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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.

Work begins on Clydebank’s new sports and leisure centre

George Farley, hub West board director; Ronnie Dinnie, head of neighbourhood services at West Dunbartonshire Council; Jim Ward, construction director at BAM; Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure regeneration and economic development at West Dunbartonshire Council; West Dunbartonshire chief executive Joyce White; hub West chief executive Debbie McNamara; local Clydebank councillors, and members of the project team from the council, hub West and BAM

George Farley, hub West board director; Ronnie Dinnie, head of neighbourhood services at West Dunbartonshire Council; Jim Ward, construction director at BAM; Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure regeneration and economic development at West Dunbartonshire Council; West Dunbartonshire chief executive Joyce White; hub West chief executive Debbie McNamara; local Clydebank councillors, and members of the project team from the council, hub West and BAM

Work has officially started on Clydebank’s new state of the art leisure centre at the town’s historic Queen’s Quay.

The new £22 million four-storey building is set to open in early 2017 and offers a significant enhancement on facilities currently available at the Play Drome.

It will include: a 25-metre swimming pool, teaching pool, leisure pool with waves and flume; changing facilities, a café, multi-purpose sports hall with badminton, netball, basketball, hockey and five-a-side football courts and retractable seating, fitness suite, and dance studio.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener of infrastructure and regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic day for Clydebank. These plans for the new leisure centre were first discussed in 2006. It has been a long road to get to where we are today and it’s not been without its challenges but we are now on site and starting work on the project which will deliver a facility our town can be proud of.”

George Farley, hub West board director; Ronnie Dinnie, head of neighbourhood services at West Dunbartonshire Council; Jim Ward, construction director at BAM and Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure regeneration and economic development at West Dunbartonshire Council

George Farley, hub West board director; Ronnie Dinnie, head of neighbourhood services at West Dunbartonshire Council; Jim Ward, construction director at BAM and Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for infrastructure regeneration and economic development at West Dunbartonshire Council

The leisure centre, which will enjoy outlooks over the River Clyde, is the first in a series of developments planned to regenerate Queen’s Quay which was once the bustling heart of Clydebank’s shipbuilding industry.

The council has also committed to investing £15.6m in infrastructure works including new roads, to prepare Queen’s Quay for further development including an 84 bed care home and day care centre.

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.”

The centre, which is being built next to West College Scotland and the council’s Aurora House offices, will be operated on behalf of the council by West Dunbartonshire Leisure.

The project is being delivered by hub West Scotland, the council’s development partner. The main contractor is BAM and the architects are Kennedy Fitzgerald.

The council agreed on Wednesday to market the current Play Drome site for sale to a commercial developer.

Construction ‘hub’ programme leads to 78 per cent surge in projects

Hub_LogoThe value of projects under construction delivered through the Scotland-wide hub programme has leapt 78 per cent in the past six months.

Latest statistics published today by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), which manages the hub programme, shows the value of community buildings being built by the five hub companies (hubCos) for public sector organisations has risen from £342 million at the start of 2015 to £610m by June 2015.

This construction is supporting over 7,300 jobs across various industry sectors and illustrates how hub has quickly become the public sector’s development and delivery partner of choice to build or refurbish local, community-based projects.

An overview of the number of projects under construction and their sectors is listed below:

Sector No. of projects Value
Health 6 £111.2m
Schools 19 £424.4m
Community facilities 15 £74.4m
TOTAL                                            £610m


David MacDonald, hub Programme Director at SFT, said: “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.

“The benefit of using hub as the preferred delivery partner is reflected in the huge increase in projects under construction. With 78 per cent of hub construction contracts being awarded to SMEs, many thousands of local jobs are being protected.

“We see this momentum continuing as there’s well over £900m of community projects still in the early stages of development which are due to start on site in the next 12 to 24 months though our ever growing pipeline of work.”


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Mike Burrows, director or Fleming Buildings Limited, based in Lenzie, Glasgow, said: “Being an SME, the opportunities available through hubCo has given long term security to our existing workforce and has enabled us invest in apprenticeships and provide new employment opportunities.

“At the same time it has given us a platform to deliver community benefits through collaborating with the local schools & colleges.”

John Moore, construction director for Border Construction, added:  “As an SME based in the Scottish Borders, we’re proud to be part of these hub projects. Our involvement in a joint venture with hub’s Tier 1 Contractor, Morrison Construction, is helping sustain local employment and local spend, which benefits the communities we work and live in.”

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We have made considerable progress in delivering value for money infrastructure projects for communities across the region.  In the last year we have more than doubled the number of projects that have reached financial close to 15 and have a total of 42 projects, valued at over £500 million, in various stages of development

“Our team continues to work closely with participant organisations to ensure that every project is delivered to the highest quality, meeting the needs of the community and achieving best value.”

A selection of projects under construction being delivered by the five hubCos are listed below:

South East hub

Royal Edinburgh Phase 1 – £42.5m

James Gillespie’s High School – £33.9m

Galashiels Transport Interchange – £5.1m

North hub

Alford Community Campus – £26.2m

Inverness Royal Academy – £35.4m

Wick Community Campus – £48.5m

East Central hub

Levenmouth High School – £37.2m

Harris Academy – £30m

Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery – £9.1m

West hub

Eastwood and Maryhill Health Centres – £25.3m

Clydebank Leisure Centre – £21.2

South West hub

NHS Lanarkshire Bundle – £43.5m

Greenfaulds High School – £31.8m

Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Development – £8m

MSPS-designed East Dunbartonshire primary school handed over

Lairdsland Primary handoverMulti-disciplinary design consultancy Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) was in attendance as Lairdsland Primary School was officially handed over in East Dunbartonshire.

MSPS provided mechanical and electrical (M&E) and BREEAM services to the sustainably-built project, working with architects Walters & Cohen. Key to the successful delivery of the 266-pupil primary school was passive energy efficient solutions, value for money and its exemplar design, a design that leads its field, setting an industry standard that can be used as a blue-print and adapted in scale to respond to different primary school briefs. The school is also expected to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

As the project’s main contractors, Morgan Sindall invited feedback from clients East Dunbartonshire Council and hub West Scotland as part of an ongoing commitment to accommodating clients’ requirements regarding timescales, design coordination, budgets and key deliverables. ‘Perfect Delivery’ was achieved by completing the design efficiently and delivering the project safely, on time, snag free, and with a customer that would recommend the service and rate themselves as “delighted”.

Lairdsland PrimaryRobbie McKillop, public sector director at MSPS, said that Lairdsland is an exceptional school design to add to the MSPS portfolio: “The school’s aesthetics are outstanding, all design and construction goals were achieved, and we are extremely pleased to have delivered a school with a design that supports the ideals of modern primary school learning, while incorporating sustainability.”

The two-storey school has 11 flexibly-designed classrooms purpose built to support curriculum for excellence with classrooms having a quiet formal learning area, a more informal project space, as well as specialist and outdoor learning areas. The location of the large school hall means it can be used after school hours without allowing access to the remainder of the school, key to the wider community engagement.

Within its hub West framework, MSPS is also working on the design of Bellsmyre Primary School, New Primary School Lenzie and St Patricks Primary School, which are all using the Lairdsland Primary School reference design.

BAM delivers the ‘Development of the Year’

Johnstone Town HallJohnstone Town Hall has been awarded the accolade of ‘Development of the Year (Public Buildings)’ at the Scottish Property Awards, just days after being handed over to Renfrewshire Council by BAM Construction Scotland.

The building, with its combination of a striking glass façade, deep public atrium and high quality stone finishes stand from the surrounding buildings in Ludovic Square, was designed as a catalyst for a wider regeneration programme for the town.

It creates a new model for the delivery of community services as the public library, theatre, marriage suite, conference room and café sit alongside staff from the council’s housing and social work departments, AdviceWorks, Police Scotland and MacMillan Cancer Support. In this respect it is an extraordinary building inside and out.

Douglas Keillor, regional director Scotland, BAM Construction, said: “It’s always a bonus for everyone involved in a project to have their work recognised by a prestigious award and when you look at what they’ve created, it really is an inspirational building. This is another example of what collaborative working can achieve, in this case between the stakeholders, our client, Hub West, the designers led by Miller Holmes, and my own team and supply chain.”

The new Town Hall, which opened to the public at the end of March, was project managed by Hub West Scotland, the public private joint venture development organisation designed to deliver the most efficient and value for money buildings in Scotland.

Construction opportunities for SMEs at Clydebank Meet the Buyer event

hub West Scotlandhub West Scotland are hosting a Meet the Buyer event this month at the Titan Enterprise Centre in Clydebank.

SMEs based in the West of Scotland are invited to drop in to discuss the opportunities available on a large range of developments for hub West Scotland’s public sector partners such as: Kilmacolm Primary School, Kirkintilloch Town Hall and the new Gorbals and Woodside Health Centres. The event is supported by their supply chain main contractors BAM, CBC, Heron, Lend Lease, and Morgan Sindall with representatives on hand to discuss the projects and how local SME’s can get involved.

Organisations are encouraged to attend the event, to see how they can help shape their communities, with work on new, state of the art public facilities.

Debbie McNamara, CEO of hub West Scotland said: “One of our main drivers is to ensure local SME’s have the opportunity to get involved with our projects by introducing their businesses and their capabilities to our main contractors.”

The event will take place at the Titan Enterprise centre on 19 March and visitors can drop in anytime from 1pm until 6pm. For more information, please contact

New East Pollokshields health and care centre opens its doors

East Pollokshields health and care centre night

A new £2.7 million health and care centre has welcomed the first patients through the doors in East Pollokshields.

The new Shields Centre brings together a range of community services within one building, including two GP Practices, social work services, district nursing and health improvement teams.

hub West Scotland, worked in partnership with the NHS, contractor CBC and architect Anderson Bell Christie to deliver this state of the art facility.

The building will form part of a new overall community provision, along with the community centre and the new Gaelic school. The unified service delivery approach will make life easier for the local community improving access to better services in the one building. It has filled an under used gap site and the exceptional design had added to the fabric of the surrounding area.

The innovative new centre offers local people the ability to see a wide range of health and social care services all under the one roof – and also includes a self-sustaining community garden which will be managed by a third sector organisation.

Photography courtesy of Keith Hunter.

Morgan Sindall marks start of Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Scott Wilson business development director Morgan Sindall, Alan Russell project manager, Stuart Parker business development director MSPS, Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Edward Carr director Morgan Sindall construction, Tim Harland, architect Gareth Hoskins

Scott Wilson business development director Morgan Sindall, Alan Russell project manager, Stuart Parker business development director MSPS, Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Edward Carr director Morgan Sindall construction, Tim Harland, architect Gareth Hoskins

Stuart Parker, business development director at Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS), the multidisciplinary design consultancy, joined Shona Robison, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, this week for the official ‘sod cutting’ to mark the construction of the new state-of-the-art Eastwood Health and Care Centre (HCC) in East Renfrewshire.

The design of the £15 million health and care centre, where MSPS has provided civil and structural engineering design services and with Gareth Hoskins as architects, has achieved reference design status for best practice in energy and efficiency.

As a reference design, it will be used in future projects as a representation of excellent design achievable within good value Affordability Caps, with elements and design principals easily transferred into new project designs.

Stuart says MSPS has valuable experience in all areas of public sector building design: “We are well placed to contribute to reference design, with strong BIM capabilities, experienced engineers and a proven portfolio of public sector projects in healthcare, as well as education, council offices and custodial services.”

The health and care centre is the first of three such facilities that MSPS is designing for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as projects from its Hub West Scotland framework agreement. MSPS’ Eastwood HCC contract will novate to the D&B contractor following financial close. The new centres are designed to address the problems of the areas’ aging population, and further integrate health and care into the responsibility of the local authority and third sector services.

The multi-disciplinary design achieves an efficient, cost-effective structural frame; modern, open plan office spaces; a full-height atrium using curtain walling glazing creating a light, spacious and appealing main entrance; high-quality facing brickwork facades providing an attractive external appearance as well as ensuring durability and low maintenance; and generous, free-draining parking provision.

Scott Wilson, Morgan Sindall’s business development director and Edward Carr, area director for Morgan Sindall PLC also attended the event

Eastwood HCC has been funded by the Scottish Future Trust and is due to open by spring 2016.