All Change at Clyde Gate

15 May 2009

A new £3.5 million business park has opened at Clydebank with public gardens and access to a new stretch of riverside walkway on the River Clyde.

The opening of Clyde Gate was marked by the unveiling of a five-metre high bronze sculpture - called "Change" - designed by Hill Jephson Robb, one of Scotland's leading artists.  The sculpture stands out at the apex of the business park and gardens, overlooking the Agamemnon Street and the Clyde.

The five acre site next to the NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital has been extensively landscaped with 12 individual and serviced plots for sale for business or joint venture developments.  The project has been masterminded by Clydebank Re-built, the town's award winning urban regeneration company

"This is a key economic development project for Clydebank in the medium and long term", said chair of Clydebank Re-built and local MP John McFall, unveiling the sculpture and opening the site

 "It is a premium business location on the River Clyde with the Golden Jubilee Hospital only just a couple of hundred yards away.  And opening the site now helps to position Clydebank for new business developments and jobs when the upturn comes.

Mr McFall said the bronze sculpture was a symbol for the future and gave an identity to the Clyde Gate site, which for the first time opened up public access to the riverside with a stretch of walkway. 

The sculpture, he added, was designed and crafted using some of the traditional engineering skills that made Clydebank famous.  Local pattern makers, John Miller & Company, had made the wooden patterns for the sculpture casts, based on the artist's designs.  

Artist Hill Jephson Robb studied at the Royal College of Art in London and already one of his works is included in permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

But Jephson's  family roots are in Clydebank.  Jephson's great grand-father, Christopher Roseweir Ford, was a well known "bankie", teaching ballroom dancing and running tea-dances in the town

Work on transforming the Clyde Gate site started early last year.  It involved major remediation works, taking down the old railway bridge at Agamemnon Street and landscaping the embankment fronting the street.  Many of the red and yellow sandstones from the old bridge have been recycled and reused as part of a feature wall at the new roundabout, giving better ambulance access to the hospital.

A new public and pedestrian space has been developed with attractive tree-lined pathways leading to a new stretch of high quality granite-paved walkway, with new seating and new lighting.  It is hoped, in time, the riverside walkway will extend from the front of the NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital to the Titan Crane and Queens Quays.

Landscape architects for the project were the leading multi-disciplinary practice, Austin-Smith Lord, who also designed the masterplan for the Clyde Gate site.

Main contractor was Land Engineering Scotland Ltd., an experienced contractor with a proven track record of land improvement projects. One of the sub-contractors, K-Lands Solutions, was commended for its remediation work on the site in using a new process for breaking down hydro-carbons.  Civil and structural engineers for the public realm and infrastructure enabling works were Will Rudd Davidson.

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