Malin Group, a member of the Scottish Maritime Cluster, have recently taken ownership of a large brownfield site on the bank of the river Clyde to support their long term goal of bringing more high value marine design and build projects back to Glasgow.
The site extends to 47 acres and is located upriver of the Erskine bridge on the north bank of the Clyde. It was previously a Royal Navy oil storage facility which suffered extensive damage during the second world war.
John MacSween, Managing Director of Malin Group commented: “The heritage of the Clyde is something we should be rightly proud of. We ourselves have been working on the River in the shipping industry for over 100 years. But there is a need to be looking to the future as well to ensure the long term success of the Clyde as a maritime centre of excellence. There are already great examples of this in the form of what is being done at BAE Systems and Ferguson Marine in the shipbuilding sector. Training and ship-management too are very well represented and the Department of Naval Architecture at Strathclyde University is a world class centre for research and learning in the marine sector. What we are hoping to achieve at our Carless site is to compliment these activities and bring other clients, companies and interests to the region. Our local harbour authority is doing excellent work in keeping our river open and navigable. We should be doing all we can to support them by attracting more marine business to the area.
We are looking to create a Marine Technology Hub which brings together providers of research, skills development, design, manufacturing and practical marine operational and logistics experience in a location that has complimentary facilities backed by direct access to the deepwater channel of the river Clyde.
Due to its industrial heritage the land requires considerable remediation before it can be put to use. However to exploit our positive heritage, we must address the negative. Simply leaving it until the economics stacked up for a housing development would have been a shame and, we feel, a real missed opportunity.
We are delighted to have Scottish Enterprise as a partner in pushing this venture forward and excited about the possible impact it could have both on this part of the Clyde, and Scotland as a whole.”
Adrian Gillespie, Managing Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to hear about Malin’s ambitious and visionary plans to revitalise the former Carless Oil Refinery site in West Dunbartonshire. We look forward to working with the company to support their plans.”
Further information on the project as it develops will be posted to our website at www.malingroup.com/carless and we would encourage you to sign up to the mailing list where we can keep you informed on the progress of the getting this Hub up and running.