PILING works have begun at Queens Quay, marking the start of the £250million regeneration project in Clydebank.

The works will extend about 230m along the East wharf and a new sheet pile wall, within this area, will be supported by a combination of tie rods, wailings and ground anchors.

The area will be finished with a new concrete cope and deck slab, creating a 40m wide esplanade along the Clyde with decorative railings around the full basin.

For the first time since shipbuilding began in Clydebank, this will give resident access to the river.

Representatives from Clydeside Regeneration Limited and West Dunbartonshire Council attended the site to formally commence operations.

Councillor Iain McLaren, West Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, marked the occasion by pushing the button to start the vibrating hammer that drove the first pile into the basin.

He said: “It was quite remarkable to see the scale of this work up close. The Queens Quay project will transform this part of Clydebank and the works at the basin, in the shadow of the Titan Crane, will provide a spectacular centrepiece.

“I very much look forward to watching the transformation unfold.”

Duncan Graham of Clydeside Regeneration Limited said: “Commencement of these marine works at Queens Quay is a significant occasion and marks the start of the regeneration of the site.

“To reach this stage is a huge achievement and we are very excited to watch the progress continue throughout the rest of 2018 with the commencement of a number of other developments on site too.”