ERS Appointed as Remediation Specialists for Scottish Marine Technology Park
An important milestone has been reached in the development of the Scottish Marine Technology Park, with the appointment of ERS as remediation specialists by main contractor Malin Group.
The proposed Scottish Marine Technology Park (SMTP) will provide a unique environment for world-leading innovators in the marine industry to co-locate and collaborate to reinvigorate the shipbuilding and renewable industries on the banks of the Clyde.
Based on the banks of the River Clyde in Old Kilpatrick, the site consists of almost 50 acres of developable space which will have direct access to the deep-water channel via a deep-water quay with a heavy ship hoist.
However, due to the site's former use as an oil terminal, before the main works get underway, contaminated soil and groundwater first needs to be remediated. ERS are happy to announce that we have been named as remediation contractor by the main contractor, Malin Group, and will short begin the first phase of remediation works required at the site to allow enabling works to go ahead as planned early next year.
ERS’ Managing Director, Andrew Mackenzie, stated, “ERS has enjoyed developing this exciting and challenging project with Malin, their team and wider stakeholders. We now look forward to the start of site works and helping Malin Release the Value of their Land.”
Malin Group are a family of specialist marine engineering companies, headquartered on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow, which provide end to end solutions to the global marine industry. Their fabrication facility in Renfrew is one of the biggest in Scotland, and includes a loadout quay for the delivery of larger structures by sea. The group employ over 120 people in Renfrew, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Following the start of remediation works, enabling works will commence early in 2023, beginning with quay design and reconstruction works, and the construction of an innovative and sustainable flood water storage pond, which when complete will be surrounded by a nature walkway, allowing access to the riverside for local residents. These works have been made possible by a £4m contributions from West Dunbartonshire Council and Clyde Mission.
Kevin Waters, Principal Project Manager of the SMTP noted, “We are delighted to have ERS onboard, helping us move ahead with remediation of the site. With their commitment to using sustainable [remediation] methods, aligning with our vision for SMTP, we look forward to working with them on what is a major step forward in our plans for development of the SMTP.”
Other ongoing works at the site include the recycling of demolition materials from local sites which will be used to form platforms for future development plots. Without this reuse, the materials may instead have ended in landfill, but instead will form a firm and fitting foundation for the future build.
It is anticipated that completion of the remediation and enabling works, and subsequent utilities and infrastructure works, will help attract further investment required to realise the SMTP vision, bringing hundreds of new high-quality jobs to the local area.
More information about the SMTP, the proposed works and how it will benefit the local area can be found here www.scottishmarinetechnologypark.com