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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.

First sod cut at new Dumbarton care home

Chris McNeill, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) head of community health and care services, Councillor Gail Casey, chair of WD HSCP board, and Keith Redpath, WD HSCP chief officer, join other representatives for the official sod cutting at the site of the new multi-million pound Dumbarton care home and day centre

Chris McNeill, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) head of community health and care services, Councillor Gail Casey, chair of WD HSCP board, and Keith Redpath, WD HSCP chief officer, join other representatives for the official sod cutting at the site of the new multi-million pound Dumbarton care home and day centre

Work has officially started on West Dunbartonshire Council’s new multi-million pound Dumbarton care home and day centre.

The project is being delivered in conjunction with hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner, and the main contractor is Morgan Sindall.

Councillor Gail Casey, chair of the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership board, cut the first sod at the site of the former Crosslet House yesterday.

Once completed, the state-of-the-art care facility will provide accommodation for 84 residents and up to 50 day care centre users.

Keith Redpath and Councillor Gail Casey cut the first sod at the site of the new multi-million pound Dumbarton care home and day centre

Keith Redpath and Councillor Gail Casey cut the first sod at the site of the new multi-million pound Dumbarton care home and day centre

After the official sod cutting event, Councillor Casey said: “The council is committed to protecting the welfare of vulnerable people and we believe this new care home will do just that. The council is investing £22 million into building two new care homes for West Dunbartonshire which will ensure that residents throughout the area continue to receive the very best care and support in first class accommodation.

“The council has already received encouraging and constructive feedback from the Care Inspectorate about the new Dumbarton care home, and I’m sure residents will be delighted when they move into this fantastic facility.”

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure and regeneration, added: “It is really exciting that work has now started at the new Dumbarton care home. This new facility will play a crucial role in improving the care of the older people in our community whilst also promoting their independence. The communal courtyards which will be created will also let residents enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and accessible environment. The Crosslet House site has been unused for some time, so I’m looking forward to it being given a new lease of life.”

The former Crosslet House building has already been demolished and the site has been cleared. The new care home and day care centre is expected to be completed in early 2017.

£1.8m workshops officially opened in Vale of Leven

Margaret Burgess MSP, Councillor Patrick McGlinchey and Councillor David McBride hand over the keys to representatives from the two businesses which have moved into the units

Margaret Burgess MSP, Councillor Patrick McGlinchey and Councillor David McBride hand over the keys to representatives from the two businesses which have moved into the units

Thirteen new workshops at Vale of Leven Industrial Estate were officially opened this week as the first businesses were welcomed to their new units.

The £1.8 million project, which was jointly funded by West Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant, provides a fantastic opportunity for small and growing businesses to move into modern, purpose built accommodation.

The workshops, which range in size from 750 to 1500 square feet, have been constructed on an area of land within the industrial estate which was not previously developed.

The project was delivered in conjunction with hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner, and the main contractor was the Heron Group.

Margaret Burgess MSP, minister for housing and welfare, joined Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, to personally welcome the new businesses.

Margaret Burgess MSP said: “I am delighted to be here today, and that we were able to provide £0.9m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund towards the construction of these new units.  It’s a terrific example of how this funding is supporting local businesses, helping to both sustain and create new jobs for local people.”

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey added: “These workshops are an important part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to improving Vale of Leven Industrial Estate by making it a destination for business, employment and recreation. We are committed to improving economic growth and employability throughout West Dunbartonshire and I’m delighted that the two businesses which are moving in today are already looking to expand their operation.”

The two local companies which have already taken units are Alexandria firm SD Garage Doors and facilities management company Romac FM, which was previously based in Broadmeadow Industrial Estate.

Work begins on £7m Greenock school

(from left) Geraldine Ogilby - acting head teacher at St Patrick’s Primary School, Euan MacEachern – site manager at Lend Lease, Angeline Robertson – partnerships director at hub West Scotland, Marc Quinn – pupil at St Patrick’s Primary School, Councillor Martin Brennan – vice convener for education and communities at Inverclyde Council, John Hope – board director at hub West Scotland, Roy Allport – executive general manager at Lend Lease, Steven Coulson – architect at Holmes Miller, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Orianna Harvey pupil at St Patrick’s Primary School and Clara Garriga – associate director at Holmes Miller

(from left) Geraldine Ogilby – acting head teacher at St Patrick’s Primary School, Euan MacEachern – site manager at Lend Lease, Angeline Robertson – partnerships director at hub West Scotland, Marc Quinn – pupil at St Patrick’s Primary School, Councillor Martin Brennan – vice convener for education and communities at Inverclyde Council, John Hope – board director at hub West Scotland, Roy Allport – executive general manager at Lend Lease, Steven Coulson – architect at Holmes Miller, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Orianna Harvey pupil at St Patrick’s Primary School and Clara Garriga – associate director at Holmes Miller

Construction work has officially started at the £7 million St Patrick’s Primary School in Greenock following a sod cutting event.

The project is the latest in Inverclyde Council’s £270m school estates programme.

Pupils and the school’s acting head teacher were joined by Inverclyde Council’s education convener, Scottish Government minister for learning, science and Scotland’s languages and the chief executive of hub West Scotland to start the construction phase.

The school is being delivered by hub West Scotland, Inverclyde Council’s development partner, in conjunction with main contractor Lend Lease and architect Holmes Miller.

The new state-of-the-art building for St Patrick’s Primary will be on the original Broomhill Street site following the demolition of the old school.

Inverclyde Council’s education & communities vice-convener, Councillor Martin Brennan, said: “This ground breaking event is a key moment marking the start in this exciting project and it is right that our young people are here to witness this. This is yet another milestone in the Council’s delivery of major renovation, rebuilding and upgrading of school facilities across Inverclyde. Some of the changes over the past few years have been momentous and they deliver some of the best school facilities in the country to support our young people, teachers and school staff in delivering a top class learning experience for our young people.”

Dr Alasdair Allan, minister for learning, said: “This is an exciting milestone for the new St Patrick’s Primary School and I’m delighted I could be part of it. The new school will provide a fantastic, modern environment for children to learn in and will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

“I’m pleased the Scottish Government could support Inverclyde Council’s improvement of its school estate by providing more than £3m towards this project and I look forward to seeing the school when it opens to pupils next year.”

The original St Patrick’s Primary was initially earmarked for refurbishment as part of Inverclyde Council’s £270m Schools Estate programme delivering new or refurbished schools across the area, however the council recognised the cost of building a new school at the same site could be around £100,000 less than a refurbishment because of the greater amount of Government funding that would become available – £3.4m from the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “As our first project with Inverclyde Council, we are thrilled to be delivering a contemporary learning facility for the pupils and teachers at St Patricks Primary School.”

David MacDonald, hub programme director at Scottish Futures Trust, added: “The hub programme is an innovative approach to develop and deliver best-value community facilities which provides public bodies with a quick and efficient way of getting their projects into construction and helps protect local jobs.  I very much look forward to seeing St Patrick’s Primary School open and seeing pupils being taught in modern, first-class facilities.”

The new St Patrick’s Primary School is due to be completed by October 2016. The school has been decanted to the former Sacred Heart Primary school until the new building is ready.

Construction of £14m East Renfrewshire health centre driving employment opportunities

MS Eastwood CareersThe construction of the new £14 million Eastwood Health and Care Centre in Clarkston is delivering real benefits to the local community with 10 employment opportunities already created through the project.

Construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall plc, has been working with hub West Scotland, East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde on a targeted employment and skills programme to deliver jobs, apprenticeships, work experience and other training opportunities to the local community.

Collaborating with local employability partner, WorkER, seven new jobs and three new apprenticeship opportunities have been created to date. The opportunities span the whole construction spectrum from cleaning and labouring positions, to joiners, trainee construction technicians and quantity surveyors.

18-year-old Euan Thomson from Renfrewshire commenced a traineeship in quantity surveying with Morgan Sindall in June 2015. Based at the Eastwood project, he will follow a blended learning route: working on site four days per week mentored by a senior commercial manager, and attending university one day per week to pursue a degree in quantity surveying.

Euan said: “I have been really interested in a career in construction since I was in the fourth year at school. Originally, I thought I wanted to do construction management but during my HNC in construction I realised I was much more suited to the commercial aspects:  I really like the problem solving. When I saw the trainee quantity surveyor position advertised on WorkER’s website, I went for it as it looked like a good opportunity to get some real experience with a large contractor.

“I have been working for two months now and I am really enjoying it. The team have all been very supportive and I am learning so much more being out on site.  I am really looking forward to starting university in September and think that working whilst I’m learning will be a great benefit.  I know I have a lot of work in front of me, especially as I hope to be a senior manager someday, but I feel this opportunity is a great start on that path.”

Morgan Sindall’s managing director for Scotland, Harry Thorburn, said: “We recognise the need to offer real benefits to the communities in which we work, beyond the projects that we deliver. We are delighted to be able to support employment and training opportunities through the Eastwood Health and Care Centre project and it is particularly encouraging to see people like Euan coming through the ranks and pursuing a career in the industry.”

As the council’s development partner, hub West Scotland manages and implements the delivery of community benefits throughout the project.

Debbie McNamara of hub West Scotland said:  “Providing tangible benefits to local communities is at the heart of every project hub West Scotland deliver. We are proud to work with our partners to provide training and employment opportunities to the residents of East Renfrewshire, and encourage young people such as Euan to begin a career in construction.”

Convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “It’s great to see the jobs, training, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities that have been created locally for East Renfrewshire residents through this project and collaborating with our partners.”

Robert Calderwood, chief executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, added: “Effectively supporting and sustaining business and jobs in the local economy is a key consideration in the construction of any new building.

“Of critical importance is ensuring that the local community is equipped with the right skills to benefit from these opportunities and this work is already underway.”

Upon completion in March 2016, Eastwood Health and Care Centre will house a range of medical and social care services for the residents of Clarkston.

BAM to build new £22m Clydebank leisure centre

Clydebank Leisure CentreBAM has been appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver a new £22 million leisure centre on the banks of the Clyde for West Dunbartonshire Council.

Work has already started on the state of the art four-storey building, located in what was once the heart of Clydebank’s shipbuilding industry on the town’s historic Queen’s Quay. Once completed in early 2017, the new facility will replace the ageing Play Drome on Abbotsford Road.

Designed by architects Kennedy FitzGerald Associates, the new leisure centre will feature a 25-metre swimming pool, teaching pool, leisure pool with waves and flume; changing facilities, a café, multi-purpose sports hall with retractable seating, fitness suite and a dance studio.

Doug Keillor, regional director at BAM Construction, said: “This is something of a return visit for us as we are sitting on the doorstep of Clydebank College which we completed in 2007 and which really started the regeneration of this area. We were selected for our strong track record in delivering this type of project but this is a challenging site as we are virtually in the river and it’s a complex and futuristic design, so we won’t be resting on our laurels.”

Council leader Martin Rooney added: “Clydebank has a proud sporting history and this centre is going to hone the next generation of sporting talent. It marks the start of a new chapter for Queen’s Quay and I think we are all excited to welcome the first of our residents to the new centre in 2017.”

A key part of the regeneration strategy for the area, the new leisure centre will feature Scotland’s first fully-interactive flume ride.

The Aqua Smash Experience flume uses the latest technology from Holland and features a game with touch point lights throughout the slide which give swimmers points. At the plunge-pool a display screen shows your time, speed and score so you can compete with friends and family.

Participants will also have their picture taken at the end of the flume and have the option of sending it to their social media sites or email address using the tablets which will be installed within the facility.

The centre will open in early 2017.

New Dumbarton council office submitted for planning

West Dunbartonshire Council office1Planning permission and listed building consent applications for a new West Dunbartonshire Council office building in Dumbarton have been submitted by Keppie Design.

The £14.6 million project, being delivered by hub West Scotland in partnership with the council with architects Keppie and main contractor Lend Lease, comes 150 years after the foundations of William Lieper’s original Academy Building were laid.

The development has recently achieved ‘Stage One’ approval from the council, and is now progressing into detailed design. The 5,455 sqm building will provide new, BCO compliant offices, meeting spaces and civic facilities in the heart of Dumbarton. The scheme will retain, repair and restore the Grade-A Listed façade to form a new administrative centre for West Dunbartonshire Council and the local community, helping the regeneration of the town centre.

The curtilage of the existing facade forms the main entrance and new ‘one-stop shop’ while also housing a new civic space and training rooms on the upper floor. Designed to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating, project incorporates a central atrium space creating a link between ‘old and new’ and providing a social heart to the workplace which supports the naturally ventilated, open plan office space. An enhanced public realm space on Church Street will create the setting for the restored façade with a new, terraced, landscaped amenity space formed off Castle Street.

The rational brick envelope of the extension is designed to both complement and respect the blonde sandstone of the Academy building. The design will also provide a number of expansive views to Dumbarton Rock which will help to encourage investment in town centre businesses.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure and regeneration, said: “I am delighted that the plans for the new Council offices in Dumbarton are continuing to move forward. As well as renovating one of the most iconic buildings in the town centre, the move will help to revitalise the High Street by bringing increased footfall to the shops.”

Richard MacDonald, commercial director at Keppie added: “It has been a privilege to be involved in a project that has the opportunity to retain William Lieper’s Academy façade and integrate it into a significant new project in the regeneration of the town centre. Our aim has been to respect the architectural significance of the original building, to repair its façade and to see it become part of a modern, flexible workplace. We want to preserve its civic nature by housing the community operations within its envelope, keeping the new office floor plates efficient, flexible and well lit, to the rear of the site.”

£7m Inverclyde school project reaches financial close

St PatricksInverclyde Council’s £7 million plan for a new building for St Patrick’s Primary in Greenock has achieved financial close clearing the way for construction to begin.

The new state-of-the-art building for St Patrick’s Primary will be on the original Broomhill Street site following the demolition of the old school.

Education & communities convener, Councillor Terry Loughran, said: “It has taken months of planning and hard work but the formalities have now been completed and it won’t be long before we start to see the new school taking shape. This is yet another milestone moment in this important project and I would like to thank everyone involved for getting us to the stage we are at. I would also like to praise the patience of the pupils, parents and entire school community who recognise that a relatively short period of inconvenience will be well worth the final result.”

The original St Patrick’s Primary was initially earmarked for refurbishment as part of Inverclyde Council’s £270m Schools Estate programme delivering new or refurbished schools across the area.

However, the council recognised the cost of building a new school at the same site could be around £100,000 less than a refurbishment because of the greater amount of Scottish Government funding that would become available – £3.4m from the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

Grant Robertson, schools programme director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “Protecting local jobs. Creating better schools. Achieving value for money. These are just a few of the benefits being delivered through the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme that SFT manages. I very much look forward to seeing St Patrick’s Primary open and witness the real value of the programme with pupils being taught in modern, first-class facilities.”

The school is being delivered by hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner, in conjunction with main contractor Lend Lease and architect Holmes Miller.

Debbie McNamara, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “This is our first project to be developed with Inverclyde Council which also utilises the Primary School Reference Design that is being successfully delivered with other local authority partners. We are committed to delivering this new school facility late next year.”

Work will begin on site over the next few weeks and is due to be completed by October 2016.

The school will be decanted to the former Sacred Heart Primary school until the new building is ready.

Work begins on West Dunbartonshire’s first co-located primary school campus

Morgan SindallMorgan Sindall has started work on the first co-located primary school development in West Dunbartonshire.

The campus will see Aitkenbar and St Peter’s Primary School co-located along with a new Early Education and Childcare Centre (EECC) to replace the existing Andrew B Cameron and St Peter’s centres.

The building is being constructed on the site of the grounds of St Peter’s Primary School in Bellsmyre and will welcome its first pupils in August 2016.

It is the first time West Dunbartonshire Council will have hosted a denominational and non-denominational school within the same grounds. Although the schools will continue to be run separately, they will share facilities including the dining room, assembly hall, gym and playground.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, convener of educational services, said: “It’s fantastic to see work starting on this new building which will provide first-class educational facilities for the children of Bellsmyre. We are investing in a number of school projects right across West Dunbartonshire which will create facilities to support our teaching staff to deliver a first-class education to our children and young people.”

Councillor John Mooney, depute convener of educational services, added: “This co-located school is a vision which parents at both Aitkenbar and St Peter’s have held for a number of years and I know they will be delighted to see work starting on site. I’m sure like me, the whole community will enjoy seeing the new school building take shape over the coming months.”

Pupils and staff from St Peter’s Primary and children from St Peter’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre have moved into temporary accommodation on the Aitkenbar campus to allow the works to go ahead.

The former St Peter’s Primary School has already been demolished to make way for the new building which is being delivered by hub West Scotland.