RACE To Complete ‘Tight Timescale’ £20Million Greenock Regeneration

26 June, 2024 | Local

CONTRACTORS are to be appointed soon to carry out the £20million transformation of Greenock town centre.

The massive regeneration scheme is being funded through the UK Government’s Levelling Up initiative and includes major road and public realm changes and demolition of around 40 per cent of the Oak Mall shopping centre.

The latest update states: “The Greenock Central project will re-establish a vibrant mixed-use town centre created through the restructuring of the Oak Mall Shopping Centre and A8/A78 Trunk Road transport infrastructure re-connecting the central core of the town centre.

“This will create a safer and more attractive town centre retaining Clyde Square and connecting the east and west of the town with a more traditional pattern of streets, squares and quality public realm.”

An indicative drawing showing how the new west entrance to the Oak Mall could look

It continues: “The project is being brought forward by Inverclyde Council, in close partnership with Comer (the owners of the Oak Mall) and Transport Scotland.

“The project is progressing towards the appointment of contractors who will be advancing the delivery of the project.

“The funding award requires all grant funding to be spent by early 2026. The programme has a tight timescale and requires detailed phasing and temporary diversion routes, to be clearly communicated in due course.”

Proposed road changes include redesigning and lowering the A78 flyover to ground level to improve access and create better connections to the town centre, and replacing the Bullring roundabout with a new low-level crossroads with traffic lights.

Council offices at Hector McNeil House (the former Central Library) in Clyde Square are also to be knocked down.

Space is to be created for residential development and a new learning quarter and campus.

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