hub West Scotland

Arc-Tech installs specialist heating services at Inverclyde education projects

M&E contractor and installer Arc-Tech (Scotland) Ltd is progressing well on the installation of the mechanical & electrical services on three education projects.

Undertaken on behalf of hub West Scotland and Inverclyde Council, each project will receive an extensive suite of mechanical & electrical services. To meet building regulations and achieve BREEAM accreditation, St Ninian’s primary school in Gourock will incorporate renewable energy systems in the way of a CHP (combined heating and power) unit and solar photovoltaic panels.

Glenpark Early Learning Centre, also located in the region, will have a similar level of specification but as well as photovoltaic panels, renewable energy air source heat pumps will be installed to supply the underfloor heating. These systems as well as saving fuel and CO2 emissions will be beneficial to both the environment and client.

John Gallacher, managing director of Arc-Tech, said: “Arc-Tech is working closely with the project teams across both projects as a strict contract programme is in place given the requirement to have both facilities ready for the upcoming academic year.

“Our staff have vast experience in the area of underfloor heating both in design and installation. With this experience we understand the challenges that underfloor heating can bring to the construction process and with our projects in Inverclyde, we have ensured that they have been installed under watertight conditions efficiently and to the highest quality standard.”

Arc-Tech is also involved in a third project with Inverclyde Council and hub West Scotland at Moorfoot Primary School. A similar M&E Service package is being installed as part of the new extension to the existing school building. This project is also due for completion for the upcoming academic year.

Plans lodged for new health centre at Queens Quay in Clydebank

Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has submitted a planning application for a new state-of-the-art health centre at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Operated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the new Clydebank Health and Care Centre will provide health and care services for approximately 50,000 residents of Clydebank. The building will support integrated health and care services and will allow staff currently operating from dispersed locations to work together in a new high specification facility.

Extending to circa 62,400 sq ft over three levels, the building was designed by architect Anderson, Bell and Christie with hub West Scotland acting as development partner. It represents an investment of approximately £19m by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.

Construction of the health centre will commence on receipt of the planning permission and on completion of the contractor tender process.

Currently on site, civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd is carrying out all required marine works associated with the basin and river frontage, including improving the condition of the existing structure in order to meet the design life target for all structures within the project.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council providing significant funding. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is CRL’s development partner.

Ready Steady Girls Construct

BAM Construction and hub West Scotland have launched a new skills programme with pupils from Lourdes Secondary in Glasgow’s south-side.

With support from the Developing Young Workforce Glasgow Opportunity Fund, staff from BAM will deliver a ten week programme encouraging S3 female pupils to consider the construction industry as a career. Each session, which will take up a full day, will include industry talks, practical demonstrations on site, visits to live projects, presentations on employability skills and work experience placements. At the end of the programme the pupils will be awarded an SVQ Level 1 qualification.

Claire Anderson, programme manager for BAM Construction, said: “We have twelve enthusiastic pupils signed up for the programme which is really encouraging. The programme will enable us to provide a far more detailed insight into the variety of jobs and career pathways available than our usual taster days.  Our team are really looking forward to it.”

Lisa Blain from Lourdes Secondary added: “The Ready, Steady, Girls, Construct! programme has been really valuable and has helped our pupils to understand and appreciate the wide variety of employability opportunities within construction.

“The diversity of the programme has meant that each pupil has had the opportunity to experience a work placement within construction, participate in college taster sessions, and engage in workshops with numerous professionals, as well as undertaking a construction qualification. It has been a fantastic chance to engage our young people in the wider world of construction and allow them to fully understand the opportunities that exist for them.”

Gender diversity remains an ongoing challenge for the UK construction industry with females representing around 14% of the workforce.

BAM is actively engaged in creating a more balanced workforce through a number of UK schools and careers projects. www.bam.co.uk.

Catch up with the rest of Scottish Construction Now’s International Women’s Day feature here.

Keppie-designed mental health facility in north Glasgow submitted for planning

Keppie Design has submitted detailed proposals for a mental health estate in north Glasgow.

The project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde comprises a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital.

Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the development, Keppie said the prominence of the site affords great opportunities for the design of the new units to become a positive, welcoming and therapeutic addition to the campus, instead of being hidden away like so many mental health facilities.

The practice added: “The aim of the design is to exploit the surrounding context and focus on connection with outside space. The overriding design driver is to facilitate key stakeholder requirements such as a feeling of openness and light throughout the facility, views of green space and easy, safe access to therapeutic external spaces. A strong visual connection is created with the existing listed Water Tower – the main orientation and focal point on site.”

Andrew Baillie from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I am delighted that we have reached this landmark stage for this new mental health facility on the Stobhill Campus, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their architect Keppie Design. This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Glasgow who require continuing mental health care.”

Ian Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “The standard of our health projects is extremely high with 14 industry awards accrued to date. This complex project is no exception comprising of two bespoke designed buildings to meet different challenges that sit together harmoniously on one site. We are proud of the quality and functionality of the designs.”

Keppie is providing architecture and interior design, while mechanical and electrical design is by RSP, structural design is by BakerHicks and Austin Smith-Lord is on landscape design. Armours are the project’s cost consultants while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor

The project is expected to be complete by March 2020.

Clark Contracts re-appointed to hub West Scotland supply chain

Michael Scanlan

Clark Contracts has been re-appointed to hub West Scotland’s supply chain as a primary contractor following a supply chain reshuffle.

The refresh, which was launched in June this year and evaluated by hub West Scotland and its public sector partners, required the submission of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to demonstrate contractor’s ability to work collaboratively, engage at a strategic level and provide added value.

hub West Scotland is a private sector development company working in collaboration with public sector clients across the West of Scotland to deliver new community projects whilst maintaining best value for money and creating local employment and educational opportunities.

Kilmardinny House

Paisley-based Clark Contracts recently worked with hub West Scotland to complete the refurbishment and extension of the Category A listed Kilmardinny House in Bearsden for East Dunbartonshire Council.

Iain Marley, CEO, hub West Scotland, said: “Clark Contracts performed very well and overcame many challenges to deliver the outstanding Kilmardinny House project. The refurbishment of the existing facility and construction of the new extension creates a fantastic venue for a variety of functions.  This was enhanced by the quality of their responses to the supply chain refresh process and so we are delighted to retain Clark Contracts on our supply chain.”

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, added: “Having recently completed our first project with hub West Scotland, we are delighted to be re-appointed to their Supply Chain and look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with them to provide high quality projects whilst supporting the local community.”

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.”