Lomondgate is new A82 gate­way

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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