When complete in 2034, it will be home to 4,000 new houses, a business park, new primary school, community centre, retail and commercial units, leisure facilities and a Community Woodland Park.
Since the former factory ceased operations in 2008, we have been working closely with Renfrewshire Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage to transform the 2,400-acre site into a thriving community.
Dargavel Village gets its name from Dargavel House, a Grade B listed ’Tower House’ building situated within the grounds of the complex and dating back to 1514.
After three years of land remediation, construction began on the site in January 2013. Now six years into the transformation, over 1,000 households are enjoying the benefits of the development, including its close proximity to the superb transport networks and open countryside.
In the past six years, we have completed the major enabling infrastructure; created landscaped village squares and children’s play areas; increased parking facilities with the opening of a new park-and-ride car park at Bishopton train station, and we’ve started work on a new motorway junction that will increase Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider network.
Our vision for Dargavel Village is to create an aspirational place for people to live and work, and in 2018, it was judged to be a winner in the ‘place’ category of the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning and a winner of the ‘Excellence in Planning for Homes – Large Schemes’ category at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.
In 2019, we will see the completion of further supporting infrastructure, the opening of the first phase of the retail park in the village centre, along with new footpaths and recreational areas as we open up areas of the Community Woodland Park to the public.
Dargavel Village in numbers:
- We have successfully decontaminated 329 former explosives buildings
- We have demolished 553 buildings with 95% of the materials being recycled
- We have prepared 508 acres of former brownfield land - equal to 284 standard football pitches - for development
- We used 20,000m3 of recycled crushed concrete and brick to build Craigton Drive
- We have eight ecologically protected species that have dedicated ecological management plans
- We have realigned 2km of surface water courses
- We have built over 4.6km of roads
- We have built two foul water pumping stations and 4.2km of associated rising mains to serve the development
- We have built two bridges as part of the development; a 47m span bridge over the electrified railway and a 14m span bridge over the Craigton Burn
- We have opened up 200 acres of public open space and 8km of new paths and cycle ways
- We have planted more than 25,000 trees around Dargavel Village