Vectos was appointed by Patrizia UK Ltd in 2013 to provide transport consultancy advice in relation to the proposed redevelopment of Hillington Park. Patrizia UK Ltd applied for the first Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) in Scotland in 20 years to facilitate an employment led regeneration of Scotland’s first industrial park.
The SPZ allows a maximum of 579,000 sqm of floorspace across the site. Almost 90 per cent of this is reserved for business, general industrial and storage and distribution use plus up to 17,000 sqm of motor vehicle sales and "complementary" hotel, retail, financial and professional services, food and drink and leisure floorspace.
The SPZ for Hillington Park, which straddles the boundaries of Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council, provides a flexible approach to planning whereby commercially viable developments can come forward in an efficient and bespoke manner in line with the criteria set out in the SPZ.
The SPZ won the 2015 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning’s Delivering in Partnership category and has been shortlisted in the 2015 RTPI Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence.
Vectos provided advice to the project team throughout the development of the scheme SPZ. The ethos from the outset was, by design, to enable a shift from reliance on single occupancy car travel, to a community that embraces smart mobility and creates a sustainable living environment.
We embraced the smart cities concepts of technology based platforms for everyday and innovative travel. This meant developing new sustainable ideas for buildings and transport on the park to complement the existing uses and provide a social heart to the site.
Alongside this we aimed to create a more accessible site by making more of the two railway stations, creating better walkaways and cycleways, introducing local cycle hire schemes, providing personal travel plans, and encouraging new business to test their new transport ideas at the site.
As part of this, we are working with Scottish Enterprise to make Hillington Park a Living Lab for new transport concepts and it is also included in proposals for experimental transport projects in a Europe wide forum, the purpose of which is to implement, test and monitor new ideas that can be rolled out to follower cities and countries.