Bishopton Primary School pupil wins unique competition to name major transformation project

A unique competition run by BAE Systems to help create an identity for the housing element of a major 1800-acre transformation project currently underway on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory in Bishopton, has been won by a young local resident

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Emma Brown, (aged eight) who lives in Bishopton and attends Bishopton Primary School is set to make a little piece of history today (Thursday 9 August) after her entry, ‘Dargavel Village’, was selected by the panel of judges as the most suitable name for the development.

Emma chose ‘Dargavel Village’, Bishopton, after finding her dad’s book on the history of Bishopton and noticed a photograph of Dargavel House in the grounds of the old Royal Ordnance Factory site.

BAE Systems received a number of entries for their ‘name the development’ competition, which ran in June. Whilst up against tough competition, the judging panel felt Emma’s entry best recognised the area’s rich history as well as the vision for the thriving new community that will be created through the development.

BAE Systems project director, Lynda Johnstone, said: “We were delighted with the level of entries we received and people had clearly put a lot of time and thought into their suggestions. It was a tough decision to make but the judging panel felt that Emma’s choice of name really celebrated the site’s long-standing history within Bishopton and best captured the spirit of the new community that will develop and grow here.”

Emma said: “I’m really happy my name was chosen because the site has been a part of our town for a long time and we should celebrate that. I’m looking forward to seeing how the area changes as the houses are built and to playing in the woodland park.

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It was a double success for the Brown family as Emma’s six-year-old sister Lucy was also selected as a runner-up in the competition, along with another young resident Jay McDonald. Emma will receive £250 worth of vouchers, while Lucy and Jay will each receive £100 in vouchers.

The creation of ‘Dargavel Village’, Bishopton, is part of a 15-year commitment from BAE Systems that will establish a thriving community complete with a new primary school, library, community centre, shops and a woodland park for people to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

The total number of houses proposed as part of the overall development plan is 2,500. Around 4000 full and part-time employment opportunities will also be created for people in the area through the construction phases and operation of the planned commercial businesses.

In July, BAE Systems announced that three top housing developers had been secured to build the first 600 houses on the site, as part of the £32 million Phase 1 investment by BAE Systems. The first houses are anticipated on site by Spring 2013.
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