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Dunoon Queen’s Hall handover complete

Councillor Mulvaney at the Queen’s Hall with Live Argyll business operations manager Pat McCann

Contractors working on the £12 million Dunoon Queen’s Hall project have completed their official handover of the building to Argyll and Bute Council.

McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd has carried out the work which has seen the main auditorium completely refurbished to include retractable seating, new lighting and audio visual facilities and the ability to divide the area for different functions. A new café and catering facilities will be provided, with the flexibility to cater for a variety of events including weddings, exhibitions and meetings.

A fitness and training suite will be on site and the building will also house the new library and the offices of Skills Development Scotland. Additionally, a children’s soft play area is included, with a new road layout and public realm enhancing the marine access to Dunoon town centre, Cowal and the National Park beyond.

The ambitious project is part of the £30 million ‘CHORD’ programme to assist regeneration and economic development in the five waterfront towns of Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, the council’s policy lead for strategic finance and capital regeneration programme, was given a tour of the facility and saw first-hand the work on the internal fit-out of the building.

Councillor Mulvaney said: “It was great to see the progress being made at the Queen’s Hall and I can confirm it is looking very close to completion now. The final fit-out process is underway and the finishing touches are being applied. This project represents a significant investment in Dunoon – one that will benefit residents, help attract events to the town and ultimately boost the local economy. I can’t wait to see the doors opened and I am sure local people will be delighted with their new Queen’s Hall.”

The new facility remains on track to host its first public event on Friday, July 27 – a concert by Skipinnish, swiftly followed by ABBA Mania on Saturday, July 28, and a sold-out performance by The Proclaimers on Friday, August 3.

Provost marks construction of Banchory Sports Village

Building work on a £7.7 million community sports village in Banchory is now underway.

Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson stuck the ceremonial spade into the ground signifying the start of the construction of Banchory Sports Village at a special event on Friday morning.

The sports village and café is being built on vacant land to the north of Hill of Banchory Primary School. Various planning applications will see 130 homes, a care village and shops being built on the site.

To be delivered by McLaughlin and Harvey, the sports centre will be a rectangular building extending 9m high and will be constructed with a mixture of materials that match the nearby school.

It will feature a six-lane swimming pool, training pool, three court sports hall, fitness suite, exercise room and squash courts, changing facilities, storage rooms, staff facilities, public viewing areas and a café.

There will also be 103 parking spaces, five of which will be for disability use, plus five bicycle and three motorbike or moped spaces, along with a footpath linking the sports centre to the school.

“It is absolutely fantastic that building has now begun on this much wanted state-of-the-art sports village in Banchory,” said Provost Howatson.

“I am sure that children and adults alike will enjoy visiting it once it has been built.”

Councillor Anne Stirling, Aberdeenshire Council communities committee chair, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our partners who have contributed significantly to the vision and development of what will be fantastic facilities.

“It has been a great example of a collaborative approach to delivering local services. We will continue to engage with the residents of Banchory and ensure that there is an appropriate method of communication throughout the construction process.

“I would like to make particular mention of the fund-raising group, Banchory Sports Village, who raised £700,000 towards the project.”

It is anticipated the sports centre will officially open in May 2019.

Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp delayed by an extra year

Aberdeen Art GalleryConstruction work on the £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery is to take at least a year longer than scheduled, it has been revealed today.

The revamp of the building, which McLaughlin and Harvey began back in 2015, was scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

But Aberdeen City Council today said it now won’t be completed until late 2018 or early 2019.

The reason for the delay has not been disclosed but the Aberdeen Evening News has reported that it understands the project is facing a significant financial overspend.

Aberdeen City Council said: “Contractors responsible for the project are in ongoing discussions with Aberdeen City Council to confirm a completion date for the project, with the Gallery now expected to reopen in late 2018 or early 2019.

A report to the council’s finance, policy and resources committee next month will outline the revised schedule plus “provide further detail on the issues which have led to the extension of the programme and potential budget implications”.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture lead, said: “High level discussions with the main contractor for the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment, McLaughlin and Harvey, are ongoing to finalise a revised schedule for the project.

“Current indications are that the contractor will conclude work on site in the first quarter of 2018. Following the handover from the main contractor a further fit out programme is required before the collections can be returned and the building is prepared for opening to the public.

“The final schedule is subject to the ongoing discussions but it is anticipated opening will be delayed until late 2018 or early 2019.

“This is an important project for Aberdeen and it is imperative that what will be a lasting legacy for the city is completed to the exacting standards required for a development of this significance – but a delay of this nature is unacceptable.

“It is important the issues with the delivery of the project are fully examined and acted upon.

“Measures have already been taken, with the appointment of specialist project manager Faithful+Gould to represent the council in negotiations with the contractor.

“With any building of this age and complexity there will always be complications which can impact on the programme, and that has been the case with Aberdeen Art Gallery.

“However, we are in discussions with the contractor regarding the circumstances of the extension to the programme.”

Scope and remit of DG One centre independent inquiry revealed

DG One DumfriesThe timetable and remit of an independent inquiry into construction flaws at the DG One leisure centre in Dumfries have been revealed after a request to investigate was rejected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Dumfries and Galloway Council approached the safety body earlier this year with concerns over its flagship facility after it revealed that repairs were set to run at least £3 million over its £10m budget.

However, the HSE confirmed in a statement that it will not be looking into the situation.

The statement said: “HSE does not generally investigate issues of poor workmanship where the work activity is complete.

“We will not ordinarily consider investigations except in cases where death or serious injury has occurred.

“In addition, a significant length of time has now elapsed since the original construction work took place, thus significantly hampering any effort to gather evidence.”

As a result the local authority announced plans for an independent inquiry, the scope and remit of which is now set to be agreed

A timetable for the investigation will go before councillors next week. The inquiry could cost around £250,000.

It is hoped a full report on the situation can be presented to the local authority in March next year.

Councillors are being asked to agree the wide-ranging remit of the inquiry which would include:

  • the council’s leadership and management of both the original and the repairs project
  • the rationale behind the design and build contract
  • contractual arrangements between Kier Northern and the council
  • the authority’s handling of the problems with the facility since 2009
  • why the issues facing the project were not discovered earlier
  • advice on wider lessons to be learned

DG One opened in 2008 but the facility was closed in October 2014 for remedial works after a number of problems were identified at the centre.

McLaughlin & Harvey was appointed to deliver internal and external repair works at the leisure centre following the long-running council’s legal settlement with Kier, which originally built the centre.

If councillors agree to the remit of the inquiry it would start this month with a final report expected in March 2018.

Nine contractors named on £800m Scottish schools and community buildings framework

Scottish Procurement AllianceThe Scottish Procurement Alliance has revealed the nine main contractors to have secured places on its £800 million schools and community buildings framework.

The four-year framework is split into regions as well as four value bands (up to £2m, £2m-£4m, £4m-£10m and £10m+) with four selected for each lot.

Kier and Morgan Sindall have renewed their places on the projects over £10m lot while newcomers Robertson Construction and McLaughlin & Harvey will replace previous framework winners Galliford Try and Farrans.

Galliford Try has been named as one of four preferred firms for projects worth £4m-£10m.

Other firms to have secured places include GHI Contracts, Hadden Construction, Novus Property Solutions and CCG (Scotland).

Offering new build and refurbishment works Scotland, the framework covers turnkey solutions for any type of building excluding residential.

Scottish Schools and Community Buildings framework

Projects over £10m

  • Scotland – Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall, Robertson Construction, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction

Projects £4m-£10m

  • Scotland – McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, Galliford Try Building, Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall

Projects up to £2m

  • Scotland – Refurb: Hadden Construction, GHI Contracts, Novus Property Solutions
  • Scotland – New Build: Hadden Construction

New build and refurb projects £2m-£4m

  • Southern Scotland – Hadden Construction, CCG (Scotland), Galliford Try Building
  • North East Scotland: Galliford Try Building
  • Highlands and Islands: Galliford Try Building

New build up to £2m

  • North East Scotland: Hadden Construction
  • West Scotland: Hadden Construction
  • Highlands and Islands – Hadden Construction
  • East Scotland – Hadden Construction

McLaughlin & Harvey named Wates subcontractor on Scape framework

McLaughlin & HarveyWates has appointed McLaughlin & Harvey as a subcontractor to the Scape Major Works UK Framework.

The Major Works UK Framework is designed to deliver construction projects between £10 million and £50m and the potential construction pipeline over the four-year duration of the framework is estimated to be between £1.5 and £2 billion.

Wates was appointed by Scape in April this year as a lead contractor on one of its five lots of the new Scape National Construction framework.

McLaughlin & Harvey will deliver projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland and will support Wates with its projects in England.

This framework has been designed to deliver construction projects across the entirety of the United Kingdom, supported by an extensive local supply chain.

McLaughlin & Harvey’s Scape Team will be led by framework directors Robbie Clark in Scotland and Gary Bell in Northern Ireland. Robbie and Gary will jointly support any projects in England in conjunction with the Wates Scape Team.

In addition to producing visually impressive, efficient to run and highly functional buildings, this framework has been configured to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement, ongoing apprenticeship schemes and extensive community initiatives.

Services delivered to McLaughlin & Harvey’s public sector clients will include:

  • Risk Management
  • Buildability Advice
  • Project Management
  • Site Surveys
  • Site Logistics and Planning
  • Design and Build
  • Local Supply Chain Management
  • Health and Safety Advice
  • Client and Community Engagement
  • Local Training and Employment
  • Post Occupancy Support

McLaughlin & Harvey’s managing director, Philip Cheevers, said, “This is a major boost to our Business throughout the UK but in particular our operations in Scotland and Northern Ireland where we already undertake major projects for the public sector. We look forward to engaging with and supporting our colleagues in the Public Sector on their capital spending programmes and we are committed to helping them ensure social value and community benefits flow from this capital investment.”

Construction of Edinburgh office building forges ahead

Semple Street1Work on what will be the next major building to complete in Edinburgh’s Exchange District is now underway.

The foundations and groundwork phase of the project at 2 Semple Street is reaching completion and developer GSS Developments Ltd is working toward a May 2018 delivery.

With Grade A office stock in limited supply in Edinburgh city centre, GSS believes the 45,000 sq ft development will fill a requirement for financial, legal or professional services firms, together with creative industries.

2 Semple StreetThe office space over five floors could accommodate up to 400 employees.

GSS Developments director Paul Stevenson said: “With the construction of 2 Semple Street’s concrete core progressing and the structural steel frame being erected in the next couple of months we are delighted reach this next key stage of construction.

“With pressure on the supply of high-end office accommodation in central Edinburgh, 2 Semple Street will be an important addition to the city’s business infrastructure and it will be the only new Grade A offices in The Exchange, the city’s financial district, to be ready for occupancy in 2018.

“For occupiers who have lease expires in 2018 and 2019 and are considering relocation, 2 Semple Street offers the absolute certainty of delivery by the middle of next year.”

McLaughlin & Harvey was appointed as the main contractor last year. The development has been designed by Michael Laird Architects.

Angela Lowe, senior director at joint agents CBRE, added: “In Q1 of this year there was a promising start to the take-up of Grade A office space in Edinburgh and with continued low levels of supply, the progress on 2 Semple Street is welcome news. It enjoys a prime location in The Exchange and allied to the fact there will be no other completions in 2018 it will appeal to a wide range of businesses.”

Chris Cuthbert, director at CuthbertWhite, added: “2 Semple Street is a highly attractive proposition and be of interest to businesses either looking for a floor or two, or indeed one occupier seeking control of their own building to include signage rights.”

Kelvin Hall takes top honours at RICS Scotland Awards

Kelvin Hall GlasgowThe £35 million refurbishment of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall claimed the overall ‘Project of the Year’ honour as more than 30 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out at the RICS Scotland Awards 2017 yesterday.

The prestigious annual ceremony, held at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

TV presenter and newsreader Catriona Shearer was the host for this year’s sell-out ceremony, which attracted more than 250 property professionals from across Scotland.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Delivered by Page\Park Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP and McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd for Glasgow Life, the category-B listed Kelvin Hall reopened to the public in August 2016 after a three-year development, which transformed the 90-year-old venue into a multi-purpose sports, culture and education building.

Also securing the Tourism and Leisure title, the judges praised the project for its complexity, diverse community outreach and “opening a new chapter in the history of the Kelvin Hall”.

The eight-category shortlist with category winners…

Building Conservation

Winner: Dalkeith Country park, Dalkeith

Shortlisted: Dalkeith Corn Exchange, Dalkeith, South Rotunda, Glasgow, St Columbkille’s RC Church Refurbishment, Rutherglen, The Capitol, Aberdeen, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.


Winner: Ineos HQ, Grangemouth

Shortlisted: 2 Powis Place, Aberdeen, Premier Inn, York Place, Edinburgh, The Capitol, Aberdeen

Community Benefit

Winner: Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: Harris Academy, Dundee. Kelty Community Centre, Fife, Windmill Community Campus, Fife.

Design through Innovation

Winner: Hazelwood Studio, Dumfries and Galloway

Shortlisted: Campus Futures Project, Glasgow Caledonian University, Eastwood Health Centre, Glasgow, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness.


Winner: Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay

Shortlisted: Royal Highland Showground Livestock Crossing and Pedestrian Underpass, Edinburgh.


Winner: New Waverley, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Waverley Arches, Edinburgh


Winner: Devon Lane, Winchburgh

Shortlisted: Coldrach, Upper Deeside, Parkview, Dundee, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.

Tourism & Leisure

Winner: Kelvin Hall Refurbishment, Glasgow

Shortlisted: Culardoch Shieling, The Cairngorms, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland, The Rings, Cupar.

Several Highly Commended certificates were also awarded by the judges to projects which impressed but were just pipped to the post by the winners.

These were: South Rotunda, Glasgow (building conservation), The Capitol, Aberdeen (commercial), Kelty Community Centre, Fife (community benefit) Tigh Na Croit, Inverness (design through innovation) and Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith (tourism and leisure).

RICS regional director for Scotland, Gail Hunter, said: “These exemplary built schemes are already having a positive impact on their local communities and are actively helping to ensure Scotland is one of the most attractive places in the UK to live, work and visit. The teams behind them should be incredibly proud as they have shown just what is achievable with vision and an innovative approach to collaboration.

“Despite the ongoing skills shortages in the construction industry, every year Scotland’s professionals continue to deliver world-class built projects. This just goes to show that we have some of the very best skilled property professionals and surveyors, who together are attracting significant investment into Scotland.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

SES Engineering Services wins £5m Edinburgh University deal

1417 Data Technology InstituteNational engineering specialist SES Engineering Services has secured a £5 million mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contract on Edinburgh University’s £25m project to establish a world-leading Data Technology Institute.

Working alongside main contractor McLaughlin and Harvey, SES will provide full M&E services including lighting, heating, ventilation and an underfloor services interface on the pioneering development designed to position Edinburgh as a global leader in data.

The seven-storey 9,000 sqm building, positioned at the heart of the University campus, will act as the hub supporting the development of data technologies, data intensive research and data analytics in education across Scotland and internationally.

The win represents a major milestone for SES’ Scottish operation and is testament to the company’s reputation for delivering innovative, cost and time saving off-site manufacturing solutions to projects. On a confined university campus site, these initiatives delivered through BIM and its use of its Prism prefabrication facility will be critical.

Colin Walker, regional director for Scotland at SES, said: “On a restricted site like this, the use of our off-site Prism facility to deliver ready-made service modules and risers will be critical.

“Any ‘live-site’ such as a bustling university campus presents its own challenges and we will be working closely with our project partners and the university to ensure logistical issues are resolved. A key part of this is our time and space-efficient ’just in time’ approach to deliveries which ensures the site is kept as clear and safe as possible.

“Having already worked on similar projects across the UK, our expert teams have extensive experience in the education sector under their belt and this means we know exactly what Edinburgh University require from the outset.

“As the UK’s very first M&E contractor to achieve the BRE BIM Level 2 Certification – the standard required by Government to work on Whitehall-procured projects – we’re proud to be at the forefront of how data is changing the engineering industry. Helping to deliver a world-leading Data Technology Institute is a very exciting and fitting project for us.”

Six firms named on Aberdeenshire Council main contractor framework

Aberdeenshire CouncilSix contractors have secured a place on Aberdeenshire Council’s £125 million main contractor framework.

Robertson Group, along with Kier Construction, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, Morgan Sindall, Morrison Construction and Northstone (NI) have all been named on the three-year framework.

The main types of project that will be delivered through the framework are primary schools, care homes and council offices.

The framework will replace the existing main contractor framework which was originally tendered in 2013.​ Work will be delivered through design and build contracts and the framework could extend for an extra year.

In the council’s budget for the year ending February 2017, £160m investment into capital programmes and housing works was outlined. Around £100m was earmarked for capital programmes across the area and £60m was put towards housing.