It has been an extremely exciting and encouraging month for the park, with confirmation of funding from West Dumbarton Council. This welcome award will enable us to progress to stage 2 in our developments, to commence piling works for the quayside at our Old Kilpatrick site. This latest step builds on the first phase, announced earlier this year. Once complete, the park will include a large fabrication facility and a deep-water jetty with a 1,100 tonne ship hoist – the largest of its kind in Europe.
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This project in Old Kilpatrick will take an 18 hectare polluted brownfield site which has lain unused for almost 30 years and create an inclusive technology park which will have significant long term economic and social benefits for West Dunbartonshire.
“Securing this funding is an important milestone because it allows the project to move forward from planning stages to seeing the first piece of infrastructure in the ground, which will be the catalyst for future investment in the site.
“I have no doubt that the creation of the quay will be a pivotal factor in attracting the right marine businesses to the Clyde.”
Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “The Clyde has a long and proud history of shipbuilding and so I am delighted that this funding has been awarded to allow the Scottish Marine Technology Park to progress, bringing marine manufacturing back to the river.
“During consultations on the development of this land, our residents told us that the most important factors were jobs for the area and public access, and this funding will allow the Council alongside the Malin Group, to start work on delivering both of those at the start of next year.
“I look forward to seeing the transformation of this derelict land, and I am sure the development will positively impact upon Clydebank and West Dunbartonshire for many years to come.”
With this recent confirmation of funding from West Dunbartonshire Council and the Clyde Mission, we have also been developing and now published a white paper outlining our vision of creating a marine technology hub for Scotland.
To find out more about the ongoing work at the site, future plans and opportunities, visit scotmtp.com