hub West Scotland

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 supplychain@hubwestscotland.co.uk.

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.

£5.2m Lennoxtown Hub project reaches financial close

Lennoxtown Community Hub_new1

Plans for a brand new Community Hub in Lennoxtown took a significant step forward this week as the partners involved in the £5.2 million project achieved financial close.

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

Designed by Anderson Bell Christie, the building will contain three levels, being two storeys high fronting Main Street in the heart of the village. The lower ground floor will contain an entrance foyer and employee facilities with level access to the parking area to the rear of the building.

The ground floor will have a main entrance on to Main Street and will contain the front desk, library and office. The first floor will contain office space, meeting rooms and health care use including GP surgeries.

Demolition works to the existing buildings on the site on Main Street was completed in December 2014. Construction work is expected to begin in February and is set to run for completion in January 2016.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The development of the new facility will see major investment by the Council within Lennoxtown and is a key element of our commitment to supporting development within the area.

“Community Hubs are an important element of the council’s long term vision for effective, efficient, customer focussed services in 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 facility, which will contain a public library, council services, offices, community spaces and NHS facilities, is being built as part of the council’s wider regeneration of Lennoxtown, which has been identified as one of the local authority’s targeted regeneration areas.

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with East Dunbartonshire Council on another exciting project, which will deliver significant improvements in the facilities available to the Lennoxtown community. This will be our fourth project with the council to commence construction and we look forward to delivering community benefits to local residents over the next 12 months.”

The building will contain three levels, being two storeys high fronting Main Street in the heart of the village. The lower ground floor will contain employee facilities with level access to the parking area to the rear of the building.

The ground floor will have a main entrance on to Main Street and will contain the front desk, library and office. The first floor will contain office space, meeting rooms and health care use including GP surgeries.

The network of community hubs, including Lennoxtown, 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.

New West Dunbartonshire workshops approved

volie_workshops_imageNew workshop premises at the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate have been given the green light after West Dunbartonshire Council granted planning permission for the development.

Building work on the £1.8m project, which will provide 13 new workshop units with 35 parking spaces, is due to begin on site in March 2015. The units will range from approximately 500-1000 square feet in size and are due to be completed by August 2015.

The project is being developed by West Dunbartonshire Council’s development partner, hub West Scotland, and the main contractor for the project is Heron Bros.

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, convener of the council’s planning committee, said: “This project is another example of the Council’s commitment to regeneration in West Dunbartonshire. These new workshops will meet the clear demand for new workshop space in the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven area. They will be ideal for businesses that are just starting out, or for existing businesses to expand.”

Councillor Douglas McAllister, depute convener of planning, added: “This is great news for the local business community. This project will also transform an area of land which is currently vacant and derelict, and give it a new lease of life. I look forward to seeing local businesses move into these new workshops once they are completed next year.”

Keppie to design new West Dunbartonshire Council office

The old Dumbarton Burgh Hall - the new council office design will retain this listed façade

The old Dumbarton Burgh Hall – the new council office design will retain this listed façade

A new office building for West Dunbartonshire Council has moved a step closer after Keppie was appointed to design to building on behalf of hub West Scotland.

The development, which will replace the current Garshake Road office, will be located on Castle Street in Dumbarton’s town centre. The project will utilise an existing Grade A listed façade which was formerly part of Dumbarton Burgh Hall and designed by renowned architect William Leiper in 1865.

Keppie has been instructed as design and landscape architects as well as interior designers for the new building, which will enable the council to relocate staff from existing offices throughout Dumbarton and bring them together into one central location.  The project reinforces the council’s commitment to regenerate Dumbarton’s town centre.

Richard MacDonald, director from Keppie, which won the project following a four-way competitive pitch, said: “We are honoured to be designing such an important civic building for the council. We will strive to create a state-of-the-art, energy conscious and efficiently designed office which we hope will be a great place to work.

“This is an important regeneration project for Dumbarton and the redevelopment of this site is a fantastic opportunity to integrate a sympathetic but contemporary solution into the existing urban context.”

The project has many components, including the restoration and conservation of a historical façade, the regeneration of a town centre site and the creation of a 21st century workplace that complements the council’s agile working strategy. It will be sustainable and financially viable for public services for West Dunbartonshire to be delivered from.

Following completion of the final design and approval of all planning requirements, construction is likely to commence on site in autumn 2015 with completion expected in summer 2017.

Green light for Lennoxtown Community Hub

Lennoxtown Community Hub

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

The council’s Planning Board approved planning consent for the construction of the new £5 million facility, which will contain a public library, council services, offices, community spaces and NHS facilities, at its meeting last week.

Work on the new Community Hub, which is being built by Morgan Sindall in partnership with the council’s development partner hub West Scotland, is anticipated to start in February 2015 once work to demolish the existing buildings on the site on Main Street is complete.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This is great news for Lennoxtown and reinforces our commitment to the area by providing vital public services at a local level.

“The new Community Hub will bring together a wide range of services under one roof to deliver a new, flexible ‘one stop shop’ approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different services. It will offer an exciting and innovative new way of delivering services more efficiently to our residents in Lennoxtown.

“The development of the new facility will see over £5m of investment by the council within Lennoxtown and will assist with the regeneration of the village centre. We will work closely with hub West Scotland, the design team and the contractor, Morgan Sindall, to bring this new community facility design to fruition.”

Designed by Anderson Bell Christie, the building will contain three levels, being two storeys high fronting Main Street in the heart of the village. The lower ground floor will contain an entrance foyer and employee facilities with level access to the parking area to the rear of the building.

The ground floor will have a main entrance on to Main Street and will contain the front desk, library and office. The first floor will contain office space, meeting rooms and health care use including GP surgeries.

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 Campsie Memorial Hall in May and July. 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 Lennoxtown, 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.

Green light for East Renfrewshire health & care centre

Eastwood Health & Care Centre courtyard

Health secretary Alex Neil has announced the go ahead for the new community health and care centre in East Renfrewshire and another facility in Glasgow.

Eastwood Health & Care Centre, to be located in Clarkston’s Drumby Crescent, will be a new-build multi-purpose development for health and social care services, incorporating four GP practices and community health services including clinics, podiatry, physiotherapy, children’s services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing, health visiting and East Renfrewshire Council’s social work team.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government and developed by hub West Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Futures Trust, East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The health secretary also confirmed investment for another facility in Maryhill, Glasgow.

The Scottish Government will invest a total of £21.7 million in two new centres, £12.4m in Maryhill and £9.3m in Eastwood. East Renfrewshire Council will provide £5.5m towards the cost of the Eastwood centre.

Work will start on site on Monday 27 October.

East Renfrewshire Councillor Alan Lafferty, chair of the CHCP Committee, said: “This is wonderful news for East Renfrewshire and the culmination of a huge amount of partnership work between East Renfrewshire Council, NHS, hub West Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust. I am delighted that work can now begin on building this much needed facility.”

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “These new centres will serve Eastwood and Maryhill well for decades to come. Along with the Shields Centre, they represent a significant investment by the Scottish Government in the west of Scotland.

“These new buildings are not just good news for the patients and staff of the NHS. Investment on this scale has a tremendously positive effect on the local economy – creating jobs and apprenticeships and helping local businesses.

“The Scottish Government has an investment programme of more than £8 billion over the next two years – supporting around 50,000 full time jobs in Scotland. We remain convinced this is the best way to protect jobs and keep the Scottish economy growing.”

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland added: “We are delighted to be working with our public and private sector partners on these projects which will deliver significant improvements in the facilities and services available to the Eastwood and Maryhill communities.

“With the confirmation of funding now in place we move into the next exciting stage of development with the project teams lined up to start work on-site this month.”

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by hub West Scotland to lead the construction phase of both projects.