Queens Quay development set to begin
Work on the redevelopment of the former John Brown’s shipyard is set to get under way next month.
The first stage will involve remediation work in preparation for creating the road infrastructure and public spaces on the waterfront.
West Dunbartonshire Council has committed £15.62 million to the Queens Quay project to unlock the potential of the site for housing, leisure and retail opportunities.
A District Heating Scheme, which would utilise energy extracted from the river basin, is also being investigated. This could be used across the whole site and also for existing buildings such as West College Scotland and the council’s Aurora House.
Once the infrastructure works are complete, including repairs to quay walls and new basin decking along with the creation of a new road layout, the first phase of the development will be the new care home and health centre.
A mini masterplan for the Health Quarter which maps out the proposals for the care home, health centre and associated infrastructure is currently being developed to ensure it complements the rest of the site.
Jim McAloon, the council’s Strategic Lead for Regeneration, said: “Although we are still in the very early stages of this project it’s exciting to see it progressing. Queens Quay offers us a fantastic opportunity to open up an area of Clydebank which has been derelict for a number of years, whilst also creating much-needed housing in the area. We will engage with and consult with the community as more detailed proposals and designs for each part of the project are developed.”
The masterplan for the development of Queens Quay was approved by Councillors in March and it is expected to take more than 10 years to fully develop the 23 hectare site.
On completion of the Health Quarter the housing, retail and leisure elements of the plan will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including the council’s offices at Aurora House and the new £23.5m leisure centre which is set to open early next year.