Plans For Former IBM Site In Greenock Unveiled

Plans For Former IBM Site In Greenock Unveiled

Spango Valley Aerial

A major £100m housing and commercial development on the former IBM site in Greenock could create up to 400 new homes and 500 jobs.

McGill’s Buses owners, Sandy and James Easdale have spoken about their plans for the sprawling 70-acre Spango Valley site ahead of the public consultation events which started on 23 October 2019.

The Greenock businessmen snapped up the land for £1.5m in December 2018 and believe their proposals will help tackle Inverclyde’s population drain – a loss of around 1,700 people a year – and boost council coffers.

The masterplan is for between 400-500 new homes plus several industrial and commercial units, a pub, restaurant or cafe, community centre, children’s play park and a ‘park and ride’ car park to support the existing IBM Halt Railway station, which is temporarily closed until the site is redeveloped.

Spango Valley Greenock Masterplan
Spango Valley Greenock Masterplan

Download the masterplan, here.

Download the public consultation documents, here.

Information released as part of public consultation states that the project is a “unique opportunity to form an exciting new mixed-use village”.

Documentation continues: “Our vision is to create a new community and high-quality place for around 1,000 people living within approximately 450 homes.

“This sustainable community will benefit from a wide choice of homes with access to employment on-site as well as rail connections to Greenock and Glasgow.

“Local shops and facilities will provide a heart to the community at Spango Valley and will be easily accessible to all.

“Furthermore the environment and landscape will provide exceptional opportunities for leisure, recreation and a range of outdoor activities, either at the coast, Greenock Cut or across Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.”

Employment buildings – around 20,000 square metres – would be next to the former Greenock High School site.

Open space and woodland to the north and south would be kept plus a linear park along the Hole of Spango. All streets would have views to open space and landscape.

A park-and-ride facility would be created at the railway halt. The vehicle access nearest Greenock would be upgraded, including traffic lights.

The land involved stretches from the boundary at the former Greenock High School site to the area of the A78 overbridge. A further section of ex-IBM land beyond there is in separate ownership.

The last IBM staff at Spango Valley moved out in September 2016 and there is no other commercial activity there. It is estimated that the ambitious regeneration project could also create up to 500 jobs.

James Easdale said:

“We believe the proposals have the potential to give a huge boost to Inverclyde, providing quality housing and commercial space that will be attractive to those already in the area as well those looking to relocate here.

“The transport links from Inverclyde to Glasgow, including bus and rail, park and ride, are second to none.

“We expect the build to create around 400 to 500 jobs during construction and when houses start to become occupied, it would provide substantial growth to local businesses and retailers – as well as a great pot of additional council tax for the local authority.

“Recent decades have seen lots of people leaving Inverclyde – we have the ambition of reversing that trend.

“We want to breathe new life into Spango Valley and help the region’s communities to thrive once more.”

The development would also include various road access work, landscaping and nature trails, and take five to six years to complete.

Arranglen have appointed leading design and planning consultants, Barton Willmore, and top building company, Advance Construction, to spearhead the ambitious project.

A pre-planning application has now been submitted to gauge whether the public and the council would support such a development. Part of the process is for consultation events to be held.

People got their first look at the proposals to find out more about the plans at an event in St Andrew’s Church hall, Auchmead Road, on 23 October from 2-8pm and at the same time and place on 30 October 2019.

Formal planning permission would be required at a later date if the idea gets the backing of the public and the council.

The land involved runs to the boundary with the former Greenock High School and takes in the disused ‘blue building’ call centre, which was occupied by IBM until 2016.

Spango Valley is one of a number of sites the Easdale family has purchased in recent years through its Arranglen investment company.

Download the masterplan, here.

Download the public consultation documents, here.

ARB Growth supports Arranglen with the letting of its Commercial Property Portfolio. To learn more, contact us.

Article and images courtesy of Greenock Telegraph and Inverclyde Now and consultation plans courtesy of Barton Willmore.

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  1. […] Another plot in their vast portfolio is the former IBM site at Spango Valley, which they bought in December 2018 for £1.5m and is currently the subject of a major £100m housing, retail and business development. […]

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