East Dunbartonshire

Rangers granted training ground extension planning permission

Rangers Football Club has received planning permission to improve its Auchenhowie training base in Milngavie.

A new stand for spectators to watch youth games, additional dressing room facilities, a classroom area and more floodlighting will be added after East Dunbartonshire Council gave the green light to the project.

The enhancements will be funded by the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, an initiative set up by Sandy Jardine in March 2012, with further support coming from the Scottish Football Partnership.

Managing director Stewart Robertson told rangers.co.uk: “We are excited by this new project. Our Academy is a key part of our business plan and we are starting to see the benefits of the significant progress we have made in this area with the likes of Ross McCrorie, Jamie Barjonas and Ryan Hardie all featuring in recent weeks.

“The stand will be a tangible legacy provided by the supporters which will also provide more dressing room capacity and education space, which will benefit our young players. It will facilitate greater utilisation of our Academy pitches and thereby the amount of time the players spend with a ball at their feet. Ultimately this will assist us in producing more players for the first team.

“The new floodlighting will also allow us greater pitch availability, which again will benefit the players. I would like to thank the RFFF for allowing us to push forward with this important and exciting initiative and, along with the support from our friends at the Scottish Football Partnership, we will deliver a facility that all Rangers fans can be proud of and which will benefit the club for years to come.”

Auchenhowie was opened in 2001 and features seven full-sized pitched as well as an indoor pitch and a practice area on a 14-acre site.

Work on the new facility is set to begin this month.

CALA unveils housing plans for former Broomhill Hospital site

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A joint planning application for a proposed housing development at the former Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch has been submitted by CALA Homes (West) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The applicants seek to create a high quality development of 162 private and affordable homes, on a site that is allocated for housing in the adopted East Dunbartonshire Local Development Plan 2, 2017.

The proposed private housing mix will comprise of apartments, cottage flats, townhouses, terraced and detached properties. Forty affordable homes will also feature a range of cottage flats and terraced houses.

The affordable housing provision equates to 25% of the total number of homes proposed on the site and is expected to be delivered by CALA for Link Housing Association.

CALA’s proposals represent an investment in excess of £30 million in the long-term future of the community with the creation of over 100 direct and 50 indirect construction jobs expected.

It is further thought that the development will generate in excess of £300,000 per annum for East Dunbartonshire Council in council tax receipts.

After closing in 1995, the majority of the former hospital buildings were de-listed and demolished in 2013/14, turning the site into a now vacant brownfield development opportunity within the town. CALA was selected as preferred developer by the NHS in early 2017, following the most recent open marketing process.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) was submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in May, and a successful public consultation event was held at William Patrick Library in August.

The feedback from the public consultation, together with the extensive pre-application discussions with key stakeholders, have shaped the designs, culminating in an attractive site proposal that will meet all planning and environmental requirements.

If approved, the development will embody CALA’s distinctive style and will be crafted to the high specifications synonymous with the premier homebuilder.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “The submission of the planning application shows CALA’s commitment to delivering a range and choice of high quality homes on this allocated brownfield site in East Dunbartonshire.

“Strength in design excellence and sector-leading build quality sets us apart from other developers.

“We are looking forward to progressing the application with East Dunbartonshire Council and believe that the proposals respond well to the site’s unique characteristics and setting, and will positively enhance this area of Kirkintilloch.”

David Loudon, NHS GGC’s director of property, procurement & facilities management, said: “I am delighted that the detailed planning application will now be progressed with East Dunbartonshire Council and that the site of the former Broomhill Hospital can be reused to help in the delivery of much needed housing in the Kirkintilloch area, whilst offering open space for potential community use.”

The applicants are targeting a positive planning decision from East Dunbartonshire Council around springtime next year.

If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in late summer 2018, with the first residents taking occupation around 12 months later.

Kier named as Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland

Kier imageKier Construction Scotland has been appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland’s supply chain.

A joint-venture organisation owned by both the public and private sectors, hub West Scotland delivers a range of public sector capital works projects throughout west central Scotland.

It works in partnership with 15 public bodies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City councils, covering a population of around 1.2 million people.

The partnership designs and constructs a wide range of new community facilities, including schools, health and community centres and facilities for blue light organisations, whilst providing value for money to the public purse and the opportunity to work with local SMEs.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Iain Marley, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “Key supply chain members are a vital ingredient in the success of hub West Scotland where we work in a collaborative partnership to deliver quality, innovative and value for money solutions to our public sector partners.

“Kier Construction Scotland boasts a wealth of delivery experience, and we look forward to working with them as a partnering contractor on future projects, to develop a sustainable future within communities across west central Scotland.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to be appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the hub West team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

Royal opening for Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre

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Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre in Lenzie has been officially opened by The Princess Royal.

The centre was constructed by Clark Contracts, the construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor with their appointed design team Austin-Smith:Lord and Charles Scott & Partners.

The 7,000 square foot building, commissioned by leading charity Deafblind Scotland, is acoustically neutral with sound and light absorbing surfaces.

Initially called ‘The Field of Dreams’, the £2m centre features an arts facility, IT room and recording studio which will be a daily resource for more than 800 Deafblind Scotland members who are severely dual sensory impaired.

Clark Contracts worked closely with Deafblind Scotland and their project manager Hg Consulting to value engineer the project to a cost and specification suitable to Deafblind Scotland.

Ruth Dorman, chief executive, Deafblind Scotland, said: “Clark Contracts and their design team have been instrumental in the delivery of the project with a hands on and approachable attitude. The team made the language of construction accessible to us all at Deafblind Scotland which in turn made the process inclusive for everyone.”

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, said: “We have enjoyed working with Deafblind Scotland and our Design Team to deliver this important project that we hope will provide valuable facilities for deafblind people across Scotland for many years to come.”

Andrew McCafferty, director, Austin-Smith:Lord said: “This was an immensely satisfying project being part of Clark Contracts’ team, working within the constraints of budget and demanding timescale to provide a positive learning and teaching environment for Deafblind Scotland and the community that also achieves a significant presence within it’s locality.”

Phase four of Bishopbriggs Relief Road delayed until early 2018

Bishopbriggs Relief RoadThe £6.5 million fourth phase of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road project has been delayed until early next year.

Following a recent meeting between East Dunbartonshire Council and Network Rail, the local authority has confirmed the scheme’s completion date has been pushed back to early 2018.

This is due to the need to relocate utility cables and ongoing wider works to deliver the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), which is being carried out by Network Rail.

The fourth phase of the road upgrade project is being delivered by Morrison Construction. It involves the creation of a new road between the end of Phase 3, at Wester Cleddens Roundabout, and a new roundabout near the Aviva offices on Westerhill Road. In addition, a new bridge is being created over the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line as well as a new access road for Cadder Yard.

However, further work ongoing on the EGIP has delayed the installation of the new bridge.

Councillor Jim Gibbons said: “The council is disappointed at the wider works outwith its control which are now impacting on the timing of the delivery of the road and fully share the frustrations of local residents and businesses.

“It is, however, essential to ensure that the relief road and the EGIP are delivered safely and that any issues which come to light, such as the need for utility relocation, are dealt with as they arise.

“Rest assured, we will continue to work with all parties involved – particularly Network Rail – to ensure any further delays are kept to a minimum wherever this is within our control and officers have escalated matters with our delivery partners.

“Based on the current programme for the installation of the bridge over the railway line, officers are advising that the road is programmed for completion by February next year.”

CALA unveils housing plan for Lenzie site

A typical CALA West street scene

A typical CALA West street scene

CALA Homes (West) has submitted a planning application for a proposed development in Claddens, Lenzie.

The housebuilder is keen to create 74 high quality homes on the site, which lies south of Blacklands Place, including a mix of 48 private homes and 26 affordable homes, which would provide much-needed family housing for the local community.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) was submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in July last year. The site was allocated for housing development in the council’s Local Development Plan that was adopted in February 2017. A pre-application consultation event took place at Lenzie Tennis Club in May.

If approved, CALA said each of the homes in the development will embody its distinctive style and will be crafted to high specifications.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “In submitting our planning application, we are showing our commitment to delivering a range and choice of high quality homes in this sought-after area of East Dunbartonshire.

“The homes will be in-keeping with their surrounding environment and will appeal to buyers looking for a spacious, contemporary home, just 15 minutes from the centre of Glasgow.

“There’s a real demand for housing in this very popular area and we are confident that our proposed development will meet that need.

“We are looking forward to progressing our plans for the site as we believe the development will also positively enhance the surrounding area.”

CALA hopes that a positive planning decision will be made by East Dunbartonshire Council before the end of 2017. If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in Summer 2018, with the first residents taking occupation in Summer 2019.

East Dunbartonshire greenbelt housing appeal dismissed by ministers

East Dunbartonshire CouncilAn appeal against East Dunbartonshire Council’s decision to reject plans for housing on greenbelt land has been dismissed by the Scottish Government.

The local authority’s Planning Board unanimously agreed on 8 November 2016 to refuse planning permission in principle for housing on land at Wester Gartshore Road, Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch.

Grounds for refusal included the application being contrary to the council’s Local Development Plan – which designates the 6.5-hectare site as greenbelt – and Scottish Planning Policy.

Board members determined that the application would have an adverse impact on landscape, biodiversity and the greenbelt. There were also objections from a local resident and Gartconner Primary Parent Council.

Following the refusal, Persimmon Homes lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government, however, a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division has now dismissed that appeal and upheld the Board’s decision.

She said: “The proposed development does not accord overall with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission.”

Councillor Billy Hendry, chair of East Dunbartonshire’s Planning Board, said: “This is excellent news for East Dunbartonshire and clearly demonstrates that the council has a robust greenbelt policy which we will continue to protect and defend.

“The decision vindicates the Board’s united stance to refuse permission – based on planning policy and in particular concerns over inappropriate development in the greenbelt, biodiversity and landscape issues.

“The proposal was contrary to the new Local Development Plan and potentially paved the way for more applications to build on greenbelt sites, so I’m delighted that the Scottish Government Reporter has dismissed the appeal.”

A separate appeal against the council’s decision to reject plans to build 57 new homes on a greenbelt site near Birdston Road in Milton of Campsie was upheld by ministers last week.

Ministers overturn East Dunbartonshire greenbelt housing plan refusal

birdston-roadA decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to reject a new housing development in Milton of Campsie has been overturned by Scottish Ministers.

An application by CALA Management/Ashfield Land to build 57 new homes on a greenbelt site near Birdston Road was refused planning permission in January on grounds including road safety concerns and the proposal being contrary to the previously adopted Local Plan 2.

The development, which included a quarter of the housing being made affordable, along with associated roads and landscaping, also generated 116 representations submitted from local residents against the proposals.

However, the council has now been informed that an appeal has been allowed by the Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division and Scottish Ministers, subject to a legal agreement being signed.

Planning Board chair, Councillor Billy Hendry, said: “I am deeply disappointed that the Board’s decision to refuse permission has been overturned.

“We received 116 representations from the local community, which demonstrated the strength of feeling against the proposals.

“Concerns from local residents included greenbelt, road and transport, amenity, impact on the setting of a listed building, school capacity, biodiversity, drainage and other issues.

“I am saddened that this decision has failed to back the valid concerns of local residents and the Planning Board.”

M&E contractor continues to progress with new project manager appointment

Stuart MacDonald

Stuart MacDonald

Glasgow-based M&E contractor Arc-Tech Scotland has taken on a new project manager to lead works at a care home in Milngavie.

Stuart MacDonald is the latest to join the ranks of the fast-growing business and will now take Abbotsford House to full contract completion this November.

Working alongside main contractor CCG on behalf of Morrison Community Care Group, Stuart’s responsibilities will be to manage the delivery of Arc-Tech’s M&E package across the development which will comprise 45 private suites and an extensive array of facilities for the future residents including four restaurants, a cinema and a specialist in-house medical unit.

The range of Arc-Tech’s service installation includes the building’s air conditioning, alarm and lighting systems as well as drainage, ventilation and heating.

EXTERIOR2 HR cmyk - CopyStuart MacDonald said: “I am very proud to join a business like Arc-Tech. I was immediately taken by their drive and ambition to move forward and to be given the responsibility of leading one of their largest projects is very rewarding. We are only six weeks into our 24 week programme so there is a long way to go but I am excited to see the end product in what is going to be a fantastic facility.”

John Gallacher, Arc-Tech Scotland managing director, added: “Stuart has settled into Arc-Tech very well and has added to what has fast become a very strong Project Management Team. Our approach to employability is met with our ambition to grow whilst also providing the highest quality of service. Our team is now in excess of 50 staff across office and site-based roles, all ready and able to meet the needs of our clients.

“I am proud of how our team is progressing and excited to see how their skills develop over the course of the year as we continue to take on more, bigger and challenging projects.”

Robertson wins deal to build new Auchinairn community facility

Artist's Impression_AuchinairnThe delivery of a new community facility for Auchinairn is picking up pace after main contractor Robertson Group was appointed to construct the £4.95 million building.

Heras fencing is now being installed around the site in the lead up to construction work beginning early next month.

Designed by Holmes Miller, the facility will be built on the site of the old Auchinairn Primary School and will provide a range of facilities for local people including a nursery, community hall, café, meeting rooms, play area and much more.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s depute chief executive, place, neighbourhood and corporate assets, Thomas Glen, said: “This is really good news for the community of Auchinairn as we move a step closer to delivering this fantastic new centre for local residents. The facility will be built on the site of the old Auchinairn Primary School and will provide a range of facilities for local people including a nursery, community hall, café, meeting rooms, play area and much more.”

David Cairns, regional managing director at Robertson Central, said: “We are really looking forward to carrying out the construction work for the new community centre and nursery facility in Auchinairn.

“This follows our successful completion at Huntershill and both projects are being delivered under Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.

“The facility will add real value to the local area as well as provide a modern space for Auchinairn residents to enjoy a variety of activities.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group’s chief executive, added: “This is a fantastic project. The new building will create state-of-the-art facilities that will serve as a real hub for the residents of Auchinairn.

“Using the framework will ensure the new building gives back to the community in more ways than one, such as use of local suppliers and creation of new jobs and training opportunities for local people. It is a genuine win-win for Auchinairn.”

Thomas Glen added: “The council has been working closely with the local community to tailor this facility to meet the needs of people living in Auchinairn and I am looking forward to seeing it complete next Spring when residents can take advantage of the many resources it will offer.”