hub West Scotland

BAM wins £18m deal to deliver new Glasgow schools

Blairdardie Primary School

Blairdardie Primary School

BAM Construction has been appointed by hub West Scotland to build two new primary schools on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

Located on Liberton Street in the East of the city and on Kearn Avenue in the West End, Carntyne and Blairdardie Primary Schools will provide modern state of the art teaching facilities for local children, which, in the case of Carntyne, will include a multi-use games area that will be available for community use.

Designed by Holmes Miller, both projects commenced on site last month with completion of Carntyne scheduled for Autumn 2018 and Blairdardie following in Spring 2019.

The combined contract value is £18 million and funding has been made available through Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) which delivers public infrastructure investment on behalf of the Scottish Government through the hub network and Glasgow City Council.

Carntyne Primary School

Carntyne Primary School

Bruce Dickson, regional director at BAM Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this contract. The partnership between our local authorities, hub West and SFT is transforming Scotland’s school estate and creating buildings of importance for the wider community.”

Iain Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “We are proud to be delivering these schools on behalf of our Partner, Glasgow City Council and we are very pleased to continue our successful partnership with BAM. The projects will create high quality inspiring learning environments and bring significant benefits to local communities starting immediately during the construction period and continuing well beyond.”

BAM Construction has completed a number of primary and secondary schools in both East and West Scotland including the £27m Barrhead Secondary School for East Renfrewshire Council which was recently handed-over and Our Lady and St Patricks for West Dunbartonshire Council valued at £25m which opened to pupils in August this year.

Both of these projects were delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland.

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.”

Morrison Construction appointed to hub West Scotland’s supply chain

The West hub Territory is one of five territories which have been established across Scotland

The West hub Territory is one of five territories which have been established across Scotland

Morrison Construction is to join hub West Scotland’s supply chain as a primary construction contractor.

The appointment follows a refresh process through a PQQ submission and a selection process by hub West Scotland with input from the public sector participants and Scottish Futures Trust.

The tender process began in June this year and was open to contractors with an operational base in Scotland that could demonstrate a partnership approach, added value and experience of delivering public sector projects.

Morrison Construction said the appointment is testament to the work done by its teams across Scotland on health, education and leisure projects, and its successful track record on delivering quality projects for three of the other five hub companies.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s managing director for Central Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our offering to public sector clients in the hub West region. As a business we have demonstrated a significant track record on the three hubs that we are an existing member of. We look forward to working with public sector bodies within the west to carry on creating a proud legacy of high-quality infrastructure for the people of Scotland.”

Iain Marley CEO, hub West Scotland, added: “Our supply chain renewal focused on selecting organisations who clearly demonstrate a partnering approach and are committed to adding value to the delivery of projects and programmes.

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively to strengthen the hub partnership and delivering yet more fantastic community facilities in conjunction with our public and private sector partners.”

hub West Scotland was established in April 2012 and has to-date successfully delivered 20 facilities worth £130 million, with £138.5m projects currently under construction and many projects in development including health centres in Clydebank and Greenock and Stobhill Hospital Adult Acute and Elderly Continuing Care Facility.

The West hub territory has an operational boundary defined by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region, the West territory is serviced by one health authority; NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City Council. These organisations together with a number of other diverse public sector organisations are the participants within the territory.

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.

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.”

Financial close reached on Gorbals & Woodside health and care centres

Gorbals Health and Care Centre

Gorbals Health and Care Centre

hub West Scotland has reached financial close on the Gorbals and Woodside health and care centres, signalling a £35 million investment in health and social care infrastructure.

Designed by JM Architects and Page/Park, the new facilities will be constructed by Morgan Sindall and are being delivered on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and Glasgow City Council.

The new Gorbals Health and Care Centre, situated on Sandiefield Road, will house NHS services including GP surgeries, social services, treatments rooms and community space.

The Woodside Health and Care Centre will be located at Doncaster Street, replacing the existing facility in Barr Street. It will provide GP surgeries, dental, physiotherapy and adult day services, alongside community services such as health visiting, district nursing and the older people’s team and home care.

The developments, which follow on from the recently opened health and care centres at Eastwood and Maryhill, will be open to the public by the end of 2018.

These projects will be followed by a further £40m investment in health and social care facilities in Clydebank and Greenock.

Both projects are in the development stage with contemporary facilities being designed to meet the needs of modern health and social care requirements.

Scotland-wide hub programme supporting over 9,000 construction jobs

East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital

The value of community-based facilities under construction across the Scotland-wide hub programme has reached £1.16 billion and is supporting over 9,000 jobs, figures published today by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) have revealed.

Within the hub programme, nearly 40 schools are under construction along with several community health facilities and care homes.

Major projects being built include:

  • East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington – £69m
  • Anderson High School in Lerwick – £55m
  • Stirling Care Village – £36m
  • Waid Academy in Anstruther – £24m
  • Largs Academy – £43m
  • Barrhead High School – £23m

SFT leads on the delivery of the hub programme which operates across five geographical territories in Scotland.

In each territory, the local authorities, NHS boards and other participating public bodies have teamed up with a private sector partner to form a joint venture company known as a hubCo that develops and delivers a diverse pipeline of community infrastructure projects.

hub SFT March 2017To date, over 100 projects have been completed which are providing new and inspiring environments for the benefit of communities.

David MacDonald, hub programme director at SFT, said: “The hub programme is a unique way of delivering best-value community facilities that provides the public sector with a quick and efficient way of getting their projects into construction.

“Integral to the hub programme are community benefits. So far, 153 new graduates and over 770 new apprenticeship and trainee positions have been created which represents a considerable contribution to the skill-base supporting Scotland’s economic development.”

Last bricks laid at two new schools as £21.1m worth of work nears completion

New Holy Trinity Primary School in Kirkintilloch nears completion

Topping out ceremonies have been held to mark the completion of brickwork at the new Holy Trinity Primary School in Kirkintilloch and in Bishopbriggs at the new Thomas Muir Primary School and Cleddens Early Learning & Childcare Centre (CEL&CC).

Final bricks were laid by East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie with help from school and nursery pupils looking forward to their first day in the new buildings.

The centre opens on Thursday 20 April while the schools  open on Friday 21 April.

Both schools and the CEL&CC are being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland as part of the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP).

£8.7m Holy Trinity Primary is being built on the site of the existing St. Flannan’s Primary to replace it and St. Agatha’s Primary.

Meanwhile in Bishopbriggs, the £12.4m Thomas Muir Primary is being built on the site of the existing Woodhill Primary to replace it and Auchinairn Primary. Cleddens Early Learning & Childcare Centre is now part of the school campus.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, “It won’t be long now until both these schools and Cleddens Early Learning & Childcare Centre are full of excited children and staff getting on with the business of learning and teaching in modern, well-equipped buildings with facilities, services, furniture and fittings of the highest standard.

“It is wonderful to be marking the end of the construction phase and looking forward to seeing the finishing touches being put in place, ready for business after the Easter holiday.”

Chief Executive of hub West Scotland, Iain Marley, added: “We are excited and proud to be nearing completion on Thomas Muir and Holy Trinity Primary Schools.  Our partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council is deeply valued and through this we have had the privileged opportunity to deliver four new schools through the Primary School Improvement Programme and we look forward to a further school reaching the contract completion stage.  These new schools take forward the successful principles that were established by the pioneering reference design at Lairdsland Primary School and we are confident that the new facilities will provide a very high quality learning environment and have a hugely positive impact on the local communities.”

The new schools and centre are designed to support Curriculum for Excellence with flexible, open, learning spaces that support the many different approaches to learning including class teaching, group work and individual learning.

They feature Wi-Fi throughout, classrooms with LCD touchscreens, open and airy corridors, multi-purpose halls, covered outdoor learning areas, comfortable dining spaces and both buildings boast modern and bright décor.

These new primary schools follow the successful delivery of two other brand new schools by East Dunbartonshire Council: Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch which opened in April 2015; and Lenzie Meadow Primary which opened in August 2016.

Councillor Geekie added: “This is another milestone in our programme of school improvement and I look forward to coming back to these buildings once they are open and hearing from pupils, teachers and staff.”

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.

Work begins on new Dumbarton council offices

Dumbarton council office sodcuttingLend Lease has officially started work on West Dunbartonshire Council’s new offices in Dumbarton town centre.

The council plans to relocate 500 staff currently based at Garshake to the offices at the site of the former Dumbarton Academy building in Church Street.

Delivered on behalf of the council by hub West Scotland, the £15.4 million project is set to be completed in late 2017 and will provide a catalyst for the regeneration of the town. It will also generate annual savings over the lifetime of the building compared to maintaining the current Garshake offices.

The facility will include a public area with multi-use civic space, training and meeting rooms with a substantial new building to the rear containing office space.

The design by Keppie will retain the A-listed facade of the historic building and construct new offices at the rear. The council secured a £500,000 grant to help pay for the restoration and discussions are ongoing with Historic Environment Scotland over this element of the project.

West Dunbartonshire Council office1Works on the William Leiper-designed façade should commence early in 2017 and will include re-roofing, conservation and repair of the original stonework, and refurbishment of the existing main entrance timber doors.

The annex behind the façade was demolished last year to make way for the development and enabling works have been progressing to prepare the site for the new building and work is also underway on the car park.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener of infrastructure and regeneration, cut the first sod on site together with vice-convener Councillor David McBride and pupils from Dumbarton Academy in recognition of the site’s history.

Councillor McGlinchey said: “This project is hugely significant for the council and for the town of Dumbarton. It will provide the council with much-need modern, fit-for-purpose office space while retaining and restoring a historic building for future generations to enjoy. In addition, the development will transform this area of the town and link with the planned activity at Dumbarton Waterfront. I’m looking forward to seeing the building taking shape over the coming months and to the benefits it will bring to Dumbarton.”

Councillor David McBride, vice-convener of infrastructure and regeneration, added: “We have a clear vision to regenerate our town centres and this project is a key element of our plans for Dumbarton. We’re bringing 500 staff into the town centre, increasing footfall and kick-starting economic activity. This landmark building greets visitors to our town centre and its restoration will only help to raise perceptions and send a clear message that we are open for business.”