Lomondgate is new A82 gateway
REGULAR travellers can’t have failed to notice the development activity on both sides of the A82 on the north-western edge of Dumbarton as new homes, a hotel, restaurants, other visitor services and a world-leading business’s new factory have sprung up over the past few years.
Known as Lomondgate, the regeneration project was initiated following the 2000 closure of the J&B bottling plant with the loss of 470 jobs.
Today, the entire footprint of the redundant plant has been regenerated. Part of the former bottling plant has found new life as BBC Scotland’s Studios – home to River City. The rest has been redeveloped with 344 new homes.
Across the A82, a cluster of roadside services includes Euro Garages’ award-winning service station, Scotland’s first drive-through Costa, a Premier Inn hotel – opened in 2011 and now being doubled in size – the Malt & Myre pub/ restaurant, and Jaconelli’s fish diner. Fast becoming the place to break a journey, annual footfall is estimated at 1.7 million.
And this is before development of the remaining site at Lomondgate services as a visitor/ tourism facility, which could be to the A82 what the House of Bruar is to the A9.
In 2012, the Princess Royal opened Aggreko’s £22m state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Lomondgate. An adjacent 20-acre strategic site with A82 frontage is now ready for business and/or leisure development.
A total of £100 million of investment has been secured and 700 people now work at Lomondgate. Lomondgate is living up to its name as a natural gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The project is the result of a partnership between Strathleven Regeneration and the Walker Group.