After almost 12 months of construction, the opening of the 1.45km road is a key milestone in the ongoing transformation of the former Royal Ordnance Factory site by BAE Systems into a thriving village centred around open, community spaces.
Commenting on the opening of Craigton Drive, Derek Mackay MSP, said: “This is the latest milestone in this important and exciting project. Having been here for the start of the works, almost a year ago, it is great to come back and see the new road open. It will significantly improve Bishopton’s transport links, and the benefits of the overall development to the local community and economy are important for the area’s continuing regeneration.”
Councillor Mike Holmes added: “Dargavel Village is an important development for Bishopton, bringing much needed new housing alongside new and improved infrastructure and community facilities. Today’s opening of the new road not only gives residents a new route through the development, it also improves connection to the wider Bishopton community.”
Jon Gettinby, Bishopton Programme Manager, BAE Systems Shared Services said: “The construction of the link road has been a key focus for the team and our contractors over the past year. The opening of the road marks an important milestone in the ongoing development of Dargavel Village, connecting residents in the north and south of the development. It will also provide them with a direct route through the site which will help to alleviate traffic from the Bishopton village.”
The road has been constructed by locally-based Raynesway Construction Limited. Over 320 workers were involved in the road’s construction with almost a third (29%) living in Renfrewshire, supporting BAE Systems’ commitment to working with local suppliers and contractors.
As part of the site’s remediation and construction process, BAE Systems aims to recycle and reuse materials where possible. Twenty thousand cubic metres of recycled crushed concrete and brick were used to construct the new road, and the finishing touches were added using 7,700 tonnes of tarmac and 175 litres of paint.
BAE Systems has also installed 26 ‘wildlife kerbs’ along the length of the road. These specially designed, animal-friendly kerbs allows wildlife, such as frogs, toads and small mammals, to navigate around the gullies without compromising on the road’s drainage.
Five hundred and ten homes are now occupied on Dargavel Village development and construction continues on the next phase of housing. Upon completion, the Dargavel Village development will comprise of a range of housing, community and development facilities, improved road and motorway linkage and public open space around the existing village of Bishopton.