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Marina plan for ClydeNew role for old city dock (Evening Times)
GLASGOW is to have its own marina as part of plans to rejuvenate the city's
Scottish Enterprise, the national regeneration and jobs agency, will this week
outline plans for a 300-berth dock next to Glasgow Science Centre on the south
bank of the river.
Developers are being asked to help turn an area of the old Prince's Dock into
a hub of maritime activity. Scottish Enterprise is open to suggestions for floating
restaurants or offices, and island' sites for hotels and house boats. The canting
basin, an area created to allow ships to could turn, is one of the last free areas
of open water on the riverside, now that most of the former docks have been
The basin is already used by a commercial seaplane operator, and hotels and
restaurants are being developed nearby as part of the digital media quarter at
the new BBC Scotland HQ.
Plans for the canting basin include 300 pontoon berths with powerpoints, water
and waste facilities, a clubhouse restaurant and shops.
Derek McCrindle, director of the Clyde Waterfront project for Scottish Enterprise,
said: "We want something that combines the sea planes, berthing for motor
cruisers and maybe floating restaurants and offices.
"It would be brilliant to have this in place for the 2014 Commonwealth Games."
Howard Morrison, commodore of Clyde Cruising Club, said the basin was "snug
and protected" and could attract long-term residents as well as tourists. "I can see
it being attractive to tourists, who might otherwise stay at Inverkip, Largs or
Rhu," he said.
The move comes as it emerges that the Clyde Waterfront is to have more than
£2billion of largely public money pumped into it over the next three years,
according to a study of the development, which will help protect the area from
the economic downturn.
A study by consultancy GEN for the Clyde Waterfront, the strategic partnership
co-ordinating the regeneration of both banks of the river along a 13-mile stretch
from Glasgow Green to Dumbarton, estimates that since 2003 more than 17,000
jobs have been created thanks to £1.46bn of investment of which £1.1bn, some
75%, is from the private sector.
Work undertaken on the Clyde Waterfront since 2003 has seen 2.8million sq ft
of commercial and business space developed including the International Financial
Services District and the Digital Media Quarter at Pacific Quay occupied by BBC
Scotland and STV.
There have also been 6000 homes completed including social housing in the
Gorbals, and two phases of apartments at Glasgow Harbour.
A mixed-use Casino Hotel / Residential / Office thing might work quite well here especially if the focus was on business from the river. River taxis could be run from further up and down the Clyde supporting further regeneration efforts elsewhere. It could almost become a little village centre of its' own.