Titan Enterprise Centre at Queens Quay

17 Mar 2008

Clydebank's Queens Quays - the former site of the John Brown shipbuilders - is being regenerated and is now ready for business. The first of four planned new business and enterprise pavilions has just been completed on the Clyde riverside and offers up to thirty modern, fully serviced, office suites for start up and developing small businesses ranging in size from 265 sq feet to 957 sq feet.

Situated next to the new Clydebank College, which opened last September, the £3.3 million three-storey business pavilion stands out with its striking copper-clad ship's bow frontage, reflecting the area's proud shipbuilding heritage.

The theme continues with its name and the address.  Called the Titan Enterprise centre, it takes the title from the nearby century old "A" listed Titan Crane which was used to build the Queens and other large ships and has been restored as a heritage visitor centre.   The address is 1 Aurora Avenue, named after the last frigate to be launched at John Browns in the 1960's.

The building has been designed with smaller business users in mind.  In addition to the office suites on ground, first and second floors, there is a spacious reception area with a fully staffed reception desk, informal seating or break out areas on each floor and bookable meeting or conference rooms.  Businesses can access the building 24/7.

Titan Enterprise centre was designed by Page + Park, the award winning Glasgow architects for Clydebank Re-built, the local urban regeneration company set up by West Dunbartonshire Council and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire.  Funding for the project comes from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government.

"The Titan Enterprise offers small and start up businesses a high quality environment with flexible lease arrangements and full office services if required, within a riverside location, but very near to Clydebank town centre and only 15 or so minutes from Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Airport", said Eleanor McAllister, managing director of Clydebank Re-built, who are now based in the centre along with the local Business Gateway.

"Here we are meeting a need by concentrating on small and start up businesses requiring accommodation, well under 1000 sq feet.   There is already good, larger accommodation available in Clydebank for bigger businesses.

"The completion of the Titan Enterprise centre marks the start of the real regeneration of Queens Quays and highlights the quality of design we expect of this prestigious riverside site", adds Eleanor McAllister

"Thanks to an agreed masterplan for the 100 acres site , we are now opening up the riverside for the first time  to the people of Clydebank, businesses, students and visitors and we are looking forward to more developments by both the public and private sectors over the next two or three years".

Redeveloping Queens Quays involving both the public and private sectors is one of Clydebank Re-built's biggest projects since it was set up five years ago.

Clydebank Re-built's aim is to reposition Clydebank, the town once famous for ships and singer sewing machines, as a "creative, distinctive and successful regional centre" within the Glasgow metropolitan area.

On Queens Quays, Clydebank Re-built has just appointed architects for a second business pavilion of up to 25,000 sq feet and for the first housing development on the site, forty one and two bedroom homes for the local housing association.  Development partners will be sought for two additional business pavilions.   Some 60 acres of privately owned land on the waterfront has been earmarked for a range of socially rented and private housing.  A new leisure centre, with links to the waterfront, is also planned by the council.

A well designed public walkway, with seating, viewing areas and public spaces, is a key feature of the river quayside.

Already the Titan Enterprise centre is about 40% occupied - there are still 17 office suites available varying in size from the smallest at 265 sq feet to just over 900 sq feet.

The new business tenants - ranging from marine engineering and web designers to roofing and cladding specialists - are positive about their move to Queens Quays and the facilities the centre offers their developing businesses.

Damon Scott is director of Nomad Associates, a marketing agency with a strong professional services client base, and with colleague Stephen Allen of Seca PC has linked forces to set up a new digital solutions company Titan Enterprises (UK) Ltd.

"This building is first class for design and fitting out and it offers the right environment that reflects well for our developing businesses.  The availability of full office services, spacious reception facilities and open areas are additional plus points.

"It was also much more affordable than similar space in the city.  And we can look out to views across the Clyde onto the green belt on the south bank.

"The location is good for us.  We're only ten to fifteen minutes away from our clients in Glasgow  and the same distance from the airport across the Erskine Bridge", adds Damon Scott, who is also an active director with the local Chamber of Commerce

Raymond Allan of Cladding Services has recently moved his roofing and cladding business office from his business partner's house to Titan Enterprise.  He now has ample space for three desks and drawing boards, with windows looking over the Clyde towards the airport.

"We are a small team doing a large number of contracts not just in the west of Scotland, but in Fife and the Edinburgh area.

"Titan Enterprise is an ideal base for us with its good reception and open areas.  It creates the right impression for a developing company like ours.  The size of units and costs help us to keep our overheads down

"This will allow us to take on more staff in the future.  Things are looking good and we are hoping to recruit a draughtsman soon", added Mr Allan.

Jim Mealyea has run his own electronics engineering business for eight years since being made redundant.   His web design company, Republik One, has just moved into a second floor office suite.

"I come from Clydebank and was delighted when Clydebank Re-built planned to build office units geared to small businesses like mine.   I think it is a great facility, with right size of office and the flexibility of lease. What you get for your money here is excellent."   

Titan Enterprise centre offers flexible leases and these can be arranged for as short as 12 months.   The letting agents are James Barr 0141 300 8000.

All media enquires to: John Brown, Clydebank Re-built  T: 0141 951 3420 M: 07881 818474

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