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SCOTLAND FOOD AND DRINK. Thu 13th January 2011
Thu 13th Jan 11 - 15:38

"Floating Leisure Village a World First for Glasgow"

Scottish Enterprise has announced that Glasgow will become home to the world’s first floating leisure village.

Preferred bidder Floating Concepts Limited will develop the former Canting Basin on the south of the River Clyde, just a mile form Glasgow city-centre.

The £30 million proposal from Floating Concepts has been designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London. Up to 450 jobs could be created as the Canting Basin is transformed into a floating community of shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks,” said David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts.

“The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses.”

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde’s Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented.” “In addition to the anticipated jobs boost it will bring to Glasgow,” continued McQuade, “the development will become a thriving community for local residents and businesses and will directly support the growing creative industry cluster on the Clyde.”

Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible. The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

Moored in front of ‘The Hub’ digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq.ft, by leading designers of floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an ‘off-the-peg’ basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.

The plans for a green, car-free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public. There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat.

To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool’ boats which residents will be able to book online.

“The development will benefit from the existing footfall generated by the Glasgow Science Museum and Imax cinema and will reinforce and expand the existing leisure and recreational offer there,” said Beard.

“The floating village will also provide an important link between the Media Quarter, home to BBC Scotland and Scottish Television and spark interest and boost land values for the regeneration of the Govan Docks to the west.”

“So far, most of the new developments at Pacific Quay have been state dependent. If the people and business community of Glasgow want this to happen and get behind us, it can be delivered, despite current market conditions. They need to ‘will it’ to happen. We are offering a private sector inward investment initiative to offer a completely new way of living, working and enjoying leisure time,” said Beard, “and one which we are currently negotiating to emulate at several blue-field sites across the country.” Preferred bidder Floating Concepts Limited will develop the former Canting Basin on the south of the River Clyde, just a mile form Glasgow city-centre.

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