Scottish Marine Technology Park (SMTP)

Based on the river Clyde in Glasgow, on the West Coast of Scotland, the Scottish Marine Technology Park consists of almost 50 acres of brownfield land on the banks of the Clyde with its own 150m deep water heavy lift berth.

The Malin Group’s manufacturing arm is currently underway with  planning consent granted for the first plot on the site, which will bring the quayside back into full use. This first phase, once complete, will include a large fabrication facility and a deep-water jetty with a 1,100 tonne ship hoist – the largest of its kind in Europe. Consent also enables the required remediation works to develop the site.

 

Our development will look to support national initiatives such as the “Clyde Mission.”   The plan, unveiled at the recent State of the City Economy Conference, looks to boost the river’s traditional strengths in shipping, shipbuilding and marine engineering, while fostering new sectors to breathe life into the currently derelict area. 

A recent report, conducted by land development and infrastructure consultancy Stantec, estimated the SMTP site would generate £125.4 million annually for the local economy, while the construction phase would create more than 600 additional short-term jobs.

In order to move forward with this ambitious plan, and realise our vision, extensive remediation work is required. Like many sites along the banks of the Clyde, the site suffers from oil contamination deposits which require to be appropriately remediated to permit construction. Traditionally the site would have been excavated with the contaminated soil moved elsewhere (Landfill) or concreted over in a method known as ‘capping’  – however, as the home of a new Marine research and innovation hub in Scotland, a more sustainable and effective approach is being developed.

Using micro-organisms, already found in the land, a process known as bioremediation, the team at SMTP are working with world respected waste manager Paul Dumble, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde. For increased speed and efficiency, this process may be enhanced through the addition of specific micro-organisms or nutrients known as bioaugmentation. The bioaugmentation approach is based on trials that were carried out on two river sided industrial and oil sites almost 30 years ago, where the impacts of biotechnology were immediately apparent and rapid. The approach builds on this knowledge to promote growth of microbes that are already present and degrading the oil at the SMTP site. It is known that salty conditions within the soil can detrimentally affect the performance of the remediation process. As such, the natural microbes and materials used in the planned method will be tolerant to the brackish groundwater at the site which rises and falls with the tidal movements of the River Clyde.

Our Team

Our team consists of a group of experienced, yet diversely skilled individuals, spanning different technical, non-technical, sectoral and personal backgrounds. 

Samuel Lee

With a solid history in the UK Submarine Service, Sam comes to the project with extensive project management experience across the shipping and water waste industries.  Originally part of the Cleanship offering within the Malin Group, Sam joined the SMTP project in July 2019 as Business Unit Manager.  He will harness his skills and experience to transform the site into an innovation hub for the marine industry in Scotland.

Paul Dumble

Paul Dumble is a Chartered Waste and Resource Manager, bringing over 30 years of experience to this role having started in 1988 in the design and development of pollution control and natural remediation techniques that were applied to industrial and oil sites across the UK. He is a member of the Chartered Environmentalists Soil and Stones Group, and played a key role in the early master planning for the land clearance and preparation of Olympic 2012 site in London. Paul has worked extensively in the Middle East developing large-scale oil remediation projects and brings a wealth of experience in the development of best practices utilising natural soil remediation processes.

George Paschke

George is an established Project Director and has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of contaminated land assessment and remediation, waste management, risk management, renewable energy and clean technologies, environmental management, energy management, sustainable construction, resource efficiency, circular economy strategies and business development. George provides strategic and technical advice to our SMTP project. Clients include Scottish Enterprise, Local Authorities, Scottish Development International, Scottish Government, Social Housing Associations and private clients such as Mactaggart and Mickel, Miller Homes, Laing O’Rourke, Hart Builders, CBRL, Keir Homes and EDI. George has previously worked on the investigation and remediation of Reddingmuirhead, Falkirk, former ICI Explosive Works.

Ian Laidlaw

Ian comes to the SMTP with extensive experience across a number of complex projects in the marine sector. With a solid civil engineering background, coupled with significant project management experience, Ian is a real asset to the team, joining as associate director. Ian has a vast amount of experience in Port Infrastructure projects and similar developments on the river Clyde (Subsea 7), as well as over 30 year’s experience in Civil Engineering and Project Management. Some previous projects include: Subsea 7, Glasgow – £5.5 million new build Welding Development Centre plus refurbishment of existing offices and workshops, Peterhead Port Authority – £28.5 million Smith Embankment & Outer Harbour Development.

Dr Gavin Scott

Following on from an academic career at the University of Aberdeen department of Plant and Soil Science and Michigan State University, Gavin has pursued a career in professional consultancy with 15 years’ experience focusing on land quality, ground investigation, contamination risk assessment and remediation. Gavin has been involved with the SMTP since Malin’s acquisition of the site, bringing with him specific skills and experience within detailed assessment of contaminated land site investigations and the design of remediation schemes. This is coupled with a strong background in chemistry, biology and ecology, making Dr Scott a key asset in the successful development of the park.