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Yachting Life February 2011

A Floating 'First' for Glasgow

Glasgow is set to become home to the world's first floating leisure village.

In a decision announced by Scottish Enterprise and after a tightly fought tendering process, Floating Concepts Limited, based near Manchester, has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop the former Canting Basin docks a mile from Glasgow city centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The £30 million pioneering proposals, designed by Glasgow based ZM Architecture and specialist water based architects Baca Limited of London, could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof top concert arena.

"All great coast cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks," said David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concepts.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise, said; "The proposed floating leisure village has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.  It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water."

"Scottish Enterprises vision for the Canting Basin is a break-through in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field' sites," said David Beard, who is also co-owner of Liverpool Marina. "Floating structures can be applied successfully to many areas, including those at risk of flooding or subject to major tidal ranges as we are here on the River Clyde."

The Canting Basin covers five hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

The plans for a green, car free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public.  There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat.

To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool' boats which residents will be able to book on line.

Building could start in the second quarter of 2012 and it is expected to take around three years to complete and will be built in up to three phases.

It is a key development project under the wider Clyde Waterfront project which has invested more than £2 billion to date to transform the Clyde into a river of opportunity for investors, businesses and communities alike.

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LIVERPOOL DAILY POST. Wednesday 26th January 2011

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CHESHIRE-BASED Floating Concepts has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop a £30m floating leisure village in Glasgow.

The firm's chief executive, David Beard, is also co-owner of Liverpool Marina and, along with the Marina's operations director Dave Murray, has a 20% stake in the Liverpool Boat Show.

The Glasgow plans are to develop the former Canting Basin docks on the south side of the River Clyde. It could create up to 450 jobs and transform the basin into a floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

Building could start in the second quarter of 2012.

 

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WILMSLOW EXPRESS. Thu 20th January 2011

"Plain Sailing for firm after landing a £30m contract"

A business that specialises in building eco-friendly property on water will create a £30m floating community in Glasgow.

Floating Concepts Ltd, based on Water Lane, Wilmslow, has been chosen by Scottish Enterprise to develop the Canting Basin - the firm's first big contract.

David Beard, chief executive, founded the company four years ago with an aim to build eco-efficient structures on water.

"I've done a lot of travelling lately, round Europe to Holland, Scandinavia, and researched similar projects.

"But no one else is doing anything quite like this - a mixed development, floating and sustainable.

"It's very exciting for us - a lot of regneration over the last few years has been on quaysides - but this is taking it a stage further; onto the water itself.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

Oriignally an on-land property developer, David, who has lived in the Wilmslow area for 30 years, is also working on projects at Salford Quays and in Liverpool.

But he and his team of four are yet to come up with any ideas for the River Bollin.

"We are working in a project in Cheshire but it's top secret at the moment," added David, a father of five who lives on Kings Road, Wilmslow.

Designed by Glasgow-based architects ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London, the site will create 450 jobs and transform the basin into a floating community with shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottrish Enterprise, said: "It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years."

David and his team envisage a new canal with a floating roadway leading to office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

There are plans for a green, car-free base with recycling collected by barge.

To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool' boats which residents will be able to book online.  

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WILMSLOW.CO.UK. Weds 19th January 2011

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"Floating Concepts to develop world's first floating leisure village"

Wilmslow based Floating Concepts Ltd has been chosen by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred bidder to develop the world's first floating leisure village in Glasgow.

The £30 million pioneering proposals from Floating Concepts, designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London, could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin docks, a mile from Glasgow city-centre, into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

"All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks," said David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: "The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde's Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented."

Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible.

The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow's Pacific Quay. Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

Moored in front of 'The Hub' digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq.ft, by leading designers of floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an 'off-the-peg' basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.

Building could start in the second quarter of 2012 and it is expected to take around 3 years to complete and will be built in up to 3 phases.

Floating Concepts are property developers on water, rather than land. They specialise in providing floating solutions for the development of water space which are tailored to suit the location and have a policy of remitting 5% of the profit it makes from any scheme back to the local community.

Floating Concepts is the brainchild of its chief executive, David Beard, a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in property development, including offices, out-of-town retail and residential development. He was part of the syndicate of investors who lead the early regeneration of Liverpool South Docks with the development of over 100 waterfront properties and the 450 berth, Liverpool Marina Bar and Grill.

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THE MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Weds 19th January 2011

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"Floating Concepts' aquatic village gets go ahead"

A Wilmslow company has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop what is said to be the world's first floating leisure village.

The £30m Canting Basin project on the River Clyde in Glasgow is expected to create up to 450 jobs when complete, by transforming the area into a floating community with homes, shops, restaurants, a marina and a rooftop concert arena.

Floating Concepts has been selected from 17 bidders to develop three hectares of former docklands a mile from Glasgow city centre.

The company's chief executive is David Beard, a property developer who led the regeneration of Liverpool South Docks, and is also exploring the potential for developments similar to Glasgow in Salford Quays.

He said: All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks. The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and business.

"The vision for Canting Basin is a break through in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field' sites."

Floating Concepts was founded four years ago and has six staff. Its plans for Canting include creating a new canal with a floating roadway serving office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

Under the proposals, residents and businesses would be able to order their buildings ‘off-the-peg', or request a bespoke design-and-build service.

Units would be sold with access to a ‘pool' of boats to encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, which residents will be able to book online.

Mr Beard said: "If the people and business community of Glasgow want this to happen and get behind us, it can be delivered, despite current market conditions.

"They need to ‘will it' to happen. We are offering a private sector inward investment initiative to offer a completely new way of living, working and enjoying leisure time, and one which we are currently negotiating to emulate at several blue-field sites across the country."

Floating Concepts will hold talks with Glasgow city council with a view to submitting a planning application in the near future. Building could start in the second quarter of 2012 and would take around three years to complete.

Allan McQuade, a director at economic development agency Scottish Enterprise, which is behind the scheme ,said: "The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts for the Clyde's Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented."

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DUAL DOCKER. Weds 19th January 2011

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"Glasgow, Canting Basin".

Developer Floating Concepts has been chosen to develop the former Canting Basin at Pacific Quay, a mile from Glasgow city-centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The marina will be built to the industry’s latest standards and include, for the first time in the UK, the innovative ‘DualDocker’ berthing system which simplifies the hazardous berthing process and makes mooring lines obsolete.

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THE INDEPENDENT. Weds 19th January 2011

"Weekly design dictionary"

Floating village - UK based property developer Floating Concepts has been chosen to develop a floating leisure village in an area of the Clyde River in Scotland.

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SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE MEDIA. Mon 17th Jan 2011.

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"Glasgow to build world's first floating leisure village"

Glasgow is set to become home to the world's first floating leisure village, in a decision announced by Scottish Enterprise today. In a tightly fought tendering process, Floating Concepts Limited, based near Manchester, has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop the former Canting Basin docks a mile from Glasgow city-centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The £30 million pioneering proposals from Floating Concepts, designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London, could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

"All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks," said David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: "The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde's Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented."

"In addition to the anticipated jobs boost it will bring to Glasgow," continued McQuade, "the development will become a thriving community for local residents and businesses and will directly support the growing creative industry cluster on the Clyde."

"Scottish Enterprises' vision for Canting Basin is a break-through in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field' sites," said Beard, who is also coowner of Liverpool Marina. "Floating structures can be applied successfully to many areas, including those at risk of flooding or subject to major tidal ranges as we are here on the River Clyde."

Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible. The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow's Pacific Quay. Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings. Moored in front of ‘The Hub' digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq.ft, by leading designers of flo ating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an ‘off-the-peg' basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.

"Pacific Quay is a key location for Glasgow and the west of Scotland having already generated significant development and employment," says Phil Reid, a Glasgow-based office and business space specialist. "This exciting and potentially world class project around the Canting Basin will bring innovative and desirable accommodation giving further momentum to this part of the river and major benefits for the city."

The plans for a green, car-free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public. There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat.

To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool' boats which residents will be able to book on line.

"The development will benefit from the existing footfall generated by the Glasgow Science Museum and Imax cinema and will reinforce and expand the existing leisure and recreational offer there," believes Beard. "The floating village will also provide an important link between the Media Quarter, home to BBC Scotland and Scottish Television and spark interest and boost land values for the regeneration of the Govan Docks to the west."

"So far, most of the new developments at Pacific Quay have been state dependent. If the people and business community of Glasgow want this to happen and get behind us, it can be delivered, despite current market conditions. They need to ‘will it' to happen. We are offering a private sector inward investment initiative to offer a completely new way of living, working and enjoying leisure time," said Beard, "and one which we are currently negotiating to emulate at several blue-field sites across the country."

Notes to Editors:

Scottish Enterprise invited expressions of interest from developers in June 2009, followed by an invitation to submit detailed proposals in November 2009. Final submissions were made by the end of March 2010.

  • Building could start in the second quarter of 2012.
  • It is expected to take around 3 years to complete and will be built in up to 3 phases.
  • The Canting Basin development offers a significant opportunity for economic benefit. At present the Canting Basin is largely vacant water with only limited active use. The area around the Canting Basin has been transformed by the creation of a Digital Media Quarter.
  • It is a key development project under the wider Clyde Waterfront project which has invested more than £2billion to date to transform the Clyde into a river of opportunity for investors, businesses and communities alike. www.clydewaterfront.co.uk
  • Floating Concepts are property developers on water, rather than land. They specialise in providing floating solutions for the development of water space which are tailored to suit the location.
  • FCL also has a policy of remitting 5% of the profit it makes from any scheme back to the local community.
  • FCL attaches tremendous importance to public consultation and social inclusion. This means that FCL employs local consultants and contractors wherever possible.
  • Rather than design private, gated floating communities, FCL believes in maximising access for the general public, whilst at the same time, through intelligent design, not compromising security for the occupants or berth holders in any way.
  • Floating Concepts is the brainchild of its chief executive, David Beard, a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in property development in the UK, including industrial; offices; out-of-town retail and residential development. He was part of the syndicate of investors who lead the early regeneration of Liverpool South Docks with the development of over 100 waterfront properties and the 450 berth, Liverpool Marina Bar and Grill, now owned by Harbourside Marina plc, which he controls. He and his Operations Director at Liverpool have also recently taken a 20% stake in the Liverpool Boat Show and have joined the Board of Marine Industry Events which is promoting it.

 

For more information contact:

Aileen Hotchkiss

Scottish Enterprise

t:0141 228 2848

m:07795121565

e: aileen.hotchkiss@scotent.co.uk  

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland's globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.

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YACHTING WORLD. Fri 14th January 2011

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"New floating marina set for Scotland"

Glasgow is set to become home to the world’s first floating village with state-of-the-art 230 berth marina.

Glasgow is set to become home to the world's first floating leisure village, in a decision announced by Scottish Enterprise today. Developer, Floating Concepts Limited, has been chosen to develop the former Canting Basin at Pacific Quay, a mile from Glasgow city-centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The £30 million pioneering proposals, designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and Baca of London, could transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising a marina, shops, offices, houses, restaurants and a roof- top concert arena.

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director at Scottish Enterprise, said: "The floating leisure village proposed...for the Clyde's Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.  It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water."

The Canting Basin covers five hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow's Pacific Quay.  Cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology would be used to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway serving approximately 30 residential units. These would be a mixture of town houses and apartments, designed to offer a spread of sizes across a range of prices.

The centre piece to the proposed development is a high specification marina which will have a maximum of 80 berths which will be offered for sale to boat owners on the basis of a 50 year lease.  Ownership, management and control of the marina will vested in the berth holders themselves. The marina will be built to the industry's latest standards and include, for the first time in the UK, the innovative 'DualDocker' berthing system which simplifies the berthing process and makes mooring lines obsolete. The members own shore based facilities will be incorporated discreetly into a new public yacht club, leisure, restaurant and function facility idea, which Floating Concepts are planning to introduce.

There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat. Plus, to encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of 'pool' boats which residents will be able to book on line.

In front of 'The Hub' digital media centre, are plans for  approximately 24,000 sqft of small office units, aimed at the Sipps market, as well as 10-12,000sqft of individual live/work contemporary floating structures in units, which will be offered on an off-the-peg or bespoke design basis.

Construction could start on site in 2012 and is expected to take around three years and be completed in up to three phases.

"All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow will be able to join those ranks," explained David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts. "The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major tourism destination quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a thriving centre for local people and businesses."

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NAUTIC WEB NEWS. Fri 14th January 2011

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"Scotland - new floating marina"

Glasgow is set to become home to the world’s first floating village with state-of-the-art 230 berth marina.

Developer, Floating Concepts Limited, has been chosen to develop the former Canting Basin at Pacific Quay, a mile from Glasgow city-centre on the south side of the River Clyde.

The £30 million pioneering proposals, designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and Baca of London, could transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising a marina, shops, offices, houses, restaurants and a roof- top concert arena.

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The floating leisure village proposed…for the Clyde’s Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.  It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water.”

The Canting Basin covers five hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.  Cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology would be used to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway serving approximately 30 residential units. These would be a mixture of town houses and apartments, designed to offer a spread of sizes across a range of prices.

The centre piece to the proposed development is a high specification marina which will have a maximum of 80 berths which will be offered for sale to boat owners on the basis of a 50 year lease.  Ownership, management and control of the marina will vested in the berth holders themselves.  The marina will be built to the industry’s latest standards and include, for the first time in the UK, the innovative ‘DualDocker’ berthing system which simplifies the hazardous berthing process and makes mooring lines obsolete. The members own shore based facilities will be incorporated discreetly into a new public yacht club, leisure, restaurant and function facility idea which Floating Concepts are planning to introduce.

There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat. Plus, to encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool’ boats which residents will be able to book on line.

In front of ‘The Hub’ digital media centre, are plans for  approximately 24,000 sqft of small office units, aimed at the Sipps market, as well as 10-12,000sqft of individual live/work contemporary floating structures in units, which will be offered on an off-the-peg or bespoke design basis.

Construction could start on site in 2012 and is expected to take around 3 years and be completed in up to 3 phases.

“All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow will be able to join those ranks,” explained David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts. “The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major tourism destination quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a thriving centre for local people and businesses.”

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FREE OFFICE SEARCH. Fri 14th January 2011

The organisation said British firm Floating Concepts has been hired to transform the Canting Basin docks area into a "floating leisure village", which will include offices, shops and residential properties.

Designed by ZM Architecture and specialist architects Baca Limited, the £30 million development is expected to create up to 450 jobs and provide a prime waterfront destination for Scotland's largest city.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world," said Floating Concepts chief executive David Beard.

According to the proposals, firms seeking office space in Glasgow at the site will be able to choose from units ranging in size from 1,000 sq ft to 3,500 sq ft.

Floating Concepts intends to submit an outline planning application to Glasgow City Council as soon as possible.

The Canting Basin is located on the south side of the River Clyde and covers five hectares of water next to Pacific Quay, where the new BBC Scotland headquarters opened in 2007.

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WORLD INTERIOR DESIGN NETWORK. Fri 14th January 2011

"Glasgow to house world's first floating leisure village"

UK-based specialist property development company Floating Concepts will develop a floating, mixed-use development in Glasgow, which is said to be the world's first floating leisure village.

Floating Concepts has been selected by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred bidder for the proposed £30 million ($47.5 million) floating development at the Canting Basin, on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow . The mixed-use scheme, encompassing residential accommodation, leisure and retail facilities and a range of offices, will be designed by specialist water-based London architects Baca ltd. and Glasgow-based ZM Architecture.

According to the proposal the Canting Basin will be transformed into a floating community of shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three-storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

Moored in front of ‘The Hub’ digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 square feet by leading designers of floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an ‘off-the-peg’ basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.

The plans for a green, car-free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public. There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat. In order to encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool’ boats which residents will be able to book online.

The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay. The speculative, floating development for the Canting Basin site has yet to be granted outline planning permission and construction will only commence once private funding is made available. Construction work could start in early summer 2012 and three phase development is expected to take three years.

Fusing local and international design talent, ‘Floating Concepts' envisage that the floating basin community will become a visitor's destination in its own right.

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SCOTLAND FOOD AND DRINK. Thu 13th January 2011

"Floating Leisure Village a World First for Glasgow"

Scottish Enterprise has announced that Glasgow will become home to the world’s first floating leisure village.

Preferred bidder Floating Concepts Limited will develop the former Canting Basin on the south of the River Clyde, just a mile form Glasgow city-centre.

The £30 million proposal from Floating Concepts has been designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London. Up to 450 jobs could be created as the Canting Basin is transformed into a floating community of shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks,” said David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts.

“The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses.”

Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde’s Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented.” “In addition to the anticipated jobs boost it will bring to Glasgow,” continued McQuade, “the development will become a thriving community for local residents and businesses and will directly support the growing creative industry cluster on the Clyde.”

Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible. The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

Moored in front of ‘The Hub’ digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq.ft, by leading designers of floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an ‘off-the-peg’ basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.

The plans for a green, car-free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public. There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat.

To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool’ boats which residents will be able to book online.

“The development will benefit from the existing footfall generated by the Glasgow Science Museum and Imax cinema and will reinforce and expand the existing leisure and recreational offer there,” said Beard.

“The floating village will also provide an important link between the Media Quarter, home to BBC Scotland and Scottish Television and spark interest and boost land values for the regeneration of the Govan Docks to the west.”

“So far, most of the new developments at Pacific Quay have been state dependent. If the people and business community of Glasgow want this to happen and get behind us, it can be delivered, despite current market conditions. They need to ‘will it’ to happen. We are offering a private sector inward investment initiative to offer a completely new way of living, working and enjoying leisure time,” said Beard, “and one which we are currently negotiating to emulate at several blue-field sites across the country.” Preferred bidder Floating Concepts Limited will develop the former Canting Basin on the south of the River Clyde, just a mile form Glasgow city-centre.

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BULDING DESIGN MAGAZINE. Thu 13th January 2011

"Architects chosen for Glasgow 'floating village'"

London architect Baca and Glasgow-based ZM Architecture have been chosen to develop designs for a £30 million floating village in Glasgow.

The pair, who are part of a team called Floating Concepts, have come up with plans to transform the 5ha Canting Basin – part of Prince’s Dock at the back of the city’s Science Centre – into a floating community with shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena, centred around a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway.

David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concepts, said: “The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses.”

Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible.

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OFFICES.ORG.UK. Thu 13th January 2011

"Floating offices for Glasgow"

A floating, mixed use development in Glasgow is a step nearer reality after a preferred bidder has been selected for the proposed scheme.

Wilmslow, Cheshire based Floating Concepts is a specialist property development company focusing on water based rather than land based developments. It has been selected by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred bidder for the proposed £30m floating development at the Canting Basin, on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow (pictured). The mixed-use scheme will incorporate residential accommodation, leisure and retail facilities and a range of offices. A u-shaped floating road would be built at Canting Basin, which is part of Prince’s Dock at the back of the Glasgow Science Centre.

The ambitious project, set in 5 hectares of water, would include the construction of offices amounting to 24,000 sq ft of floor space. To be located in front of the existing Hub office development, the proposed office units would be relatively small, ranging in size from floor plates of 600 sq ft to 800 sq ft. Larger structures ranging in size from 10,000 – 12,000 sq ft would be split into units offering floor plates of 1,000 – 3,500 sq ft. The Hub is a new-build scheme at Pacific Quay offering flexible office suites ranging in size from 130 – 16,000 sq ft. The serviced offices are popular with design and digital media industry and the offices are currently running at a 50% occupancy rate.

The speculative, floating development for the Canting Basin site has yet to be granted outline planning permission and construction will only commence once private funding is made available. Construction work could start in early summer 2012 and 3 phase development is expected to take 3 years. Architects for the scheme are Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and water development specialists Baca of London.

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B2B MORTGAGE. Thu 13th January 2011

"Floating Leisure Village Planned in Glasgow"

A floating commercial development site is planned for the city of Glasgow.

Glasgow is set to feature the world's first floating leisure village, with Floating Concepts planning to make property investment in a river-based commercial development.

The Canting Basin docks site is situated around a mile from Glasgow city centre, with the new buyers planning to invest £30 million on proposals that will create shops, offices, houses and an arena.

David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concept, said: "The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

Mr Beard also asserted that all great coastal cities own a prime waterfront location and now Glasgow can be included in the category.

Meanwhile, British Land has confirmed an agreement to purchase and renovate London's Marble Arch House property.

Under the contract, the company will pay £18 million for the site.

Posted by Hadji Singh

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SCOTTISH TELEVISION INTERVIEW. Weds 12th January 2011

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GLASGOW EVENING NEWS. Weds 12th January 2011

"Firm floats £30m water village plan"

The world's first man-made floating leisure village is to be built in Glasgow.

A marina, shops, a hotel and roof-top concert arena will spring up on the canting basin, the area where vessels turn around, at Prince's Dock.

It follows Scottish Enterprise awarding a contract for the development to Floating Concepts.

The company unveiled artist's impressions of the finished site, which will also house studio flats and townhouses with private moorings.

There will also be "pool" boats for offices to encourage employees to use the river for getting to and from work and for recreational activities.

Floating Concepts is expected to begin talks with Glasgow City Council before submitting an outline planning application for the £30million proposal and hopes to begin work in the middle of next year.

The regeneration project, on five hectares of water bordering the Science Centre and Imax cinema on the South Side of the river, is expected to take up to three years to complete.

David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concepts, said: "Despite having one of the most impressive river frontages in the UK, Glasgow does not have a prime waterfront destination.

"Our development will change this, enabling Glasgow to join the ranks of the great coastal cities of the world.

"Our development of the canting basin will give the people of Glasgow an opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of coming into close contact with the water and will become a quality centre for eating, drinking, shopping, entertaining and meeting friends, in a contemporary marine environment.

"The floating village will also provide an important link between the Media Quarter, home to BBC Scotland and Scottish Television and spark interest and boost land values for the regeneration of the Govan Docks to the west."

Scottish Enterprise first put the canting basin development, on the area where ships used to turn, out for tender in June 2009 with a vision of creating a "lively active waterspace that is both a draw for tourists and a positive amenity for its businesses and residents".

Floating Concepts, which specialises in property developments on water, plans to create a new canal with a floating street which will be home to two and three-storey office buildings, studio flats and townhouses.

There will also be shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80-berth marina with 150 berths for residents and visitors.

Mr Beard, who was part of a syndicate of investors who led the early regeneration of Liverpool South Docks, said the Scottish Enterprise plan was a "breakthrough in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field' sites".

Up to 450 jobs will be created by the attraction, which has been designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London.

Designers who have previously created floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia are expected to be recruited to help with the building.

Mr Beard said: "The very iconic structure of a floating village will turn the canting basin into a major tourism attraction unmatched anywhere else in the world, as well as being a thriving centre for local people and businesses."

Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise, said: "The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde's canting basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

"It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is implemented.

"In addition to the anticipated jobs boost it will bring to Glasgow, the development will become a thriving community for local residents and businesses and will directly support the growing creative industry cluster on the Clyde."

 Big ideas to brighten city

  • An attempt was made in 2002 to boost Glasgow's cafe culture by building a glazed pavilion on John Street in the Merchant City. Although planning permission was granted, the structure was never built.
  • In 2008 city businessman James Mortimer suggested glazing in Buchanan Street to protect shoppers from the rain in an Italian-style covered "galleria" of shops. So far, nothing has happened.
  • Also in 2008, we reported on a scheme to light up Glasgow with giant solar lily pads on the River Clyde. It was thought the floating discs could harness enough power from the sun to boost the city's electricity grid. So far this plan has not been put in place.
  • Two years ago in January 2009 it was suggested that a fleet of modern catamarans could be used to shuttle commuters up and down the Clyde. Although a feasibility study into providing waterbus-style ferries on the river showed a "core demand" for such a service, no more has been heard of this plan.

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BBC NEWS. Weds 12th January 2011

"Floating village plan unveiled for River Clyde"

Plans have been unveiled for a £30m floating leisure village on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Under the proposal, a u-shaped floating road would be built at Canting Basin, which is part of Prince's Dock at the back of the city's Science Centre.

This would lead to a mix of office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.

If planning permission is granted and private funding can be found the complex could be in place by 2015.

The company Floating Concepts has been selected by economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, as the preferred bidder to take the project forward.

Its proposal was designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London.

The firm claims that up to 450 jobs could be created in transforming Canting Basin into a "spectacular floating community" with "shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena".

Floating Concepts chief executive, David Beard, said: "All great coastal cities have a prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks.

"The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses."

The firm will now approach Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application.

If this is granted, and private finance for the deal can be found, work could start by the summer of 2012, with completion in two to three years.

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HERALD SCOTLAND. Weds 12th January 2011

"A touch of Dubai glamour for Clyde"

It promises to bring a touch of glamour to the heart of Scotland's biggest city and transform its waterfront into an international tourist destination.

The world's first man-made floating leisure village is to be built in Glasgow as part of a £30 million development housing a marina, shops, restaurants and roof-top concert arena.

The canting basin in Govan, the area of Prince's Dock where ships used to turn, will be turned into what some see as the city's answer to the Palm in Dubai, which offers a one-of-a-kind tourist spot on a purpose-built island.

Residents in new studio flats and townhouses will be able to dock their boats at private moorings and "pool" boats will be offered for offices to encourage employees to use the river for getting to and from work and for recreational activities.

Floating Concepts, which is behind the proposals, yesterday unveiled artists' impressions of the finished site after being given the go-ahead by Scottish Enterprise some 18 months after the development first went out to tender.

David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concepts, said: "Despite having one of the most impressive river frontages in the UK, Glasgow does not have a prime waterfront destination. Our development will change this, enabling Glasgow to join the ranks of the great coastal cities of the world.

"The very iconic structure of a floating village will turn the canting basin into a major tourism attraction unmatched anywhere else in the world, as well as being a thriving centre for local people and businesses."

Scottish Enterprise first put the development, which covers five hectares of water, out for tender in June 2009 with a vision of creating a "lively active waterspace that is both a draw for tourists and a positive amenity for its businesses and residents".

Floating Concepts, which specialise in property developments on water, plans to create a new canal with a floating street that will be home to two and three-storey office buildings, studio flats and townhouses. There will also be shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80-berth marina with a further 150 berths for residents and visitors.

Up to 450 jobs will be created by the attraction, which borders the Science Centre and Imax cinema on the south side of the River Clyde and has been designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London.

Mr Beard, who was part of a syndicate of investors who led the early regeneration of Liverpool South Docks, said: "Our development of the canting basin will give the people of Glasgow an opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of coming into close contact with the water and will become a quality centre for eating, drinking, shopping, entertaining and meeting friends, in a contemporary marine environment.

"The development will benefit from the existing footfall generated by the Glasgow Science Museum and Imax cinema and will reinforce and expand the existing leisure and recreational offer there.

"The floating village will also provide an important link between the Media Quarter, home to BBC Scotland and STV and spark interest and boost land values for the regeneration of the Govan Docks to the west."

Floating Concepts, which gives 5% of profits it makes from any projects to the local community, is expected to begin talks with Glasgow City Council before it submits an outline planning application for the proposals.

Designers who have previously created floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia are expected to be recruited to help with the building and the developers hope to be able to begin work in the middle of next year. The regeneration is expected to take up to three years to complete.

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