WaterfrontExpo 2006

29 Sep 2005

Clyde Waterfront wins international endorsement

The multi billion pound plan to breathe new life into the River Clyde has been confirmed as the centre piece for a major international conference focusing on waterfront regeneration to be staged in Glasgow.

It was announced today (Thursday) that Glasgow will host WaterfrontExpo 2006 following a successful bid by Clyde Waterfront partnership to bring the unique conference and exhibition to the SECC.

The winning bid was revealed at this year's conference being held in the Latvian capital of Riga. Glasgow will host the event from 17-19 October next year.

Hundreds of delegates from around the world will see and hear how an eight mile stretch of the river will be transformed into a vibrant and dynamic 21st century location.

The event's international stature and power to profile world class waterfront developments is underlined by the array of cities that bid to play host next year. It was won for Glasgow in competition with Lisbon, Stockholm, Berlin, Istanbul and Dublin.

While Clyde Waterfront will take pride of place at the conference and exhibition, several other international waterfront developments will be profiled.

Peter Kearns, Executive Director of Clyde Waterfront, said: "Winning this prestigious event is a superb endorsement of the partnership's vision and commitment to developing and delivering a project of truly global quality. This event presents a golden opportunity to showcase the proposals that will re-establish the Clyde as one of the world's great rivers of the 21st century."

Explaining why Clyde Waterfront and Glasgow were selected to host the conference Mark Beaumont of organisers Media Generation, said: "We chose Glasgow as the host city for WaterfrontExpo 2006 because we felt the enormous scale and diversity of the urban waterfront regeneration taking place along the River Clyde would present our delegates with an excellent and informative backdrop to our event."

The plans to revitalise the River Clyde and its communities from Glasgow Green to the Erskine Bridge will be the star showcase of the conference which provides a platform allowing professionals involved in waterfront design, sustainable development, construction and management to examine and share current thinking in a specialised area of urban regeneration.

A key element of the conference will be a boat tour of the river for up to 600 delegates, who will include investors, government representatives, financiers, lawyers, marina designers, conservationists, leisure sector representatives and property developers.

During the river trip delegates will see the already remarkable transformation that is taking place as part of the re-birth of the River Clyde and Clyde Waterfront's six interlinked priority action areas, Glasgow City Centre, Pacific Quay and the SECC, Greater Govan and Glasgow Harbour, Renfrew Riverside and Scotstoun, Clydebank and Erskine and Old Kilpatrick.

The renaissance of the river already features the new International Financial Services District, a world class location for one of Scotland's fastest growing and most important industries.

The SECC and the Clyde Auditorium on the north side of the river with the Glasgow Science Centre complex and the new media village directly opposite on the south side will also give delegates a preview of the quality of development that lies ahead.

Further down the river Renfrew Riverside showcases the £350 million Braehead shopping development with planned new phases involving business, residential and leisure developments including Xscape featuring Scotland's first indoor real snow slope. Clydebank re-Built features plans for a new mixed use development at Queens Quay, a new college, medi-park and infrastructure improvements giving Clydebank new housing, leisure and employment opportunities.

The riverside towns of Erskine and Old Kilpatrick offer excellent long term development opportunities. These include a new Erskine town centre and enhanced residential accommodation while Old Kilpatrick has been identified for residential and business developments that promote the area's environmental credentials.

Together these projects represent one of the most ambitious regeneration programmes ever embarked upon in Scotland and Britain that will bring social, economic and environmental benefits in its wake.

The project has the potential over the next 15 years to deliver up to 30,000 jobs, vibrant riverside communities, modern transport links and iconic developments that will attract commerce and business.  

Communities Scotland, the Scottish Executive agency which aims, by working with others, to ensure decent housing and strong communities across Scotland and the economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, are also key partners in the delivery of Clyde Waterfront.

Councillor Steven Purcell, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The River Clyde is one of Glasgow's most enduring assets. Through ambitious public/private partnership, the river has been reborn and continues to grow as a vibrant place to be. The Clyde is now a powerhouse for the city - providing many homes and jobs for the people of Glasgow. Hosting this event will send a clear signal around the world that we have the ambition, drive, courage and commitment to restore the River Clyde to pride of place among the world's great rivers."

Welcoming the announcement, Councillor, Andy White, leader of West Dunbarton Council, said: "The regeneration of the Clyde Waterfront will have benefits for all communities at the riverside, and Clydebank is playing its part to the full. The Titan Crane is a visual symbol of the strength of Clydebank and I'm sure our plans for the Crane will be of great interest to the people attending the Conference and I'm glad the organisers have taken the time to highlight this to them."
Councillor Jim Harkins of Renfrewshire Council, commented: "Bringing WaterfrontExpo to the Clyde is a major coup. It will provide the ideal platform to showcase what we are achieving at Renfrew Riverside, the further development opportunities here and their successful integration with the internationally significant renewal of the Clyde Waterfront."

Editors notes

Clyde Waterfront is a public sector partnership involving Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Executive. A 15 year plan has been developed to transform the environment and economic fortunes of an eight mile stretch of the River Clyde from Glasgow City Centre to Erskine and Old Kilpatrick. Six priority areas have been identified to benefit from a programme incorporating new economic development sites, reclamation of 306 hectares of derelict or vacant land, community regeneration, the introduction of modern high quality public transport and improved road infrastructure. The project will reposition the River Clyde as a hub of economic activity.

A video and pdf document giving details of Clyde Waterfront can be viewed at: www.scottish-enterprise.com/clydewaterfront

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