East Ayrshire

Spie UK wins £8m M&E contract on Kilmarnock campus project

William Mcllvanney CampusKier has awarded Spie UK an £8 million contract to carry out mechanical and electrical (M&E) works on a new secondary school campus in Kilmarnock.

The new £45.3m William McIlvanney Campus is being built by Kier to accommodate the merger of Kilmarnock Academy, James Hamilton Academy, New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Centre and Silverwood Prim, as well as a third new school (Sgoil na Coille Nuaidhe) to replace the existing provision offered at Onthank Primary School and Grange Academy.

Designed by NORR Architects, the 18,360m² campus will be built to minimise overall energy consumption while adapting to a variety of interactive and collaborative teaching and learning needs.

Spie’s M&E includes the installation of Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW), heating (including underfloor), domestic water services, syphonic drainage, data-voice, LV Switchgear, stand-by generator, lighting and power, combined heat and power unit, ventilation, fire sprinkler system, fire alarms and security systems. The installation will also feature a daylight-linked PIR lighting control system, including absence detection in classrooms.

kilmarnock_image_2Overall, the campus will contain around 1,465 secondary, 383 primary and 160 early years pupils between the ages of 2-18 once completed.

Other features will include a multi-use games area as well as flexible community facilities.

Previously, Spie carried out a £7m multi-technical services contract at North Ayrshire Council’s 17,000m² Garnock Community Campus project.

Will Smith, managing director of SPIE UK’s multi-technical services Scotland division, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Kier Construction for another prestigious and pioneering venture in the Scottish education sector, following on from our works at Garnock Community Campus.

“Today’s rapidly transforming learning environment and tools demand flexibility and ease of maintenance, and therefore we will be incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency initiatives during the design phase.

“The campus will generate substantial employment, growth and investment opportunities across East Ayrshire, whilst creating the infrastructure to support continuous education of young people in Kilmarnock and the surrounding areas.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction’s Scotland managing director, said: “Education continues to be a prominent sector for Kier and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with SPIE once again to deliver this latest contemporary build in Ayrshire.

“The SPIE team brings significant mechanical and electrical works prowess to the design process, particularly in the field of energy management, which is an important part of this innovative solution.”

New education campus plans approved for Cumnock

East Ayrshire CouncilEast Ayrshire Council’s plans for a learning and enterprise campus in Cumnock have been approved by the council’s planning committee.

The new campus will include Hillside Additional Support Needs School and an Early Childhood Centre as well as new Primary and Secondary provision serving communities around Auchinleck and Cumnock.

The campus will also include a Primary Supported Learning Centre and Secondary Supported Learning Centre for children and young people across the authority

It will transform educational provision in the area for generations to come and provide new recreation and sports opportunities for all.

Parents, staff, children and young people have been actively involved in developing the design of the campus through a series of public consultation events.

Councillor Douglas Reid, leader of East Ayrshire Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the campus has been approved.

“The new campus will provide outstanding learning facilities for children and young people of all ages, with new and improved provision for those with additional support needs.

“The decision is on the back of a lot of hard work in getting these plans to the Planning Committee and, during that process we have undertaken unprecedented levels of consultation and engagement with individuals, groups and local communities.

“All objections were comprehensively considered to make sure that all aspects of the proposals were fairly and thoroughly scrutinised.”

Councillor Reid added: “It’s an important decision for East Ayrshire and work will now begin to build a modern and inspiring campus, designed to maximise the use of available space, with wide ranging benefits for young people and the local community.

“It is a unique opportunity to improve the educational facilities and the aspirations of all of the young people of the area and marks a very substantial investment and a statement of belief in the young people and communities who will access it.”

Construction works will begin in the next few months, with completion anticipated in 2019.

£525m Loudoun Castle transformation plans rejected

Loudoun CastlePlans to transform the former family Loudoun Castle theme park into a £525 million holiday and leisure destination have been rejected by East Ayrshire Council, though the door has been left open for future approval.

Deemed to be ‘of national significance’ by council planners, phase one of the much-anticipated development on the outskirts of Galston was set to create a brand new Loudoun distillery, around 1,000 new energy efficient homes, a renovated and stabilised castle building and a plan for the conversion of the castle itself into a 4/5 star hotel.

Initial plans for the project were rejected by councillors in May 2016, after being called in by Scottish Government ministers in 2015, with elected officials saying they needed more information on the proposals.

A masterplan was then requested from developers Loudoun Woods Homes.

However councillors at last week’s planning meeting took the advice of council planners to reject the plan saying there was simply not enough information before them at present to justify giving the proposals the green light.

Objections surrounded concerns that developers would erect several hundred houses, stabilise the ancient castle, then do no more.

Planning boss Michael Keane said the overall conclusion was that they were not able to answer key fundamental questions that had been raised by the developers’ lack of detail.

“But if more information is given we would reconsider our recommendation for refusal,” he said.

“The door is still open,” said, “but they (the developers) must fill in the gaps.”

The development was set to create 100 new apprenticeship opportunities and 2500 jobs across construction and operations.

If plans had been approved, it was anticipated work would begin on site in 2019.

Morrison Construction appointed for £63.5m Knockroon Learning Campus

Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus 3

Morrison Construction has been appointed preferred contractor to deliver one of Scotland’s largest and most ambitious education projects through a two-stage design and build process.

Submitted by Sheppard Robson, the proposed Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus in Cumnock aims to create a state-of-the-art educational and recreational environment for the whole community.

Subject to planning approval, it will be the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council, with costs in the region of £63.5 million.

It will draw together five local primary and secondary schools, early years nursery provision and supported education facilities into a single joint campus on the edge of Cumnock

The appointment follows an extensive procurement exercise by the local authority and its advisers.

As part of the process, community stakeholders including pupils, parents and teachers from the local schools, together with representatives from sports clubs and community groups were invited to attend presentations by bidding contractors and feedback to the client’s selection panel.

In addition to the design and construction challenges, the client has also set demanding community benefit targets, which our team plans to meet through education, training, employment and other initiatives.

A significant proportion of the building’s energy will be generated by onsite renewables, including photovoltaics on the building’s roof and a bio-mass heating system.

The campus will also be significantly enhanced through new hard and soft landscaping, planting and infrastructure to offer a more useable space.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s managing director for Central Scotland, said: “This project is a major investment in education and well-being provision for the communities of Cumnock, Auchinleck and the surrounding area and we are very excited to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to make these plans a reality.

“The development is set to create a modern, long lasting facility for pupils, staff and the community.

“We will continue our engagement with school and community stakeholders throughout the construction programme and create excellent education and employment opportunities which ensure positive local impact and legacy benefits.”

Subject to completion of all necessary consultations and procurement procedures, construction is planned to begin in 2017, with an opening scheduled for 2019.

The five schools that will be located on the new 19.8 hectare campus include; Greenmill Primary School and Early Childhood Centre, Barshare Primary School, Supported Learning Centre and Early Childhood Centre, Hillside School, Auchinleck Academy and Cumnock Academy and Supported Learning Centre. The proposals also include further education and business enterprise facilities.

Plans lodged for 2,500-pupil school campus in East Ayrshire

Knockroon Learning and Enterprise CampusSheppard Robson has submitted plans to East Ayrshire Council for the 23,000m2 Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus.

Situated on a 19.8 hectare, urban fringe site – the school consolidates five disparate schools into one campus, creating a centre for education for the towns of Cumnock and neighbouring Auchinleck.

Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus 2Rupert Goddard, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The designs are a result of extensive consultation with all stakeholders, including five head teachers, staff, pupils at all levels and the local community and stakeholders.

“It is this level of understanding that has allowed us to co-locate these schools, sharing resources amongst different age-groups as well as opening-up these facilities to the public, with an emphasis on creating sporting, enterprise and artistic resources for the community.”

Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus 3Organised as four linked structures (two two-storey and two three-storey), the building will have three school pavilions and sports centre, The running track will also be retained and upgraded, while public access will be maintained around the site and along the riverside.

Renewable features include photovoltaics positioned on the building’s roof, a bio-mass heating system and a district heating network.

Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus 4Overall, the campus will house 2,500 students and 300 staff. Student facilities will include a secondary school (for 1,633 pupils), a primary school (517 pupils), a nursery (240 children), an 80-place supported learning centre and 30 additional places for students with special educational requirements.

Work is scheduled to start on site in summer 2017, with building completion scheduled for the start of 2019.

Council announces £131m investment in East Ayrshire homes

East Ayrshire stockSix hundred new homes will be built in East Ayrshire and hundreds more improved in the next five years as East Ayrshire Council embarks on a £131 million programme of refreshing and renewing its housing stock.

The new housing programme will be in addition to the council’s commitment of almost £500m of investment in the area through its Capital Investment Programme which it had already approved earlier this year.

Councillor Eoghann MacColl, cabinet member for housing and communities, said the aim is to exceed national quality and efficiency targets and help all residents live in high quality, affordable homes and to build vibrant communities.

Councillor MacColl added: “We’ve almost 13,000 tenants and we want to ensure that we provide sustainable and quality homes that meet their future aspirations.

“We have already fully achieved the Scottish Housing Quality Standard for all of our stock and are making excellent progress towards meeting the national energy efficiency targets.

“We’re seeing how successful Community Led Action Plans are in delivering improvements at the heart of the community and it makes perfect sense that housing is part of this positive and ongoing process.

“One of the main changes will be to develop the housing programme in tandem with building strong, resilient, safe and vibrant communities.

“Over the next five years, six hundred new homes will be built in East Ayrshire and hundreds more improved, as we embark on this exciting and ambitious £131 million programme of refreshing and renewing our housing.”

A new strategic planning approach (Housing Asset Management Framework – HAMF) – is now being used help prioritise improvements and investment, allowing resources to be used more efficiently and effectively. This will see approximately £63m invested in building the new homes.

Other properties requiring modernisation will be benefit from a £68m improvement programme, including central heating installation; roof replacement; door and window replacement; modern kitchens and bathrooms installed as well as insulation, cladding and other energy efficiency measures.

Councillor MacColl added: “One area we’re particularly keen to address is the number of empty properties on our books.

“These cost an average £2m each year in lost rent and we’ll be looking to replace or improving these.

“In addition, we have some 200 homes where we can make significant improvements and we’ll be working with tenants there to offer alternative accommodation while improvements are made, or if new homes are to be built.”

East Ayrshire Council adds backing to regeneration of former Diageo site

HALO Urban ParkA landmark regeneration plan that could create around 1,000 permanent new jobs on the site of the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock was today given the backing of East Ayrshire Council.

The “HALO” Urban Park project, spearheaded by Kilmarnock-based developers Klin Group, will be mainly funded by the private sector but has already secured financial backing from the site’s owners, Diageo, who have pledged £2m to support the proposed regeneration and to donate the 23 acres of land, subject to the project meeting certain economic and community benefit goals and securing financial backing from central government.

Today, East Ayrshire Council also approved £2m of support for the project.

Klin Group, who were the original visionaries for the Hill Street site and who secured an option to develop the site from Diageo, said the imaginative, brown field regeneration scheme is set to revitalise Kilmarnock and boost the wider economy of Ayrshire.

Plans for the Urban Park proposal that will create a commercial, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter for Kilmarnock include:

  • A Resilience Capability Business Centre for digital and online resilience businesses in research, development and application, locating innovators in financial services, private investors, insurance and technology companies
  • An enterprise, engineering, manufacturing and textiles centre for small and medium sized businesses
  • 1,000 capacity education, conference and exhibition centre (benefiting local schools, colleges and universities)
  • A cultural hub for small creative businesses and social enterprises in crafts, film, art, music, media, literature, marketing and technology
  • A year-round leisure and water sports facility
  • 3,000m2 of commercial offices
  • Health & wellbeing premises, life-style shops and cafes
  • Landscaped public plaza
  • 175 affordable rented houses
  • An energy centre powering a district heating system
  • Public space including new road and footpath networks connecting to the Rail Station and town centre.

HALO Urban Park 2Capitalising on the site’s rail and motorway links, the HALO proposal will be a phased development that will create around 1,000 sustainable jobs and complement the adjoining newly built Ayrshire College.

The local authority will now seek a further £10m financial support for the scheme from the Scottish and UK governments through the Ayrshire Growth Deal. The HALO project is one of a number of economic regeneration projects the council is putting forward, alongside North and South Ayrshire Councils, for funding totalling £359m through the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Marie Macklin, chair of Klin Group, said: “Kilmarnock deserves the very best for this iconic site and that is what we are setting out to deliver. We listened carefully to what the people of the town had to say and the HALO Project will provide a fitting and sustainable legacy for the Hill Street site that will last for generations of Kilmarnock residents to come.”

David Cutter, President of Global Supply & Procurement at Diageo plc, said: “We are delighted to partner with East Ayrshire Council to support this regeneration proposal for Kilmarnock. Our ambition has always been to see this site redeveloped to the benefit of the local economy and community.

“Alongside the new college campus which is due to open soon at the site, we believe this regeneration plan will create a positive legacy for Kilmarnock and we hope it will gain the necessary support from the Ayrshire Growth Deal to make it a reality.”

Douglas Reid, leader of East Ayrshire Council, said: “These proposals are a key element of East Ayrshire Council’s ambitions for the Ayrshire Growth Deal and will greatly contribute to the regeneration of Kilmarnock, breathing new life into the remainder of the site previously occupied by the Johnnie Walker bottling plant.”

Ceiling collapses at East Ayrshire primary school

East Ayrshire CouncilA primary school in East Ayrshire was forced to close after part of a classroom collapsed into a classroom last week.

The rubble was discovered at Hurlford Primary School on Friday morning, with the head teacher believing the damage to have been sustained overnight.

East Ayrshire Council said a contractor was called in on Friday to carry out further investigations which revealed five other classrooms may be “susceptible to similar issues”.

Pupils have been temporarily decanted to Loudoun Academy but a statement released by the local authority yesterday suggested that the disruption could go on until next June.

A council statement read: “In response to concerns raised by parents over the weekend we have endeavoured to keep the entire school together and not split classes across different establishments.

“Please be assured that the building is not dangerous; these are precautionary measures to ensure there is no further disruption to education provision.

“The likelihood is that these decant arrangements will be in place until June 2017. This will provide continuity and a settled teaching environment for the children.”

The school is subject to a £2.5million refurbishment and improvement project, with work beginning in April.

Main contractor sought for £63.5m East Ayrshire campus

East Ayrshire CouncilA main contractor is being sought to help deliver a £63.5 million education campus for East Ayrshire Council.

The planned Knockroon Learning & Enterprise Campus development in the Broomfield area of Cumnock will include: a merged primary school, incorporating two existing primary schools as well as Auchinleck Academy and Cumnock Academy. The proposals also include further education and business enterprise facilities.

It is set to be the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council.

Industry consultants Faithful+Gould will act as quantity surveyor while architect is Sheppard Robson.

Current plans envisage work starting on site in April 2017 and completing by July 2019.

The value of the main construction contract is estimated at £50m. Contractors interested in bidding have until 26th September 2016 to register interest and must have a minimum annual turnover of £100m (twice the contract value) for the last three years.

Faithful+Gould wins QS role on £63.5m East Ayrshire campus

Faithful and GouldIndustry consultants Faithful+Gould has been selected to help deliver a £63.5 million education campus in East Ayrshire.

The company will act as quantity surveyor on the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus development, the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council.

The project will help accommodate over 2,000 secondary, primary and pre-school pupils and is to begin construction in 2017.

Sheppard Robson was appointed architect for the project earlier this year.

Barry Young, project lead and associate director at Faithful+Gould, said: “We will deliver a facility that recognises the scale of the investment and our contribution will be to optimise capital expenditure, maintenance and lifetime running costs, increase functionality and efficiency, maximise environmental performance and end user satisfaction overall.”

Alistair Kidd, senior project and capital accounting manager with East Ayrshire Council, added: “East Ayrshire Council is delighted to be working with Faithful+Gould who will be acting as employers’ agents and quantity surveyors on the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus. Faithful+Gould is one of world’s largest consultancies, with a proven record of delivering project and cost management services on a range of large and complex construction projects.”

Subject to completion of all necessary consultations and procurement procedures, construction is planned to begin in July 2017, with a planned opening scheduled for 2019.