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New Eastwood Health and Care Centre nears completion

(from left): Bill Matthews, chairman of Hub West Scotland; NHSGGC chairman, John Brown; Lorraine McMillan, chief executive, East Renfrewshire Council; East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) chief officer, Julie Murray; East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor, Jim Fletcher

(from left): Bill Matthews, chairman of Hub West Scotland; NHSGGC chairman, John Brown; Lorraine McMillan, chief executive, East Renfrewshire Council; East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) chief officer, Julie Murray; East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor, Jim Fletcher

The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre in East Renfrewshire took one step closer to completion as the keys were handed over on the £15 million state-of-the-art building.

The new centre, on Drumby Crescent, will open on Monday 8 August and will offer the Eastwood community access to a wide range of health and social care services under one roof for the first time.

The project is being delivered by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust. The total cost for the building is £14.9m with £9.2m provided by NHSGGC and £5.7m provided by East Renfrewshire Council. Hoskins Architects were the chosen architects.

Eastwood Health and Care Centre new

Receiving the keys from hub West Scotland, NHSGGC chairman John Brown, said: “I am delighted to receive the keys today on this fantastic new Health and Care Centre. Very soon it will be home to five GP practices and community health and care services including clinics, podiatry, physiotherapy, children’s services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing, health visiting and social work.

“I have every confidence that the people of Eastwood will be equally pleased with the result when it opens in just under a month.”

An essential information guide will be issued to all households in mid-July in the Eastwood area to let them know how to access and contact the new centre.

East Renfrewshire HSCP chief officer, Julie Murray, said: “We are very excited to be moving into this beautiful new building.  It offers us real opportunities to work more closely with GPs and it will also provide space for Third Sector and community groups to offer support and information to local people.

“Together with Barrhead Health and Care Centre, which opened in 2011, this provides the people of East Renfrewshire with fantastic modern facilities, fit for the future delivery of integrated health and care services.”

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Jim Fletcher, added: “The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre is a first-class facility. This fit-for-purpose building will enable local residents to benefit from health and social care services of the highest quality under one roof. I very much look forward to its opening in August.”

hub West Scotland appoints new chief executive

hub West Scotlandhub West Scotland has announced the appointment of Iain Marley as its new chief executive.

Iain comes from a significant and successful NPD development role as project director at the City of Glasgow College, and before that he led on the development of the Pacific Quay programme for the BBC in Scotland.

These award winning developments have involved significant innovation and had a positive and transformational impact on their communities.

Bill Matthews, chairman of hub West Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Iain will be joining the team at hub West Scotland as chief executive. Iain brings a wealth of experience to the role, and is ideally placed to drive hub West Scotland through the delivery and development of over £360 million of public sector infrastructure projects for 15 public sector organisations across Glasgow, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.”

Iain will join hub West Scotland in September this year.

Work starts on new Barrhead High

Barrhead High Sod CuttingA groundbreaking ceremony has marked the building of the new £29.7 million Barrhead High.

Pupils joined the school’s head teacher Andy Sinclair to assist education convener Councillor Elaine Green to carry out the turf cutting at the site of the new school.

The new school is being built at the Johnny Kelly Pavilion and blaes pitch site adjacent to the existing school, which will remain open throughout construction with no disruption to pupil education.

Just under £8m of the cost is being met by East Renfrewshire Council with the remainder made up by the Scottish Futures Trust. The school is expected to open in time for the 2017 summer term.

The new school is being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner.

The timetable for the build was most recently delayed following changes to European accounting rules. This technical accounting issue delayed a number of public sector finance projects in Scotland, including Barrhead High.

East Renfrewshire convener for Education councillor Elaine Green said: “I’m very pleased to see the building of this new school get officially underway.

“The plans for the school look absolutely fantastic – it will be an outstanding facility for the pupils, staff, parents and local community for many years to come.

“The new Barrhead High will transform the life and work of the whole school community and will give the town, not just a building that they can be proud of, but a focal point for learning to continue to take place in a wide variety of forms.”

Barrhead High head teacher Andy Sinclair said: “This is a significant day for all involved with our school. We are delighted that work on the new Barrhead High has now started and is moving ahead so quickly and smoothly. Once finished, the building will provide a well-equipped, exceptional learning environment for students and staff and be a valuable resource for the whole Barrhead community.”

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to see work begin at the new Barrhead High School. This is our second project to start on site with our partners East Renfrewshire Council, and is being delivered jointly with Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in West Dunbartonshire to provide value for money whilst creating exemplary contemporary educational facilities.”

Building starts at new Bearsden Community Hub

12-05-2016 Picture Roberto Cavieres. Bearsden Community Hub Sod CuttingA ground breaking ceremony at Bearsden Burgh Hall has marked the start of a multi-million project to transform it in to a new Community Hub for the East Dunbartonshire town.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, cut the first sod at the event to mark the official start of construction of the £3 million community facility, which is set to run for completion in early 2017.

Councillor Geekie said: “This is a great milestone for Bearsden and will see major investment in the town centre by the council.

“The new Community Hub will provide everyone in Bearsden with a state-of-the-art facility they will be proud of and will bring a number of benefits to the town.

“Community Hubs, like the one just opened in Lennoxtown, are an important element of the Council’s long term vision for effective, efficient, customer focussed services delivered locally throughout East Dunbartonshire.

“Bringing together a wide range of council services under one roof in an exciting and innovative way will help us deliver services more efficiently to our residents and improve their experience of dealing with the council.”

The new Community Hub, which is based on a reconfiguration of the Burgh Hall site on Drymen Road, will include the re-provisioning of the library and community archives from Brookwood as well as enhancing the current hall facilities through a full refurbishment.

Bearsden Community HubThe new facility, which will bring together council, library, leisure and cultural services in a single building, will also contain new public meeting rooms and social work facilities, new public toilets as well as an entire upgrade of the current accommodation.

The on-site customer services team will make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different council services and make payments for them in just one visit.

Bill Matthews, chairman at the council’s development partner hub West Scotland, added: “I am proud to see construction begin on our third community hub for East Dunbartonshire Council. Our development partnership with the council continues to transform public services to communities across East Dunbartonshire, and it is testament to the hard work put in by all of the partners involved.”

Calum Murray, director of CCG which will build the project, said: “We look forward to continuing our already successful partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council in constructing the new Bearsden Community Hub. This is the second project that CCG has commenced for the council this year and one that we are proud to deliver for the people of Bearsden.”

Morgan Sindall appointed to £8m East Dunbartonshire primary school

St Flannan's PrimaryConstruction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall to build a new primary school campus in Kirkintilloch as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s plan to improve schools in the area.

The new building will be constructed at the current St Flannan’s site, on Newdyke Road. The project will see two existing primary schools, St Flannan’s and St Agatha’s, consolidated to form one modernised education offering, fit for 21st-century learning.

Once complete, the school will comprise 12 open classrooms, each with an attached breakout area. The finished facility will occupy 2,259 sq m across a single storey.

St Flannan’s is the fourth school to be built under the council and development partner hub West Scotland’s Primary School Improvement Programme. It follows the successful delivery of the multi award winning Lairdsland Primary School, which was recently crowned Development of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards.

Work to link the St Flannan’s campus to the 3G pitch at Merkland Recreation Centre is already underway and the full project is scheduled for completion by spring 2017.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “Through our Primary School Improvement Programme, the council is modernising the primary estate, delivering fit for purpose, state-of-the-art primary schools with an enhanced learning environment which supports Curriculum for Excellence. It is a very exciting time for East Dunbartonshire and I am very much looking forward to seeing the new school being built in Kirkintilloch for the pupils of St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s Primary Schools.

“This is an exciting time for East Dunbartonshire as we continue to deliver our Primary School Improvement Programme by building a new school in Kirkintilloch for the pupils of St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s Primary Schools.

“Through this programme we are modernising the primary estate, delivering fit for purpose, state-of-the-art primary schools with an enhanced learning environment which supports Curriculum for Excellence.”

Debbie McNamara, CEO at hub West Scotland, said: “We are proud to continue working with our partners East Dunbartonshire Council on a fourth school as part of the Primary School Improvement Programme. I am excited to see the early works progress in preparation for a contemporary new facility for the pupils of St Flannan’s and St Agatha’s.”

Edward Carr, area director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, added: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council and hub West Scotland in constructing modern and sustainable learning environments that will benefit local communities for years to come.

“We are working closely with the school to ensure that there is minimal disruption to learning at the existing site during the construction process.”

Morgan Sindall appointed to £12.4m East Dunbartonshire primary school

Woodhill Primary School useConstruction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall is constructing a new primary school campus in Bishopbriggs as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s plan to update its schools estate.

Located on the existing Woodhill Primary School site, the new building will replace the existing Auchinairn Primary, Woodhill Primary and Cleddens Learning and Childcare Centre.

Upon completion, the two-storey building will serve around 560 pupils and 145 pre-school children and will feature open classrooms, outdoor learning areas and landscaped play areas. The school is based upon the design successfully delivered at Lairdsland Primary School – also in East Dunbartonshire – which aligns to the Curriculum for Excellence and provides modern, flexible learning environments for pupils and staff alike.

Morgan Sindall was appointed by hub West Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council’s development partner responsible for managing the development. The new school will be built as part of the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP).

Edward Carr, area director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “Providing high quality learning environments is essential to ensuring our children receive an education which enables them to become successful contributors to our local communities.

“We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council and hub West Scotland through the delivery of the new Woodhill Primary School and are already engaging with the school communities to ensure pupils and staff are fully involved in the project.”

Debbie McNamara, CEO at hub West Scotland, added: “This is the third of a number of schools hub West Scotland is delivering with our partners, East Dunbartonshire Council. I am proud that the successful partnership is delivering high quality educational facilities for the communities of East Dunbartonshire.”

Johnstone Town Hall named Project of the Year at RICS Awards 2016

Johnstone Town Hall

Johnstone Town Hall

Johnstone Town Hall in Renfrewshire has received the coveted Project of the Year Award at the RICS Scotland Awards 2016.

The town hall is an iconic £14.5 million modern facility delivering integrated services for the community and was also recognised for its positive impact in local area taking the Community Benefit category award.

Held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh yesterday, the RICS annual awards celebrate inspirational initiatives across the built environment. The Project of the Year Award is presented to the project which has been judged overall as an excellent example of best practice by professionals working in both the built and natural environments.

Chair of RICS Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith MRICS, said: “Johnstone Town Hall embraces the very essence of the RICS Property Awards. Not only does the project deliver a town hall which exceeds expectations, its design forms a well-mannered civic intervention which complements the local heritage and acts as a catalyst for wider investment in Johnstone’s town centre regeneration. The project team demonstrated an exceptional procurement methodology and from its very inception there was a real focus on exhausting all opportunities to engage with the community.”

The building, delivered by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with development partner hub West Scotland, is a flexible contemporary space providing a range of facilities including a library, theatre space, marriage suite, café and meeting rooms. The town hall also offers a range of council services alongside community partners Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support under one roof.

Eight additional category winners were selected from shortlisted entries from across Scotland. Other winners included Borders Railway, which took the Infrastructure award, Lews Castle, Stornoway, which received the Building Conservation award and The Helix & The Kelpies which received the Tourism and Leisure accolade.

All category winners will now automatically be entered in to the UK RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held at The Park Lane, London in October 2016, where they will compete against projects from across the rest of the UK.

Sarah Speirs, director at RICS Scotland, added: “RICS Awards in Scotland have continued to grow in quality, volume and stature. The high quality of entries from Scotland continue to gain national recognition at our Grand Final in London, with Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh receiving the UK Project of the Year Award 2015, and this success is sure to continue looking at the projects we have seen this year.

“I would like to congratulate all category winners and our Project of Year, which is a fine example of how building projects can provide real benefit for the local and wider community.”

The Awards are sponsored by British Gas, NHBC Scotland, Wise Property Care, Forbo Flooring Systems, Sika Liquid Plastics and Colleys.

The full list of winners include:

RICS Project of the Year, Scotland

Winner – Johnstone Town Hall, Renfrewshire

Building Conservation 

Winner – Lews Castle, Stornoway

Highly Commended – The Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh

Community Benefit

Winner – Johnstone Town Hall, Renfrewshire

Highly Commended – Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow

Design through Innovation

Winner – The City of Glasgow College – Riverside Campus, Glasgow

Highly Commended – Dalmunach Distillery, Moray

Infrastructure

Winner – Borders Railway

Regeneration

Winner – Pennywell (Urban Union), Edinburgh

Highly Commended – Panmure Street, Glasgow

Commercial

Winner – Aker Solutions HQ Aberdeen International Business Park, Aberdeen

Residential

Winner – West Burn Lane, St Andrews

Highly Commended – New Build Mainstream & Supported Accommodation & Training Facilities for Veterans, Glasgow

Tourism & Leisure

Winner – The Helix & The Kelpies, Grangemouth

Bearsden Community Hub reaches financial close

Bearsden Community HubPlans for a brand new Community Hub in Bearsden took a significant step forward this week as the partners involved in the £3 million project achieved financial close.

The landmark agreement was reached between East Dunbartonshire Council, development partner hub West Scotland and contractor CCG.

Construction work is expected to begin on April 4 and is set to run for completion in early 2017.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The development of the Community Hub is exciting news for Bearsden and will see major investment in the town centre. The new Community Hub will provide everyone in Bearsden with a state-of-the-art facility they will be proud of.

“The network of community hubs continues to be a key aspect of the council’s transformation programme to continue to deliver customer services locally throughout East Dunbartonshire. They are at the heart of supporting town centre regeneration as well as delivering efficiencies and savings in our wider operating model.”

The new Community Hub, which is based on a reconfiguration of the Burgh Hall site on Drymen Road, will include the re-provisioning of the library and community archives from Brookwood as well as enhancing the current hall facilities through a full refurbishment.

The new facility, which will bring together a range of council, library, leisure and cultural services under one roof, will also contain new public meeting rooms and social work facilities, new public toilets as well as an entire upgrade of the current accommodation.

A customer services area will deliver a new, ‘one stop shop’ approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different council services and make payments for them in just one visit.

CCG will be on site from Monday 4 April when the existing car park will close until the completion of the work.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be delivering East Dunbartonshire Council’s Community Hub in Bearsden, which is due to start on site in April. This will be the third community hub we have delivered in partnership following the recently opened Lennoxtown Community Hub, and the first hub in William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch.

“Reaching our seventh project with the Council is an exciting milestone for the partnership.”

The first Hub facility was opened at the William Patrick Library building in Kirkintilloch in August 2012 and has been a huge success with increased visitor numbers since its introduction.

Work to start on Inverclyde care home

Inverclyde Care HomeA new care home in Inverclyde will shortly begin construction after the project reached financial close.

The £8 million care provision is the latest project to be delivered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with its development partner hub West Scotland and main contractor Morgan Sindall.

Located in Greenock, the contemporary healthcare facility will provide Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care mental health accommodation, in particular a dementia friendly environment. The home has been designed by Archial NORR to offer a safe, calming space for patients, meeting the standards of the Stirling Dementia Centre.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland, said: “We are delighted to reach this stage of such an important project with our partners NHS GG&C. The Inverclyde Care Home will provide an outstanding facility to improve care for adults with complex mental health needs.”

Brian Moore, director of Inverclyde HSCP, added: “We are delighted that this project is moving onto the next stage which will see the new building complete by summer 2017.”

The project is the first revenue funded hub West Scotland project to reach this stage following the resolution of the European Accounting issues at the end of last year.

The project is scheduled to complete works in June 2017.

Work starts on £12.4m Bishopbriggs school and early learning & childcare centre

Bishopbriggs schoolLocal children joined East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie to help cut the ground for their brand new £12.4m school and early learning & childcare centre.

The new two storey building in Bishopbriggs will replace the existing Auchinairn Primary, Woodhill Primary schools and Cleddens Learning & Childcare Centre and will house around 560 pupils and 145 pre-school children when it opens in session 2016/17.

Designed by Archial Norr, the new school is being built by Morgan Sindall on the site of the existing Woodhill Primary School on Kirriemuir Road.

Councillor Geekie said: “What a great way to kick 2016 off and signal our continued commitment to education in East Dunbartonshire. This is a very important development for the area and I am delighted that we are about to see the new building take shape.

“There has been a lot of consultation to get us to this point and we have listened to what parent, pupils, staff and local people have had to say about this new building. The finished building, playground areas and sports pitch will provide local children with a first rate educational experience.”

Woodhill & Auchinairn new primary sod cuttingThe new school will be the third to be built as part of the council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP). The schools are being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner.

The first PSIP school, Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch, officially opened in May 2015 and the second school, Lenzie Meadow, is set to open in August 2016.

Like Lenzie Meadow Primary, this new school will be based on the Lairdsland reference design and will feature flexible and open classrooms, outdoor learning areas, landscaped play areas and a full 3G synthetic pitch.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland, said: “This is the third of a number of schools hub West Scotland are delivering with our partners East Dunbartonshire Council. I am proud that the successful partnership is delivering high quality educational facilities for the communities of East Dunbartonshire.”