With less than two months before the arrival of its first tenants, a Scottish office development has been rebranded as Rutherglen Links Business Park.
After three years under the “working title” of Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone the new name for the 12-acre Clyde Gateway scheme was chosen from a shortlist offered to local authorities, local residents and a cross section of the property industry.
“In a highly competitive market place it is important to establish an easily-remembered name which captures a sense of place and has an appeal to potential occupiers,” explained Ian Manson, chief executive of urban regeneration company.
“Rutherglen Links works well in a number of ways, not least that the use of the name of the burgh provides everyone with a clear and distinct destination,” he added. “It is also a name which can be associated with green and clean spaces and given that we are looking to promote Rutherglen Links as an environmentally efficient and low-carbon development then once again the new name provides an excellent fit.”
The list of potential names was put together by Matthews Marketing, a branding and communications agency headquartered at the Red Tree Business Suites on Stonelaw Road, just 200 yards from the first offices being built at Rutherglen Links.
Due for completion this October — five months ahead of schedule — the 43,000sq ft office block is expected to provide enough workspace for up to 400 people. Costing just over £5m, the four-storey project is also the first phase of a five-year rolling development of the site.
Designed as a showpiece building at the entrance of the business and commercial complex, the completed park will offer a range of energy efficient, Grade A office accommodation and a series of developments for commercial and industry uses. Six plots have been earmarked for design and build projects.
Neil MacDonald is chair of the 2007 launched Clyde Gateway. “Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone has the potential to bring 1,000 jobs to the burgh, but what is most important right now is getting this first office fully ready for occupation and I’m delighted that we have been able to make such great progress and will have it ready for occupation earlier than we expected.
“We are working hard with our specialist property agents to identify those types of organisations and businesses who would be an ideal fit for an office of this size and scale in a location with such great public transport links and so close to a junction on the M74,” said MacDonald, who added that the level of early interest has been encouraging.
A significant vote of confidence came from South Lanarkshire Council. “The Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone is an exciting development and one which the council is thrilled to give its full support to,” said the authority’s leader, Eddie McAvoy.
“This initial first class office space, which has excellent public transport and motorway links, will be attractive to many businesses who, in turn, will bring jobs and help with the rejuvenation of this whole area.”
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