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CCG starts work on new Inverclyde school

st ninians startsWork has begun work on Inverclyde Council’s new £9.2 million St Ninian’s Primary School in Gourock.

The CCG project is the latest to benefit from the council’s £270m investment that will see every child in the region in a new or refurbished school by 2020.

The Holmes Miller-designed building, which will be built on the blaes gravel pitches at the current school site, will feature 13 classrooms, a gym, dining hall, music room and a library over its two stories.

Children will be dropped off at a dedicated lay-by with space for three buses and pedestrian access will be from Staffa Street, Drumshantie Road and Kirn Drive. The old school building will be demolished once work is complete.

Cllr Jim Clocherty said: “This is another significant milestone in the council’s transformation of our school estate. We have come such a long way in the past 10 years and despite the deepest economic downturn in generations we have still managed to deliver a £270m investment towards Inverclyde’s future.”

st niniansCCG’s chairman and chief executive, Alastair Wylie, said: “The rebuild of St Ninian’s Primary School is a vital project which will bring tremendous benefits to the learning and educational opportunities for young people in Gourock.

“The new school is being constructed within the existing St Ninian’s Primary School area and our construction approach will seek to minimise disruption to staff and ensure pupils can remain within their current school until the new building is complete.

“We are proud to be working with Inverclyde Council and hub West Scotland on the new St Ninian’s Primary School and we are confident that, upon completion, the modern facilities will contribute greatly to the wider regeneration of Inverclyde and beyond.”

Angeline Robertson, partnership director at hub West Scotland, said: “We are delivering four schools in partnership with Inverclyde Council. St Ninian’s follows the design principles of St Patrick’s primary school and will be completed by main contractor CCG in summer 2018. We are delighted that the partnership is producing such high quality facilities for the communities in Inverclyde.”

Celtic hotel and museum complex plans submitted for planning

Celtic hotel and museumFull plans by Celtic Football Club to create a new hotel, retail store, ticketing facility and museum next to its stadium have now been submitted.

Architecture firm Holmes Miller has filed an application for planning in principle to Glasgow City Council.

The hotel, which would be five storeys, would be based on London Road outside the main stand of Celtic Park and close to the Emirates Arena.

A restaurant as well as a cafe/bar would be on the ground floor of the building.

The proposed new shop, ticketing facility and museum entrance would be at first floor level with the main portion of the museum below this.

The Scottish Premiership champions hope to get the green light in the autumn.

Previous plans for a £44 million hotel development on a site facing Celtic Park were shelved in 2013.

Celtic hotel and museum2A statement submitted with the new plans said: “The proposed development will result in the creation of some 100 to 120 permanent full and part-time jobs and will contribute positively to the regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area.”

The statement continued: “The direct creation of over 100 new employment opportunities will be a major boost to the area and will clearly contribute towards the key planning aim of achieving sustainable economic growth.

“There is currently no quality hotel accommodation within the area between the city centre and Tollcross despite the key attractions of Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.

“The current lack of hotel accommodation in the vicinity means that everyone attending events at the football stadium or the arena requires to travel on the day of the event, adding to traffic volumes in the surrounding area.”

It added: “By locating the proposed hotel immediately beside the stadium and arena pressure on the local transport network will be reduced, particularly at times of peak movement.

“Experience elsewhere also demonstrates that hotel restaurant and cafe/bar facilities adjoining a football stadium can help to spread the timing of trips over a greater time period avoiding peak periods.”

Work to start on ‘missing piece’ at Glasgow’s Park Circus

SML Park Quadrant CGI (2)Detailed plans for the completion of the missing link at Glasgow’s Park Circus have been released to coincide with work getting underway on 98 apartments next month.

Park Quadrant Residences will see Expresso Property complete the original 19th century masterplan of concentric rings conceived by Charles Wilson by infilling the final plot of land with new flats.

Due to a lack of funding the plans were halted before they were finished and the area has since been undeveloped.

Showcasing 98 apartments and penthouses, the development has been thoughtfully designed to match the height and aesthetic of the original plans for the area with its historic high-quality architecture often heralded as the finest example of Victorian townscape in the city. Natural sandstone will be used to complement the palette of materials used within Park Circus, while the roof re-invents the grand architecture of nearby Park Terrace.

SML Park Quadrant CGI (3)

In 1851, architect Charles Wilson developed proposals for a public park, which was to become Kelvingrove Park, along with a masterplan for a concentric pattern of streets at Woodland Hill. In 1854, the plan was changed to include the inner ring of terraces, Park Circus, along with the outer ring of Park Terrace and Park Quadrant.

In Peter Reed’s book, ‘Glasgow: The Forming of the City’ which traces the city’s architectural history from its merchant origins, there is an analogy of Park Circus as having two distinct characters; “An introverted inner ring, Park Circus, with a subtle, quiet, but grand, elevation treatment, with no dominant hierarchy or expressed roofscape, and a flamboyant, extravert outer ring, Park Terrace and Park Quadrant, with an exciting variety, richness of features, and strong hierarchy through extruded townhouses, bay window positioning, and a dramatic roofscape enriched with expressed French style attic roofs. This outer personality is what has driven our approach to skyline and roofscape, completing the ‘crown’ of Park District from all directions.”

The majority of the Park Quadrant portion of the dramatic outer ring was never developed. This was mainly due to funding and people moving further west towards Dowanhill and Hyndland.

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Gordon Coster, director at Expresso Property Park Quadrant Limited, said the new one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, duplex and penthouses will combine classic and contemporary interior design.

He added: “We are very proud to be completing this missing piece in Glasgow’s history with the development of Park Quadrant Residences. These new homes will be some of the most luxurious in the country and our aim is that the development will be something that the whole community will be proud of.”

David Gardner, architect at Holmes Miller, said: “The Park Quadrant Residences have been designed to celebrate being part of the completed masterplan, whilst having their own confident architectural language. The design creates a subtle contemporary reinterpretation of various key elements including the window proportions, stonework detail and feature entrances. We believe Park Quadrant Residences are a fitting tribute to Charles Wilson’s original plans and a crowning jewel in the Park area.”

Works will begin towards the end of June.

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.”

Perth’s £30m Mill Quarter plans move forward

Mill Quarter PerthCouncillors have approved proposals to develop a major gap site in Perth city centre into a new leisure, retail and housing development.

Designed by Holmes Miller, the £30 million Mill Quarter development will comprise of restaurants and bars, speciality shops, a cinema, gyms, housing, and a multi storey car park on the site of the Thimblerow car park.

An updated report on the plans by Expresso Property was today considered by members of Perth & Kinross Council’s strategic policy & resources committee.

A spokesperson for Perth & Kinross Council said: “Members of the Strategic Policy & Resources Committee of Perth & Kinross Council today welcomed an update on the progress developing the landmark Thimblerow site in the heart of the City of Perth. The site, which is being developed by Expresso Property and will be known as the Mill Quarter, will establish a mix of restaurants, speciality shops, a multi-screen cinema, housing, and a multi-storey car park. Expresso Property have previously submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for the site, and are now close to finalising a detailed planning application for submission.

“Committee members have also backed proposals for the council to lease and manage the 201-space multi-storey car park within the site. In line with the recent renovations to South Inch and Canal Street multi-storey car parks the new 201-space Mill Quarter car park will follow the pay-on-exit model.”

A spokesperson for Expresso Property said: “We are delighted that our scheme at The Mill Quarter has now got the go ahead from Perth & Kinross Council, and with their support we look forward to pushing forward as soon as possible. Providing a major new leisure facility for the City comprising a state of the art cinema with restaurants, over 200 parking spaces and 58 apartments we hope to be in a position to submit a planning application during the next few months, targeting a scheme opening late spring 2019.”

Willmott Dixon and Robertson set for £17m Dundee schools complex

North East Campus DundeeWillmott Dixon Construction Limited has submitted a tender worth over £17 million for a new primary school and nursery campus in Dundee.

The new North East Campus, which has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects, will house two schools and a nursery and replace St Luke’s & St Matthew’s, St Vincent’s and Longhaugh primary and nursery schools.

Set to be located on land to the north of Lothian Crescent in Whitfield, the development was given planning approval by the local authority last month.

Now a tender for the works, which will cost £17.2m including allowances, has been submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction Limited with the work to be carried out by Robertson Construction.

Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “It’s great to see this tender being brought forward and with it a new school campus coming a step closer.

“Work is already completed and well underway on similar projects in other parts of Dundee so it is good to see progress being made in the north east of the city.”

The new schools are designed over three storeys for a maximum combined roll of 868 pupils and a 95 full time equivalent (FTE) three to five year olds at the nursery. A separate nursery area for up to 30 FTE. two year olds is also included in the project.

Vehicles will get access to the main school from Lothian Crescent where there will also be a pupil drop-off and service yard car park. There will be an additional pupil drop-off facility on Longhaugh Road.

The city development committee meets to discuss the tender on March 27.

Construction work on the school is expected to begin before summer.

Holmes Miller proceeds last phase of Oatlands regeneration

Holmes Miller OatlandsHolmes Miller has submitted details of the final phase of regeneration in Oatlands to Glasgow City Council.

The application includes plans for 320 flats and the refurbishment of Richmond Park, which includes will be given a new model boat clubhouse as part of the work.

This phase takes the development up to Shawfield Junction and forms a gateway landmark at the east end of the new community.

The practice secured planning permission for 378 flats and houses at the development in 2014 in partnership with Bett Homes.

Celtic unveils hotel and museum development plans

Celtic hotel and museumCeltic Football Club has announced plans to further develop the area next to its stadium including the creation of a new hotel, retail store, ticketing facility and museum.

The Parkhead club submitted a Proposal of Application Notice to Glasgow City Council for the potential development.

The application is part of Celtic’s long-standing masterplan for the area, which aims to deliver benefits to the club and supporters as well as allow further regeneration of the East End of the city.

Celtic hotel and museum2Celtic pointed out the application represents “only the first stage” in the process and it is “important to emphasise that considerable work and investment over a number of years would be required”.

A statement from the club added: “There would be a number of challenges to overcome to complete a development of this scale.

“Celtic aims to be a world-class football club in everything it does. We are pleased to have made significant investment in recent years to develop the stadium and public realm area for the benefit of our supporters.

“Any further development of this kind would be a hugely positive step for the club, for our supporters and for the local community.”

Holmes Miller has been appointed by Celtic Football Club as architect for the project.

Planning consent for Dundee education campus

North East Campus DundeeCouncillors have approved plans for a new primary school and nursery campus in Dundee.

The new North East Campus, which has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects on behalf of Dundee City Council, will bring together three primary schools and two nursery schools on land to the north of Lothian Crescent in Whitfield.

Its combined roll of nearly 1,000 will make it one of the biggest primary schools in Scotland.

However, rather than one giant primary school, the development will create space for two separate schools operating independently of one another.

Longhaugh Primary School will continue as its own entity while St Vincent’s and St Luke’s and St Matthew’s primaries will merge.

The new campus will offer greatly enhanced facilities in comparison with the existing schools including multiple playgrounds, a soft play area, sports pitches, gardening and nature areas and outdoor classrooms.

Construction will begin in April, with the school expected to open in August 2018.

Finance convener Willie Sawers said: “It is a major investment in the north of the city and will be transformative for both nursery and primary schoolchildren in the area.”

The committee also voted to defer a decision on a proposal to build two car dealerships and a football pitch for Lochee Harp on group at Lundie Avenue and King’s Cross Road over concerns about the impact on traffic and biodiversity in the area.

Councillors voted 18 to seven for Baillie Ian Borthwick’s amendment to defer a decision until the developers could address these concerns.

Holmes Miller lodges plans for two Glasgow primary schools

Carntyne Primary School

Carntyne Primary School

Architecture firm Holmes Miller has submitted plans for two primary schools in Glasgow and successfully handed over an education campus in the Highlands.

Plans for new schools to replace the existing buildings in Carntyne and Blairdardie have been lodged with Glasgow City Council.

The designs for both schools have been developed for the council with BAM Construction via hub West Scotland.

Holmes Miller said the Carntyne school is “conceived as a single mass brick building with a series of ‘cut-outs’ to provide a covered main entrance and an flexible external teaching area”.

It added: “The brick colonnade provides a civic presence to the building while the generous glazing to the sports hall and dining hall signals the activity taking place internally to the local community.

“A central glazed light well provides light deep into the building and provides a visual connection between all floors and the adjacent games hall. A series of flexible learning hubs and activity spaces located off this main circulation route compliment cellular teaching accommodation and provide strong connections to the external environment.”

Blairdardie Primary School

Blairdardie Primary School

On Blairdardie Primary School, the practice said: “The design combines the main school building and a publically accessible sports and performance facilities into a single coherent block with a series of feature clad ‘cut-outs’ to identify primary entrances and main points of interest.

“A generous central corridor and feature staircase connects both the school and sports facilities, with generous glazed roof lights above to provide light deep into the building. A series of flexible learning hubs and activity spaces located off this main circulation route compliment cellular teaching accommodation and provide strong connections to the external environment.”

Holmes Miller has also recently handed over Caol Joint Campus to The Highland Council in conjunction with Kier Construction.

The new joint campus brings together three schools and two early years centres into one building alongside a new community centre on the same picturesque adjacent to Ben Nevis overlooking Loch Linnhe.