Former Carless Oil Refinery, Scotland

Key facts

Former Carless Oil Refinery, Scotland

PBA has been commissioned to provide all planning, EIA, engineering and ground remediation for the proposed redevelopment of the former Oil Terminal at Old Kilpatrick, Clydebank.

The project intends to facilitate a £10m regeneration of a heavily contaminated site being brought back into industrial use, involving consultation with Scottish Canals, West Dunbartonshire Council, Crown Estates, Marine Scotland, SNH and SEPA.

The 47-acre site is located upriver of the Erskine Bridge on the north bank of the Clyde, and was previously a Royal Navy oil storage facility that suffered extensive damage during the second world war.

Malin Group is looking to create a marine technology hub on the site. This will bring together research providers, skills development, design, manufacturing, and practical marine operational and logistics experience in a location that has complementary facilities backed by direct access to the deepwater channel of the River Clyde.

The Carless site is ecologically diverse, supporting terrestrial and wetland habitats that are priorities for conservation in the UK. It is also located immediately adjacent to areas of the Clyde designated as being of European importance for nature conservation. This is one of the most ecologically complex projects PBA is currently delivering, requiring iterative adjustment to the specification of terrestrial and marine surveys in response to emerging results and stakeholder consultation. The steady progress towards realising the client’s aspiration to return marine design and manufacture to the Clyde is a testament to PBA’s knowledge, skills and judgement.