Green light for next phase of Pacific Quay

05 Oct 2006

Scottish Enterprise Glasgow is investing £1.8 million on infrastructure works to deliver the next phase of development at Pacific Quay.

Already the new home of BBC Scotland and Scottish Television, the funding will lay the foundations for a Digital Media Quarter to grow on the former Garden Festival site in Govan.

"With anchor tenants already in place the next stage is to build capacity on this site to attract the type of companies to support and develop broadcasting and other creative industries," said Colum Halforty. SE Glasgow's director of competitive infrastructure.

The project will allow the development of four new buildings on the site, the first of which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Ground works will prepare the site for 10,000 sq metres of commercial space with scope to accommodate 250 new jobs on the site. It is expected that the initial investment will attract more than £16 million of private sector money.

Work will consist of new access roads with drainage, lighting and the latest telecoms infrastructure along with environmental works. Pacific Quay is a priority area in the Clyde Waterfront partnership initiative, a £126 million project to develop the wider riverfront area.

"Creative industries have experienced significant growth during the past decade and Scotland has the highest concentration of companies in this sector outside of London.  Although development is focusing on Pacific Quay it is expected to have significant knock on benefits for the wider Govan area," said Mr Halforty.

The digital media and creative sectors account for 21,000 jobs in the city including broadcasting, publishing the arts and multimedia industries.

"The digital media quarter presents a great opportunity to create a distinctive and dedicated centre of excellence with a range of property options for the creative industries within the city," he added.

Notes to editors

The Digital Media Quarter will be targeting

  • digital media content developers and providers;
  • broadcasters and publishers;
  • communication technologies companies;
  • research and development institutions.
  • Games companies

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