12 reasons to celebrate!

Whilst the economy of the Clyde never stops, the festive season is an ideal time to reflect on 2012 and recognise the huge collective progress made every month towards the Clyde’s regeneration.

Around £750 million of new projects were announced during 2012, taking the total amount spent or committed by the public & private sectors in the last decade along the 13 miles of the Clyde from Glasgow Green, via Renfrew to Dumbarton, past the £4 billion mark!

And with dozens of other Clyde Waterfront projects either completing this year or currently under construction, here are some of our good news stories from the last 12 months.

January:  Renfrew Town Hall opens after major refurbishment

Thousands of people turned out in Renfrew for a day of celebration to mark the reopening of Renfrew Town Hall after a £5.2 million refurbishment.

February: Sleek new £70m build for Queen Street

A planning application was approved to redevelop a 1960s office block on Queen Street in Glasgow city centre into a new landmark building.

March: Upgrade for Glasgow Subway

The Scottish Government announced £250 million of funding to upgrade the Glasgow Subway trains and stations, half of which are within the Clyde Waterfront area.

April:  Creative Clyde becomes Enterprise Area

Creative Clyde was confirmed by the Scottish Government as one of Scotland's new Enterprise Areas, offering potential investors business rate discounts or enhanced capital allowances.

May: River open for business

Clyde Clippers re-launched their ferry service (Broomielaw, Pacific Quay, Govan, Braehead) teaming up with City Sightseeing buses to run 4 trips a day right through the summer until October.

June: First birthday for the Riverside Museum

The day after the Olympic torch arrived in Glasgow, it set off again the next morning from the Riverside Museum. Two million people have visited this amazing attraction since June 2011.

July: Fastlink to complete in 2015

SPT announced that some infrastructure for Fastlink, a dedicated bus route between the city centre, SECC and the South Glasgow Hospital would ready for Glasgow 2014, with completion in 2015.

August: Major £200m investment announced at Braehead

Capital Shopping Centres announced that it would invest £200 million (more retail space, new arena and hotel) creating thousands of jobs at Braehead, already Scotland's most popular shopping centre.

September: River City celebrates 10 years

River City, the BBC One soap opera shot at studios in Dumbarton celebrated 10 successful years.

October: Topping out at The Hydro

Construction of The Hydro, one of Clyde Waterfront's biggest current projects, reached a major milestone, with a topping out ceremony to mark the completion of the roof structure.

November: New £90m lab opens at South Glasgow Hospital

The new 7 storey laboratory at the South Glasgow Hospital, which is set to develop lifesaving treatments, technologies and diagnoses to benefit patients across Scotland, was officially opened.

December: Go ahead for £150m energy centre

Glasgow City Council planners gave permission for the Clyde Energy Centre (Peel Environmental) which will turn rubbish into energy to be built close to the King George V Dock in Cardonald.