Renfrewshire North and West MSP and Economy Secretary for the Scottish Government, Derek Mackay, has broken ground on the site of a new building being delivered by Clyde Gateway which is set to become the headquarters of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
Derek Mackay MSP said: “I am delighted that Clyde Gateway has attracted such a high profile organisation to its latest office development.
“The new STUC headquarters is being constructed on a site that had lain vacant and derelict for a number of years and is the latest stage in a truly world-class transformation of the area.
“The various physical improvements are being accompanied by an extensive range of social and economic spin-offs, all of which are ensuring many of the social inequalities which have stymied growth for so long are becoming a thing of the past.”
Grahame Smith, the General Secretary of the STUC said: “Building community power and fighting for economic and social equality is written into the DNA of the STUC. So this is much more than a building for us, it’s an opportunity to be part of something bigger.
“The new building is coming along very nicely and everyone is looking forward to making.” the move here later this year.”
Alison Thewliss MP, Chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “It is highly significant that we have been able to attract such a significant part of civic Scotland to the Clyde Gateway area.
“I want to thank everyone at the STUC for making this commitment to the area.
“I also want to thank Derek Mackay and his colleagues within the Scottish Government for their unstinting support for everything we are seeking to achieve across Clyde Gateway over the past twelve years, and look forward to the continuation of a successful partnership as we make further progress.”
The new STUC offices will offer 6,500 square feet of space, incorporating a significant element of conference and meeting spaces. The £2.1 million costs are being met by Clyde Gateway, with a grant of £730,000 from the Scottish Government.