West Dunbartonshire

Council approves £19m Clydebank Health and Care Centre

A new £19 million state-of-the-art health and care centre in Clydebank has been approved by West Dunbartonshire Council.

The facility, which will be built on the health quarter of the Queens Quay regeneration project, will support the provision of high quality services and help improve the health and lives of residents.

The three-storey building will replace the existing health centre on Kilbowie Road and it is estimated more than 40,000 residents will access services at the new centre.

Along with GP practices residents will also access podiatry and physiotherapy along with consulting and treatment rooms.

The new centre will improve primary care services by giving the people of Clydebank access to the most up-to-date, high quality healthcare facilities. The centre will also be the central base for community health teams.

The building design is fully compliant with the Equality Act and Disability Discrimination Act and has undergone extensive consultation with the local Access Panel. It is anticipated the new health and care centre will open in 2020.

Councillor Marie McNair, chair of the West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “This is a really exciting time for Clydebank and this project has been a long time coming. We have fought hard to get improved health services for our town.

This new Health and Care Centre will not just replace the existing facility, it will give residents access to state-of-the-art health, in a building that is fit for purpose.

“We are committed to enhancing our community health services and the Clydebank Health and Care Centre will be the perfect place in which this vision can become a reality. This new facility will not only improve the health of our population, but improve the lives of our population and I am sure it will serve the local community well for many years to come.

“The Health and Care Centre will also kick start the development of our waterfront, and our architects have come up with an excellent design that not only honours our past but reflects a modern and confident Clydebank.”

A spokeswoman for NHSGGC said: “Last year our Board gave full backing to the blueprint for this new NHS funded £19m Health and Care Centre in Clydebank.

“We are pleased that the Council’s Planning Committee has given approval for this state-of-the-art Centre, bringing us one step closer to realising that ambition for the people of Clydebank.

“Now we can forge ahead with this ambitious plan which will give us the perfect setting in which to deliver health and social care for many years to come.”

Roads contractor appointed for Queens Quay

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

The appointment represents the final infrastructure procurement exercise for the development.

The civil engineering contractor has been instructed to install the main spine road which will serve the whole development area, together with utilities by multi-utility connections experts Energetics, and pipework for the proposed district heating network. The road will serve every development plot within the site, which will be available from spring 2019 for new housebuilding.

The road works programme will commence this week and run for a period of around 42 weeks. These works will be undertaken simultaneously with those already being undertaken by engineering company George Leslie Ltd, who has been contracted to complete all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage.

On completion of these works, fully funded by West Dunbartonshire Council, public access will be available onto the Clyde frontage and quayside around the basin where many famous ships were completed.

The Queens Quay site is owned by CRL with West Dunbartonshire Council funding strategic infrastructure works. Dawn Developments Ltd is responsible for development management on behalf of CRL.

Duncan Graham, of Clydeside Regeneration Limited, said: “This contract is a landmark moment for the regeneration of Queens Quay and represents a significant step towards completing the vision of Queens Quay. It will be momentous achievement to provide access to the Clydebank river frontage to the public for the first time in a very long time.

“The main spine road will provide access to all parts of the development and it’s the final infrastructure procurement exercise that CRL will undertake, a milestone in itself that highlights a very positive and exciting time for Queens Quay.”

I & H Brown completed a 20-week programme of enabling works on the Queens Quay site in quarter 3 2017 and prepared the land for creation of the Health Quarter, which includes a new £15m care home and state-of-the-art £25m health centre. Construction of the care home and health centre are expected to start later this summer.

New housing, retail and leisure elements are expected to follow and complement 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.

Care sector work continues for Arc-Tech

Mechanical and electrical services contractor Arc-Tech (Scotland) Ltd has embarked on a third project within the care sector with Kingsacre Luxury Suites in West Dunbartonshire.

Operating alongside the main contractor, Arc-Tech will deliver a full suite of mechanical and electrical services for the luxury care home which is being delivered on behalf of Morrison Community Care Group.

The new care home will boast 69 luxury suites, four dining rooms, a visitor’s café, hair and beauty salon and a private cinema. A roof terrace, private gardens and a putting green will also allow be available to residents.

Paul Sokhi, managing director of Morrison Community Care, said: “Our 29 years’ experience in the industry has shown us that people want to have fun in their old age and we want to encourage this through design and environment. By encouraging people out of the often-lonely surroundings of their own homes into an environment where there is a vibrant community we hope to give residents and their families an extra lease of life.

“We understand that people age at different rates and at different times, and as such we have a responsive, highly trained care and clinical team on site that will allow Kingsacre to be a home for life in every sense of the word. We are delighted to have Arc-Tech back on board for our one stop M&E solution after they completed our 45 luxury suite development in Milngavie late last year.”

Arc-Tech will be responsible for the installation of thermal insulation, heating and distribution, plumbing services and sprinkler systems, as well as all incoming electrical supplies, internal and external lighting systems, fire alarm systems and ICT passive cabling amongst others.

John Gallacher, managing director of Arc-Tech, added: “Construction in the care sector is ever-increasing in demand as Scotland’s economy continues to see the effects of an ageing population. Certainly at Arc-Tech, we see this as a key growth sector for our business and we will continue to work with valued clients such as Morrison Community Care to provide quality, M&E solutions.”

Arc-Tech aims to be on site in August moving toward completion in spring-2019.

Construction works begin on West Dunbartonshire luxury care home

CCG business strategy manager, David Wylie, left, and Paul Sokhi, managing director of Morrison Community Care Group

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has commenced work on a new £8.2 million care home in West Dunbartonshire on behalf of award-winning care provider, Morrison Community Care Group.

Once complete, the exclusive Kingsacre Luxury Suites – located just off Concho Road in Duntocher –  will offer expert 24-hour residential, nursing and dementia care.

The facility will be operated by owners Morrison Community Care Group – a small family-run care group which owns the award-winning Abbotsford House Care Home in Bearsden.

The new care home will boast 69 luxury suites, four dining rooms, a visitor’s café, hair and beauty salon and a private cinema.  A roof terrace, private gardens and a putting green will also allow be available to residents. The facility is due to open in Summer 2019 with reservations being taken from Winter 2018.

Kingsacre is the second project to have been undertaken by Cambuslang-based construction firm CCG (Scotland) Ltd for Morrison Community Care.

In 2017 the building business successfully delivered Abbotsford House Luxury Suites in Milngavie. The firm will use their iQ timber frame system – constructed off-site – to ensure enhanced environmental performance and a faster speed of build.

Paul Sokhi, Managing Director of Morrison Community Care, said: “Our 29 years experience in the industry has shown us that people want to have fun in their old age and we want to encourage this through design and environment. By encouraging people out of the often-lonely surroundings of their own homes into an environment where there is a vibrant community we hope to give residents and their families an extra lease of life.

“We understand that people age at different rates and at different times, and as such we have a responsive, highly trained care and clinical team on site that will allow Kingsacre to be a home for life in every sense of the word.  We are delighted to have CCG back on board after they completed our 45 luxury suite development in Milngavie late last year. ”

Alastair Wylie, Chairman and CEO of CCG, said: “CCG’s experience in the care sector is growing with a number of projects delivered across central Scotland over the last four years.  When we were asked to work with Morrison Community Care Group again, we were delighted to be brought on board for Kingsacre Luxury Suites.

“The development will continue Morrison’s trend of providing luxury accommodation and the highest quality of service. CCG will ensure the speed and quality of our construction work will match their impeccably high standards. We look forward to continuing our partnership as we move toward a summer-2019 completion.”

Morrison Community Care Group have said they will provide the local community with up to 100 new jobs once the new facility is open. CCG will be encouraging youth development and skills building through their established trade apprenticeship programme.

Morgan Sindall hands over £16m Balloch Campus

A new state-of-the-art campus which enables three schools to co-locate in a modern and collaborative learning environment has opened its doors in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire.

The £16 million campus, which represents a major investment in the education offering in the area, has been delivered by Morgan Sindall.

The construction and infrastructure company was appointed by West Dunbartonshire Council through LHC’s Schools & Community Buildings Framework. Subsequently renamed the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) in 2016, the framework supports the efficient construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings throughout Scotland.

With multiple stakeholders across the three schools and the local authority, the framework procurement route afforded early-stage collaboration on design, budget and timescales; enabling successful delivery of the project.

It was completed on schedule and to budget, ready for the children to take full advantage of the facility’s sports pitch over the summer months.

The 53,280 sq ft campus has been built on the site of the former St Kessog’s Primary and provides a new home for it, co-located with the newly-formed Balloch Primary.

An Additional Support Needs (ASN) unit and a new Balloch Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) are also operating at the site.

Balloch Primary was created following a merger of Haldane and Jamestown Primaries, while Balloch ELCC is the new name for Jamestown ELCC.

In total there are 21 flexible learning spaces, while the ASN has capacity to assist 36 pupils with a range of additional needs.

David Lannigan, senior operations manager at Morgan Sindall, said “Merging three existing schools into a modern campus, which offers an improved learning experience for children in the area was a major undertaking for West Dunbartonshire Council.

“The framework procurement route enabled us to work closely and collaboratively with the council and school from day one. As its construction partner, we’ve worked with the council to ensure the new school met its requirements and budget. The finished campus is something everyone involved in the project can be very proud of, and will deliver lasting benefits to education provision in the region.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, West Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of infrastructure, regeneration & economic development, said: “We are delighted with the new school and I know the staff and children are very much enjoying being in what is a wonderful building and environment.

“We’re determined to give our young people the best possible education and the Balloch Campus will certainly help to shape and support them now and for the future.”

Plans lodged for new health centre at Queens Quay in Clydebank

Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has submitted a planning application for a new state-of-the-art health centre at Queens Quay, the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Operated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the new Clydebank Health and Care Centre will provide health and care services for approximately 50,000 residents of Clydebank. The building will support integrated health and care services and will allow staff currently operating from dispersed locations to work together in a new high specification facility.

Extending to circa 62,400 sq ft over three levels, the building was designed by architect Anderson, Bell and Christie with hub West Scotland acting as development partner. It represents an investment of approximately £19m by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.

Construction of the health centre will commence on receipt of the planning permission and on completion of the contractor tender process.

Currently on site, civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd is carrying out all required marine works associated with the basin and river frontage, including improving the condition of the existing structure in order to meet the design life target for all structures within the project.

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

Council buys land at Dumbarton Harbour for new affordable homes

West Dunbartonshire Council has agreed a number of measures to ensure its commitment to delivering 1,000 new affordable homes by 2021 is met.

At a special meeting of the local authority’s housing & communities committee this week, councillors made a decision to approve the purchase of land at Dumbarton Harbour and allow council officers to work towards concluding a deal for the 45 homes at the site.

The committee also agreed to sell land at Muir Road and Talisman Avenue in Dumbarton to Caledonia Housing Association and the Wheatley Group respectively.

The 1,000 new homes by 2021 commitment – part of the council’s More Homes Better Homes programme − will see the council work with housing association partners to deliver the affordable homes where they are most needed across the authority area.

Also announced at the meeting was a schedule or where and when the homes will be built. The council is currently building 40 homes at Second Avenue/Singer Street in Clydebank, with construction on 126 due to begin in financial year 2018/19 at the old St Andrews School site in Clydebank. Also beginning this year will be work on the 45 council homes at Dumbarton Harbour and 15 in Alexandria town centre. In 2019/20, work will start on 60 new Council houses in Bellsmyre, 81 in Haldane and 50 in Clydebank East.

Houses to be built by partners include 292 units by Wheatley Group/Cube Housing Association; 86 units by Clydebank Housing Association; 33 Link Housing Association homes; 167 homes by Dunbritton Housing Association and 242 Caledonia Housing Association units.

Councillor Diane Docherty, convener of housing & communities, said: “It was important that the committee gave officers the approval to acquire sites for new houses and also to draw down funding for various housing projects that will contribute to our delivery of 1000 new affordable homes by 2021. The council has set a very ambitious target and it’s one that we are determined to make. We must provide desirable affordable and high quality homes for the people of West Dunbartonshire and the decision taken by the committee this week will ensure we are best placed to do that.”

West Dunbartonshire Council said its More Homes Better Homes approach ties in with the Scottish Government’s wider target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

Councillor Iain McLaren, vice convener of housing & communities, added: “I was delighted to see more detail in terms of what houses will be built and where, and to be able to give the go-ahead for the next stage of our commitment to be realised.”

Cube teams up with council for 126 affordable homes plan in Clydebank

Cube Housing Association and West Dunbartonshire Council have unveiled plans to deliver 126 new affordable homes on the site of a former school in Clydebank.

Under the detailed proposals submitted for planning, the 3.1-hectare site of the old St Andrew’s High School is to be split between 58 units for Cube and 68 for the council.

The local authority is leading the way on the design, procurement and management of the site, which has been derelict since 2010 and earmarked for housing for some time.

The development would be a mix of townhouses, bungalows and two and three-storey blocks of flats.

Cube director David MacKenzie told our sister publication Scottish Housing News: “If the plans are approved, we hope to start work on 58 much-needed homes for social rent in Clydebank before the end of the year.

“The plans are part of our strategic partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council which will see Cube build many more affordable homes across the area.”

 Work would start in January 2019 and be completed by September 2020.

Elsewhere work is currently underway on 20 new Cube homes in Auld Street, Dalmuir; 31 homes at Carrick Terrace, Dumbarton; 44 homes on the site of the former Bonhill Primary School in Bonhill; and 26 at Dumbain Road, Balloch, with work on another nine homes at Carrochan Road, Balloch due to start before the summer.

Piling works commence at Queens Quay

Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) has announced piling works have commenced at Queens Quay, marking the official start of major works on the £250 million regeneration project in Clydebank.

Civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd is carrying out all required marine works associated with the basin and river frontage, including improving the condition of the existing structure in order to meet the design life target for all structures within the project.

This consists of piling works that will extend approximately 230m along the East wharf. A new sheet pile wall within this area will be supported by a combination of tie rods, wailings and ground anchors which will provide stability and longevity.

The area will be finished with a new concrete cope and deck slab, creating a 40m wide esplanade river frontage with decorative railings around the full basin.  For the first time since shipbuilding began, this will 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 Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) providing significant funding. Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is CRL’s development partner.

Representatives from Clydeside Regeneration Limited and West Dunbartonshire Council attended the site to formally commence operations. West Dunbartonshire Council’s Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Iain McLaren, marked the occasion by pushing the button to start the vibrating hammer that drove the first pile into the basin.

Councillor Iain McLaren, said: “It was quite remarkable to see the scale of this work up close. The Queens Quay project will transform this part of Clydebank and the works at the basin, in the shadow of the Titan Crane, will provide a spectacular centrepiece. I very much look forward to watching the transformation unfold.”

Contract manager for George Leslie Ltd, Michael McKeon, said: “George Leslie Ltd. are delighted to commence the piling works on schedule and this activity marks the start of the permanent works construction and therefore a significant milestone within our Marine Works contract. We look forward to progressing the works through to completion to the satisfaction of our client, Clydeside Regeneration Ltd., and to the benefit of the surrounding Clydebank community.”

Duncan Graham of Clydeside Regeneration Limited added: “Commencement of these marine works at Queens Quay is a significant occasion and marks the start of the regeneration of the site.  To reach this stage is a huge achievement and we are very excited to watch the progress continue throughout the rest of 2018 with the commencement of a number of other developments on site too.”

Construction of the Energy Centre for the District Heating System will commence soon following the completion of the contractor tender process. Works for the new £15 million care home and state-of-the-art £25 million health centre are expected to 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 £23.5 million leisure centre which opened last year.

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.