Infrastructure is an integral part of the development of Dargavel Village. Since work began, we have continuously invested in the local infrastructure. We’ve improved existing roads and drainage systems, built a new motorway junction, new roads and car park areas, created green community spaces, and built new children’s play areas.
Our vision is to create an aspirational place for people to live and it’s important we have the right infrastructure in place to support a growing community. We've created new shared pathways around the development giving cyclists and pedestrians priority over cars. We've landscaped two village squares, providing the community with open, green spaces, and we've created new children's play areas featuring swings, slides and climbing frames.
Improving connectivity to Bishopton is a huge part of our investment in the local infrastructure. We work closely with local authorities including Renfrewshire Council and Transport Scotland to ensure the right transport infrastructure and links are in place, including building a new M8 motorway junction at Bishopton, increasing the areas connectivity to the wider transport network.
After constructing the main access roads to the north and south of Dargavel Village, we built Craigton Drive – a 1.7km link road connecting the north of the development to the south – creating a 3.5km continuous route through Dargavel Village. The road was opened in 2016, after almost a year of construction.
Other improvements include the creation of a 150 space park-and-ride car park area near to Bishopton train station; the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting; the resurfacing of nearby roads, and the creation of more accessible, user-friendly routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Work on a retail park at the centre of the Village, near Bishopton train station, completed in summer 2019, and features a Sainsbury's supermarket and five additional retail units.
In 2020, we will start building the new primary school within Dargavel Village. The school is due to open its doors in summer 2021, providing places for around 440 pupils.
Other facilities we will be investing in include a new health centre, further parks and play areas, and additional car parking.
Increasing Bishopton’s connectivity
In December 2019, we completed work on one of the development’s main infrastructure projects - a new junction of the M8 motorway - which opened three months ahead of schedule.
The junction joins the intersection of Greenock Road (A8) and the M8, providing direct access eastbound towards Glasgow, as well as a direct exit from the motorway westbound. It connects Bishopton and surrounding areas to Scotland’s busiest motorway, giving residents of Dargavel and Bishopton villages greatly improved transport links to Glasgow and beyond.
Construction of the new junction began in January 2017 and took less than three years to build. It was undertaken in three stages, including a period of consolidation to allow the underlying ground to settle and compact.
The work was undertaken by UK-baesd civil engineering company Morgan Sindall Infrastructure on behalf of BAE Systems. More than 50 companies were involved in the design and build, of which 40 per cent were Scotland-based companies.