A bold vision for Marine Industries on the Clyde
The Scottish Marine Technology Park is based on the river Clyde on the West Coast of Scotland.
The goal is to provide marine organisations who need heavylift access to a deepwater shipping channel and the open sea with a business friendly environment.
The park consists of almost 50 acres of brownfield land on the banks of the Clyde with a site for a deepwater heavylift berth connecting the developable land to the deepwater channel.
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Our parent Group spent a long time looking for a future proof site for it’s manufacturing business in and around Glasgow. Their criteria seemed simple given the rich industrial heritage of the river Clyde
They needed plenty of land available to buy or own on a long term lease. It needed to be zoned for industrial use. It also needed to have access to the deep water channel of the Clyde via a quayside that they could own (or have an interest in) and which could take a large mobile crane for lifting manufactured goods into cargo vessels or directly launching them into the marine environment.
After much negotiation and support from the existing owners of both the site itself and the old quayside, we brought both tracts of land into single ownership and so completed the first stage of the process of reinvigorating the site..
The Malin Group’s manufacturing arm is currently underway with a planning application for the first plot on the site and we are progressing studies and permissions to bring the quayside back into full use. However we have space for many more plots and sufficient land to support a number of marine businesses. If you are interested in finding out more then please contact us using the form below and request a call back.
The site on which the SMTP is being developed was originally the UK Ministry of Defence’s Mountblow Fuel Depot.
It was heavily damaged during the second world war when a number of tanks were destroyed.
The site has since passed through several owners before finally being demolished in 2003.
The Malin Group spent a year carrying out a variety of feasibility studies in 2016 before taking ownership formally in August 2017.
Since then they have been carrying out detailed site investigations to feed the remediation strategy as well as planning to support the site’s first tenant, Malin Fabrication Ltd, the manufacturing arm of the Malin Group of companies.
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We have a long way to go and could greatly ease our journey and reduce our risk by developing the rest of the site we do not need for housing. But this will not solve the very real problems facing the river Clyde where our riverside industrial land is steadily being sterilised and converted to land for housing and retail.
Of course any port city in the 21st century needs a balance of industrial, high tech, retail and housing on its banks but we strongly feel that unless we act now the balance for the Clyde will tip too far away from marine technology and manufacturing.
If it is not addressed now, in our generation, then it will be too late and the legacy of the Clyde will be lost and limited to two, albeit great, shipyards. any real opportunity for significant marine manufacturing diversity will be gone.
We are, therefore, committed to making as much land and facilities as possible available to others who share our original need.
We are not looking for partners and tenants at all costs, but would welcome approaches from anyone who has a need for industrial land or facilities with access to the deepwater channel