Helipad to move across the river

28 Nov 2011

Glasgow's helipad is to be relocated across the river in a move that could signal a development for the SECC. The city centre facility will move from its current base at Stobcross Road over the River Clyde to Govan.

The service is currently operated by Bond Air Services whose business includes Strathclyde Police's air support unit, the Air Ambulance and passenger services on land owned by the SECC.

Consent has been passed by Glasgow City Council and now SECC chiefs have revealed the new site could be up and running within two years.

The move is a first step towards redeveloping the west side of the SECC as a residential village.

It comes after plans for a multi-million pound hotel, casino and car park development were given the go-ahead.

The new site at Linthouse Road was used as a boat yard and is now a brownfield site close to the Thales optronics factory.

It is proposed that six landing pads will be built, a combined hanger and office-accommodation block with associated medical gas bottle store, fuel containment area, loading bay, car parking and landscaping.

Potential development of the helipad site comes after the latest stage of a multi-million pound plan to transform Glasgow's Clydeside was given the go-ahead earlier this month.

The plans form are part of a new £125 million entertainment venue being built at the SECC - the Scottish Hydro Arena, sponsored by Scottish Hydro to the tune of £1.5m a year for the next 10 years.

In the planning application a casino, hotel and multi-storey car park were all proposed for the site.

Long-term plans include around 1000 new homes, as part of a "Sustainable Urban Village."

Other facilities will include shops, a medical surgery and a nursery school.

Source: Evening Times - Helipad set for a move to Govan