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Procurement strategy agreed for £1.13bn Glasgow City Deal

May 12 2015

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

This will see a number of supplier events 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 £200m 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, said: “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                                                                                £9.4million
A8/M8 Corridor improvements                                               £9million
Collegelands Calton Barras Action Plan                                 £27million
Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside                                  £78.3million
Stewartfield Way                                                                    £62.2million
Camlachie Burn / Glasgow Metropolitan Drainage System  £45.8million
Greenhills Road / A726 Dual Carriageway                            £23.1million
City Centre Public Realm                                                       £199.2million
Glasgow Airport Economic Investment Areas                       £51.4million
M77 Strategic Corridor                                                           £44million
Govan and Clyde Waterfront Regeneration                           £113.9million
Inverkip                                                                                   £3.8million
Gartcosh Community Growth Area                                       £43.8million     
Greenock Ocean Terminal                                                     £14.2million
Community Growth Areas                                                      £62.3million     
Pan Lanarkshire Orbital Transport Corridor                           £119.7million
Cathkin Bypass                                                                       £21.6million
Exxon Site                                                                              £27.9million
Glasgow Airport Rail Link                                                       £144.3million
Strathclyde Bus Investment                                                   £30million       


#1 Posted by RTM on 12 May 2015 at 13:36 PM
I see another George Square competition on the horizon.....
#2 Posted by Billy on 12 May 2015 at 14:07 PM
Lol. I liked some of the designs but it was not to be. Not great at the moment but an improvement on the red Tarmac. Most cities have a water feature in their prime squares. Guess we will have to be content with the rain.
#3 Posted by wonky on 12 May 2015 at 14:24 PM
It troubles me that a couple of hundred million appears to be going to road investment- personally I would rather see the money go to long term sustainable developments like an extension to the Glasgow Underground/Crossrail/or even (whisper it) a tram system. Glasgow is a city with relatively low car ownership & yet we seem incapable of moving out of the car-centred utopianism of the 20th C. The Collegelands-Gallowgate-Barras funded is welcomed- although is it enough? Its criminal this area is not a thriving inner-city quarter. £200m for city centre public realm improvements is also urgently needed & welcome. Lets hope they put it to good & creative use. Where exactly is Stewartfield Way- is that not a Holiday Inn in East Kilbride?
Neil C
#4 Posted by Neil C on 12 May 2015 at 15:51 PM
#Wonky - Stewartfield Way and Greenhills Road are trunk roads extending along the northern and southern edges of East Kilbride. Both are currently clogged with traffic at peak times, and presumably both are going to be dualled under this plan. There's certainly space for both to double in size.

Without wishing to provoke yet another political debate on these pages, the City Deal represents a fine example of political collaboration, and it's good to see detailed proposals emerging from last year's vague talk of a £1bn investment in the Glasgow metropolitan area.
#5 Posted by Alastair on 13 May 2015 at 09:44 AM
The most important investment for the future prosperity of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, and the Southwest of Scotland is a serious investment in a proper heavy rail link to Glasgow Airport (not the Mickey Mouse tram idea that is being kicked about at the moment) and the simple electrification of the existing Crossrail line in Glasgow to directly link to Edinburgh, the rest of Scotland, and UK.
Tom Manley
#6 Posted by Tom Manley on 13 May 2015 at 17:07 PM
Picture caption : Gordon Mathieson 'What do you think of this brand spanking super clad carpark' - David Cameron - ' Bloody Marvellous - well done old boy - this is the future, the benchmark even - lets roll this type of development out across the city!'
Don Diamante
#7 Posted by Don Diamante on 13 May 2015 at 17:39 PM
Up here in Aberdeen, public infrastructure works only take place when the private developers are cornered and then "encouraged" to pay up, when bidding to win planning consent on a sensitive or brownfield site.

It's refreshing to see that some areas still get government money to spend. Usually the same areas.

#8 Posted by Brian on 13 May 2015 at 23:05 PM
It should be a rail link not a tram.But with crossrail not mentioned will they opt for the cheaper tramtrain.The Glasgow cross area needs its train station reopened or hub with Argyle line and crossrail.Remember eburgh tram is bespoke to that city and is a lesson in in how NOT to do it.Tramtrains are a cheaper option and different mode .And Glasgow wouldn't have to dig up city centre to get them through either.They could go on road outside city.

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