£1.3m development will revitalise the local area and fuel economic growth in Renfrewshire
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Scottish Government Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay MSP, today announced the launch of a brand new dock facility at Westway in Renfrew. The new £1.3m development was one of the first locations in the country to receive funding from the Scotland’s National Renewable Infrastructure Fund (N-RIF), managed by Scottish Enterprise.
This investment continues the significant development of Westway over recent years and will ensure that the site is capable of meeting the needs of manufacturing companies operating in the energy and engineering sectors, by providing a much-needed shipping solution for those involved in the transportation of large structures. It is a great boost for Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland in general.
Mr Mackay said: “I have followed the development of Westway Park closely over the years as local MSP and I am delighted to be returning as Minister for Transport and Islands to mark the opening of this impressive and innovative dock facility. It will provide a unique transport solution to support renewable and heavy engineering companies, opening up the riverside for potential use right up the River Clyde and into the River Cart. Westway is already home to a number of significant companies and this dedicated dock facility will make it even more attractive to businesses. I look forward to returning here again in the near future to see the site continue to flourish.”
Speaking on behalf of park owner, Moorfield Group, Mark Holmes, fund manager said: “The completion of this strategic facility is the culmination of five years hard work and a huge team effort between all partners. We are particularly grateful for the support we have received from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Renfrewshire Council. This dock redevelopment project signifies a major milestone in the on-going evolution of Westway and will act as the catalyst for further development, as part of our on-going investment strategy, to ensure that it remains the high quality environment which our occupiers expect. The project has already accelerated the overall Westway development plan for a further 30 acres of land and we are working closely with Renfrewshire Council to develop a masterplan that could see up to up to £250m invested in the area over the next decade as part of the City Deal and create further business infrastructure including a bridge over the River Cart.”
David Leven, director of energy at Scottish Enterprise added: “The completion of work at Westway gives us a modern site, capable of meeting the needs of manufacturing companies operating in the energy and low carbon sectors – and will be a real asset to the West of Scotland. This project also marks a milestone in our on-going work with port owners and operators across Scotland to develop existing infrastructure to support the growth of Scotland’s oil & gas and renewable energy sectors.”
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The investment in the dock represents a major vote of confidence in Renfrewshire’s future.There is an increasing realisation that Renfrewshire can offer the workforce, transport links and positive environment for economic growth which can attract and retain leading companies. It is fitting that this latest engineering and transport landmark will join the three major infrastructure and regeneration projects for Renfrewshire in the £1.3 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal – the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, the Renfrew-Yoker Bridge and the Glasgow Airport Investment Zone.”
Westway is rapidly becoming one of the top industrial assets in Scotland – last year more than 350,000 sqft of industrial deals were concluded, with the park welcoming a range of new occupiers including Surface Technology, Renewable Parts and recently Malin Marine.
Companies are also being offered the opportunity to create their own bespoke properties, as part of the pre-let arrangements on a 30-acre site to the south side of the park.
The growth of Westway maximises the opportunity to create a gateway employment site, which meets the needs of existing and new businesses, creates new jobs and reinforces the park’s strategic location, adjacent to Glasgow airport.
The redevelopment contract was managed by GRAHAM Construction and involved dredging of the dock area, along with work to create a navigable channel along the River Cart and the installation of a new quay wall. During the project, the contractor used local subcontractors and labour wherever possible.