Planning bid for 43 homes on former Dundee school site

Abertay Housing Association has unveiled proposals to delivered 43 new homes on the former site of a primary school in Dundee.

Detailed plans submitted to Dundee City Council’s planning department indicate that the homes, situated at the former Charleston Primary School on South Road, will be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes with two or three bedrooms.

There will also be cottage flats with ground-floor wheelchair provision, to ensure that those with additional needs are adequately supported.

Designed by Oliver and Robb Architects, the homes will be developed by CCG Scotland should the project receive the green light.

Staff from Abertay Housing Association held a consultation on the latest plans in November last year and said the proposals had been warmly received.

In a report included with the application, the firm said the new homes would be a good fit for the area due to its proximity to Charleston Community Centre and nearby shops and schools.

The report reads: “The development will provide 43 affordable dwellings of differing size and needs suitable for a varying demographic.

“The close relationship of community centre, library, shops, play areas and primary school all increase and justify the sustainability of the proposal.

“The proposals were met positively, with no objections raised by any visitors. The community generally welcomed the redevelopment of the site.”

Charleston Primary School was demolished after pupils were relocated to the new Camperdown campus in 2013.

Work starts on new affordable homes in Pollokshaws

CCG has started work on 42 energy- efficient affordable homes for social rent in Glasgow’s south side.

The off-site manufacturing specialist is working on behalf of Loretto Housing Association, a member of Wheatley Group, to build the new homes, consisting of a mix of flats, supported accommodation and houses.

The site, formerly occupied by the Shawbridge Street high-rise flats and a parade of nine shops, is situated within a short walking distance of Pollokshaws West Railway Station and Pollok Country Park.

Works commenced this January and the homes should take around a year to complete.

Pollokshaws is one of eight areas of Glasgow earmarked as a priority for regeneration by Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) a strategic partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and GHA.

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group director of regeneration, said: “These modern, spacious, high-quality homes will make a big difference to the quality of life of the people who live there. It’s an exciting time for Pollokshaws.”

CCG will deliver the new homes using its closed panel timber frame system that is manufactured in the bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility in Cambuslang.

Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “The Shawbridge Street project is one of many live examples of how CCG and Wheatley Group are working together to deliver on affordable housing targets across central Scotland. To provide homes that are more energy efficient is a key priority in this regard and CCG are pioneering this approach through sustainable construction methods.

“The use of our closed panel timber system will also reduce the impact of development on the densely populated area with a much faster speed of build than by traditional methods. “This, met with our expert construction experience, will ensure a swift delivery whilst ensuring quality as we begin the installation of the superstructure in early-2018.”

As part of Wheatley Group and CCG’s strategic partnership in delivering community benefit initiatives, various training and job opportunities will be available as a direct result of the Shawbridge Street project including trade apprenticeships and training, site-based job roles as well as work placements and curriculum support.

CCG OSM and Fjordhus partnership continues across UK

The completed Isle of Harris property

A partnership between Glasgow-based off-site manufacturing specialist CCG OSM and Galashiels timber frame contractor Fjordhus Ltd is set to continue in 2018 with its fourth project due on site in February.

Working collaboratively with parent construction company CCG (Scotland) Ltd and partners from across the industry, CCG OSM assists with the delivery of one-off villas to large-scale, urban regeneration schemes as well as commercial, care and education projects.

Through the utilisation of OSM’s iQ closed panel timber frame system, Fjordhus has been able to enhance its own offering in the self-build sector to create private homes for clients as far north as Skye and as far south as Southampton.

CCG’s iQ production line

The partnership is set to continue in 2018 with a 5-bedroom home in Edinburgh, a 4-bedroom home in Melrose, and a 6-bedroom home in Southampton set to be on site in January and a fourth project set to be on site in Hawick in February.

All of the developments will utilise the OSM iQ closed panel timber frame system for the construction delivered to specification stage 3. The wall panel solution will be delivered to site inclusive of insulation, windows, doors and pre-fitted electrical service provisions.

With components installed under factory-controlled conditions, Fjordhus are given assurance of right-first-time quality whilst the speed of manufacture and logistical flexibility brought by the use of the system ensures a faster speed of delivery and erection when on site, a key factor when taking into account remote geographical areas and external factors such as the weather.

Steven Earlie, CCG OSM managing director, said: “The CCG OSM closed panel timber frame system is manufactured to the highest quality standard offering efficiencies to Fjordhus during construction and to the homeowner with excellent environmental properties allowing for long-term savings on energy bills.

“Working with Fjordhus, clients across the UK are benefiting from the use of the iQ system due to the inherent advantages a panelised system brings to a construction programme. This is personified by a project that was recently completed in the Isle of Harris: with components pre-installed, ease of transport and a faster speed of erection, difficulties associated with a remote location are vastly reduced by removing the inefficiencies of the site environment.

“Combined with Fjordhus’ expertise, the contracts being delivered in 2018 will reap the rewards of off-site manufacturing and we look forward to seeing them coming to fruition later in the year.“

Off-site manufacturing investment pays off as CCG reports record turnover

_DSC5079 - CopyCCG (Scotland) Ltd is preparing for further growth after reporting a strong year with turnover exceeding £134 million – up 18% on 2016’s figures.

Profit before taxation at the Glasgow-based construction and manufacturing group also significantly increased on the previous year to over £4.3m.

Commenting on the group’s performance for the financial year ended March 2017, Alastair Wylie, chairman and chief executive of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “CCG has been in business for more than four decades and we continue to go from strength to strength because we are always innovating and staying ahead of the curve.

“We pride ourselves on being a quality construction business that can operate in all sectors of the construction industry. It has been extremely encouraging that we have again generated more than 25% of our turnover from non-housing projects.

“Housebuilding still remains at the core of our business and our contribution to this sector is a direct result of a £12m investment in our own Off-Site Manufacturing facility (CCG OSM) in 2012. This enables us to produce fully enhanced closed panel timber systems in controlled factory conditions before transporting to site for final installation.”

Phase 4 & 5 of the Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre

Phase 4 & 5 of the Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre

CCG OSM is the only facility of this scale in Scotland, with a 130,000 square foot production hall, capable of producing 3,000 homes per year.

CCG OSM also reported a significant increase in turnover for the latest financial year – up 15% on 2016 to over £12.7m.

CCG said it attributes its success to its staff, with training and investment in young people at the core of their ethos. In August 2016 the company recruited 16 trade apprentices which raised the number employed to 62 across bricklaying, plumbing and joinery. In addition in March 2017 the group had 19 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group representing over 10% of the group’s 650 strong workforce.

Further recruitment since March 2017 has resulted in the company now employing 71 trade apprentices and 31 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group.

Ellerslie Road in Yoker is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland

Ellerslie Road in Yoker is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland

Over the past year, CCG has worked on key projects including the final phase of 206 homes for the award-winning Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre for Sanctuary Housing. The company also went live on a 42 flat development on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, which through the use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland.

Alastair added: “There was a period this year when we were live on over 1,000 homes which is a fantastic achievement for the business. Our teams have been focused on developing new partnerships to support Scotland’s housing ambitions while our R&D division continues to explore new products and processes such as CLT which will enable us to enhance our offering in the delivery of flatted residential developments.

“To support our growth ambitions we also put the necessary divisional structures in place including launching our own building services and M&E division, Arc-Tech.

“2017 has been an incredible year for CCG and we look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Key Achievements 2016/2017 – Affordable Housing

  • CCG’s continuation of the award-winning Anderston Regeneration project commencing the final stage of the £50m Anderston Regeneration Masterplan on behalf of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association. The final phase, Phase 4 & 5, comprises 206 flats and is due for completion in 2018.
  • The commencement of construction works at Yoker, a 42-home residential development that is also being delivered on behalf of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association. Yoker is a leading example of CCG’s approach to research and development having being constructed entirely of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and is Scotland’s tallest timber building.
  • As part of the first phase of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan on behalf of Dunedin Canmore CCG is live on site building 111 new affordable homes.  Scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, the current phase of CCG’s development will consist of 53 new homes for social rent and a further 58 for mid-market rent. This builds on other work CCG has delivered in Edinburgh over the past three years, including the regeneration of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into ‘The Schoolhouse’, the creation of the Thistle Foundation Centre for Health and Wellbeing, the successful completion of 112 PRS flats at Lochrin Basin and 94 new affordable homes at Leith Fort.
  • Since October 2016 CCG has delivered 32 affordable homes for Perth & Kinross Council through the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) NH1 New Build Homes Framework. All of the properties – situated at Nimmo Avenue, Cairns Crescent and Gleanearn Road in Perth – were created using closed panel timber systems at CCG’s Off-Site Manufacturing centre in Cambuslang, with each of the developments securing a prestigious Silver standard of sustainability.

Key Achievements 2016/2017 – Care

  • This summer, CCG completed a £12 million care home and day centre in Paisley, near Glasgow on behalf of Veteran’s charities, Royal Blind and the Scottish War Blinded. The day centre is located adjacent to the 52 bed care home, with pedestrian links between the two buildings.  CCG was tasked with creating two spaces with a simple layout that would cater for the site’s visually impaired users.  The care home consists of two wings – one of which houses a sports hall and gymnasium while the second has a number of smaller rooms including a workshop, art room, kitchen and therapy room.  There is also a garden room where users can relax and connect with nature.
  • CCG is working to complete Abbotsford House Luxury Suites – a care home development delivered for Morrison Community Care Group in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. The luxury facility offers personal and bespoke services to residents offering 45 state-of-the-art private suites, 4 restaurants, private gardens and its very own cinema. Through the use of CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system, the entire building was fully wind and water tight in a construction period of just nine weeks. The luxury facility is due to launch this December.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Commercial

  • A new car showroom was constructed in Ayr for Park’s Motor Group, showcasing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. CCG used a steel frame and high-spec curtain walling for the build, which also includes panoramic glass frontage and open landscaping to the sides of the building. The showroom includes space for up to 12 vehicles with high-specification desk space for sales staff and a specialist workshop and parts department to the rear of the building. Jaguar Land Rover was completed in May 2017.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Student accommodation

  • In Autumn 2016 CCG completed a 237-bed student housing development in Orwell Terrace on behalf of Edinburgh Napier University. The accommodation offers students’ unrivalled access to local amenities and public transport, including links to some of the University’s campuses as well as leisure facilities and supermarkets all within 1,000m.

Key Achievements in 2017/17 – Education

  • CCG commenced works on three projects working in partnership with Hub West Scotland to deliver the new St Ninian’s Primary School, an extension to Moorfoot Primary School, and a new nursery in Greenock. All of the projects commenced this summer on behalf of Inverclyde Council and are due for completion in 2018.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Developments

  • Glamis Road in Dundee has undergone a major transformation from a former brownfield site into a mix of 17 three and four-bedroom homes for private sale, with all building and sales directly undertaken by CCG. Nearby Blackwood House was also redeveloped by the construction firm on behalf of Blackwood Group into 6 two-bedroom special needs flats. CCG successfully sold all of the private homes – which were priced from £185,000 – within ten months of going on sale. Blackwood House, or otherwise known as the ‘Concept Home’, sits adjacent to the private homes and is one of Scotland’s most innovative amenity housing developments.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – the CCG Group

  • As part of the City Legacy consortium, CCG won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the hugely successful Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, a project which was delivered on budget and on time.
  • Sixteen young people aged 16-19 commenced their construction apprenticeship programme with CCG in summer 2016. Each new start will undergo a four-year intensive training programme where they will acquire practical and theoretical skills before qualifying in their certified trade. A further 22 apprentices were taken on in summer 2017 and are involved on live CCG projects, with support and guidance from a site mentor – taking the total number of apprentices at the company up to 70 – more than 10 per cent of the company’s 650 strong workforce.

CCG completes specialist Paisley care home and veteran’s activity centre

170925WAR-078 - CopyCCG (Scotland) Ltd has completed work on a stunning care home for visually impaired older people and an activity centre for veterans with sight loss.

The £12 million project was undertaken on behalf of Scotland’s largest sight loss charity, Royal Blind, and its sister charity for visually impaired veterans, Scottish War Blinded.

The veteran’s activity hub, the Hawkhead Centre, located where Hawkhead Road and Barrhead Road meet in Paisley, has seen its design influenced by military aircraft with a stunning roof shaped like the wings of a fighter jet.

Inside, the facility is fully accessible and has been designed so that Scottish War Blinded’s members find it easy to remember and navigate. A sports hall is located alongside various rooms including a specialist arts and crafts workshop, an IT suite, a rehabilitation room, and a peaceful garden room to promote relaxation. Meeting and office facilities are also available for staff throughout the building.

170925WAR-008 - CopyThe exterior grounds also promote accessibility offering members the chance to benefit from private and outdoor space in the form of landscaped gardens.

Royal Blind’s 54-bed care home, Jenny’s Well, is located to the north of the site and has been built to maximise the benefit of the surrounding woodland to residents.  Designed to be a ‘home-from-home’, the specialist facility reaches two storeys and is spread across four inter-connected pavilions which has a sensory garden at its core.

Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG, said: “CCG has a wealth of experience working in the care and amenity sectors so we understand how important facilities like Hawkhead Road are to the end-user, in this case Scottish war veterans. Each facility has been designed to be as accessible as possible and we hope the veterans find it a welcoming and comfortable environment.”

The Scottish War Blinded Day Centre and Royal Blind Care Home is due to open in summer-2018.

CCG completes Appleton Tower upgrade for University of Edinburgh

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH - APPLETON TOWERA core University of Edinburgh building which is recognised as an exemplar of modern design by Historic Environment Scotland has received an £11.98 million upgrade by CCG (Scotland) Ltd.

The Glasgow-based construction specialist said the new over-cladding of Appleton Tower has reinvigorated the building’s facade which was essential due to the condition and remaining lifespan of the original cladding. A new rooftop storey and new east entrance with landscaping has been created to breathe new life into the Tower and Central Area Campus.

The works undertaken to Appleton Tower were actioned after an extensive period of assessment stretching as far back as 2008. The University of Edinburgh wanted to improve accessibility and introduce additional space for students, staff, conferences and events.

APPLETON TOWER - UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGHCCG’s building renewals division, Specialist Building Services (SBS) was chosen to lead the construction works in November 2015 and through SBS’s unmatched expertise, Appleton Tower now has upgraded external thermal insulation to improve environmental performance, a brand new natural façade that will extend the life of the building and a newly configured main entrance offering better disability access.

The building also has a newly formed extension offering students, staff and visitors excellent study, teaching and educational facilities with stunning views across the Edinburgh skyline.

CCG Specialist Building Services manager, Paul Muldoon, said: “Appleton Tower is one of the most challenging projects CCG SBS has ever undertaken. The level of works required to modernise the building were hugely extensive but due to the excellent management on site, we have performed them to the very highest quality standards.

“We are extremely proud to have delivered what is now the first of two phases of work at Appleton Tower. The second phase, due for final completion winter 2017, has involved the extensive reconfiguration and refurbishment of teaching facilities over six floors which will improve the learning environment for both faculty and students.”

CCG welcomes 2017 apprentice intake

Apprentices_23CCG (Scotland) Ltd has welcomed its new intake of trade apprentices for 2017.

Twenty-two young people aged 16 and above began a high-quality construction apprenticeship programme with Glasgow-based construction and manufacturing business this August.

Five bricklayers, six plumbers, seven joiners, three electricians and a heating engineer have been positioned across various companies from within CCG Group. Each new start will undergo a four-year training programme where they will acquire practical and theoretical skills for use in the trade before qualifying with a recognised and respected qualification.

The news comes as 11 of CCG’s apprentices celebrate their graduation from the in-house construction apprenticeship programme this year. With the new intake, a total of 70 apprentices will be learning their trade, representing over 10% of the company’s workforce.

The new apprentices have been immediately placed on live construction projects, with support and guidance from an experienced site mentor, including St Ninian’s Primary School, Gourock – a contract that is being undertaken on behalf of Inverclyde Council and hub West Scotland, as well as a range of housing projects located throughout Glasgow and East Ayrshire.

Lauren McKenna

Lauren McKenna

Lauren McKenna, apprentice plumber, said: “I am very excited to have started my apprenticeship with CCG. I was attracted to construction because of the skills that you can learn and the variety of projects that you can be involved in. Plumbing is a hands on trade but I am looking forward to the challenges it will present as I take my first steps in my career.”

In addition to the construction apprenticeship programme, CCG offers modern apprenticeship opportunities and trainee programmes for internal progression and to the external market. Each year CCG trains up to 25 people through these programmes which will see them gain skills in estimating, buying, site management, design or health and safety.

Liam Rae, assistant project coordinator CCG’s planned maintenance division, Asset Management, said: “I joined the company as an apprentice plumber and Heating Engineer in 2007. The idea of earning whilst I was learning a trade was really appealing.  I knew that getting a trade, plumbing in my case, would set me up for life and the CCG scheme gave me that chance.

“CCG has enabled me, not only to gain an apprenticeship as a plumber and heating engineer but through a structured training plan, go on to develop my skills so I can work on the design stages of the build. I am now working towards becoming more involved at management level.”

Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG, added: “Since day one, CCG’s apprenticeship programme has been a key element of our business.  Our apprentices are viewed as one of our greatest assets, bringing fresh enthusiasm, life skills and knowledge to the company – they all learn a great deal through the programme, and many of them go on to work for us once they have qualified.

“Each construction apprentice receives in depth on-the-job training, as well as theory based education, and at the end of the programme they have a skill and trade for life. We are delighted to welcome our new starts to the CCG family.”

Case study

Liam Rae from Kirkintilloch started out as an apprentice plumber and heating engineer with CCG back in 2007. What attracted him to the apprenticeship programme was the ability to earn whilst he was being trained.

He said: “The idea of earning whilst I was learning a trade was really appealing.  I knew that getting a trade, plumbing in my case, would set me up for life and the CCG scheme gave me that chance.

“CCG has enabled me, not only gain an apprenticeship as a plumber and heating engineer but through a structured training plan, go on to develop my skills so I can work on the design stages of the build. I am now working towards becoming more involved at management level.

“It’s a job with huge variety, every contract is different and I like the challenges that go with it.  I am constantly learning how to juggle contracts and prioritise my efforts and CCG have helped me to widen my knowledge and experience of the construction industry.  It gives me huge job satisfaction.

“It’s a great industry with a huge variety of career opportunities for school and college graduates.  I am ambitious and CCG have enabled me to grow and develop and I am looking forward to furthering my career with the company.”

Athletes’ Village consortium honoured with Queen’s Award win

(from left) Calum Murray, CCG; Ed Monaghan, Mactaggart & Mickel; Lord Leuitenant Eva Bolander; John Gallacher, Cruden; Martin Kiely, WH Malcolm

(from left) Calum Murray, CCG; Ed Monaghan, Mactaggart & Mickel; Lord Leuitenant Eva Bolander; John Gallacher, Cruden; Martin Kiely, WH Malcolm

City Legacy Homes, the consortium that built the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has been honoured by the city to celebrate winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, hosted the civic reception where she presented the crystal Queen’s Award for Enterprise to directors of the City Legacy consortium – Calum Murray of CCG, John Gallacher of Cruden, Ed Monaghan of Mactaggart & Mickel and Martin Kiely of WH Malcolm, at the city chambers.

The Queen’s Awards are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. Each year they are presented to companies to recognise outstanding achievements in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

City Legacy now joins an elite group of organisations which have received, and are permitted to bear the Queen’s Award emblem. This also marks the 25th accolade that the Athletes’ Village has won for its high quality design, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The Athletes’ Village has been a huge success story in the role it has played in regenerating the east end of Glasgow. Comprising 700 homes and a 120-bed care home, it first provided accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials during the 2014 Commonwealth Games before being converted into residences as part of the overall project. Demand for the homes was unprecedented, selling out two years ahead of schedule.

In July, City Legacy directors Ed Monaghan and Calum Murray attended a reception for this year’s Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace which was hosted by HRH The Queen.

Martin Kiely, MD of WH Malcolm, and director of City Legacy, said: “It’s been a rewarding and inspiring journey from idea to delivery on the Athletes’ Village, and this award really belongs to the staff at all four companies – CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm – who worked tirelessly for years to ensure the success of the project. We are grateful, too, for the excellent working partnership we enjoyed with Glasgow City Council throughout delivering the project.

“We knew from day one that The Village would offer a lasting legacy for Glasgow’s East End, and with a decision on planning permission for the second phase of this development expected in the coming weeks, we hope to begin the next chapter of this amazing success story.”

The Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “Lord Provost Eva Bolander said; “One of the great legacies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the Athletes’ Village, home to the athletes in that fantastic summer and now the site of 700 homes that has won widespread acclaim. The council’s partner in delivering the Athletes’ Village was the City Legacy consortium, and I am delighted that their work has been recognised by this Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Athletes’ Village was key – along with the Emirates Arena and the Clyde Gateway route – in the regeneration of Dalmarnock, which now has a new community centre, nursery, woodland park, and care home, with a new primary school on the way.”

Nine contractors named on £800m Scottish schools and community buildings framework

Scottish Procurement AllianceThe Scottish Procurement Alliance has revealed the nine main contractors to have secured places on its £800 million schools and community buildings framework.

The four-year framework is split into regions as well as four value bands (up to £2m, £2m-£4m, £4m-£10m and £10m+) with four selected for each lot.

Kier and Morgan Sindall have renewed their places on the projects over £10m lot while newcomers Robertson Construction and McLaughlin & Harvey will replace previous framework winners Galliford Try and Farrans.

Galliford Try has been named as one of four preferred firms for projects worth £4m-£10m.

Other firms to have secured places include GHI Contracts, Hadden Construction, Novus Property Solutions and CCG (Scotland).

Offering new build and refurbishment works Scotland, the framework covers turnkey solutions for any type of building excluding residential.

Scottish Schools and Community Buildings framework

Projects over £10m

  • Scotland – Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall, Robertson Construction, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction

Projects £4m-£10m

  • Scotland – McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, Galliford Try Building, Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall

Projects up to £2m

  • Scotland – Refurb: Hadden Construction, GHI Contracts, Novus Property Solutions
  • Scotland – New Build: Hadden Construction

New build and refurb projects £2m-£4m

  • Southern Scotland – Hadden Construction, CCG (Scotland), Galliford Try Building
  • North East Scotland: Galliford Try Building
  • Highlands and Islands: Galliford Try Building

New build up to £2m

  • North East Scotland: Hadden Construction
  • West Scotland: Hadden Construction
  • Highlands and Islands – Hadden Construction
  • East Scotland – Hadden Construction

Greenock Early Years Facility achieves financial close

Greenock Early Years FacilityWork on a £2.6 million early years facility in Greenock is to begin this month after the project achieved financial close last week.

The new 100-pupil facility will be built on part of the old Greenock Academy site and has been designed so the three nursery playrooms will all look-out over the River Clyde.

The facility is the latest project in Inverclyde Council’s £270 million investment that will see every child in a new or refurbished school by 2020. It also marks the fifth hub West Scotland project in partnership with the council and its first Early Years facility.

Ian Marley, hub West Scotland CEO, said: “The Design Team have been very proactive during the development phase and are to be congratulated for their efforts in reaching this important milestone.”

CCG (Scotland) Ltd have been appointed by hub West Scotland and are currently building the new £9.2m St Ninian’s Primary and refurbishing Moorfoot Primary School in Gourock.

The Design Team consists of architects Holmes Miller, civil & structural engineers Struer, M&E engineers BakerHicks and QS Brown & Wallace.

Work is due to start at the beginning of August and will be completed in May 2018.