Procurement strategy agreed for £1.13bn Glasgow City Deal

Gordon Matheson
Gordon Matheson

A procurement strategy has been agreed upon to take forward Glasgow’s £1.13 billion City Deal, paving the way for work to proceed on 20 ‘major infrastructure projects’ across the city region over the next 20 years.

Urban Realm reports that a number of supplier events will be organised to provide further information on how suppliers and small and medium size enterprises can get involved in projects ranging from the resuscitated Glasgow Airport Rail Link to further waterfront regeneration at Govan and along the Clyde corridor.

The greatest single outlay will be a near £200 million investment in city centre public realm.

It is estimated that up to 15,000 people could be employed during the construction phase of the programme, intended to support a ‘strong growing core’ whilst exploiting opportunities across the wider region.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, chair of the Clyde Valley Cabinet, told Urban Realm: “Ensuring the procurement process is as simple and efficient as possible is great news for everyone as this will create even more jobs across the region as well as new opportunities for local companies.”

The City Deal will see the Scottish and UK governments each give the city £500m in grant funding with local authorities empowered to borrow a further £130m, which could unlock an additional £3.3bn of private capital.

City Deal Infrastructure Projects

Inchgreen £9.4m

A8/M8 Corridor improvements £9m

Collegelands Calton Barras Action Plan £27m

Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside £78.3m

Stewartfield Way £62.2m

Camlachie Burn / Glasgow Metropolitan Drainage System £45.8m

Greenhills Road / A726 Dual Carriageway £23.1m

City Centre Public Realm £199.2m

Glasgow Airport Economic Investment Areas £51.4m

M77 Strategic Corridor £44m

Govan and Clyde Waterfront Regeneration £113.9m

Inverkip £3.8m

Gartcosh Community Growth Area £43.8m

Greenock Ocean Terminal £14.2m

Community Growth Areas £62.3m

Pan Lanarkshire Orbital Transport Corridor £119.7m

Cathkin Bypass £21.6m

Exxon Site £27.9m

Glasgow Airport Rail Link £144.3m

Strathclyde Bus Investment £30m

Meanwhile, City of Edinburgh Council has agreed that its Local Development Plan should be moved on to be examined by the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government, before the final plan is agreed.

The long-awaited plan allocates land around the city for the next 10 years, and has been driven by Scottish Government projections that more than 100,000 new homes are needed across South-east Scotland. It earmarks areas such as Brunstane, Cammo and Newmills for development.

To help the Reporter to understand where there are opportunities to change to plan, the planning committee also agreed a motion which details where it sees merit in the representations made.

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