Building Briefs – February 22nd

Loretto SpringburnPlans submitted for 28 Loretto Housing Association homes in Glasgow

Plans to build 28 homes for mid-market and social rent on behalf of Loretto Housing Association have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Designed by Page\Park Architects, the homes will be located on the site of a former care home in Springburn.

The homes will offer a mix of 2, 3, 4 and 6 person units with two of the closes allocated as mid-market rent flats and the other close allocated as social rent.

If approved, the existing site will be opened up by creating a series of steps from Edgefield Place to Broomfield Road onto which front doors and an entrance courtyard would face.

Elements to encourage informal play, rather than introducing specific play equipment, are also included it the designs.


Beam delivery for AWPR/B-T project

Another new milestone for the AWPR/B-T project will be reached when a bridge beam is delivered for the B977 Echt to Balmedie Road (west) overbridge tomorrow.

The steel beam, which is 33m long and 3.6m wide, will arrive on a special abnormal load vehicle from Darlington.


Services resume on West Coast Mainline after viaduct repair

Train services on the West Coast Mainline have resumed after the completion of major repairs to the Lamington Viaduct.

The Victorian-built structure was severely damaged in a storm on New Year’s Eve and was close to collapse.

Engineers worked round-the-clock to stabilise the structure, with the repairs completed two weeks early.

The closure had affected passengers travelling between Carlisle and Glasgow since the beginning of January.

The ScotRail Alliance said part of the Lamington viaduct was left “on the brink of failure” by flood damage caused by Storm Frank.

It said floodwater scoured out much of the foundations of the second pier.

The seven-week engineering project to fix it involved diverting the Clyde and stabilising the viaduct.


Clyde Valley Housing Association sets up home in Milton of Campsie

Clyde Valley Housing Association (CVHA) has completed a new development of 13 houses at Charles Drive, Milton of Campsie.

The location is the Association’s first new-build project in East Dunbartonshire and establishes a new relationship with builder Springfield Homes.

The site has a mix of cottage flats, terraced and semi-detached properties. The homes, all for social rent, have been allocated to their new tenants, who are delighted with the standard of finish, which includes roof solar panels.


DM Hall builds for the future with a series of promotions

A number of promotions have been made by DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors.

Ian Woods, a director in the firm’s West Commercial team, has been promoted to Partner and will now strengthen the firm’s management team in this busy and growing department.

Paul Delaney, Aberdeen Residential, Colin MacGregor, Inverness Residential and Keith Craig, DM Hall’s Business Development Manager, have been appointed Associates.


Argyll Community Housing Association moves on site in Dunoon

The site of the 5 new homes at Victoria Park, Dunoon
The site of the 5 new homes at Victoria Park, Dunoon

Work to provide five three-bedroom family homes in Dunoon’s Victoria Park for Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is now underway.

The development on ACHA owned land will be built by M&K MacLeod of Lochgilphead. The onsite work will take around a year with an anticipated handover in the Spring of 2017.

ACHA, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council have all contributed to the £811,338 project.


Meet the Buyer Tayside event

Buyers from public bodies all over Tayside will gather in Dundee tomorrow to meet businesses keen to bid for work.

The Meet the Buyer event will give potential new suppliers the opportunity to talk informally about upcoming contracts, find out about tendering and the criteria for buying goods and services.

Buying personnel from organisations including Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross councils, NHS Tayside, universities, colleges and Tayside Contracts will be at the Invercarse Hotel between 10am and 2pm.

As well as informal discussions which do not need to be booked there will also be short information sessions delivered throughout the day covering topics including support with the procurement process and understanding the public contracts Scotland website.

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