Welcome to Riverside Inverclyde's website !
Riverside Inverclyde (ri) is an urban regeneration company advancing a series of exciting regeneration projects, predominantly on a 4.5 mile stretch of waterfront at Greenock and Port Glasgow – towns synonymous with a strong shipbuilding, engineering, manufacturing and IT reputation - their town centres, and the town centre of Gourock. Inverclyde, one of Scotland’s 32 unitary authorities, also includes Inverkip, Wemyss Bay and Kilmacolm. Riverside Inverclyde URC was set up as a joint initiative between Inverclyde Council, Scottish Enterprise and the private sector, with support from the Scottish Government.
As we enter 2014 our vision remains :
“to enhance the competitiveness of Inverclyde as a placed to live, work, visit, invest and do business in.”
Revitalising the team
Inverclyde’s Depute Provost Councillor David Wilson, the new Interim Chair of ri, states that he is “honoured to be appointed Chair, albeit on an interim basis, and I am looking forward to playing my part in the future of Riverside Inverclyde, working towards securing the prosperity of Inverclyde and its people. You only need to drive through Inverclyde to see all of the good developments that Riverside Inverclyde has delivered.”
2014 will see a new Chair and new private sector Board members appointed in 1Q2014, advertising for a new CEO on January 24th, and our new Development Manager in place on February 3rd.
Inverclyde Council’s Corporate Director Aubrey Fawcett has been appointed Interim Chief Executive : “ I believe Riverside Inverclyde is well placed more than ever to exploit and maximise opportunities as they emerge. We are ambitious and are determined to focus on delivering regeneration and economic development in Inverclyde.”
Existing priority areas
Each priority area has been kept under review to allow continuous prioritisation to take place, maximising contributions and alignment to the ri objectives and priorities. The original priority areas are shown in the map below:
Priority areas 2012-2017
Gourock town centre, where ri is the delivery agent for an Inverclyde Council redevelopment project, has since been added as an eighth priority.
Employment generation is a big priority for ri moving forward. This will be achieved through various means:
To build upon this, ri and Inverclyde Council are developing a Joint Operating Plan 2014-2017 to maximise investment opportunities for the private sector.
So, the work continues to best deliver for Inverclyde ! In early 2014, encouraged by the highly successful speculative office developments at Riverside Business Park in Greenock (with both Clyde View and Ben Lomond View fully let), ri completes two speculative light industrial units at Kelburn Business Park, Port Glasgow (a 6.45 ha site just 15 minutes from Glasgow Airport); and Phases 1 & 2 of the refurbishment of the East Wing of the Custom House into office accommodation. The advancing of these projects ensures that ri continues its contribution to facilitating the generation and safeguarding of employment within Inverclyde.
Additionally, there are development opportunities for up to 70,000 square feet of bespoke office accommodation at Cartsburn, Greenock (on the arterial A8 dual carriageway); and further space for bespoke industrial units at Kelburn Business Park.
David Wilson continued “It’s full steam ahead for Riverside Inverclyde as we enter into the exciting second half of ri’s planned operational lifespan and continue to drive forward the very positive and highly visible regeneration of the area. ”
06 March, 2014
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21 February, 2014
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