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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.”

Morgan Sindall appointed to build £8.9m primary school in Bellsmyre

BellsmyrePrimarySchoolMorgan Sindall is to construct a new co-located primary school and nursery campus in Bellsmyre, as part of West Dunbartonshire Council’s plan to update its schools estate.

Along with the design team, the firm was appointed by hub West Scotland, West Dunbartonshire Council’s development partner responsible for managing the £8.9 million development.

Located in the grounds of St Peter’s Primary School, the Holmes Miller designed project will be the first co-location of denominational and non-denominational schools in West Dunbartonshire and will welcome its first pupils in August 2016.

The new facility will replace the existing Aitkenbar and St Peter’s Primary Schools and will be constructed along with a new Early Education and Childcare Centre, replacing the existing Andrew B Cameron Centre.

The schools will be run separately whilst sharing a range of common facilities including a dining hall, assembly hall, gym and playground.

Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “We are proud to be delivering this key project for hub West Scotland.

“Providing a high quality environment is vital to successful education, and our experience of similar joint campus projects will support West Dunbartonshire Council’s first co-location venture.”

Debbie McNamara, CEO at hub West Scotland, said: “We are working in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council delivering over £80m of its major investment programme. Bellsmyre Primary School is the most progressed school project in construction and we are pleased with the progress made by the team.”

Double delivery for £5.5m Kirkintilloch Town Hall revamp

Town Hall1Plans to transform one of East Dunbartonshire’s most iconic buildings into a centre for heritage, arts, culture and community use have been handed a double boost.

The Kirkintilloch Town Hall project secured the final piece of its required funding package following a grant of £666,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In addition, a planning application for the overall project was approved by councillors this week.

Detailed plans for the facility – which will be functional, flexible and fit for the 21st century – were put on display at Kirkintilloch Community Hub in August.

East Dunbartonshire Council has been working with development partner hub West Scotland, contractors and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust to develop the design since the start of 2015.

Plans include the provision of ground-floor event space; a new entrance, reception and vestibule; a first-floor heritage display, reflecting Kirkintilloch’s rich history (in association with EDLC); new office and community space as well as a kitchen, store room, toilets and locker room.

The aim is that the new facility is flexible enough to cater for a range of uses – such as performances, events, weddings, heritage displays, receptions and meetings – to ensure it is sustainable, while ensuring high-quality functionality.

To complement this mix of uses, there will also be an adjoining extension. The restored building will have a potential seating capacity up to 300.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, leader of the council, said, “This is great news and a positive way to round off 2015. Not only have we secured support from the Heritage Lottery Fund – the final piece of the funding jigsaw – the project has also been given the green light by the planning board.

“I want to pay tribute to everyone from the council and Trust for their efforts and look forward to seeing the project progress early in the New Year.

“The town hall will blend history and future in a functional, flexible and sustainable way.

“We’re not trying to achieve a full restoration of what the town hall was. The interior of the building will be completely transformed – giving it a new feel, fit for the 21st century.

“The exterior of the new Kirkintilloch Town Hall will be retained and refreshed, but inside will be radically different – able to accommodate a variety of uses and creating an ongoing revenue stream which will be used to off-set the building’s running costs.”

The overall project will cost approximately £5.5 million. As well as significant external funding, support has also been secured from the council’s capital programme – which is funded differently and completely separate from the revenue budget, which pays for day-to-day services and is experiencing huge pressures.

There will be a range of works undertaken at the site over 2016, with expected completion in the spring of 2017.

Planning consent for Bearsden Community Hub

Bearsden Community HubEast Dunbartonshire Council has given the green light for a new Community Hub to be built in Bearsden.

The planning board approved planning consent for the construction of the new £3 million-plus facility, which 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, at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Community Hub, 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.

Work on the new Community Hub, which is being built in partnership with the council’s development partner hub West Scotland, is anticipated to start in early 2016.

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. It reinforces our commitment to the area by providing vital public services at a local level.

“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.

“This innovative way of delivering services more efficiently to our residents will bring together a wide range of services under one roof including Council Tax, benefits, licensing, housing, general council enquiries, library services, leisure services, arts and events.

“The development of the new facility will see over £3m of investment by the council within Bearsden and will provide everyone in Bearsden with a facility they will be proud of. This is in line with the council’s policy of reducing the number of buildings we use while investing in the remaining assets. We will work closely with hub West Scotland, the design team and the contractor, to bring this new community facility design to fruition.”

Residents had the chance to find out more and offer their feedback and comments on the plans for the new facility at information sessions held in Bearsden Burgh Hall in December 2014, March 2015 and August 2015.

Feedback from these events were integrated into the building where appropriate and helped play an important part in informing the new Hub design.

The network of community hubs, including Bearsden, is a key aspect of the council’s programme to continue to deliver customer services locally throughout East Dunbartonshire.  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.

Johnstone Town Hall continues award winning streak

Johnstone Town HallBAM Construction’s Johnstone Town Hall has scooped yet another award, this time from the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The community building, designed by Holmes Miller, received a commendation in the commercial category. Judges praised the project saying that “the development illustrates an innovative and successful partnership working between the public and private sectors”.

The £14.5 million new Town Hall has been recently recognised for its innovative design and community led approach having been awarded the Development of the Year (Public Building) at the Scottish Property Awards 2015 and short-listed in the Scottish Civic Awards.

Located in Ludovic Square in the heart of the town, the building features an impressive glass façade, with a striking public atrium and high quality stone finish.

It was designed as a catalyst for a wider regeneration programme for the town and created a new model for the delivery of community services by accommodating a public library, theatre, marriage suite, conference room and café, alongside staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Social Work departments, AdviceWorks, Police Scotland and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Doug Keillor, regional director Scotland, BAM Construction, said: “This is another accolade for the project and a great testament to the team involved. It’s also a proud moment for the residents of Johnstone and the surrounding areas who benefit from such a great community building.”

Johnstone Town Hall, which opened to the public at the end of March, was project managed by hub West Scotland and delivered on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

New look for Inverclyde school at heart of village life

25-11-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. Kilmacolm Primary SchoolWork has begun on the £4.29 million refurbishment of Kilmacolm Primary and Nursery School in Inverclyde.

Designed by Elder and Cannon Architects and carried out by main contractor CBC Ltd, the project is the latest in Inverclyde Council’s unprecedented £270m Schools Estate programme delivering new and refurbished schools across the area.

Education & communities convener, Councillor Terry Loughran, said: “The school was built over 40 years ago so this is a project that has been warmly welcomed in the village and will serve the children well for many years to come. The building will be completely stripped back and effectively re-built incorporating a new gym, new classroom arrangements and learning spaces. It will be a state-of-the-art school and something the whole village community will be rightly proud of.”

The primary school has moved to the former St Stephen’s High School in Port Glasgow for the duration of the work. The nursery school is in temporary accommodation within the school grounds at Kilmacolm.

As well as a complete upgrade internally, new rooflights are being introduced to increase natural daylight in classrooms and sections of the building will be re-clad.

The existing blaes pitch will be replaced with a new, fully enclosed and floodlit multi use games area, (MUGA) and the playground will be re-lined.

Improvements to school grounds security will see the introduction of new CCTV cameras and new railing. A new main entrance canopy will also be installed.

The project is being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland.

Chief executive Debbie McNamara said: “We are proud to work with our partners Inverclyde Council on another essential school project. It was a delight to have the children represented at today’s milestone event.”

The work is due to be completed by October 2016.