‘Levelling-up’ funding announced to support several Scots projects

A PLAN to regenerate a large area of mostly derelict land in the north of Edinburgh is to receive funding from the UK Government, designed to ‘level up’ the country, between the south of England and further north.

Some £16.482 million of funding has been earmarked to help the city council “unlock the first phase of the £1.3bn regeneration of Granton Waterfront” – according to an announcement issued (here) by the council.

The money is likely to be primarily used to restore a B-listed gasometer (pictured) on the site.

Meanwhile, Glasgow is to receive more than £13m to assist in the restoration of Pollok Country Park Stables and Sawmill.

Says an announcement by the city’s council (here): “The restoration and redevelopment of the A-listed but dilapidated courtyard and stables, and sawmill, at Pollok Country Park will see the creation of a net-zero carbon ‘Living’ Heritage Centre and community and visitor attraction in Pollok Country Park, based around the famous Clydesdale Horses, and the development of traditional power generation into modern renewable technologies.”

Details of the Scots recipients of the ‘levelling-up fund’ can be found, here.

They are (wording from the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland):

Aberdeen City Centre masterplan – Purchase two vacant inter-linked buildings in the city centre to create a destination ‘market’ venue with covered public space, pop-up retail space, and food and drink outlets. Supported by major upgrades to the infrastructure and streetscape, including some pedestrianisation. Funds: £20m

Granton Gas Holder – To restore and open to the public the B-listed Granton gas holder as a way of regenerating Granton Waterfront, securing further public and private sector investment of around £1.2bn. Funds: £16,482,845

Westfield Roundabout, Falkirk – To alleviate pressures from increased traffic, including building new roads and roundabouts as well as improved pedestrian/cycle crossing. Funds: £20m

Improvements on B714 – Final stage in improving the road connectivity between North Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland via Glasgow to improve access to job opportunities and address the perceptions of remoteness from markets and labour, encouraging business investment in North Ayrshire. Plan would improve the B174 in North Ayrshire at the A78(T), including a connection to the d A737(T) Dalry Bypass.  Funds: £23,693,443

Artizan Shopping Centre, Glencairn House & Connecting, Dumbarton – To acquire, part-demolish and then redevelop the Artizan Shopping Centre into a state-of-the-art library and museum. Also to provide a high-quality public realm and 5.64km active travel improvements between Dumbarton Central Station and the town centre. Funds: £19,900,000

AMIDS South – To improve travel links between Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) and Paisley, through pedestrian, cycling, public transport and road links. Will improve access to employment and support regeneration of Paisley town centre and business area. Funds: £38,725,218

Pollok Stable and Sawmill – To restore a listed stable and sawmill into a net-zero, hydro-powered heritage and community centre with educational activities for visitors, and housing a space for the local community and schools to use flexibly. Funds: £13,050,500

Inverness Zero Carbon Cultural Regeneration – Redevelopment of Inverness Castle to improve its visitor attraction appeal, development of new event infrastructure at Northern Meeting Park and redevelopment of the Bught Park Stadium Complex. Both include a Ground Source Heat Ambient Loop to provide low-carbon heat energy. Funds: £19,856,253

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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