Collegelands Christmas Joy

Posted on December 15, 2011

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By David Wren

City Parking Glasgow has announced that parking in the new Collegelands development multi-storey on Duke Street, will be free every Sunday before Christmas.

The new car park opened on 4th December will be free on Sunday’s as well as discounted parking rates of £3 per day until 31 December. Collegelands is Glasgow’s first new city centre quarter in decades and will feature over 1.1 million square feet of commercial and residential development when complete. It has been created through partnership between Glasgow City Council and Dawn Group.

The multi-storey will be run by City Parking, one of the council’s arms length external organisations. City Parking is also responsible for running other multi-storey car parks in Glasgow such as Cadogan Square and Charing Cross.

The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “The Collegelands development has already brought a tremendous economic boost to the city. The free and discounted car parking on offer will be a great boost for shoppers as we approach Christmas. “

As well as the multi-storey the facilities also include 102,000 square feet of office space, student accommodation units offering 600 bed spaces for students and the site infrastructure and utilities including off-street car parking and new internal roads.

It is thought that catalyst for further regeneration projects that will unlock the area’s development potential as well as linking to Glasgow’s East End. An area that is also undergoing major transformation though projects such as the M74 completion and the building of the East End Regeneration Route, the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Councillor Gordon Matheson also believes this will bring more business to Glasgow, he said: “The grade ‘A’ office space, student accommodation and a massive new car park for the city make this a very attractive location for future investors and businesses.”

Over 400 construction jobs have been created so far as the first phase of the project nears completion, with an impact of £80 million for the city’s economy. In the early months of 2012, Glasgow City Council will take up a 25 year lease for 102,000 square feet of office space for use by several of its services and Arm’s-Length External Organisations.

City Building, Glasgow City Council’s arm’s length construction company, is fitting out the office blocks and car park. This work has given the firm an opportunity to take on more than 20 apprentices, recruited via the council’s Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative.

In addition the office furniture is being manufactured at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries in Glasgow, one of Europe’s largest supported factories. RSBi employs around 240 people, more than half of whom have a disability, including ex-HM Forces veterans.

The buildings in Collegelands have a red brick warehouse style with high quality landscaping and a water feature on the south side of the development. The boundary wall of the former College Goods Yard railway station on Duke Street has been retained, in a nod to the history of the site.

One of the UK’s biggest urban development’s over the past few years, Collegelands is a symbol of the continuing regeneration of Glasgow, fulfilling economic and inward investment as well as meeting wider social and community regeneration objectives.

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