The scale, pace and diversity of the River Clyde’s regeneration has re-vitalised the area, creating numerous opportunities for businesses and the public to invest, locate and live!
Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership (www.clydewaterfront.com) facilitates and promotes the Clyde’s regeneration from Glasgow, via Renfrew to Dumbarton, with £3.5 billion already spent or committed by the public & private sectors across 250+ projects.
Clyde Waterfront’s economy is now more diverse and robust than before, with many centres of excellence, for example:
Financial services: Glasgow’s award winning International Financial Services District (IFSD) (www.ifsdglasgow.co.uk) has attracted +£1bn of investment via global companies like Aon, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Santander and Tesco, creating 15,500 new jobs since 2001. New occupiers, Grade A offices, the “Squiggly” bridge and exciting leisure plans for Broomielaw Quay, all add fresh impetus.
Creative Industries: Pacific Quay & SECC is now being marketed as Creative Clyde (www.creativeclyde.com) STV and BBC Scotland are based here and +50 creative SMEs operate from The Hub and Film City Glasgow. A Floating Village is planned for the Canting Basin and opposite the 12,000 seat Scottish Hydro Arena opens in 2013.
Shipbuilding: over the next 6-8 years, the 4,000 highly skilled workforce at BAE’s two shipyards in Govan and Scotstoun will complete six Type 45 Destroyers and build key sections of the two 65,000 tonne Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Medical science: the £842m redevelopment of the NHS Southern General, has expanded its maternity hospital and is building two new hospitals, creating Europe’s largest medical campus, employing thousands and able to treat 725,000 patients annually.
Leisure: the £74m Riverside Museum designed by Zaha Hadid has welcomed over 1 million visitors since opening in June, complimenting other major Clyde attractions such as the Glasgow Science Centre, Glenlee Tall Ship, Xscape and Titan Crane.
Retail: Clyde Waterfront has some great retail destinations. Braehead near Renfrew, already Scotland’s busiest shopping centre, is due a £150m expansion. Glasgow’s Buchanan Street has been voted the UK’s best shopping street and the £100m refurbishment of the St Enoch’s Centre, boasts the biggest Hamleys outside London.
Housing: over 9,000 new homes have been built since 2003 along the Clyde, such as the award winning £1.2bn Glasgow Harbour development which has further shops, restaurants and hotels planned. At Ferry Village near Braehead, 6 developers are building a range of 2,000 apartments and detached homes, by Clyde View Park.
Education: our free on line resource (www.clydewaterfronteducation.com) offers teachers 200 lesson plans that link 12 Clyde themes with 8 subjects as per Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. These lesson plans are reinforced for school’s when they go on Clyde Marine Services “Classroom on the Clyde” river trips.
Tourism: we have produced 250,000 Heritage Guides to attract the public to the river (www.clydewaterfrontheritage.com) and in 2011 Clyde Link and Clyde Clippers started new ferries linking with 3 new public pontoons, complimenting other river services like Seaforce, Loch Lomond Seaplanes and the Waverley Paddle Steamer.
The Future: Its skilled workforce, cost competitiveness, excellent communications and new infrastructure give Clyde Waterfront a real momentum. However, this attractive and thriving waterfront location has another £2 billion of commercial, retail and residential opportunities for developers, investors and companies to realise.
Clyde Waterfront, Atrium Court,
50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6HQ
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