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Land at former Fife paper mill to be recycled into home for new community

Plans to build a major new housing development that will transform the old Tullis Russell Paper Mill site between Glenrothes and Markinch have been submitted to Fife Council.

Town planners and designers Barton Willmore have submitted a Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application on behalf of Advance Construction (GD) Ltd that centres on a residential-led mixed use masterplan for a range of uses, including up to 850 new homes, with 85 being affordable.

It is estimated that the regeneration project will deliver a £42.5 million boost for Glenrothes, creating up to 450 jobs and employment for around 300 construction workers during the 10-year build programme.

Alongside housing, at the heart of the 52-hectare site are plans for retail and leisure facilities, business space, industrial units, a care home and an extension to the Riverside Park, which will connect the new development to Glenrothes town centre.

Lead planning consultant Barton Willmore, which has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, have worked closely with Advance Construction (GD) Ltd to develop the plans, providing town planning, masterplanning, landscape, environmental impact assessment and socio-economic assessment services for the project.

Planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “The Planning Permission in Principle application we have submitted aims to breathe new life back into what is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. It will regenerate a high profile site which has been left vacant since the former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site was closed, creating a desirable, attractive and highly sustainable place to live and work.

“Our focus has been to deliver alternative but complementary uses to the existing town centre, alongside a mix of high-quality homes which are within easy walking distance of schools, jobs, shops, leisure facilities, parkland and public transport.”

Lynsey Breen, director of strategic operations for Advance Construction, a Bellshill-based company that specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, said: “We’re proud to help transform Glenrothes and get the area ready for hundreds of high-quality houses, which will contribute to the much-needed demand for new homes and jobs in the area.”

Green light for 350 new homes in North Lanarkshire

Work will soon begin on a new development that will completely transform Shotts, following planning approval from North Lanarkshire Council.

Advance Construction Scotland, a Bellshill-based company that specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, submitted plans for up to 350 much-needed houses and a new roundabout on the eastern approach to the town.

The major regeneration project will be built on an 80-acre site at Springhill Farm.

Advance Construction Scotland, which has been working closely with EMA Architects, also agreed to a planning obligation to support primary school capacity for the catchment area.

Lynsey Breen, director of strategic operations for Advance Construction Scotland, said: “We’re proud to partner with North Lanarkshire Council to help transform Shotts and get the area ready for hundreds of high-quality houses, which will contribute to the much-needed demand for new homes in the area.

“It’s an exciting regeneration project that will give Shotts the social and economic boost it deserves, allowing it to continue to grow in the future and serve communities for generations to come.”

Shotts councillor Tommy Cochrane welcomed the decision and added: “I’m absolutely delighted to see up to 350 new homes come to Shotts, which could bring an extra 1000 people to the town. The investment by Advance Construction Scotland provides a catalyst for the town to attract more retailers, which will create jobs and training for local people as well as providing a better shopping experience closer to home.”

UK government minister for Scotland sees ground broken at The HALO Kilmarnock

(from left) Marie Macklin, Lord Duncan and Brian Whittle MSP

(from left) Marie Macklin, Lord Duncan and Brian Whittle MSP

Lord Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office, visited the site of The HALO Kilmarnock yesterday to witness work getting under way on the £65 million urban regeneration project.

The UK government has provided £3.5m of funding to support the development, and the creation of a new Enterprise & Innovation Centre, to be located within The HALO Kilmarnock, as part of its UK Industrial Strategy, the detail of which was unveiled last week.

The Enterprise & Innovation Centre will foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, with strong focus on innovation, digital skills, and cyber security. Funding has also been provided by the Scottish Government, Diageo plc and East Ayrshire Council, with the remainder being sourced from private sector investors.

The HALO Kilmarnock, located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, is being shaped as a multi-faceted brown-field regeneration that will create an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter. Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK. The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

HALO Urban Park

How the completed development will look

The development is one of four HALO projects planned for the UK and being seen as catalysts for urban regeneration. The next HALO project is proposed for Belfast, with Wales and the North West of England to follow. It is envisaged that The HALO Kilmarnock will connect through road and rail infrastructure directly to the Northern Powerhouse, creating economic benefits across the wider area.

Backers of the HALO Kilmarnock believe that development will generate £53.6m of GDP for the Kilmarnock economy every year and contribute £65.8m to the Scottish economy annually. It is also set to create 1,400+ direct jobs and support 630 jobs in construction.

Preparatory ground works, being carried out by Advance Construction Group, have now commenced on-site and the first phase of The HALO Kilmarnock is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Lord Duncan said: “Supported by a £3.5m UK government investment, The HALO Kilmarnock is an ambitious, important development that will create jobs, grow the economy and drive innovation. The project will attract international companies to locate in the town, benefiting from the excellent transport links and a local, well-trained workforce. The HALO Kilmarnock represents marks a fresh start for Kilmarnock and Ayrshire and I hope that the project is a catalyst for further regeneration in Scotland and beyond.”

Marie Macklin, Lord Duncan and Brian Whittle MSP are joined by construction students from Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock campus

Marie Macklin, Lord Duncan and Brian Whittle MSP are joined by construction students from Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock campus

Marie Macklin, founder and director of The HALO Kilmarnock, said: “The HALO will play an important role in the UK government’s UK Industrial Strategy, to which we contributed at its consultation stage. The economic benefits of this community led development will be felt not just in Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire, but across the whole of Scotland and driving down into the Northern Powerhouse, harnessing the power of the 4th Industrial Revolution – the digital revolution.

“We welcome the UK government’s support for The HALO Kilmarnock which is a major infrastructure project in its own right and we hope that it will prove to be a catalyst for other infrastructure projects, such as the improved road and rail links that will connect it with the rest of the UK.”

Brian Whittle MSP for South Scotland Region added: “The HALO represents a fantastic opportunity for Kilmarnock and Ayrshire more widely to lead the way in the industries that are coming to define the 21st Century. I’m delighted that the UK government are leading the way in supporting the HALO. I’m honoured to have been able to help bring the HALO out of the starting blocks. It’s taken a huge amount of work by everyone involved to get to this point and I’m excited to see the project moving forward to the next stage.”

Developer proposes to build 850 homes at Glenrothes paper mill

Aerial site of former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Glenrothes

Aerial site of former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Glenrothes

Advance Construction has submitted plans for a major regeneration project which will transform the historic Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Fife.

The Bellshill-based company, which specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, is proposing circa 850 much-needed homes as well as retail and leisure facilities, employment, business space, industrial units and a new care home.

The Proposal of Application Notice to Fife Council also outlines plans for two public consultation events in December to give members of the public a first look at the plans.

At the heart of the 58-hectare site between Glenrothes and Markinch is an extension to Riverside Park, which will see the reclamation of an unused brownfield site to create another park that connects the new district to the town centre.

Tullis Russell went into administration in April 2015, with a total of 374 employees made redundant in the process.

Lynsey Breen, development manager for Advance Construction, said the plans will spark regeneration of the town of Glenrothes.

She said: “Advance Construction’s plans to deliver a significant number of new homes, together with creating new jobs will signal a major transformation of the area over the coming years.

“It’s an exciting regeneration project that will give Glenrothes the substantial economic boost it deserves, allowing it to continue to grow in the future.”

Lead consultants Barton Willmore will work closely with Advance Construction to provide Town Planning, Masterplanning, Landscape, EIA and Socio-Economic Assessment services during the project.

Planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “The former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. Plans to regenerate the area by delivering much needed housing together with new jobs will be a major transformation of the community over the next few years. We are delighted to be playing a part in helping give the area a new lease of life and make it an exciting place to live, work, play and visit.”

Two informal drop-in events have been organised with lead consultants Barton Willmore and design partner Fairhurst at the Rothes Halls this week.

Representatives from Advance Construction, Barton Willmore and Fairhurst will be in attendance from 1pm to 8pm on December 7 and 8 to explain the plans, discuss the project with the community and respond to any questions raised.

Lynsey added: “We would encourage members of the local community to come along to the drop-in events to find out more information and talk to members of our project team.”

Student gains full-time employment following college work placement

Darren Sommer (left) with Dean Shields

Darren Sommer (left) with Dean Shields

A construction student on an employability course at New College Lanarkshire has secured full-time employment with a leading construction business through a successful industry partnership.

16-year-old Dean Shields from Coatbridge has secured the role of Document Controller in the Bellshill-based engineering office of Advance Construction, a supply chain partner of College partner Morrison Construction, after impressing his employers on a six-week work placement.

Dean undertook the placement as part of his studies on the Construction Engagement course at the College’s Motherwell campus, which boasts strong industry connections including the partnership with Morrison Construction, a leading construction and house building business.

The course provided Dean with the knowledge necessary for a career in construction, employability skills and health and safety training, along with providing the work placement opportunity.

Dean’s existing knowledge and dedication during his work placement impressed staff at Advance Construction so much that they decided to offer him the full-time role following course completion.

He said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to join the team as a Document Controller.

“My time with Advance Construction has been very enjoyable and I have learnt a lot in a short period of time. I am now looking forward to starting my full time job.

“I wish to thank all the lecturers and staff at New College Lanarkshire for giving me this opportunity to gain a traineeship. I would also like to thank those at Morrison and Advance Construction for all their support in helping me achieve this great opportunity.

Dean’s line manager, Darren Sommer, added: “We are delighted to be involved in the Construction Engagement course at New College Lanarkshire.

“Dean has performed so well during his placement that we are delighted to give him this employment opportunity and hope in the future to be more involved with work placements.”

New College Lanarkshire has maintained a strong industry partnership with Morrison Construction for many years which has seen several students benefit from work placements and employment.

Martyn Campbell, curriculum and quality leader in construction at New College Lanarkshire, said: “On behalf of all at New College Lanarkshire I would like to congratulate Dean on his new role.

“We have worked hard to develop a strong relationship with the business which has been mutually beneficial.

“Dean’s employment has reaffirmed our dedication to our students, developing the skills and attitudes necessary for full-time employment.

“It is with great delight that we could provide this fantastic opportunity to Dean and hope that it will inspire builders of the future to join us at New College Lanarkshire.”

Construction firm admits guilt over Glasgow site death

Morris & SpottiswoodA construction company has admitted to breaching health and safety laws after a worker was crushed to death by a steel frame at a building site in Glasgow.

Daniel Hurley, 31, died after a 1.6 tonne steel frame fell on top of him at the site in Murano Street, Maryhill, on 15 October 2009.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Daniel, who lived in Knightswood, Glasgow, tried to run as the frame ripped off its securing bolts, but he failed to clear the area.

Workers managed to lift the metal from him and paramedics attended.

But the court heard sub-contractor Daniel died on the way to hospital.

During a hearing on Monday, Glasgow based company Morris & Spottiswood (M&S) pleaded guilty to a breach of procedure over the bolts used to secure the frame and the holes which held them.

Procurator Fiscal depute Louise Beattie told the court: “As Mr Hurley ran he was struck by the top beam of the frame across the back of his shoulders and neck.”

M&S admitted that they failed to check that bolts for the frame were installed by someone who was trained and competent and that the holes drilled were the correct diameter.

During the incident the court heard Daniel, who was working for sub-contracted firm Advance Construction Scotland as a ground worker, had started work around 7.30am.

Half an hour later he was using a machine near to where the steel frame was being erected by others on the site.

The steel frame, that stood at around 24 and a half feet, was put in place using a crane and bolted down, and the chains released from it.

But some minutes later it toppled over and fell to the ground, pulling three of the four bolts clean out of the ground and snapping the other in half.

The court heard that at the time of the incident a warning was shouted to Daniel, who began to run, in the same direction as the frame was falling.

But despite his attempts to escape he was crushed underneath, knocking him unconscious.

Steel erectors managed to lift the frame from him but Daniel, originally from Cork, Republic of Ireland, died a short time later.

No charges were brought against the two subcontractors involved in the project as neither is trading anymore.

The court was told it is the opinion of Michael Thomson, HSE specialist inspector, that the “inadequate installation” of the foundation bolts was the most critical factor in the mechanism of collapse of the steel frame.

Since the incident Morris and Spottiswood – who have a good health and safety record – have replaced all bolts previously installed. Metal fence panels available on site were also used to create exclusion zones around any remaining steel erection works.

Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC deferred sentence until later this month.

Queens Cross Housing Association, owners of the land, appointed Morris and Spottiswood as principal contractor for the £36 million contract to build flats and houses over three sites in Maryhill, Glasgow, one of which was at the site of the accident.