Bishopton regeneration

Preparing the land

Bishopton aerial view
Dargavel Village is built on the site of a former explosives factory. We have spent years decontaminating all of the redundant buildings and preparing them for demolition.
During the first three phases of remediation, we cleared and decontaminated 508 acres of former brownfield land. To make this happen, we have a team of experienced environmental specialists who carry out this remediation work – a procedure which we’ve completed safely at other
BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence sites across the UK for more than 20 years.
Before any buildings were demolished, we completed a number of archaeological surveys. The results of these were logged with the West of Scotland Archelogy Service as records of industrial heritage to ensure the site’s history is preserved for the community and future generations.
Throughout the remediation process, we have to ensure that the site’s ecology is managed and protected. This requires constant attention from our team of ecologists to help us prepare new habitats for the many species living on and around the development. Our work is closely regulated and monitored by Scottish Natural Heritage and we value our close working relationship with this national body.
All of our remediated land must meet strict industry standards before any building or development can begin. Each area of land is put through a significant number of rigorous and analytical tests before it is verified by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Environmental Protection Authority (SEPA), and approved for development.
We have four phases of remediation remaining, covering 890 acres, and expect to complete all remediation works by 2035.

Recycle and reuse

Sustainability is an important ingredient of the remediation process, and we ensure that, where possible, materials are recycled back into beneficial reuse. At the start of the redevelopment, we set a target of recycling or reusing over 90% of waste materials generated as a result of the demolition of former factory buildings, earthworks for the new construction and soil treatment processes.
During the first phases of remediation, we successfully recycled 95% of the materials from the demolished buildings. We have incorporated recycled materials throughout the Dargavel Village development including using reclaimed stone to build walls at village squares and the Craigton Park, and we’ve used recycled materials to construct a barn owl tower.
The remaining non-recyclable building waste and soil are either retained on-site at the purpose-built landfill facility or where materials are not suitable, disposed of off-site. This facility will, eventually, be landscaped to form part of the Community Woodland Park.

Keeping everyone safe

Safety is paramount and we are committed to keeping the development safe for the people who live in and around Bishopton, and for the people working and visiting there.
We have established systems and processes in place to ensure all the remediation work we do meets the stringent regulations set by Renfrewshire Council and SEPA, and we continue to work very closely with them to make sure all the required standards are met.
Our commitment applies to everything from protecting air and water quality, to health and safety on site, as well as minimising the potential for disruption to the local community.
In 2019, we were rated ‘excellent’ for care of site appearance, site safety and value of workforce, and ‘exceptional’ in respect of the community and protection of the environment by The Considerate Constructors Scheme. The Scheme monitors the work on-site and measures it against set criteria including care of site appearance, respect for the community, protection of the environment, health and safety and security and valuing the workforce.
We were also awarded ‘Excellent’ status and praised for the high standards maintained on site by SEPA, the country’s main environmental regulator.