Renfrewshire Council

City Deal Market Engagement Event - Jan 2017

Market Engagement (Jan 2017)

Leading contractors from across the UK and throughout Europe visited Paisley to hear about two major infrastructure projects in Renfrewshire.

Funded by almost half of the  £274 million investment in Renfrewshire through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the two projects will help secure Renfrewshire's long term economic growth and cement the region as Scotland's economic powerhouse.

The plans include a new opening vehicular and pedestrian bridge across the Clyde, the creation of a world-class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire as well as a new bridge across the White Cart river and new road and cycle routes.

They are intended to significantly boost the local and regional economies by improving connections across the communities, attracting investment, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan is also the Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise. He said: "There is huge interest in these exciting projects and it is clear that contractors are very keen to be involved in delivering them.

"This builds on the overwhelming support from local people, which came through loud and clear in our recent public engagement events which was overwhelmingly positive with more than 80 per cent of people stating their support for both projects .

"Each of these projects will benefit people in every community within Renfrewshire and across our wider Glasgow City Region, so it's absolutely no surprise people are eager to see how they will take shape.

"For contractors these ambitious plans present a rare opportunity to be involved in delivering large scale projects that will have such a lasting legacy.

"It is fitting that representatives of leading companies across the UK and Europe travelled to be at this event and that reflects the ambitious and historic nature of these projects."

The £90.7 million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project involves the creation of a new 'opening' bridge across the River Clyde.

It will link communities on either side of the river to give people easier access to jobs, education opportunities, health services, entertainment and leisure facilities.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project is a £39.1 million initiative to generate business growth and attract inward investment.

Including the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart and new cycle routes, it will improve connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks to deliver a world class commercial offering centred around the airport.

Information from the event, which included market engagement questionnaires and one to one discussions with several Tier 1 contractors, will be used to inform the Procurement & Contract Strategy for both projects.

It is expected that the tendering process for the construction contracts will begin in late 2017 with construction expected to start in summer 2018.

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