Funded projects will create green jobs and benefit communities
A scheme to expand and transform one of Scotland’s busiest arts venues into a greener, year-round cultural destination is among the projects being supported by the Clyde Mission Fund.
Over £11 million has been awarded in capital grants to 12 projects that will create jobs and benefit communities along the River Clyde. This is part of the economic stimulus funding to support economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The SWG3 multi-discipline arts venue in Glasgow will receive £1.85 million towards its plans to redevelop vacant and derelict land around the perimeter of its site into workspaces for artists and creative businesses as well as a community garden and growing space. Plans also include a new thoroughfare that links the site to regeneration routes through Govan, Partick, Finnieston and Yorkhill.
Other successful applications include a new work and education space in Dunoon, installation of a low carbon heating system to support the redevelopment of the community owned Govan Old Church, and enabling works for the development of the Scottish Marine Technology Park (SMTP) in West Dunbartonshire.
MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, commented:
“SWG3 have established themselves as a vital member of the arts community here in here in Kelvin. Their reach goes far beyond our communities though and is now nationally and internationally recognised as a hub for creatives.
“The announced monies will deepen their creative impact in the very community that they are part of. I warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to Glasgow, to the green regeneration of our communities, and further investment in order to return the Clyde to being the beating heart of our city.”
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“These projects will create hundreds of jobs, benefit places and communities, contribute towards achieving Scotland’s environmental ambitions and help support economic recovery.
“Importantly, they will capitalise on the unique opportunities and competitive advantage of the river and its immediate surroundings as we work with our partners to build a stronger, fairer, greener Clydeside.
“This is key to the Clyde Mission’s goals of making the Clyde an engine of inclusive and sustainable growth for the city of Glasgow, the region and for Scotland.”
Andrew Fleming Brown, Founder and Director of SWG3, said:
“This grant will enable us to deliver an ambitious transformation programme for the area around and leading into SWG3. From a new creative thoroughfare with public art and improved lighting on Eastvale Place, to opening up access to a new community garden and growing space, the grant will help us to dramatically improve this vibrant corner of the city for local people and visitors to discover.”
John MacSween, Chief Executive of the Malin Group, which is behind the Scottish Marine Technology Park development, said:
“We are delighted at the support the park has received in this latest step . We are excited about the potential that the Marine Technology Park offers Scotland’s marine industry, as well as for local residents and the wider economy.
“Once complete, the SMTP will offer new, previously unimagined, roles to local residents, whilst also attracting new organisations and sustainable green work to the Clyde to create a thriving, inclusive and progressive working community.”