Inverclyde

Kier named as Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland

Kier imageKier Construction Scotland has been appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland’s supply chain.

A joint-venture organisation owned by both the public and private sectors, hub West Scotland delivers a range of public sector capital works projects throughout west central Scotland.

It works in partnership with 15 public bodies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City councils, covering a population of around 1.2 million people.

The partnership designs and constructs a wide range of new community facilities, including schools, health and community centres and facilities for blue light organisations, whilst providing value for money to the public purse and the opportunity to work with local SMEs.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Iain Marley, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “Key supply chain members are a vital ingredient in the success of hub West Scotland where we work in a collaborative partnership to deliver quality, innovative and value for money solutions to our public sector partners.

“Kier Construction Scotland boasts a wealth of delivery experience, and we look forward to working with them as a partnering contractor on future projects, to develop a sustainable future within communities across west central Scotland.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to be appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the hub West team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

New lease of life for Inverclyde cemetery building

Greenock CemeteryInverclyde Council has lodged a planning application to remodel a 170 year old building at Greenock Cemetery.

Originally located in Wellpark in Greenock when it was built in 1846, Ivy House was moved to the cemetery in 1852 to be used as a lodge for workers.

Greenock Cemetery 2The two-storey brick building is currently used for storage but the council plan to convert it into a facility for cemetery staff.

The rear portion of the existing structure would be demolished and the stonework repaired. New windows and slate roof would be installed providing office accommodation on the ground floor and storage on the first floor.

Greenock Cemetery 3A new single storey extension with shower and toilet facilities as well as an area for staff to eat meals would be provided with the building linked to the office.

The application is pending consideration by the planning department.

Funding secured for £12m Ardgowan distillery and visitor centre

Ardgowan distilleryA project to build a new lowland malt whisky distillery and visitor centre in Inverclyde can begin next year with the award of near £1 million from the Scottish Government.

The Ardgowan Distillery, which plans to build the flagship project on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow, secured £982,000 from the government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme – providing vital capital towards construction costs.

The award was announced this morning by Fergus Ewing MSP, the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for the rural economy and connectivity, ahead of the AgriScot 2017 exhibition in Edinburgh.

Ardgowan distillery 2The distillery now plans to commence construction next year – with ambitious plans for a world-leading lowland malt whisky distillery by 2020.

Commenting on the award, distillery chief executive officer, Martin McAdam, said: “The Scotch whisky industry supports over 40,000 jobs in Scotland, and is a vital component of Scotland’s ambitious food and drink growth strategy.

“This £12m project will move Inverclyde up the rankings for food and drink production in Scotland. During construction the project will support 35 jobs and contribute over £2m to the local economy.”

Ardgowan Distillery 4Once up and running, the distillery will create six new full-time jobs, with up to 15 additional jobs in the visitor centre and retail operations, with around 47 further jobs created in the wider economy during the first five years.

McAdam added: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Government for their generous support, and to all others who have backed the project so far, especially the local community for their enthusiasm and encouragement.”

The distillery has already received full planning consent for the project, which will transform a former sawmill on estate land near Inverkip.

Riverside Inverclyde marks decade of regeneration efforts with opening of 200-year-old Custom House

(from left) Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde; Fiona Maguire, chief executive of Riverside Inverclyde; and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark

(from left) Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde; Fiona Maguire, chief executive of Riverside Inverclyde; and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark

Riverside Inverclyde, the organisation charged with the economic regeneration of Inverclyde, celebrated not only the completion of the refurbishment of Greenock’s Custom House, but also its own 10-year anniversary at a ceremony held at the lovingly restored building.

Martin Brennan, Provost of Inverclyde formally re-opened the 200-year-old Georgian building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion

He said: “The upgrading of this building, ably delivered by the team at Riverside Inverclyde, has helped to preserve this landmark for the current and future generations.”

Also present was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark, Fiona Maguire, chief executive of Riverside Inverclyde and project architect, Tom Connelly of Elder & Cannon.

Restoration of the Custom House has been a six-year £6 million project for Riverside Inverclyde. And while the Custom House is the jewel in the crown, the organisation has been the driving force behind much of the Inverclyde’s recent renaissance, including the Riverside Business Park, which employs 600 staff, the creation of James Watt Dock Marina and water-and-wind-proofing of the Sugar Warehouse, designed by Walter R Kinipple, and completed in 1886.

RI_Custom House official launch_3nov17_RI team_small versionMs Maguire said: “It has been a stellar decade of achievements for Riverside Inverclyde, almost too many to list. Being able to cap the 10 years with the completion of this iconic piece of Greenock history is magnificent.

“We are not resting on our laurels, though; we have a number of projects currently in the pipeline, including Baker Street, a dedicated Food and Drink Incubator Hub in Greenock, and the development of a new spur road into Port Glasgow Town Centre.”

RI_Custom House official launch_3nov17_Provost_small versionOver the past decade, the organisation has obtained more than £73m direct investment in Inverclyde, from a variety of sources. These include modern business centres in Gourock (Municipal Buildings), Greenock (Victoria House), and Port Glasgow (Scarlow House).

In addition to developments and restorations, Riverside Inverclyde has setup networks of local construction companies and community hubs, such as the Local Construction Forum, the Regeneration Forums as well as delivery of the Community Benefits Programme, which provides the benchmark to maximise opportunities for local people.

Plans submitted for over 100 affordable homes across five Inverclyde sites

Plans for Dubbs Road in Port Glasgow

Plans for 24 homes at Dubbs Road in Port Glasgow

Sanctuary Group is working with Inverclyde Council to deliver 104 new affordable homes for rent across five sites.

The sites are distinct in character with proposals ranging from 8 to 44 units across 2-4 storeys. Three of the five sites have been submitted for planning with the remaining two to be submitted by the end of next week.


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Commencement of the works on site is programmed to commence from March 2018 with a contract completion of summer 2019.

Sanctuary Homes has bought the former Highlanders’ Academy in Mount Pleasant Street in Greenock and the old Lilybank School site in Port Glasgow as well as empty land just across the street on Farquhar Road, known as ‘The Orchard’. It has also acquired the former Auchenbothie nursery site in Port Glasgow and the site of the former clinic at Dubbs Road.

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be progressing plans for affordable housing on five sites in Inverclyde in partnership with the Scottish Government and Inverclyde Council.

“Subject to planning approval 44 homes will be built on the site of the former Highlanders Academy in Greenock. A further 60 homes will be built across four sites in Port Glasgow, including eight family homes at Auchenbothie Road and 24 amenity style flats at Dubbs Road.”

New administration building planned for James Watt Dock Marina

James Watt Dock MarinaPlans have been lodged to Inverclyde Council for a new marina administration building that aims to create a focus for the expanding marina business.

The £1.25 million building will provide an operational office for the marina together with new first class facilities for the marina customers that will replace the existing portacabins.

A bespoke bistro café and three retail and office units have also been incorporated in the design, all enjoying commanding views over James Watt Dock and conveniently located for ease of access by land and water.

The plans were submitted by Richard Robb Architects on behalf of James Watt Marina Limited.

Leading the design process, Geoff Phillips, executive chairman of Marina Projects Ltd, which owns James Watt Marina Limited, said: “We have been working closely with Richard Robb Architects and the project team over the last few months to bring forward a building design which meets the future needs of the marina whilst at the same time acknowledging the local environment. Although designed with a modern concept the carefully selected materials respond to the rich James Watt Dock Heritage and we anticipate that the proposals will be viewed favourably by the planning authority.”

The investment in the new building forms part of the ongoing and long term commitment by Marina Projects to the expansion and development of the James Watt Dock Marina business and ambition of raising the profile of Greenock and Inverclyde within the marine leisure sector.

That commitment also extends to the generation of local employment and where possible the engagement of regionally based professionals and contractor organisations as the development works are taken forwards.

Geoff Phillips added: “From the outset it was our stated intention to bring together a regionally based project team for the new marina administration building and I am pleased to say that in addition to Richard Robb Architects the project team includes Fairhurst (Glasgow), Allied Surveyors Scotland (Greenock) and Butler Consulting.”

The building is due to be completed by 2020.

Image provided courtesy of Richard Robb Architects

Greenock Early Years Facility achieves financial close

Greenock Early Years FacilityWork on a £2.6 million early years facility in Greenock is to begin this month after the project achieved financial close last week.

The new 100-pupil facility will be built on part of the old Greenock Academy site and has been designed so the three nursery playrooms will all look-out over the River Clyde.

The facility is the latest project in Inverclyde Council’s £270 million investment that will see every child in a new or refurbished school by 2020. It also marks the fifth hub West Scotland project in partnership with the council and its first Early Years facility.

Ian Marley, hub West Scotland CEO, said: “The Design Team have been very proactive during the development phase and are to be congratulated for their efforts in reaching this important milestone.”

CCG (Scotland) Ltd have been appointed by hub West Scotland and are currently building the new £9.2m St Ninian’s Primary and refurbishing Moorfoot Primary School in Gourock.

The Design Team consists of architects Holmes Miller, civil & structural engineers Struer, M&E engineers BakerHicks and QS Brown & Wallace.

Work is due to start at the beginning of August and will be completed in May 2018.

Plans lodged for new Inverclyde children’s house

Crosshill home 3A planning application has been submitted for Inverclyde Council’s new £1.7 million children’s house in Port Glasgow.

The existing building on Crosshill Place in Port Glasgow will be demolished while the new children’s house will be built on the existing site.

The new house is similar in design to the children’s house in Kylemore Terrace in Greenock which was completed in 2013.

It will have six bedrooms – all with ensuite facilities – along with a lounge, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and laundry.

Crosshill homeHealth & social care convener, Councillor Robert Moran, said: “The children who will live in the new children’s house are ordinary children from Inverclyde who attend local schools and who have come to be looked after by the council usually because of adverse circumstances in their family.

“These children will almost always have experienced and coped with a great deal of adversity in their young lives, and as a council we want to provide for them the nurturing and caring childhood as any good parent would want for their child.”

A third children’s house is currently being built in Cardross Crescent in Greenock to replace the existing children’s house in Neil Street. The £1.9m building is due to be completed later this year.

Residents at the existing Crosshill Place unit will move into Neil Street until building work is completed towards the end of 2018.

Crosshill home 2Councillor Moran added: “The high quality of our residential childcare services has already been recognised by the Care Inspectorate and I am delighted we have been able to match those high standards with such significant investment.

“The new children’s houses when completed will deliver the best possible facilities for children and young people in a nurturing and caring environment.”

CCG starts work on new Inverclyde school

st ninians startsWork has begun work on Inverclyde Council’s new £9.2 million St Ninian’s Primary School in Gourock.

The CCG project is the latest to benefit from the council’s £270m investment that will see every child in the region in a new or refurbished school by 2020.

The Holmes Miller-designed building, which will be built on the blaes gravel pitches at the current school site, will feature 13 classrooms, a gym, dining hall, music room and a library over its two stories.

Children will be dropped off at a dedicated lay-by with space for three buses and pedestrian access will be from Staffa Street, Drumshantie Road and Kirn Drive. The old school building will be demolished once work is complete.

Cllr Jim Clocherty said: “This is another significant milestone in the council’s transformation of our school estate. We have come such a long way in the past 10 years and despite the deepest economic downturn in generations we have still managed to deliver a £270m investment towards Inverclyde’s future.”

st niniansCCG’s chairman and chief executive, Alastair Wylie, said: “The rebuild of St Ninian’s Primary School is a vital project which will bring tremendous benefits to the learning and educational opportunities for young people in Gourock.

“The new school is being constructed within the existing St Ninian’s Primary School area and our construction approach will seek to minimise disruption to staff and ensure pupils can remain within their current school until the new building is complete.

“We are proud to be working with Inverclyde Council and hub West Scotland on the new St Ninian’s Primary School and we are confident that, upon completion, the modern facilities will contribute greatly to the wider regeneration of Inverclyde and beyond.”

Angeline Robertson, partnership director at hub West Scotland, said: “We are delivering four schools in partnership with Inverclyde Council. St Ninian’s follows the design principles of St Patrick’s primary school and will be completed by main contractor CCG in summer 2018. We are delighted that the partnership is producing such high quality facilities for the communities in Inverclyde.”

Green light for new £12m distillery plan near Inverkip

Ardgowan distilleryCouncillors have given the go-ahead for a £12 million distillery and visitor centre to be built on a 600-year-old estate near Inverkip.

The green light means the Ardgowan Distillery Company can now advance its proposal to build a “world-class” lowland malt whisky distillery and visitor attraction on the estate, with plans to be operational in 2019.

The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the site of the old sawmill just south of the A78 Inverkip road, near the junction with the A770.

In considering the application for the development, which could generate new employment both during construction and more jobs once the distillery is operational, members of Inverclyde Council’s planning board agreed with a recommendation from planning officials for its approval.

Ardgowan distillery 2The development will be a mixture of re-using old buildings and constructing new ones. Eighty-five parking spaces will be provided.

Inverclyde Council planning officers had recommended approval stating: “The proposed development represents a significant investment and will bring economic benefit through the main whisky distilling operation and it serving as a tourist attraction.”

Ardgowan Distillery Company chief executive Martin McAdam

Ardgowan Distillery Company chief executive Martin McAdam

Martin McAdam, the distillery’s chief executive, said: “Our goal is to produce a truly outstanding seven year old lowland single malt.

“In the coming weeks we will commence detailed design and procurement work for the construction of the distillery, and this will give us the opportunity to engage with local businesses and the public in order to develop our plan and start to employ the staff that will be engaged during the construction and operational stage.”