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YACHTING LIFE. Thursday 3rd February 2011
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Yachting Life February 2011

A Floating 'First' for Glasgow

Glasgow is set to become home to the world's first floating leisure village.

In a decision announced by Scottish Enterprise and after a tightly fought tendering process, Floating Concepts Limited, based near Manchester, has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop the former Canting Basin docks a mile from Glasgow city centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The £30 million pioneering proposals, designed by Glasgow based ZM Architecture and specialist water based architects Baca Limited of London, could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof top concert arena.

"All great coast 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 at Scottish Enterprise, said; "The proposed floating leisure village 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."

"Scottish Enterprises vision for the Canting Basin is a break-through in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field' sites," said David Beard, who is also co-owner of Liverpool Marina. "Floating structures can be applied successfully to many areas, including those at risk of flooding or subject to major tidal ranges as we are here on the River Clyde."

The Canting Basin covers five 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 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.

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 on line.

Building could start in the second quarter of 2012 and it is expected to take around three years to complete and will be built in up to three phases.

It is a key development project under the wider Clyde Waterfront project which has invested more than £2 billion to date to transform the Clyde into a river of opportunity for investors, businesses and communities alike.

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