construction of aggreko building

Taylor Wimpey Purchases New Site at Lomondgate

December 30th 2011

The £100m Lomondgate development in Dumbarton has received yet another major boost with the news that Taylor Wimpey has completed the purchase of a 12 acre site.

The deal was dependent on planning permission from West Dunbartonshire Council, which has now given the green light to the housebuilder's plans to build 110 family homes at the mixed-use development near Loch Lomond.

Taylor Wimpey is expected to start construction on the site early in the New Year and will build a range of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

The builder joins Persimmon Homes and Walker Group on the site, which will eventually feature more than 300 homes.

Residents have already moved into the first homes on the Walker Group phase of the development, which will comprise of 109 properties. Persimmon is proposing to construct a total of 119 units on their phase.

Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: "Taylor Wimpey is delighted to have secured planning permission to begin work on its part in the delivery of the Lomondgate masterplan that will create a new way of living in West Dunbartonshire. The scope of our proposed plans will ensure there's a wide choice of homes to suit a wide range of buyers, and we're confident they'll share our vision for their new community. We expect to start works on-site in early 2012, and plan to have our homes on sale by Spring 2012."

Bruce Walker, Managing Director of Walker Group, which is developing Lomondgate in partnership with Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C, said: "It is fantastic that Taylor Wimpey has completed the purchase of the remaining residential site, creating homes which will attract new people into the area, boosting the local economy.

"We welcomed our very first home owner in September and it is tremendous to see the dream of building a new community in Dumbarton where people can live, work and play, now becoming a reality. We have had a lot of interest in the development not just from local people but from those coming from further afield who are looking for somewhere which combines the best of both worlds - a fantastic location close to the National Park but within easy commuting distance of Glasgow."

The residential development is just one strand of the Lomondgate project which 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, employees, travellers and residents.

A new 60 bed Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre Restaurant are now both open at Lomondgate Services and work is close to completion on a Costa Coffee drive thru - their first in Scotland. Advanced discussions are underway with an operator for the petrol filling station site.

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.