Value: £129 million
Working with Renfrewshire Council, we have developed the framework for an ambitious infrastructure led masterplan that will help unlock the economic potential of the Glasgow City Region.
The project is part of the much wider £1.13 billion Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Deal initiative that will be delivered over the next 20 years. The City Deal will bring tens of thousands of jobs to the Glasgow City Region through 20 infrastructure projects, drive innovation and growth through the support of key sectors such as life sciences and address challenges in the region’s labour market. Renfrewshire is to benefit from three of the biggest infrastructure investments; the Airport Access Project (AAP), the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project and the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA).
This £129m project encompasses the CWRR and GAIA and is made up of three distinct sites close to Glasgow Airport. Together, these will support Paisley’s bid for European City of Culture in 2021.
The CWRR will see a major new opening bridge over the River Clyde, a new development road will improve connectivity to the M8 motorway and substantial environmental improvements to the Clyde waterfront will pave the way for a new residential district.
The GAIA comprises two sites, one to the north and one to the south of the Airport. On the northern most site, to the east of Glasgow Airport, a new exemplar business and logistics park is proposed. The aspiration is to provide a new commercial destination capitalising on the adjacency to the Airport and connectivity to the wider city region and beyond.
Positioned on the land between the Airport and the White Cart Water, the first step in unlocking the site’s potential is the realignment of Abbotsinch Road.
There will be two more bridges over the smaller White Cart Water with a new boulevard leading into Paisley town centre. The proposals will include extensive new active travel routes stretching 5 miles from the River Clyde south to Paisley town centre.