo­cal ameni­ties.

“Now we need to at­tract oc­cu­piers, and that is where we take com­fort from the fact we have al­ready de­vel­oped over 300,000 square feet that is 90 per cent oc­cu­pied. We have at­tracted over 3000 of­fice work­ers into the Clyde Gate­way area.

“It is en­tirely be­liev­able Shaw­field can go the same way.”

Ma­genta forms part of phase one of the Shaw­field plan. The work has al­ready seen large tracts of land cleared of con­tam­i­nated waste, some­thing Mr Man­son said was im­por­tant to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“If you looked at a map of Ruther­glen 10 years ago you would have wor­ried about the fu­ture of the area. You can’t just in­vite com­pa­nies into the area, you have to sort out the ba­sics.

“We con­sult and in­volve ev­ery­one and life has been made easy for us be­cause peo­ple are pretty clear with what they want - they want that land taken away and de­vel­oped.”

High­bridge say Ma­genta will pro­vide a ‘value for money ad­di­tion to the Scot­tish econ­omy’ – with Grade A of­fice space that of­fers sav­ings of 37 per cent on sim­i­lar new- build of­fices in city cen­tre lo­ca­tions, and 28 per cent on sim­i­lar re­fur­bished city cen­tre of­fices.

It is ex­pected that, as well as of­fice space, Ma­genta will sup­port a num­ber of shops, cafes, a gym and busi­ness cen­tre.

But Ian said Clyde Gate­way wouldn’t just be fo­cussing on Ma­genta: “In the long run, Clyde Gate­way will be here still try­ing to de­velop the area and work­ing on the next phase.

“There is an aw­ful lot of work across the rest of the Shaw­field area that needs to be tack­led.

“This is im­por­tant to Clyde Gate­way be­cause it is im­por­tant to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil who have been an ex­cel­lent sup­port to us.”

Trans­for­ma­tion This land in Shaw­field will soon be home to Scot­land’s big­gest of­fice block. Inset, Ian Man­son says the project will ben­e­fit the town of Ruther­glen

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