Engineering students from the Clydebank college of West College Scotland have pitched their ideas for the £250 million Queens Quay development to a panel of experts.

The students were asked to develop and present individual ideas showcasing the premises that they would like to see included in the Queens Quay development.

All eleven students passed the unit which had three assessable elements - researching the ideas, presenting a written report and finally, pitching the ideas to an invited panel.

The suggestions included a supplement shop, a junior football club, a hotel, food outlets including vegan food and smoothies, and the project which was judged to be the winner – a catering outlet seeking to minimise food waste.

Bill Marley, agency and development partner, Ryden, who is part of the Queens Quay project team, sat on the panel alongside Alison Rodgers from Youth Enterprise Scotland, WCS curriculum enhancement lecturer for engineering Phil Brown, and Margaret Higgins, the communications lecturer who designed the unit project.

Margaret said: “It made perfect sense for us to have Queens Quay as the focus for the communications unit; it’s one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects in Scotland and it’s happening right on our doorstep.

“The students all worked extremely hard on their pitches, and the inclusion of Bill from the Queens Quay project team on the panel was invaluable as it created a realistic environment for the students. It’s an experience that will undoubtedly benefit them in their future careers.”

Mr Marley added: “It was a great experience being part of the panel. The students were extremely enthusiastic and had some excellent ideas about the types of businesses that they would like to see included. Like the John Brown’s shipyard, Queens Quay, will be an important part of the Clydebank community for generations to come – that’s why collaborations like this, and the input of local young people, are so important.”