Key figure in east end of Glasgow regeneration announces retirement

AN acknowledged key figure in the regeneration of the east end of Glasgow has announced he is stepping down from his post.

After 15 years in the role, Ian Manson is retiring as chief executive of Clyde Gateway.

Says Clyde Gateway of itself, here: “[We are] an urban regeneration company which exists to drive inward investment and improvement for the people and communities across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.”

Says Clyde Gateway, here: “Since [Manson became chief executive, in 2008}, the areas of Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Shawfield and Bridgeton have been radically transformed with over £1.5 billion investment from the public and private sectors. 7,000 jobs have been attracted to the area and more than 3,500 new homes have been built, with thousands more fully refurbished and improved by community-based housing associations.

“This helped to create a tangible legacy for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and a flourishing location for people to choose to live and work. The Athletes Village for the games and a number of sporting venues and new leisure destinations are based in Clyde Gateway, with the Emirates Arena helping to attract businesses such as the recently-opened Topgolf, which alone has brought hundreds of new jobs to the area.

“A key target of Clyde Gateway was to bring vacant, derelict and often contaminated land back into productive use. Now, over 680 acres of land have been transformed for development of both commercial and residential space along with community facilities and new parks to create a healthy environment.”

Pictured: Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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