Scotland's First Drive Thru Costa Coffee Opens at Lomondgate
February 22nd 2012
The Lomondgate development partners took time out of their busy schedules to grab a coffee at Scotland's first Drive Thru Costa Coffee.
Mike Edward, Development Director of Walker Group and David Hastings, Chief Executive of Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C escaped from the daily grind to sample some of the coffees and snacks available at the new drive thru and café; which is the latest development in the £100m + Lomondgate project on the A82 at Dumbarton.
The 1,850 sq ft outlet, which was built by contractors on behalf of the Walker Group and handed over for fit out by Costa at the end of October, features a striking curved building offering seating both indoors and outside for around 100 people.
It forms part of Lomondgate Services along with the adjacent £4.1m Premier Inn Hotel and Malt & Myre pub/restaurant. A petrol filling station and other roadside facilities and visitor services are also planned.
A total of 16 new jobs have been created by the Drive Thru opening. It is only the fourth Drive Thru in the UK.
Mike Edward, Development Director, Walker Group, said: "It is amazing to see Lomondgate really coming to life after so many years in the planning. To have the first Drive Thru Costa Coffee on the site is a major coup and a tremendous vote of confidence in the whole project. Judging by the initial interest, I am confident it is going to be a huge success, not only providing a convenient place for people driving along the A82 to pick up a coffee on the go but also somewhere for tourists to stop off and recharge their batteries and for local people to meet up with their friends and have a coffee and a snack."
Lomondgate is one of Scotland's most significant regeneration projects and building work is well underway on the first of the 338 new homes planned for the site. The development is anchored by BBC Scotland's studios, where River City is filmed, and by Aggreko, which is putting the finishing touches to a 160,000 sq ft manufacturing plant and 25,000 sq ft of associated offices at Lomondgate Business Park.
Lomondgate's masterplan also includes 200,000 sq ft of office space with a range of distinctive amenities at Lomondgate Services, serving local staff and employees, travellers and residents.
David Hastings, Chief Executive of Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C, added: "It isn't hard to see why Costa chose Lomondgate Services as the site of their first drive-thru outlet in Scotland. This gateway to and from Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park will become the place of choice for the millions of people travelling on the A82 to break their journeys. Whitbread's recent decisions to develop three of its brands - Costa, Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre - at Lomondgate Services are a ringing endorsement of the location's enduring strengths and provide a platform of essential services which will further add to the attractiveness of the other tourism and leisure development opportunities available."
The £100m Lomondgate project was launched in 2007 by Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C, a public-private partnership established with the support of West Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and Diageo.
SRC formed a partnership with developer Walker Group to help deliver its plans for a thriving new community on the site providing new homes, a new business location and destination services on the A82 at a gateway to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.
So far more than £14m has been invested by Walker Group into the development, which includes significant local road and infrastructure improvements, including the construction of the new Lomondgate roundabout leading into the business park and the other main elements of the project.