West Dunbartonshire

Utility contractor appointed for Queens Quay

Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has appointed a contractor to undertake utility works at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Multi-utility connections experts Energetics has been instructed to install all of the utility infrastructure for the delivery of the entire mixed-use development including the new the Energy Centre for the District Heating Network.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) providing significant funding. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is CRL’s development partner.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Limited, said: “The appointment of Energetics is another significant step forward in the regeneration of Queens Quay. It follows on from the appointment of our marine works contractor, George Leslie Ltd, who is undertaking all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage including creation of an esplanade that will give the public access to the river.”

Energetics will begin these works in quarter 1 2018 with the construction of the Energy Centre also expected to commence in quarter 1 following the completion of the contractor tender process. Works for the new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre start in the summer.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened last year.

Land purchase approved for Clydebank’s District Heating Network

Ambitious plans to make Clydebank the “greenest town in Scotland” have taken another step forward after councillors agreed a deal to purchase land to build a District Heating Network energy centre.

Councillors agreed to release £450,000 to buy the required land from Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) during a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration & economic development (IRED) committee this week.

Planning permission for the energy centre was granted in December with work expected to commence in early 2018 and the Network being commissioned by the end of 2018 and generating heat by early 2019.

It will serve the entire Queens Quay site with potential to expand into the wider Clydebank area.

The energy centre will power the District Heating Network from the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard. The network is part of a wider £250 million regeneration of the area and will see water extracted from the River Clyde through heat pumps and directed to businesses and homes via insulated pipes to be used for heating.

Up to 200 rented homes are being developed on the site by registered social landlords alongside 1000 private homes, and all will benefit from the new system. A number of public buildings may also receive their heating supply via this method, including West College Scotland, Clydebank’s new leisure centre, the new care home and health centre at the site, council offices at Aurora House, the Titan Business Centre, the Town Hall and Clydebank Library.

The IRED committee heard at this week’s meeting how the Network could be expanded into the wider Clydebank area in the coming years and how lessons learned at this stage could even be used to create similar heating schemes elsewhere in West Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Iain McLaren, convener of IRED, said: “We are delighted that the committee agreed the purchase of the land, which really marks the final big step in this incredibly important and ambitious project. With planning permission in place and the purchase of the land for the energy centre agreed, work can start on this first phase of the District Heating Network. I want to thank all of the council officers who have worked so hard behind the scenes to get this deal done.”

The District Heating Network will also make a major contribution towards the council’s climate change targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% over the next seven years.

Councillor Diane Docherty, vice convener of IRED, added: “As well as providing heat to homes and businesses in Queens Quay, the District Heating Network will allow the council to generate an income from the sale of energy and to expand the project throughout Clydebank. Being able to offer a discounted tariff to residents will also have a positive impact on tackling fuel poverty.”

AECOM named project manager and cost adviser for Clydebank hospital expansion

Design, consulting, construction, and management services provider AECOM has been appointed project manager and cost advisor for the new Elective Care Expansion Programme at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank.

The new build expansion project is part of the Scottish Government’s new investment in Elective Care Centres around the country. The scheme, which will be delivered over two phases, will provide new and additional state of the art ophthalmic and orthopaedic service deliveries.

The new unit will offer care for patients needing cataract surgery which is one of NHS Scotland’s key patient demand areas. By offering improved services and facilities, the expansion will help reduce patient waiting times and enhance patient experience.

Phase One will deliver an integrated Ophthalmology unit with its own outpatient consultation and pre-operative assessment areas which will be combined, cataract procedure rooms and an admin area. The current plan is then to refurbish the vacated theatres to create additional general surgery theatres and an additional Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU).

Phase Two will deliver additional theatres for orthopedic surgery and support accommodation.

The appointments derive from AECOM’s winning submission through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework for consultancy services.

The project builds on AECOM’s relationship with the Golden Jubilee Foundation over the past five years, which has seen the company deliver Boiler Upgrading projects and MRI suite re-development, as well as masterplanning services.

Robert Rankin, Health Facilities Scotland Framework manager for AECOM, said: “We are delighted that AECOM has been chosen to be at the forefront of delivery of the Golden Jubilee’s new Elective Care Centre plans. The project wins underline our excellent working relationship with the Golden Jubilee Foundation.”

The project is being delivered by Kier Construction and is planned to open in 2020.

New housing development to help regenerate Dumbarton town centre

Managers and staff from Cullross, Marshall Construction, JM Architects, Dunbritton and West Dunbartonshire Council on-site at Dumbarton Harbour

Dunbritton Housing Association has announced the start of work on a new development that will deliver 150 high-quality affordable homes in Dumbarton town centre.

The development, on the site that was occupied by Ballantine’s Whisky Distillery for many years, was made possible through innovative partnership working between the Scottish Government, West Dunbartonshire Council, Dunbritton Housing Association, Cullross and the Bank of Scotland.

The contract to build the new homes has been awarded to Marshall Construction and the groundworks will begin in January 2018, with the first homes scheduled to be ready by March 2019.

Dunbritton’s chief executive officer, Allan Murphy, said: “I am delighted to see this major development of new homes for rent coming to life in the heart of Dumbarton’s town centre.

The Association has built an excellent track record of delivering high-quality homes for rent across Argyll & Bute and West Dunbartonshire thanks to our close working relationships with local councils.

“I would also like to thank the Scottish Government for their continuing support through grant funding. Without this, developments like this would not be possible.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with Cullross and Marshall Construction to deliver the project.

“Finally I’d like to thank the Bank of Scotland for their positive approach to working with us on the financial elements of this development.”

Sephton MacQuire, Dunbritton’s chair, said: “This development will breathe new life into the town centre, enabling local people to enjoy living in affordable homes right on the Harbour side.

“Phases 1 and 2 will deliver 150 much-needed quality to this area and on behalf of the Board of Management I’d like to thank all of the partners who have worked together to make this possible. We also have ambitious plans for other developments including 26 new homes that are already under way at Succoth near Arrochar.”

Ryan Fletcher, managing director of Cullross, said: “I’m delighted to be here celebrating that the main building contract has been let to Marshall Construction. This is a large and exciting project for everyone involved.

“The works to upgrade the Quay Walls have begun and the site has been pegged out ready for earthworks to start in January.

“We look forward to delivering these much needed affordable homes over the coming months ahead.”

Green light for new Queens Quay energy centre

A new energy centre at Queens Quay could start generating heat by Autumn 2018 after planning permission was granted for the development at the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Construction of the energy centre for the District Heat Network will commence in quarter 1 2018. Set to serve the entire Queens Quay site and beyond, developers say the network will make Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.

Queens Quay’s District Heat Network will be the largest and most ambitious in Scotland and will enable valuable energy, which is often wasted in power generation and industrial processes, to be captured and supplied to householders and businesses directly.

The 100% carbon free system is designed on a modular basis to allow expansion, with the ability to include the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital as well as the wider Clydebank area making the network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives.

Within the energy centre water source heat pumps will extract water from the River Clyde, giving the system a direct link to natural resources. Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre.

The energy centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor the system. This system is generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff. An on-site office and welfare facilities will be located on the mezzanine level.

Queens Quay is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with West Dunbartonshire Council part funding the development. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with the council to deliver the energy centre and the wider development.

West Dunbartonshire Council will own, operate and maintain the entire heating system, ensuring security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers. The Scottish Government provided £6m of funding towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme with the council covering the remaining £6m.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd said:  “It is fantastic news that we’ve achieved planning permission for the Queens Quay Energy Centre, it is yet another piece of good news in the delivery of the project and promises a green future for Clydebank.

“The coming year will be very important for Queens Quay with the delivery of all infrastructure and the commencement of a number of other exciting developments.”

Last month it was announced that civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage.  The contractor will start work in January before construction of the new £15m care home commences in quarter 2 and the state-of-the-art £25m health centre in quarter 3.

The next stage of infrastructure works, involving the formation of a new access road and utilities connections, which will service the entire mixed-use site, will also commence in quarter 1 2018.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened earlier this year.

Plans approved to create Scotland’s answer to New York’s ‘High Line’

An artist’s impression of the proposed linear park – inspired by New York City’s High Line – that could soon grace the top of the revamped Bowling Harbour bridge at the gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal

An artist’s impression of the proposed linear park – inspired by New York City’s High Line – that could soon grace the top of the revamped Bowling Harbour bridge at the gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal

Ambitious plans to create a new linear park inspired by New York City’s High Line at the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal have taken another step forward with the granting of planning consent for the project.

Scottish Canals and its partners are currently fundraising for the development of the route, which will transform a 120-year-old disused railway bridge at Bowling Harbour in West Dunbartonshire into a fully accessible linear park and pathway. This new route, the latest stage of a £3.2 million project to breathe new life into the area, will form a direct link between the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath and the National Cycle Network route towards Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Helena Huws, design and development manager at Scottish Canals, said: “Over the past few years, we’ve been working with our partners and the local community to breathe new life into Bowling Harbour, investing more than £3.2m in the area. The transformation of the area’s iconic railway bridge into an innovative new parkway overlooking the canal and the River Clyde is the next step in that story and we’re delighted that the project has received planning consent.

“Our recent win at the Scottish Government’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning was a fantastic accolade for the masterplan we’ve helped shape with the local community. We look forward to building on that success to bring further investment, employment opportunities and vibrancy to Bowling.”

A 120-year-old swing bridge at Bowling Harbour - the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal - has been lovingly restored as part of the latest stage of a £3.2m transformation of the area

A 120-year-old swing bridge at Bowling Harbour – the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal – has been lovingly restored as part of the latest stage of a £3.2m transformation of the area

The community-led transformation of the area is being undertaken by Scottish Canals in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council with support from the Coastal Communities Fund, Sustrans Scotland, and Historic Environment Scotland. Over the past three years, the project has refurbished the arches of the area’s decommissioned railway bridge, transforming them into commercial units and bringing new businesses, activity, vibrancy and economic benefits to the canalside community. The project was recently recognised at the Scottish Government’s Awards for Quality in Planning, taking home the prize for place-based regeneration.

Dave Keane, community links manager at Sustrans Scotland, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Scottish Canals for further regeneration in Bowling.

“The project has great potential to further attract people to the area, whilst connecting the corridor as a more direct and enjoyable traffic free route. We hope this will encourage people to walk and cycle for more of the journeys they make every day.”

Bowling Harbour’s viaduct swing bridge was constructed in 1896 to carry the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway over the Forth & Clyde Canal. After the railway was abandoned in 1960, the bridge fell into disrepair. Thanks to funding support from Sustrans and Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Canals has undertaken vital repairs to the structure’s badly corroded metalwork and repainted the entire span.

A short summary video of the transformation of Bowling Harbour so far and a look at its future

The masterplan for the area was shaped by the award-winning Bowling Basin Charrette – a collaborative design programme which saw the local community work with other stakeholders, agencies and industry experts to develop a shared plan for its future. The village is identified by West Dunbartonshire Council as a key regeneration and development priority.

Bowling, which sits on the northern bank of the Firth of Clyde and near the western terminus of the ancient Antonine Wall, was a major transport hub during the Industrial Revolution and was vital to the success of the River Clyde, the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway.

Marine contractor appointed for Queens Quay in Clydebank

Queens Quay 1Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has appointed a contractor to undertake marine works at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage. Included in this is the creation of a 40m wide esplanade river frontage that will, for the first time since shipbuilding began in this area, give the public access to the river and in particular the basin that built the ‘Three Queens’ ships.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council part funding the development. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with the council to deliver the development.

Duncan Graham of Clydeside Regeneration Limited said: “CRL is committed to creating quality amenity space within Queens Quay as the basis for attracting further investment. Commencement of the marine works is the first step towards the process of delivering Queens Quay and represents a milestone that has taken many years to achieve. It has come about as a consequence of the partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council and all those that have assisted us along the way.”

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Limited, said: “We are delighted to appoint George Leslie Ltd as part of our project team for Queens Quay; the firm has a proven track record and is a leader in its field. The coming year will be very important for Queens Quay with the delivery of all infrastructure and the commencement of a number of other developments.”

John McNaught, managing director at George Leslie Ltd, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the marine works package on this regeneration project at Queens Quay.  We are looking forward to working with CRL and Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd to make a positive impact within the Clydebank community through the delivery of this important project.”

Queens Quay DNH 2George Leslie Ltd will start work in January 2018 before construction of the new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre starts in the summer. Subject to planning consent, construction of the Energy Centre is also expected to commence in quarter 1 2018 following the completion of the contractor tender process.

The first phase of enabling works, which included excavating existing subsoils and segregating unsuitable materials before backfilling the excavations with materials recycled from elsewhere on the site, completed in quarter 3 2017.

Once a thriving industrial yard famous for being where the QE2 and Queen Mary ships were built, Queens Quay is now a residential-led, mixed-use waterfront development extending to 80 acres. The £250m regeneration project will transform the site into a vibrant community with over 800 diverse housing units, health and leisure facilities, office and retail elements and civic spaces including parkland and a riverside walk/cycleway.

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a new £23.5m leisure centre which opened earlier this year.

The layout of Queens Quay will be a traditional urban grid with a main spine road going through the development and smaller roads going through to the residential grids. There will be a variety of greenspaces designed to have more than one function, such as enhancing biodiversity as well as recreational purposes.

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.”

Kier wins £34.5m Clydebank hospital deal as group results remain upbeat

Golden Jubilee 1Kier Construction Scotland is to deliver the £34.5 million Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank as its parent group prepares to unveil a new trading update in line with current expectations.

The contractor has been awarded the role of Principal Supply Chain Partner to develop a new elective care facility at the hospital, as part of Frameworks Scotland 2.

The building work, at this early stage valued at £34.5m over two phases, involves building a dedicated cataract surgery unit as well as an additional orthopaedic and elective surgical care facility.

The award follows a Scottish Government announcement for expansion of the Golden Jubilee and five new elective treatment centres to be built across the country to carry out procedures like hip, knees and cataracts, in order to reduce patient waiting times and enhance patient experience.

The Golden Jubilee is a national resource for NHS Scotland; home of regional and national heart and lung services, a centre of excellence in orthopaedics, a major diagnostic centre and one of the largest cataract providers in the UK.

Kier Construction Scotland is expected to start on site early next year and their programme of work will be complete by 2021. The announcement follows a number of recent healthcare contract wins for Kier Construction Scotland, including work with NHS Grampian at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Highland at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Brian McQuade, managing director for Kier Construction Scotland, said: “This is another major win for Kier Construction Scotland and illustrates our strength in delivering healthcare projects throughout Scotland.  These new facilities will provide improved healthcare services within the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and well as giving the local economy a boost as we will be creating local jobs and learning opportunities for local suppliers.”

June Rogers, director of operations at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, added: “It’s great to see the plans for these new facilities take a step forward and reach this exciting stage with our partners. Our expansion will provide a number of community benefits such as additional jobs, learning opportunities and environmental projects.

“Once we get approval to proceed, our new facilities will make a huge difference to thousands more patients in the future. It will allow us to deliver more effective healthcare services by continuing to deliver a world-class standard of safe and effective care that the patients of Scotland deserve.”

Tradesmen inspecting workKier Construction, part of Kier Group, is one of five principal supply chain partners on the Framework Scotland 2, a national procurement programme for healthcare new build and refurbishment projects. Kier is also one of five principal supply chain partners on the NHS’ £600m Health Facilities Scotland framework for Capital Development in Scotland.

Ahead of today’s Annual General Meeting, Kier Group has also announced that it remains on course to deliver double digit profit growth in the current year and achieve its Vision 2020 targets.

The Property division is “performing well”, delivering a return on capital (ROCE) in excess of 20% on an increasing capital base, and securing a development pipeline remaining in excess of £1.4 billion.

The mixed tenure and private housebuilding businesses continue to make good progress as private sales and pricing remain strong and demand for mixed tenure housing continues.

The performance of the Construction division is underpinned by the regional building business and is delivering margins in line with the Board’s expectations. The current order book represents more than 95% of the division’s targeted revenue for this financial year.

The Services division continues to deliver with consistent margins and has a current order book representing more than 95% of its targeted revenue for this financial year.

Following its acquisition, the McNicholas business is performing well and good progress is being made with its integration.

West Dunbartonshire celebrates double success at Scottish Quality Awards in Planning

The winning Bowling Basin team with Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing (centre)

The winning Bowling Basin team with Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing (centre)

West Dunbartonshire Council has won two coveted awards at a Scottish Government event celebrating excellence in planning.

The project to redevelop Bowling Basin and a development of affordable housing on the site of the former Kippen Dairy in Alexandria scooped the prizes at 2017 Scottish Quality Awards in Planning (SQAP) event.

The Kippen Dairy site is operated by Cordale Housing Association in partnership with Caledonia Housing Association.

Judges said they considered the 11 houses and 44 flats at the development to be “a good solid social housing development using a sensitive palette of materials. The scale blended in well along the High Street as well as supporting some bold regeneration within the town centre and positioning social housing at the heart of the place”.

Mr Stewart with the Kippen Dairy team

Mr Stewart with the Kippen Dairy team

At Bowling Basin, Scottish Canals has developed a masterplan for the area featuring housing, commercial and leisure related opportunities. The council agreed to invest £2 million to the project.

The SQAP judges said they were impressed with the work achieved so far, adding: “It was a delight to see what had been accomplished through the commitment of all the parties involved as well as the careful application of limited, but continued funding.”

Both projects won their prizes in the ‘Place’ category.

Pamela Clifford, the council’s planning & building standards manager, said: “It is always very nice to receive recognition for the hard work that our teams carry out and we could not be happier to win these SQAP awards. The judges’ comments show that we have got it right when it comes to the planning of these two very different projects and I pass on my congratulations to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

“What is particularly pleasing is that the community has had a real input into these projects, particularly the Bowling Basin through the charrette process.”