Dumbarton Welcomes new £60M Development Creating Hundreds of Jobs
January 01st 2007
River City star Sally Howitt welcomed the Scottish soap's new neighbours recently when details of a £60m project were announced by developer Walker Group and the Strathleven Regeneration Company.
Located on the former site of the Diageo drinks bottling plant at Gooseholm, the scheme, which will be developed over the next decade, will include a premier business, residential and leisure destination and create several hundred new jobs.
Mike Walker, Chairman of the Walker Group, and John McFall, the West Dunbartonshire MP who chairs the regeneration company, were on site to toast the deal marking the acquisition of land by the Group and the regeneration company.
They were joined by Sally Howitt, who plays Scarlett Adams in the BBC Scotland soap, River City. The BBC Scotland soap's production offices were the very first residents of the regeneration site.
New work on the project, which covers 100 acres, will start in August and will include 35 acres of quality housing on the fringe of Dumbarton Golf Course.
There will be 20 acres of business space and mixed commercial development plus a ten-acre media park, much of which is already occupied by the BBC.
A further ten acres has been earmarked for roadside services including tourist facilities, a hotel, family restaurant, petrol station and visitor coach parking off the A82 Glasgow-Loch Lomondside road.
The housing will be the first element of the development to be created. Over 200 homes will be built ranging in style and size from two to five bedroom properties. The first homes will be ready next year.
Construction work will lead to a new roundabout on the A82 and this will also provide a new link to the A813 Stirling Road in addition to further road improvements in the immediate area.
The A82 trunk road attracts five million passing visitors each year en route to Loch Lomond and the north, as well as a number of site access roads.
Mike Walker, Chairman of the Walker Group, said: 'This is a substantial community development which will firmly open up Dumbarton as a premier destination creating a new environment in which to work and live.
'The site is extensive and whilst our plans are ambitious we have strived to turn this vision into a reality by working closely with our partners, Strathleven Regeneration Company. This is an exciting project which will bring tremendous benefits to the town.'
John McFall MP said: 'We have worked long and hard to create a plan for the regeneration of this former bottling hall site and to turn the legacy of land given to us by Diageo into a vehicle to recreate jobs lost to the area when they pulled out seven years ago. I am delighted to see that the plan, which was painstakingly put together, is now beginning to take off to the benefit of the community here in Dumbarton and the surrounding area.'
Strathleven Regeneration Company is a non-profit making company set up in 2000 by Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire Council in association with Diageo, the previous owners of the site, following the closure of the drinks bottling facility on the Gooseholm site.