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Almondvale West Retail Park set for £3.5m transformation

Retailer Next is to open a new store at Almondvale West Retail Park as part of a wider £3.5 million improvement programme of the site.

The new store, which is scheduled to open in early 2019, will see Next more than double its original size at the retail park, which is located adjacent to one of Scotland’s largest covered shopping venues, The Centre.

It is expected to create 14 additional jobs when it opens, and up to 50 jobs during construction of both the new stores and the wider improvement programme.

This programme of upgrades including new shopfronts, cladding, pavements and wayfinding. Car parks will also be resurfaced, with the improvement works to start this month.

Patrick Robbertze, centre director at The Centre, Livingston, said: “We are delighted to be announcing a new store with Next which will help transform the park and attract new shoppers.”

“Our investment plans are part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a fresh, enjoyable shopping experience for our loyal customers and also for those who travel afar to visit our mall and we are confident they will be absolutely delighted with the finished look and improved retail offering.”

Gordon Anderson, project architect at 3DReid, said: “3DReid has sought to provide a distinct and high quality appearance to Almondvale West. The extensive structural glass façade to unit 1A and the faceted cladding to Units 2-5 present a significant aesthetic improvement to the fabric which distinguishes Almondvale West from the adjacent architecture and connect it visually with The Centre.”

Maxi Construction has been appointed to undertake the construction works.

Jump in profits at Maxi Construction

Maxi ConstructionMaxi Construction has recorded a 35% jump in annual pre-tax profits despites “problems” in its haulage business.

The rise in profits to £2.59 million in the year to last September was achieved on turnover of £65.1m, The Herald has reported.

The group last spring posted record turnover of £73.9m for the prior financial year to September 2015.

Chairman and owner Gerry Atkinson said the period had seen haulage-related profits come under pressure because of driver shortages and significant cost increases, particularly for shipping.

He noted action was being taken to address this “problem”, and highlighted increased investment to maintain Maxi’s modern fleet and create additional trailer capacity.

Mr Atkinson said: “With the continued great help, loyalty and support of our customers, clients, design teams, staff, sub-contractors and suppliers, we have achieved another good year.”

He added: “The industry is entering a difficult period for which we are well prepared, and this will create opportunities for our specialist skills.”

Maxi Construction continued to be “competitive in the market”, while “still strictly following a policy of not taking uneconomic work”, he said, with new contract awards running through to 2018. He noted project wins had included the refurbishment of Grade A-listed Panmure House for Edinburgh Business School.

Mr Atkinson said: “For the next period, we expect further growth of the haulage division, and an increase in turnover in the construction division to get back to previous levels, with divisions remaining profitable but in challenging times.”

Maxi employs 338 people in its haulage business, which has a fleet of more than 600 trailers operating in the UK and Ireland and achieved a 58 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profits to £2.29 million. The group employs 33 people in its construction business. Mr Atkinson noted 60 of Maxi’s employees had more than 10 years’ service.

Work at £4m Linlithgow Partnership Centre gets underway

In the foreground: West Lothian Council Leader John McGinty (left) handing over the keys to contractor Barry Simpson, construction director from Maxi Construction

In the foreground: West Lothian Council Leader John McGinty (left) handing over the keys to contractor Barry Simpson, construction director from Maxi Construction. Back row – Alistair Shaw, West Lothian Council, Councillor Dave King, executive councillor for culture and leisure, Marjory MacKie and James Stevenson

Work has started on a new £3.9 million Partnership Centre in the heart of Linlithgow.

West Lothian Council is creating the new centre at the town’s County Buildings that will see the existing building fully refurbished to allow a range of different uses to be accommodated. Plans are to relocate a number of facilities in the completed building including; Linlithgow Library, Customer Information Services, Local History Library, Family History Society, Annet House, St Michael’s Day Centre for the elderly.

There will also be accommodation for Police Scotland who will be relocating from the nearby police station.

The presence of asbestos in the building meant that building work was delayed whilst a major programme of removal was undertaken to safely remove the asbestos.

Contractor Maxi Construction has now been appointed to undertake the full refurbishment of the building’s interior and turn the building into a modern Partnership Centre.

Work on refurbishment of the building began this week and work on the project is expected to be complete by February 2017. County Buildings is located on Linlithgow High Street, near The Cross.

Executive councillor for culture and leisure, Dave King, said: “The development of a Partnership Centre in Linlithgow has been a key aim for West Lothian Council for a long time and this is a fantastic milestone to reach.

“The council has a strong track record of creating centres that deliver positive benefits for the communities in which they are based. Our partnership model has proved extremely successful in Bathgate, Fauldhouse and Broxburn.

“This multi-million pound investment will transform County Buildings and provide local people with first class community facilities in the heart of the town centre. The investment will safeguard the future of this important building for generations to come.”

Council leader John McGinty added: “The building was previously used to deliver some council services, with limited public access to the property. The works will allow the internal space to be used more efficiently, and to open up large parts of the building to the public.

“The refurbishment and improvement works will ensure the building is multi-functional, modern and fit for purpose.

“By investing nearly £4m in the new Linlithgow Partnership Centre, we are maximising the building’s use, delivering value for money and improving services for customers. This significant project by West Lothian Council builds upon a larger programme of investment in Linlithgow, such as improved sports facilities with the town.

“The opportunity to reinvigorate the building whilst delivering a modern service in Linlithgow will enhance the town centre and act as a one stop shop and community hub for local residents and groups. We are keen to work with the community to create a facility that harnesses civic pride.”

Maxi Construction posts increase in turnover

Maxi ConstructionLivingston based Maxi Construction Ltd has continued its business plan of steady profitable growth as it revealed an increase of turnover in 2014.

Figures for the year to September 30, 2014 found that turnover reached £11.37 million, up from £8.55m the previous year.

A strong order book for the following financial year will see turnover increase again, the firm said. Projects remain diverse in nature including retail and office refurbishment, new retail shell units, car showroom refurbishment, leisure refurbishment, historic buildings and school extensions ranging in value from £25,000 to £2,500,000.

There continues to be pressure on profits in a competitive marketplace, however. Profit before tax fell slightly from £377k in 2013 to £316k last year. Maxi said these pressures remain at an acceptable level.

Maxi Construction Ltd. is a subsidiary of Maxi Caledonian Ltd, the ultimate holding company of the Irvine based Maxi Group of Companies, which includes Maxi Haulage Ltd, who operate a large successful haulage business throughout the UK and Ireland

The Group results showed turnover of £63.53m and profit before taxation to £1.7m.

Kelpies visitor centre project delayed amid expansion plans

kelpies visitor centre

A new visitor centre to be built next to the Kelpies attraction in Falkirk has been delayed after councillors agreed to expand the project.

Falkirk Council’s executive committee yesterday agreed to add £160,000 from an existing budget to increase the area available for retail space, storage and staff facilities at the centre, now under construction.

The new spend is expected to take the overall cost of the building, including fit-out, to around £1.8 million.

Last month SCN reported that the building – featuring a café, shop, toilets and exhibition area – was due to open later this summer, though it is now scheduled open to the public in October.

A report by director of development services Rhona Geisler found that visitor numbers at the Kelpies have been double the original expectation.

The sculptures opened to the public in April last year, and by the end of September 680,000 people had already visited them. It is estimated the figure for their first full year could exceed 950,000.

The visitor centre building was designed by Dundee architects Nicoll Russell Studios following an international design competition.

It is designed to merge into the surrounding landscape using grass mounds and landscaped roof panes, providing visitors with an uninterrupted view of the Kelpies.

Work was initially delayed on the project due to funding and programming difficulties which led the council to awarded the contract to a new company, Maxi Construction, following a competitive tender process.

Kelpies

Funding has been secured from SCORE Environment, which distributes money raised from landfill tax, alongside the Scottish Government, the Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk council’s spokesman for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the new building being completed.

“Work is progressing well on site and hopefully we will be operational later this year.

“The centre will provide welcome new facilities to the Helix Park to deal with the huge numbers of people visiting the site and seeing the awesome Kelpies.”

Temporary visitor facilities are available on-site until the centre is ready to open.

£1.45m visitor centre for Falkirk’s Kelpies

kelpies visitor centre

Construction of a £1.45m visitor centre at Falkirk’s Helix Park is to get under this month.

The facility will be situated adjacent to The Kelpies – the world’s largest equine sculptures.

Work on the new visitor centre will see a restaurant, retail area and toilets delivered on site, while a visitor information point and audio visual experience will also be created.

The development is expected to open later this summer, and will be operated by Falkirk Community Trust, on behalf of project partners Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals. The project is being funded by SCORE Environment, as well as money from the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.

Due to funding and programming difficulties, work was delayed on the project, but Falkirk Council has since awarded the contract to a new company, Maxi Construction, following a competitive tender process.

It is now anticipated that work on the visitor centre will begin next week (12 January).

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “It’s taken some time, but I’m pleased that plans for the new visitor centre at the Helix Park seem to be back on track. We had hoped to open the centre in the autumn of 2014, but that wasn’t possible – and we had to go back out to tender, delaying the process by many months.

“I’m glad that a new firm, Maxi Construction, is now ready to start work on site and I look forward to the centre opening to visitors later in 2015. It will provide welcome new facilities to the Helix Park to deal with the huge numbers of people visiting the site and seeing the awesome Kelpies.”

The visitor centre building was designed by Dundee architects Nicoll Russell Studios following an international design competition.

It is designed to merge into the surrounding landscape using grass mounds and landscaped roof panes, providing visitors with an uninterrupted view of The Kelpies.

Councillor Mahoney added: “The initial plans were for a much more modest building. Thanks to the generous support of funders such as Score Environment, we were able to commission a much larger centre, boasting a restaurant with superb views of the Kelpies, and better visitor facilities. I’m sure the centre will be well worth a visit when it opens in 2015.”

Dundee shipping container offices clean up at architect awards

District 10 Dundee

The first commercial building constructed from shipping containers in Scotland has achieved a clean sweep of the Dundee Institute of Architects Awards.

The District 10 container office building, designed by Ged Young of Aim Design Architects, received several awards including Best Commercial Building, an award for Interior Design as well as picking up the award for Best Client, Scottish Enterprise. The night was complete when the project received the top award of the evening, the Supreme Award for best overall project.

The first commercial container building for early start businesses in Scotland was opened in September 2013 at Seabraes, a former railway goods yard located to the west of Dundee’s waterfront. The project was joint funded by Scottish Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund, Tayside charity Matthew Trust and received a financial boost from the Scottish Government’s capital investment in shovel ready projects.

District 10 Dundee inside

Dundee is renowned for its expertise in digital media and creative industries. More than 350 businesses in the sector, employing more than 3300 people, are currently based in Dundee and the surrounding area generating a combined annual turnover in excess of £185 million.

The building achieves a high level of sustainability and is accredited as a BREEAM excellent project. Constructed from 37 recycled shipping containers it provides 15 lettable units for up to 4 people. The facility is aimed at early stage creative industry companies and builds on Dundee’s enviable reputation for creative companies that can deliver innovative and successful products.

Ged Young, the architect for the project, said: “This is a wonderfully positive story for the city. The building is a first for Scotland and Dundee and we are delighted for District 10 to receive the recognition that these awards celebrate. The building is almost fully let in little more than a year from opening and has become a recognised architectural feature within the Dundee Waterfront development. This project is yet another step towards the delivery of a successful waterfront and we look forward to the future commencement of the V&A and surrounding development with great anticipation and excitement.”

The project delivery team also included cost consultants, WJR Christie & Partners, structural and civil engineers Fairhursts, and services consultants BBH. The project was constructed by Maxi Construction.

In winning the Supreme Award the project will qualify for entry into the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building Award next year which is the largest Architectural prize in the UK.