Bishopton regeneration

Supporting the community

BAE Systems supports development of local community sports facilities
Community is at the heart of the Dargavel Village development and the wider Bishopton area.
As a company, we are committed to giving something back to the communities in which we operate, and at Bishopton, we recognise the importance of the local community in the future of Dargavel Village.
Since 2005, we have regularly engaged with the local community through the Bishopton Community Liaison Group. The Group provides a direct communications between ourselves, the wider community and church groups, and Ward Councillors. We also publish a monthly bulletin and a quarterly newsletter to keep residents and the wider community up-to-date on the progress of the development.
In 2018, we presented the community with a monument at Dargavel Village to commemorate the historical significance and regeneration of the former Bishopton and Georgetown factories that were operational from 1915 to 2002. Situated in Craigton Park, the circular monument includes a Victorian-era cannon as its centre-piece which was restored at our Glasgow-based shipyard before being installed at the Dargavel Village. The surrounding wall is built from stone reclaimed from the former manor and farm houses that were located on the site prior to the factory.

Sport and recreation

We are supporting the improvement of sport, recreation and play facilities across Bishopton through our support of the Bishopton Community Development Trust. We are committed to donating a total of £300,000 to the Community Development Fund which is managed by the Trust. These payments are phased over the lifetime of the development.
In 2017, we completed the transfer of Holm Park – a nine-acre site – to the Bishopton Community Development Trust after extensive improvements to the recreation ground’s drainage and boundary.
We have also been sponsors of the annual Bishopton Fun Run since 2016, providing support to the event organisers and sponsoring medals given to all participants.
Creating a healthy environment is also a key element of our project. As part of our landscaping work to the area north of the development, we have created woodland paths and wildlife areas, tree planting, and renewing and repairing existing hedgerows as well as creating another viewing point. When complete in late spring 2019, we will have created over 8km of new paths and cycle ways and enabled access to over 200 acres of new public amenity bringing forward early access to areas of the Community Woodland Park and provide valuable links to the wider countryside towards Formakin Estate and Whitemoss Dam.