Three international motor industry brands are moving onto Hillington Park, one of Scotland’s largest business estates, as part of a £10 million commercial development by Park owners Patrizia UK and two of Scotland’s most ambitious motorcycle retailers.
Ducati Glasgow, Triumph Glasgow and West Coast Harley-Davidson will occupy two new, purpose built showroom and service facilities due to open in the early part of 2017.
Specialist commercial construction and fit-out company, Pacific Building, also based at Hillington Park, has secured the £4million contract to build and fit-out the new premises.
It is expected that up to 50 new jobs will be created as a result of the new development. This figure is made up of additional retail and servicing staff joining existing staff those involved in construction stage. Around 100 skilled tradesmen will be employed for the duration of the construction process.
The two highly visible 18,000 sqft facilities will see Rogers, Rees & Robins Motor Group trading as Ducati Glasgow move from their current premises in the city’s Great Western Road and encompass the Triumph brand under one roof in one of the purpose built, state of the art facilities. West Coast Harley-Davidson will move from its North Street site at Glasgow’s Charing Cross and occupy the other. It is anticipated that 20,000 customers will visit the new ‘motorcycle village’ in its first full year of operation.
Both dealerships have experienced significant growth over the last five years and have simultaneously found their city centre stores to now be restrictive to their growth plans. The new dealerships will be built simultaneously in a prime position next to the M8 motorway and at the entrance to Hillington Park.
The showrooms will begin construction from by the end of May 2016 and are expected to be completed by early 2017.
Martin Rees, Managing Director of Rogers, Rees & Robins Ltd, said: “We identified the need to move to bigger premises in 2012 and have been planning this incredibly exciting prospect since then. Hillington Park meets every requirement we had for the next growth phase of our business; a hugely visible, state-of-the-art facility housing two brands in plenty of space with a 50 space car park in one of the busiest shopping areas of Glasgow. We have the added advantage of positioning ourselves next to our colleagues at West Coast Harley-Davidson which will help us create a fantastic attraction for bikers and non bikers alike.”
Don Rutherford, Managing Director of West Coast Harley-Davidson said: “We’ve been looking to expand our operation for some time now so to tie in this exciting development alongside Ducati and Triumph is a fantastic opportunity that will provide Scotland with a real class leading hub for bikers. Once complete our building will be one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in Europe and our team are really excited at the prospect”
Jamie Cumming, Commercial Director of Hillington Park, said: “This is incredibly exciting for Hillington Park. Not only have some of the most iconic brands in the motor industry chosen Hillington Park as the place to expand their businesses but it also sees our planned move into a major development phase on one of central Scotland’s most highly visible and sought after pieces of commercial land now well underway. It is also very pleasing to see that Pacific Building, a growing company based here at Hillington Park, has won the contract to build the new showrooms.”
Brian Gallacher, Managing Director at Pacific Building said: “This is a particularly satisfying project to have secured because it is an all-Hillington Park affair. It will be rewarding to see such a highly visible and sought-after piece of land alongside the M8 transformed into what will be one of the biggest motorbike multi-franchises in the UK.
“It is also great to be working with iconic brands such as Ducati, Triumph and Harley-Davidson, which adds to our already impressive portfolio of clients which includes McDonald’s, Glasgow International Airport, Tesco and Gleneagles Hotel, to name but a few. Our team are hugely experienced and highly motivated, and we can’t wait to put the Pacific mark on this flagship project.”
Part of the funding of the development was provided to Rogers, Rees & Robins Motor Group and West Coast Harley Davidson by Clydesdale Bank in a deal facilitated by Deyrick Smith, Head of Commercial and Small Business for the West of Scotland.
Deyrick Smith, Head of Commercial and Small Business for the West of Scotland at Clydesdale Bank said: “We are proud to support the development of the new showrooms. Ducati, Triumph and West Coast Harley Davidson are three very well-respected brands, and will contribute significantly to the local economy through the jobs they are creating.”
In October last year, Hillington Park became Scotland’s first Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ). This joint scheme – with Glasgow and Renfrewshire Council – simplifies and streamlines planning regulations over a 10 year period allowing construction projects to proceed within weeks if the proposed works fall under the agreed parameters of the scheme. All of the key planning considerations have been dealt up-front.
Hillington Park, which is located to the west of Glasgow and just two miles from Glasgow Airport, covers 419 acres (170 hectares). It is already a base for more than five hundred businesses employing around 8000 people.