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Construction leads and tenders – February 22nd


Applicant: AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Planning Authority: Glasgow

Details: Construction of extension to class 6 industrial unit, construction of security building, relocation of vehicle wash bay and revised car park layout.

Location: 204 Polmadie Road, Glasgow

Agent: Opfer Logan Architects, 130 Cubie Street, Glasgow


Applicant: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Planning Authority: Glasgow

Details: Construction of fire escape stair and external alterations to link corridor following demolition of adjacent building.

Location: St Mungo Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle Street, Townhead Glasgow

Agent: McLean Architects, 29 Eagle Street, Glasgow


Applicant: Marlebone Ltd

Planning Authority:

Details: Construction of mixed development comprising offices (23,225 square metres), residential (25 apartments) and retail (1,858 square metres)

Location: 65 Washington Street, Glasgow

Agent: Thomson Hunter Architects, Craig Thomson, 21 Portland Road, Kilmarnock



Contract Authority: Aberdeenshire Council

Details: Peterhead Academy to create an SFL base with sensory rooms and a life skills kitchen area

Location: Peterhead

Contact: cpscityshire@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Publication Date: 21/02/2018


Contract Authority: Fife Council

Details: Supply and fit new Gas Boilers, Water Heaters, Gas supply pipework and all associated works and controls.

Location: Dunfermline

Contact: george.white@fife.gov.uk

Publication Date: 21/02/2018

Transport Scotland to study potential of high-speed trains connecting Lanarkshire to London in three hours

An artist’s impression of HS2

A high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Carstairs, as well as the potential for a new interchange station at Eurocentral, are being considered as part of a feasibility study to be carried out by Transport Scotland.

The transport body has been investigating the potential of routing the High Speed Rail network to Scotland along with the best route for doing this to enable connectivity to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of the Scottish Rail network, with Eurocentral considered to be “ideally located” for an interchange station.

A report presented to North Lanarkshire Council’s enterprise and housing committee last week suggested that the move could mean commuters would be able to travel by rail from here to London in under three hours.

The paper put before councillors stated: “High-speed rail could potentially bring significant benefits to North Lanarkshire, the City region and indeed the whole of central Scotland.

“Critically, high-speed rail provides fast, efficient and cost effective transport, connecting major cities and centres of employment, and in this case, could enable journeys to London to be sub-three hours and travel to other towns, cities and economic centres such as Manchester to be within reasonable commuting times.”

High Speed Rail and High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) were developed to meet a near future need for greater capacity on the main railway lines between London and the North of England. It had been identified by Network Rail that if this was not carried out then the West Coast mainline would be full by the mid 2020s.

The proposed network was extended to include new lines to Yorkshire as well as Manchester and it has been identified by Transport Scotland that this should be extended to Scotland to connect Scotland with the major cities of England including London.

The report argued that this would meet the objectives of increasing economic benefits for areas around the railway extension and would reduce carbon emissions.

The report added: “For North Lanarkshire, the proposal of a station at Eurocentral could bring a significant range of economic benefits in terms of supporting existing businesses, business growth and inward investment.

“This strengthening of the economy and increased access to markets would provide real economic benefits to our local businesses and communities.”

A feasibility study is due to begin this month, and the planning/design works would commence in 2019.

It is envisaged in the report that construction would take three years, from 2026-2029.

Humza Yousaf

Meanwhile, identifying potential transport investment in Scotland over the next 20 years will be the focus of the update of the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) starting later this year.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said the Scottish Government will work together on the review with local councils, other key stakeholders, community groups, special interest groups and the general public.

Speaking at the Scottish Transport Infrastructure conference in Edinburgh, Mr Yousaf said:

“This government has already shown its strong commitment to investing in the country’s transport infrastructure. We have delivered the iconic £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing and the M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvements projects and are progressing the design work for both the A9 and A96 Dualling programmes to name but a few.

“On rail, as part of our £3.5 billion capital investment programme to 2019, we are progressing our plans for the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement programme (EGIP), Aberdeen to Inverness rail line and the Highland Mainline.

“However, we now want to look to the future and STPR2 will examine the strategic transport infrastructure interventions required to support Scotland’s Economic Strategy, including inclusive growth objectives, reflecting outcomes and priorities to be set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) and will align with other Scottish Government national plans, policies and strategies, including the National Planning Framework (NPF4) and the Climate Change Plan.

“STPR2 will help ensure that we deliver transport infrastructure improvements for Scotland which are fit for the 21st Century. We are already engaging with stakeholders in the Borders and in Aberdeen and we expect to start similar engagement in the south west of Scotland shortly.

“The review, to be completed within the lifetime of the current Parliament, will have both a national and a regional focus. The scope of the review will extend to the strategic road and rail networks and will also consider national infrastructure investment to support active travel, island connectivity, buses and ferries.

“We want to engage with as many groups and people as possible as we look to shape the future of transport in Scotland. We will be involving local councils and Regional Transport Partnerships (RTP’s) and looking to engage business and community groups, special interest groups and the wider public.”

Deal agreed to deliver Stirling’s first purpose built student accommodation development

Construction work on Stirling’s first purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) development is due to commence in early 2018 after a deal was struck between Maven Capital Partners (Maven) and IP Investment Management (IPIM).

Continuing its penetration into the UK student housing sector, Maven will act as the asset manager representing Hong Kong-based IPIM to deliver the £18.2 million project in conjunction with development manager Whiteburn Projects Limited and senior debt finance from Royal Bank of Scotland.

The 207-bed facility will be located on the banks of the River Fourth next to Stirling city centre and within easy commute of the out-of-town campus of the University of Stirling.

Forthside Way will become the first PBSA in Stirling, and will help address the acute shortage in accommodation for the substantial student population of circa 10,000.

The development will be set across two buildings and comprise 123 studios, 8 one-bed apartments, and 76 two and three-bed cluster flats. Residents at Forthside Way will also benefit from extensive communal facilities which include a cinema, gym, games room, laundry and several private/group study rooms.

Colin Anderson, investment director at Maven, said: “University of Stirling has strong a reputation for its sporting excellence and there is strong demand for a number of its courses, a number of which are considerably over-subscribed. Despite this, Stirling has one of the most acute shortages of student accommodation in the country.

“With no private PBSA market to speak of in the city, Maven is delighted to be working once again with IPIM to greatly enhance the quality of the accommodation provision and play its part to help the University attract and retain the best students from the UK and further afield.”

Selina Williams, investment director, IP Investment Management, said: “The acquisition of Forthside Way complements our growing portfolio of PBSA assets in strong UK university cities and we are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with Maven in this sector. We continue to see opportunities in student accommodation in towns and cities with strong fundamentals such as Stirling.”

Iain Robertson, relationship director at Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “We are proud to support Maven and IPIM in their latest development project. The venture will provide much needed accommodation for Stirling’s large student population, offering a modern and safe environment in which to live.”

The complex is due to be open in time for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

Interserve to close power business with 70 jobs at risk

Interserve has a £10m, five year contract to assemble and dissemble the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo grandstand

Interserve has begun a formal redundancy consultation after confirming plans to shut down its specialist power contracting business.

The move is part of a review of all group operations in a bid to bring down a debt pile currently totalling more than £500 million.

The specialist business, which forms part of the Interserve industrial services division, works with network operators across the UK including Northern Powergrid, Scottish Power Energy Networks, Siemens and National Grid.

A consultation period for employees, which will run to early April, could see over 70 staff lose their jobs or be redeployed within the wider group.

The construction and support services firm said it will complete all contracted works, with the majority finishing by the end of June.

The closure of the power business is an attempt to “consolidate and centralise the industrial portfolio”, it added.

In January Interserve said it was making progress with its three-year ‘Fit for Growth’ rescue programme which aims to increase efficiency and simplify the business.

This came a month after it secured additional short-term funding to ease off its immediate financial troubles last month until March 31 at least.

Its full 2017 results are expected in the coming weeks.

An Interserve spokesman said: “We can confirm we are undergoing an operational restructure within our industrial division.

“After careful consideration we have decided to close down our power business, as we look to consolidate and centralise our industrial portfolio.

“We are committed to completing all contracted works and anticipate the majority of projects will be complete by the end of June 2018.

“All employees affected have been informed of the decision, with a consultation period running until early April. We are working internally to ensure as many people are redeployed within the business.”

Work to begin on 3DReid’s revamp of Almondvale West Retail Park

A £3.5 million transformation for Livingston’s Almondvale West Retail Park, as designed by architecture practice 3DReid, is set to begin this month.

Situated adjacent to one of Scotland’s largest covered shopping hubs, ‘The Centre’ in Livingston, the project will be anchored by the introduction of a new Next store, with a distinctive glass façade, which more than doubles the retailer’s space in Livingston.

The design also includes significant enhancement of the neighbouring units with faceted gold cladding, new shopfront glazing, improved public realm, and the resurfacing of the car park. All in all, the new works will allow the retail park to put itself more firmly on the map, introducing new brands to create a well-located contemporary retail destination to compete with the best.

Externally, new paving and hard landscaping will enhance the public spaces in front of the stores, whilst ‘totem’ signs – in a perforated, faceted style that mirrors the new anodic gold cladding on the buildings – will welcome visitors in the car park and guide them from the main road hubs.

The Glasgow studio of 3DReid was selected by Hines to give Almondvale West its 21st century facelift – and the unifying look that will link it visually to the Centre and reward visitors with a more satisfying, rounded, and enjoyable experience.

3DReid said its highly experienced team know what makes shopping malls, parks and centres work successfully and have used their skills to develop a cost-efficient design solution that will have a dramatic impact at Almondvale West.

Gordon Anderson, 3DReid project architect, said: “3DReid has a strong track record of working with clients to remodel and reposition their retail parks to attract more customers for longer stays, increasing income. We’re incredibly proud of our success in working round a live business-as-usual environment, minimizing the impact on customers and trade.

“3DReid aims to give a distinct and high quality finish to Almondvale West Retail Park, bringing a contemporary look-and-feel to a place which currently feels dated. The impressive glass façade and the detailed cladding offer significant aesthetic improvements that will help Almondvale West stand out from the adjacent architecture and connect it visually with The Centre.”

The rejuvenation is due for completion in autumn 2018.

Hines acquired the shopping centre in December 2014 in conjunction with clients of HSBC Private Bank advised by HSBC Alternative Investments Limited.

Images © 3DReid Architects

Barton Willmore to assist in major harbour regeneration projects in Stornoway

Independent planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed to support the development of two new harbour facilities in Stornoway.

The firm’s Edinburgh team were commissioned by Stornoway Port Authority to support its ambitious plans to regenerate the harbour area as part of its 20 year masterplan.

The proposed development involves the creation of a deep-water port in Stornoway that will capitalise on the growth of the cruise sector by allowing visits from larger ships, and improved facilities for the energy sector including a new freight ferry berth.

A new marina will also be developed within the town at Newton to meet the growing demand for yacht berths. The developments form a key part of the Port Authority’s 2017 Port Masterplan.

Barton Willmore will be responsible for driving forward a consenting strategy, which includes applications for a Harbour Revision Order, Marine Licences and securing the necessary planning consents, as well as overseeing a programme of engagement with local residents and businesses.

This work will be undertaken in close collaboration with environmental consultancy EnviroCentre, who will be responsible for preparing the associated Environmental Impact Assessments.

Planning director Colin Lavety said: “We are thrilled to be playing a key role in regeneration projects of this scale, which are vital to growing Stornoway’s economy and will have a significant positive impact on the Hebrides.

“We have extensive ports and harbour experience, including securing the necessary planning consent for the new Aberdeen Harbour Expansion at Bay of Nigg.

“Our appointment to work for Stornoway Port Authority is a natural progression from this work and demonstrates the diversity of our service offer.”

Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, Alex MacLeod, added: “The appointment of Barton Willmore will help to realise these bold and ambitious developments. We’re extremely excited to work alongside their expert team who can help us plan these projects further, and manage a thorough engagement programme with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the projects for decades to come.”

Scottish Property Federation unveils 2018 annual conference line up

Andrew Sutherland

Industry leaders, policy makers and academics make up the list of speakers at the 2018 annual Scottish Property Federation (SPF) conference, which looks specifically at the value of place-making, the people-centric approach to planning and design of public spaces, and how it is funded.

Investing in Places, which takes place on March 7 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, will welcome Derek Mackay MSP cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution, as its keynote speaker to give the government’s perspective on the sector’s role in the wider economy.

To accompany this, Professor Graeme Roy of the Fraser of Allander Institute will unveil the findings of the latest in-depth report into the economic impact of the real estate sector in Scotland, highlighting the key economic drivers, opportunities and challenges for government, developers and investors.

Also taking the stage will be David Paine, co-head of global real estate at Aberdeen Standard Investments, Peter Reekie, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust and Lesley Watt, chief financial officer of Miller Developments, who will join SPF vice chair Miller Mathieson, MD of CBRE in Scotland, to discuss sources of investment.

Delegates will also hear from Michaela Sullivan, group land manager at CALA Group, Maria Francké, partner at Cushman & Wakefield, and Mike Galloway, director of city development at Dundee City Council, who will lead the discussion on place-making, along with SPF chairman Andrew Sutherland, joint MD of Miller Developments.

Award-winning Scottish television and radio broadcaster Gavin Esler will facilitate the conference.

Andrew Sutherland said: “The role of the real estate industry to create our built environment around the needs of local communities and attract investment capital to grow our economy has never been more important.  This year’s SPF conference looks at how we can harness these opportunities.

“With such a strong line-up of speakers and several interactive sessions to enable delegates to debate the issues of investment and place-making, the conference provides a platform for the industry to help shape the way forward.”

The SPF Conference is sponsored by Edinburgh-based Miller Developments and international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.

Heron Bros celebrates early completion of Renfrewshire primary schools

A shared site for two new build Renfrewshire schools is set to be completed and handed over almost two months ahead of schedule.

The new state of the art two storey building which will house the adjacent St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary Schools in Erskine, will be ready for occupation from April 16.

This early delivery of the new facilities from main contractors Heron Bros to Renfrewshire Council means the opportunity to move the schools and St John Bosco’s early learning and childcare class, immediately after the spring break.

All the establishments are expected to be closed over that three day period to minimise disruption.

Permission for the period of “exceptional closure” to facilitate the move from the old buildings to the new building has been sought from the schools directorate at the Scottish Government, with confirmation expected imminently.

The early move also means that the demolition of the existing buildings can take place more quickly, meaning that construction would be complete by October this year, as opposed to December.

The £16 million work, which started in January 2017, is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52m investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.

The new building has mirrored wings for the two schools over two levels with flexible spaces which support independent learning.

On the ground floor, all classrooms lead out into a courtyard with canopied areas for outside learning, while upstairs classes have access to a balcony area. Toilets and cloakroom facilities link to the outside and the shared dining hall will double up as an ‘after school’ area.

The new facility includes an all-weather sports pitch as well as a feature ‘green roof’ where seeds from native species will be planted and video links to classrooms will allow pupils to view wildlife in real time.

Education and children’s services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “It’s great news that the building is ready ahead of schedule and we have already informed parents.

“The new shared building provides the best possible learning environment for pupils and children and allows them to reach their full potential.

“The three day closure period will allow staff to set up before the return of children and pupils.”

Damian Heron, group managing director at Heron Bros, said: “Heron Bros is delighted to hand over the shared campus for St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary School two months early. Our project management team developed an innovative solution which enabled the fast-tracking of the programme and we are delighted to have been able to complete the project ahead of schedule.

“We would like to thank the entire project team and our local supply chain who all worked in collaboration to deliver this marvellous facility so efficiently, and wish the staff and pupils success and happiness in their new home.”

Local infrastructure to benefit from Scottish Borders budget plans

Drone image of the River Teviot through Hawick

Scottish Borders Council has agreed its budget for the year ahead as part of a five-year revenue plan and a ten-year capital plan.

The budget will see an investment of over £22 million in roads and bridges over three years, with £79m planned investment over the next 10 years. A total of £89m has been allocated to improve the school estate over 10 years as well as a £11.7m contribution to the £41m Hawick Flood Protection Scheme.

The budget also includes:

  • £1.2m additional funding towards teenage mental health provision
  • £4.125m over 10 years to provide grants for home adaptations to enable people to live at home for longer
  • £2.8m over four years for new and improved outdoor community spaces
  • £0.282m for a community policing team to prevent low level criminal activity and deal with issues such as parking
  • £0.5m for youth intervention work
  • £0.350m for shared access paths
  • £0.2m to improve access to youth opportunities, through travel and digital initiatives
  • £4.8m for a specialist dementia residential facility
  • £2m towards the re-opening of Reston Station
  • £0.799m to support the regeneration of Eyemouth
  • £1m to assist in delivering town centre regeneration
  • £2m for road safety works at the A72 Dirtpot Corner in 2018/19

Up to 35 full-time equivalent posts may be removed during the next year as a result of structural changes and more efficient service provision at the council. This figure is based on average salaries.

The council said it has been preparing for potential staff reductions by holding 65 vacancies and this, alongside a natural staff turnover level of 10%, will all contribute to a managed reduction of the workforce without impacting on existing staff wherever possible.

Council leader Shona Haslam said: “Every part of the Scottish Borders will benefit from the budget agreed today, from town centre regeneration to investment in our roads and specialist services to support our most vulnerable residents.

“We have committed substantial funding to deliver projects such as a specialist dementia care facility, further new and improved schools, increased community policing and youth programmes, but the measure I am most proud of is the additional £1.2m to focus on our young people.

“This will provide respite care for families and supported living opportunities, provide round the clock youth services and funds to help young people access further education opportunities. This programme is focused on intervention, prevention and innovation.

“We are also contributing towards the re-opening of Reston Station, the £41m Hawick Flood Protection Scheme and new and improved visitor attractions in Galashiels, Duns and Selkirk.

“What is good for one area of the Borders is good for all, and many of these projects will deliver wider economic benefits, from work for local contractors to increased visitor numbers. Through this budget we have also sought to protect front line services and have committed to modernising them and making them more efficient so they are sustainable in the longer term.”

Councillor George Turnbull, executive member for finance, added: “The council is facing a substantial funding gap due to resource constraints, increasing demand and demographic changes. We are investing heavily in a range of important areas, but have had to make some difficult decisions, including increasing Council Tax by three per cent.

“We are committed to further internal changes to make the council more efficient and less costly to run, whilst still maintaining high quality services. This ranges from amending the operating hours of our Community Recycling Centres to match demand to delivering more online services and further changes to working practices.”

SELECT delivers ‘vital’ training to building standards verification staff

The campaigning body for the electrotechnical trade in Scotland is delivering awareness training to local authority staff that carry out verification activities across Scotland.

The training, which is now in its third year, is a joint venture between SELECT, NICEIC and LABSS and is aimed at raising standards and awareness of new developments in safety and building standards.

Dave Forrester, head of technical services with SELECT, said: “Working closely with industry colleagues in the NICEIC and LABSS, we have developed vital training for those verifying the safety of Scotland’s built environment.

“In addition to the training, SELECT helps local authorities understand the benefits of certification and of employing properly trained and qualified professionals for all projects.”

The series of eight training events are being held throughout February and cover all 32 local authorities under the aegis of Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS).

This year’s training, which has been developed in response to the Grenfell tragedy in London, and lessons learnt from the Cole Report following the collapse of a wall in Oxgangs Primary, includes revised standards for fire safety and fire detection/alarm systems.

In addition, training in preparation for the introduction of a new edition of BS 7671 – The IET Wiring Regulations, published this year on July 1, will be included in the events.

SELECT’s close working relationship with the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division (BSD) will continue with the recent appointment of Stephen Garvin as the new Head of BSD.

Mr Forrester said: “I welcome the appointment of Stephen to this position. He has a long-standing history of expertise in building standards and I look forward greatly to working with him to forward the cause of certification of construction.”