Three brands relocate to park
Hillington revs up for ‘Motorcycle Cycle village’
Three motor industry brands are moving to Hillington Park, one of Scotland’s largest business estates, as part of a £10 million development.
Rogers, Rees & Robins Motor Group, trading as Ducati Glasgow, will move from Great Western Road and will include the Triumph brand in a purpose-built showroom.
West Coast Harley-Davidson will move from Glasgow’s Charing Cross into a second unit which will become one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in Europe.
Pacific Building, also based at Hillington Park, has secured the £4m contract to build and fit-out the 18,000 sq ft premises which should be ready for occupation early next year.
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 be restrictive to their growth plans. The new dealerships will create 50 jobs.
Martin Rees, managing director of Rogers, Rees & Robins, said: “We identified the need to move to bigger premises in 2012 and have been planning this incredibly exciting prospect since then.
“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.”
Jamie Cumming, commercial director at Patrizia-owned Hillington Park, said the moves were “incredibly exciting”.
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.”
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.
He 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.
Photo: Don Rutherford, Jamie Cumming and Martin Rees (contributed)