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Published 22 December 2020

Funding to develop modern quayside infrastructure at the former Carless site in Old Kilpatrick has been awarded to West Dunbartonshire Council.

A total of £1.98million was granted from the Clyde Mission Catalyst fund as part of Mission Clyde to support site owners Malin Group’s vision to create a Scottish Marine Technology Park at the Carless site.

The project to transform the 47-acre site is expected to bring almost 1,000 jobs to the area and adding £125.4 million annually to West Dunbartonshire’s economy by reintroducing marine manufacturing and support industries to the Upper Clyde.

The Council is working closely with the Malin Group, who will be developing the proposed quayside.

Council funding will be used to carry out piling work for the creation of a new modern quay at the site, with the initial 50m section allowing vessels to start visiting as early as next year.

It will also  create a flood basin to mitigate flood risk, a publicly accessible woodland path around the basin which will link to the nearby canal path and a secure base for any subsequent works.

It is anticipated that the works will attract third-party investment in marine manufacturing services on the wider site, which is undergoing  a remediation programme for contamination that is a legacy of the past Carless oil refinery.

The initial piling phase of works is expected to be completed by March 2021, with other phases following later that year.

The site will be developed on a phased basis, with parcels of land released as remediation is completed.

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.”

A development agreement between the Council and Malin Group is currently in development.

The Clyde Mission aims to make the Clyde an engine of sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland.

The Clyde Mission Fund is awarded to support capital projects that deliver economic stimulus and jobs.