Renfrewshire Council

An artist impression of the view into the new investment area

Backing for airport investment area full business case

Development of a major innovation district bringing jobs and investment into Renfrewshire has taken a significant step forward.

The Full Business Case for the Glasgow Airport Investment Area Project was approved at our Leadership Board this week.

Funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the project ill see construction of new roads, bridges, cycling and pedestrian routes around Glasgow Airport.

What is being built?

  • Re-alignment and upgrading of Abbotsinch Road - including 1620 metres of new road
  • A two-lane bridge over the White Cart linking the investment area to Westway business park and other development sites
  • A 100-metre cycleway and pedestrian bridge spanning the Black Cart
  • New and improved junctions, extensive active travel facilities and connections to existing cycleways and paths

This infrastructure will bring almost 60 hectares of vacant and derelict land back into use, improve connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks and enable development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Significant work has already started to develop this district, which will capitalise on existing advanced manufacturing and engineering and research expertise in Renfrewshire and Scotland to drive sustainable growth.

Thousands of jobs are anticipated to be created through development of the district, which has already attracted the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) to be located here.

Planning consent for the main infrastructure was granted in late 2017 and once considered by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 9 April, construction is scheduled to start this summer.

Published on Thursday 21 February 2019