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Work begins on new Dumbarton council offices

Dumbarton council office sodcuttingLend Lease has officially started work on West Dunbartonshire Council’s new offices in Dumbarton town centre.

The council plans to relocate 500 staff currently based at Garshake to the offices at the site of the former Dumbarton Academy building in Church Street.

Delivered on behalf of the council by hub West Scotland, the £15.4 million project is set to be completed in late 2017 and will provide a catalyst for the regeneration of the town. It will also generate annual savings over the lifetime of the building compared to maintaining the current Garshake offices.

The facility will include a public area with multi-use civic space, training and meeting rooms with a substantial new building to the rear containing office space.

The design by Keppie will retain the A-listed facade of the historic building and construct new offices at the rear. The council secured a £500,000 grant to help pay for the restoration and discussions are ongoing with Historic Environment Scotland over this element of the project.

West Dunbartonshire Council office1Works on the William Leiper-designed façade should commence early in 2017 and will include re-roofing, conservation and repair of the original stonework, and refurbishment of the existing main entrance timber doors.

The annex behind the façade was demolished last year to make way for the development and enabling works have been progressing to prepare the site for the new building and work is also underway on the car park.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener of infrastructure and regeneration, cut the first sod on site together with vice-convener Councillor David McBride and pupils from Dumbarton Academy in recognition of the site’s history.

Councillor McGlinchey said: “This project is hugely significant for the council and for the town of Dumbarton. It will provide the council with much-need modern, fit-for-purpose office space while retaining and restoring a historic building for future generations to enjoy. In addition, the development will transform this area of the town and link with the planned activity at Dumbarton Waterfront. I’m looking forward to seeing the building taking shape over the coming months and to the benefits it will bring to Dumbarton.”

Councillor David McBride, vice-convener of infrastructure and regeneration, added: “We have a clear vision to regenerate our town centres and this project is a key element of our plans for Dumbarton. We’re bringing 500 staff into the town centre, increasing footfall and kick-starting economic activity. This landmark building greets visitors to our town centre and its restoration will only help to raise perceptions and send a clear message that we are open for business.”

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.

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.

Lend Lease becomes Lendlease in rebrand

Lendlease old and newLend Lease has rebranded and changed its name to the single word Lendlease in a move it said “heralds an exciting new chapter” for the firm.

The Australian developer has also launched a new logo which it calls ‘the fold’, replacing its previous 20-year-old blue canopy logo.

Lendlease Group CEO and managing director, Steve McCann, said the innovative new look was part of an overall brand update to launch its “next chapter of success”.

“We have emerged out of our five year strategy to hold a strong market position and believe we have re-established the leadership position of this great organisation. As a result, the time is right to evolve our brand.

“The new look is reflective of our exciting future as a contemporary, diverse and international business,” he said.

Mr McCann said a thorough process was undertaken to come up with a design to match the company”s iconic status.

“The culmination of this work is a design for our future, providing a unique identity that stretches from consumer to business, enterprise to government partnerships and local to international markets.

“Lendlease is increasingly known for creating some of the best places around the world. Our new fluid and flexible logo puts us in an ideal position to fully maximise the benefits of our remarkable pipeline of projects,” he said.

Lendlease’s UK presence was built out of its acquisition of contractor Bovis in 1999, with the firm trading as Bovis Lend Lease until 2011.

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.

Lend Lease construction returns to profit after UK boost

Lend-leaseLend Lease’s European construction arm has bounced back into profit following a strong performance in the UK.

Strong half-year results saw the Australia-based construction group’s Europe division post a nine-fold increase in pre-tax profit of A$75.3m (£38.1m) for the six months to December 2014, up from A$8.2m (£4.2m) the previous year.

The firm’s performance was boosted by Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Borough Council taking over ownership of the 25-year Global Renewables Project waste PFI.

Lend Lease also revealed it is advanced talks with tenants for the first two office projects at its £1.3bn International Quarter commercial district in Stratford, east London.

Overall Lend Lease posted a 25 per cent increase in after-tax profit to A$315.6m (£159.7m), up A$251.6m (£127.3m) the previous year.

Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann told investors the group had been boosted by residential markets in the UK and Australia, which “have remained strong”.

Residential pre-sales rose over 300 per cent to £560m driven by strong progress at Elephant & Castle, Wandsworth and The International Quarter

Dan Labbad, CEO of international operations, said: “London-based urban regeneration sites will be a key driver of earnings in the next few years.

“At Elephant & Castle we currently have three stages or around 900 homes in delivery and have received planning approval for the next stage West Grove at Elephant park which will add further 593 homes to production schedule.

“We are also close to announcing a partnership with one of the UK’s leading housing associations for the progressive acquisition and management of a further 550 affordable homes at the site.”

Labbad said the UK business was set for strong growth as the firm looked forward to moving ahead with several large projects where it is preferred bidder.

He said: “UK contracting market is a tough operating environment mainly coming out of the global financial crisis and the way work was won during that period for high risk work at very low margins.

“We stopped bidding at very low margin work and that meant the revenues in the business dropped over those years.

“What we are seeing now is that clients are looking for contractors that can stand the test of time.

“Our backlog is increasing and we are preferred on a number of positions at the moment in a two-stage process so we expected that backlog to increase further in the next 12 months.”

Buchanan Galleries extension could start next April

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Work to extend Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries shopping centre could start as early as April with “good progress” being made with plans for the site, its owners said today.

Architects behind the project, BDP, have submitted plans for the redevelopment to Glasgow City Council on behalf of site owner Land Securities.

Last week it was reported that Lend Lease is being lined up as main contractor.

Land Securities, which today posted its results for the six months ending September 30, said work on the 500,000 square foot Buchanan Galleries extension is set to conclude in March 2018 at the earliest and the £300 million project will add 42 retail and catering units and a Showcase Cinema to the Galleries.

It will increase the size of the centre to about 1.2m square feet and the company said it is working on the “final details” of its plans for the development as well as that of its Westgate centre in Oxford.

The business said pre-tax profit almost tripled in the period to reach £1 billion, from £397.9m 12 months previously, driven by a valuation surplus of £880.2m across the portfolio. It also announced a dividend of 15.8 pence per share, up from 15.2p in the year-ago period.

Chief executive Robert Noel described the firm’s financial performance as “strong” and said it improved the quality of its shopping centre portfolio. Land Securities’ total combined portfolio market value amounted to £13.2bn at September 30.

Last month it gained full ownership of Buchanan Galleries by acquiring the remaining 50 per cent stake in the centre from Henderson Real Estate for £137.5m.

A spokesman added: “Both schemes have outline planning consent and we anticipate achieving reserved matters consent before the end of the financial year.

“We remain disciplined in evaluating which development schemes to pursue as the greater opportunity offered by development comes with greater risk.”

Also in its portfolio are The Centre and Almondvale South Retail Park in Livingston, 185-221 Buchanan Street, which includes the likes of Paperchase and Gap, and Kingsway West Retail Park in Dundee.

Mr Noel said the company’s strategy, including the transformation of its retail portfolio, is “generating good results” and the company has offloaded centres that “don’t fit” with its plan. During the six months it sold off assets in Bristol, Exeter and Sunderland, with year-to-date sales of £581.5m.

Gross rental income in the six-month period reached £321.3m, up from £312.8m, and net direct property expenditure grew to £18.8m from £16.1m.

Revenue profit hit £170m up from £156.5m and overall net income grew by £7m from the year-ago period to reach £302.4m.

Looking ahead, the firm said: “Our focus will remain on ensuring we own the best retail and leisure destinations and selling those that are not.”

Lend Lease ‘favourite’ for £230m Buchanan Galleries revamp

Buchanan Galleries

Lend Lease is being lined up as main contractor for Land Securities’ £230m Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in Glasgow, according to multiple sources.

The firm was shortlisted alongside contractors Brookfield Multiplex and Laing O’Rourke for the job.

Sources close to the project have revealed that Lend Lease is now being lined up for pre-construction stage services and, should this go well, is expected to be awarded the building contractor role.

Once built, the centre will include 100 shops, 25 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema.

It will involve building an extension above the existing multi-storey car park to house the cinema, extending the west wing of the centre to create retail space and building a multi-storey car park.

The architect is BDP, the cost consultant is Gleeds and the structural engineer is Arup.

Lend Lease declined to comment.