Feature: The infrastructure projects behind the Glasgow City Region City Deal
As the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal gathers pace, Scottish Construction Now highlights the progress of the major infrastructure projects involved in the Deal.
Last month the Glasgow City Region Cabinet considered the significant progress made to date in the delivery of the £1.13bn City Deal, one of the largest in the UK.
Since the deal was agreed with government in August 2014, all 27 projects have been selected, with most underway. And projects are being delivered at pace, with six projects (as well as five other sub projects) already completed by the end of December 2018.
Over 8,000 young people have been supported into work through Youth Gateway, a region-wide employment programme which completed substantially ahead of target. And Working Matters has already helped thousands of Glasgow City Region residents in receipt of health-related benefits to begin the journey into long-term employment.
Local businesses have benefitted from a £22 million boost – the value of City Deal contracts won to date by companies across the region. And with over £260m of funding agreed so far for spend on infrastructure works, further contract opportunities are in the pipeline.
Further important investment in the region stimulated by the City Deal includes two national innovation centres in medicine and advanced manufacturing in Renfrewshire and new masterplan proposals for Ravenscraig in North Lanarkshire.
The projects which have completed include:
- MediCity Scotland in North Lanarkshire: a dedicated medical technology incubation facility which revitalised 11,000 square feet of unused commercial floor space. So far companies there have raised £3.8m of private investment and launched 12 new healthcare / medical technology products
- Tontine in Glasgow’s Merchant City: achieving its aim of supporting new SME start-ups, with 18 companies based on site, over 230 new jobs generated to date and a number of successes in terms of companies outgrowing the space and moving into larger premises, freeing up space for further new starts.
- Cathkin Relief Road in South Lanarkshire: improving the local strategic road network, access to employment areas across Rutherglen and Cambuslang and reducing congestion at peak times.
- The University of Glasgow-led Imaging Centre of Excellence: translating science into economic and patient benefit, with three fully operational scanners now on site, including the 7-Tesla MRI, the first of its kind fully integrated within a UK clinical sites. Over 1,500 CT and MRI clinical scans have been completed there to date.
- Youth Gateway: the integrated employment programme for young people (Aged 16 - 24), completed substantially ahead of target, with over 8,000 in our region’s young people supported into employment.
- The In Work Progression pilot: supporting the training and development of staff in the Care sector and sector resilience, completes at the end of December 2018. An evaluation is underway and will report in the New Year.
The completed sub-projects are:
- In East Renfrewshire, new commercial units developed at Crossmill Business Park and an adjacent 17-acre former factory site prepared for private sector investment are supporting business growth and providing employment opportunities.
- Newton Farm Primary School and Newton Park and Ride are projects which will improve transport connectivity and support further house building in the area.
- The £11m Sighthill remediation contract has concluded involving the remediation of historical contamination in Glasgow’s Sighthill, a result of the site’s industrial past, extensive demolition works, drainage diversions and infrastructure works, including the creation of a platform for the new community school campus.
- The Glenboig Link Road in North Lanarkshire is facilitating the development of Glenboig / Gartcosh Community Growth Area and reinforces the link to Gartcosh Business Park.
What’s coming up in 2019?
The year ahead is set to see further progress in City Deal projects underway and more completed. Working Matters will finish, marking the conclusion of all three City Deal employability initiatives. Learning from these projects will support the development of further regional labour market schemes.
Work will begin to upgrade infrastructure around Motherwell train station, improving access, reducing congestion and developing a high-quality travel interchange for bus bike and train transport in front of the existing train station. This follows and will complement the proposed redevelopment of Motherwell Train Station by Scotrail Alliance. As part of East Renfrewshire’s City Deal investment, Greenlaw Business Centre in Newton Mearns will open, helping to support small businesses and meet the growing demand for flexible business space in the area.
In Glasgow’s Sighthill, construction will start later in the year on the new, iconic bridge over the M8, a new city park at Sighthill will open in the summer – sure to be a new visitor destination. Building of the new homes will begin in spring and the new school will complete in December.
Construction will begin at Renfrewshire’s Glasgow Airport Investment Area project to develop the infrastructure and environmental improvements underpinning a new world-class innovation district.
Some project highlights include:
Bridge in the sky, Sighthill
A new, iconic, green pedestrian / cycle bridge connecting Sighthill to the near-by city centre.
Contract award – Spring 2019 / Start of construction – mid 2019.
Ocean Terminal, Greenock
Plans have been revealed for a new berthing facility and visitor centre at Greenock to boost cruise ship passengers. Over 150,000 passengers could pass through Greenock Ocean Terminal each year, delivering £26m in annual visitor spend to the economy.
A project which will transform the Clyde waterfront, involving the first opening road bridge over the Clyde. The project will connect communities and bring thousands of jobs and investment to the regional economy. Recent planning approval from the Scottish Government
Encouraged by North Lanarkshire Council’s £190m City Deal roads programme, (announced in December 2017), private developers submitted an ambitious masterplan which aims to attract further significant investment into the site, including proposals for housing, schools, a park and a range of other community and commercial, retail and industrial facilities.
£3.5m City Deal funding will contribute to Motherwell town centre and station access improvements
The City Deal is anticipated to generate 15,000 construction jobs during the construction period and 29,000 permanent additional jobs once construction is complete; give the City Region a permanent uplift in its Gross Value Added (GVA) of £2.2bn per annum and unlock £3.3bn of private sector investment.
Local businesses should make the most of the City Deal by:
- Registering on Public Contracts Scotland to access up to £1bn of City Deal contracts
- Attending local business engagement events
- Visiting our Procurement area to find out more about City Deal contracts / timescales as well as work underway to streamline bid tender process and documentation across the eight member authorities.
- Supporting Community Benefits requirements in City Deal contracts which help suppliers give something back to the local area.
Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Region cabinet chair and leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Glasgow City Region Deal is one of the most advanced in the UK and we are now delivering projects at pace, providing a real boost to Glasgow City Region.
“Communities across the city and the region are now seeing this investment on the ground and there is a real visibility around City Deal projects.
“Thousands of jobs are being created through construction works underway and our employment schemes. Local businesses are benefiting from contract opportunities and from our new business support schemes.
“Infrastructure investment for new roads, bridges, remediation and public realm works is helping to unlock vacant sites in key locations for housing, retail and commercial development.
“We talk about the City Deal levering in an estimated £3.3bn of private sector investment over 20 years. Already we are seeing this happen, with recent high profile inward investments such as Barclays. The Barclays deal is the most significant inward investment ever made in Glasgow and is a beacon for what the public and private sector can achieve in close collaboration. It is the first of many inward investments in which the City Deal will be a critical factor.
“And we have ensured our projects have a focus on inclusive economic growth. The City Region Cabinet has become ever clearer in its understanding of what that looks like in practice. Now we must make it our top priority.”
Scottish secretary David Mundell said: “It’s satisfying to see that the first and largest City Deal in Scotland – which the UK Government is supporting with £500m investment - is delivering real benefits for people who live and work in the region.
“We look forward to the continued development and completion of more projects – and the economic growth and regeneration benefits they will bring.
“In all the UK Government has committed more than £1.1bn to City Region Deals right across Scotland and further investment will follow as we progress our negotiations for Growth Deals in the Borderlands, Ayrshire and Moray.”
Infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson added: “It is encouraging to see the progress that has already been made in the Glasgow City Region, not yet a quarter of the way through the 20 year lifespan of the City Region Deal. With completed projects like the Imaging Centre of Excellence and the first stages of the remediation of Sighthill, the deal is already delivering on innovation, infrastructure and skills.
“This is an exciting time for the city region and the Scottish Government remains fully committed to working closely with regional partners over the upcoming years to get the most out of the opportunities created through the deal.”
The Annual Performance Report for the last financial year (April 2017 – March 2018), which is available on the City Deal website, provides a detailed overview of progress and achievements in the period, governance structures, milestones and financial performance.