Green light for Lennoxtown Community Hub
East Dunbartonshire Council has given the green light for a new Community Hub to be built in Lennoxtown.
The council’s Planning Board approved planning consent for the construction of the new £5 million facility, which will contain a public library, council services, offices, community spaces and NHS facilities, at its meeting last week.
Work on the new Community Hub, which is being built by Morgan Sindall in partnership with the council’s development partner hub West Scotland, is anticipated to start in February 2015 once work to demolish the existing buildings on the site on Main Street is complete.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This is great news for Lennoxtown and reinforces our commitment to the area by providing vital public services at a local level.
“The new Community Hub will bring together a wide range of services under one roof to deliver a new, flexible ‘one stop shop’ approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different services. It will offer an exciting and innovative new way of delivering services more efficiently to our residents in Lennoxtown.
“The development of the new facility will see over £5m of investment by the council within Lennoxtown and will assist with the regeneration of the village centre. We will work closely with hub West Scotland, the design team and the contractor, Morgan Sindall, to bring this new community facility design to fruition.”
Designed by Anderson Bell Christie, the building will contain three levels, being two storeys high fronting Main Street in the heart of the village. The lower ground floor will contain an entrance foyer and employee facilities with level access to the parking area to the rear of the building.
The ground floor will have a main entrance on to Main Street and will contain the front desk, library and office. The first floor will contain office space, meeting rooms and health care use including GP surgeries.
Residents had the chance to find out more and offer their feedback and comments on the plans for the new facility at information sessions held in Campsie Memorial Hall in May and July. Feedback from these events were integrated into the building where appropriate and helped play an important part in informing the new Hub design.
The network of community hubs, including Lennoxtown, is a key aspect of the council’s programme to continue to deliver customer services locally throughout East Dunbartonshire. The first Hub facility was opened at the William Patrick Library building in Kirkintilloch in August 2012 and has been a huge success with increased visitor numbers since its introduction.