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Georgian Building for Riverside Inverclyde in Scotland: Architecture Conservation

14 Nov 2017

Greenock Custom House Official Opening

Official Opening of Greenock’s 200 year old Custom House marks also the 10 year anniversary of Riverside Inverclyde’s successful regeneration efforts.

Riverside Inverclyde, the organisation charged with the economic regeneration of Inverclyde, celebrated not only the completion of the refurbishment of Greenock’s Custom House, but also its 10 year anniversary at a ceremony held at the lovingly restored, 200-year old Georgian Custom House on Friday November 3.

Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde, who formally re-opened the building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, said: “The upgrading of this building, ably delivered by the team at Riverside Inverclyde, has helped to preserve this landmark for the current and future generations.”

Also present was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark, Fiona Maguire, Chief Executive of Riverside Inverclyde and project architect, Tom Connelly of Elder & Cannon.

Restoration of the Custom House has been a six year, £6 million project for Riverside Inverclyde. And while the Custom House is the jewel in the crown, the organisation has been the driving force behind much of the Inverclyde’s recent renaissance, including the Riverside Business Park, which employs 600 staff, the creation of James Watt Dock Marina and water-and-wind-proofing of the Sugar Warehouse, designed by Walter R Kinipple, and completed in 1886.

Ms Maguire, said: “It has been a stellar decade of achievements for Riverside Inverclyde, almost too many to list. Being able to cap the 10 years with the completion of this iconic piece of Greenock history is magnificent.

“We are not resting on our laurels, though; we have a number of projects currently in the pipeline, including Baker Street, a dedicated Food and Drink Incubator Hub in Greenock, and the development of a new spur road into Port Glasgow Town Centre.”

Over the past decade, the organisation has obtained more than £73million direct investment in Inverclyde, from a variety of sources. These include modern business centres in Gourock (Municipal Buildings), Greenock (Victoria House), and Port Glasgow (Scarlow House).

In addition to developments and restorations, Riverside Inverclyde has setup networks of local construction companies and community hubs, such as the Local Construction Forum, the Regeneration Forums as well as delivery of the Community Benefits Programme, which provides the benchmark to maximise opportunities for local people.

26 Oct 2017

PG Paper announces two year lease extension at Greenock’s Custom House

PG Paper announces two year lease extension at Greenock’s Custom House

Following a period of negotiation between landlord Riverside Inverclyde (ri) and PG Paper Company Ltd, a leading global exporter of paper, a two year extension of the company’s existing lease at Greenock’s Custom House has been agreed.

PG Paper Company currently leases 3,896 sq ft at the Georgian architectural masterpiece, and has been a tenant of ri’s since phase three of the restoration of the building was completed in September 2015.

Created and driven by CEO Poonam Gupta OBE in 2003, PG Paper has grown rapidly, and is now one of Scotland’s biggest exporters with a presence in 55 countries across five continents. It exports over 95% of sales to the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia, primarily from its Greenock headquarters.

Restoration of the Custom House has taken place in four phases over four years. To date £4.1 million has been spent on transforming 18,000 sq ft of productive business space, which has been eagerly snapped up by companies including PG Paper, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and Joules, as well as local web design and printing business IL Media.

The last remaining space is the Long Room and associated rooms at 4,000 sq ft, with interest in the available space being progressed by ri.

7 Jul 2017

Custom House Greenock Building Refurbishment

Original Design: architect William Burns

Location: Greenock, Western Scotland

The Custom House, Greenock’s Jewel in the Crown, opens its doors to global business

A Georgian architectural masterpiece in one of the most dramatic locations in Scotland has been restored to its former glory. The building was originally designed by celebrated Scottish architect William Burns.

Photos © mcateer photograph

The hunt is now on for a suitably impressive new occupant for the building. Riverside Inverclyde, the organisation behind the economic regeneration of Inverclyde, has just unveiled the beautifully and sympathetically renovated Custom House in Greenockand plans to attract a further national or global player to be its headline tenant.

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The imposing building, which looks out across the Firth of Clyde to the Argyllshire hills, will be 200 years old next year. It has seen the tides of history wash past the eponymous quayside which it dominates.

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The classically-proportioned building, designed by architect William Burns, was home to the vigilant assize men who policed Scotland’s burgeoning trade with the world. It witnessed the rise and fall of the tobacco, sugar and shipbuilding industries in the town.

It also looked out over the desperate bustle of naval traffic as warships filled the safe haven of the Firth in two world conflicts, and the quayside played host to the Queen as she joined Britannia for her annual summer cruise of Scottish waters.

“It really is Inverclyde’s Jewel in the Crown,” said Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment and Operations at Riverside Inverclyde, “and we wanted to make sure that we did the building justice with the refurbishment.”

The impressive restoration has taken place in four phases over four years and £4.1 million has been spent on transforming 18,000 sq ft of productive business space, which has been eagerly snapped up by major companies such as Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and PG Paper, as well as other SMEs. An initial £1.1m was spent to secure the 175 year lease of the building.

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The final phase included the white, pillared Long Room, the northern entrance and the elegant Grand Staircase. It is to the Long Room, a stunning space which is flooded with light that Riverside Inverclyde wishes to attract a world class client who will provide a further boost to local employment.

“We are conducting a global search,” said Mr Bowman, “as well as offering some particularly attractive incentives. The Long Room, which is fully Cat6 cabled, could provide MD and boardroom space as well as an extensive open-plan office space.

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“The new occupants will also benefit from considerable reliefs for locating in Inverclyde, which is a Tier 2 Scottish Enterprise zone, attracting a potential 30% credit towards capital expenditure through Regional Selective Assistance grants.”

The completion of the Custom House transformation is the latest milestone for Riverside Inverclyde, which has breathed new economic life into many projects in the area. Over £70m has been committed to the area by the company over the past 10 years. The Custom House project was also supported with £650,000 from the Scottish Government.

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Companies wishing to arrange viewing of the most suitable premises for their business should contact Martin Speirs, of letting agent Cushman and Wakefield, on 0141 223 8792 or

For further information contact Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment and Operations, Riverside Inverclyde, Room 17, Ladyburn Business Centre, 20 Pottery Street, Greenock PA15 2UH. T: 01475 755080. M: 07714 787 023. W: E:

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