Richard Cairns is Chairperson at Glasgow City Region Economic Intelligence Steering Group. We were delighted to recently speak to Richard to hear his views on the Scottish Marine Technology Park.
What impact do you think the SMTP, once built and operating will have on the local economy?
As well as regenerating a contaminated site, the project should attract new industry, with potentially significant numbers of high value jobs for the local area.
What aspects of the site do you feel are innovative?
The project worked to forge an early stage partnership with the public sector, which is an innovative feature. In addition, the ‘campus’ model of development that has been adopted, teamed with proposals for sharing of key infrastructure situated at the park are very forward thinking.
What aspect of the site development are you most excited/encouraged by?
I would have to say, the scale of the investment proposed – which is significant. An additional element would be the focus on growth sectors of advanced marine engineering, encouraging technological advancement and innovation. Indeed, the park offers the opportunity for advanced marine technology through collaboration with multiple occupiers and a close relationship with the Scottish Centre for Advanced Manufacturing .
What impact do you think the SMTP has had and will have in terms of impacting positively on the local environment going forward?
The project has already had an impact as it has facilitated environmental surveys and a decontamination plan that would otherwise not have been done. On completion a large scale contaminated site will be brought back into productive use.
If you could sum up the project in one sentence, what would it be?
A practical expression of bold forward thinking for ‘Mission Clyde’