Construction of a new
upmarket Waitrose store in Milngavie has started this week on land that used to be owned by West rugby club.
The supermarket, being built next to the Burnbrae roundabout, was granted planning permission in 2013 subject to certain conditions which included a financial contribution towards the A81 route corridor strategy.
Roundabout improvements and upgrades to the A81 will help to manage traffic flows while providing pedestrians with safe crossings and improved pavements.
West, who backed the plan, will get a new state of the art artificial all-weather pitch out of the deal, which will also bring 180 jobs to the area.
Martin Gorman, senior development surveyor for Waitrose in Scotland, David Donkin of Town Centre Securities, Paul Happell, project manager for Barr Construction, and Gordon Cairns, vice president of West of Scotland Football Club were on site on Monday to mark the start of building work wearing hard hats, rugby tops and high visibility jackets and held a banner stating “Waitrose coming here soon”.
West’s new pitch is being built on an area that is currently unused.
David Donkin said: “I’m sure that many local people who are looking forward to shopping in the new Waitrose will be delighted to hear that we’re finally starting on site.”
Martin Gorman said: “We’re looking forward to bringing Waitrose to Milngavie and to building close links with local businesses and local people.
“We want to ensure that by the time we open our doors to customers we’re a firm member of the Milngavie community.”
Neil McCallum, president of West of Scotland Football Club, said: “The club has been in negotiations for some time to agree this deal and we are pleased to be able to secure the long term future of West at Burnbrae. We see this as a springboard to further success both on and off the pitch.”
Paul Happell, project manager at Barr Construction, said: “Barr has an extensive track record of creating high quality facilities for retailers and we’re looking forward to commencing this latest partnership with Waitrose.”
The new Waitrose store will be open to customers in the spring of 2015.