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MORE AWARDS FOR DUNFERMLINE CARNEGIE LIBRARY AND GALLERIES

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries has been recognised once again with the SPACES Award for Civic Building of the Year along with the Heritage Award.

SPACES is the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying and its awards are the only ones solely dedicated to rewarding excellence and innovation in construction projects delivered within the Public Sector.  The awards are not purely about design but also recognise the importance of team play and delivering a project that meets the brief on time and budget.

The latest awards follow some other prestigious recognition for this project, completed by hub last year. Earlier this year it was named Best Building in Scotland by the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland. Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the distinctive building has also been recognised with awards from the Edinburgh Architectural Association and RICS Scotland.

The museum adjoins the world’s first Carnegie library and includes a striking new glass structure. It incorporates three exhibition galleries, café, local history space and children’s library over two floors.

Work started in December 2014 and Fife Council committed £8.25 million to the project, along with £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1 million from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

The work involved building a new extension at rear of retained listed façade providing museum and gallery space together with refurbishment work to the existing library.

WORK STARTS ON DOUNE HEALTH CENTRE

Work is now underway to construct a new health centre for Doune and the £2.7 million development is expected to be operational in 2019.

The project is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland with Hadden Group as the main contractor.

The new health centre replaces a smaller building which has become overcrowded due to the growing population of the village. It will see a wide range of services delivered locally. These include physiotherapy, podiatry, counselling and could include services to support people with long term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and COPD (a common respiratory disease).  In addition, there will be more opportunities to help patients improve their own health by providing extra support and advice on diet, exercise, managing medicines and giving up smoking.  Also included are improved facilities for the existing GP Practice as well as accommodation for a range of visiting outpatient and services such as antenatal and child health clinics. Around £200,000 is being invested in new equipment, furniture and fittings.

Alex Linkston, Chairman, NHS Forth Valley, said: “This new healthcare facility will provide improved accommodation and facilities for patients and staff and make it easier for people to access a wide range of care and support in their local community.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland* added: “We have worked closely with NHS Forth Valley throughout the development of this project and  it’s great to reach this important milestone which sees work now starting on site. We look forward to delivering a high quality medical centre that is designed and built to meet the needs of the community it will serve.”

Scott Hadden, Chairman, Hadden Group commented: “We’re pleased to have been appointed by hub East Central Scotland and NHS Forth Valley as the design and build contractor and are looking forward to our construction team getting underway to deliver a modern healthcare facility for Doune.”

KEYS HANDED OVER IN STIRLING HEALTH & CARE VILLAGE

A young trainee site manager had the honour of handing over the keys for the new Bellfield Centre, marking the completion of another hub project.

Kieran Day, a 21 year old trainee with Robertson, was one of hundreds of construction staff involved in building the flagship Centre which forms part of the new £37m Stirling Health and Care Village.

The new Centre will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation for older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Services will be provided in a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.  The Centre, which will have the capacity to care for 116 people across 4 short-stay areas (Thistle, Wallace, Argyll & Castle Suites), will also provide support for people with dementia and those who need palliative or end of life care. In addition, it will have a café, hairdresser, retail space, landscaped areas and a multipurpose area which can be used by local community groups and volunteers.

Considerable efforts have been made to ensure the new purpose-built facility meets the needs of older people, including those with dementia. Architects have used the surrounding landscape to create a feeling of wellbeing, introduced social areas to encourage greater interaction and used specific colours and design features to help wayfinding.

Key design features include:-

  • Green spaces – a village green, landscaping with new planting and trees, therapeutic courtyard gardens, roof terraces enclosed with special safety balustrades which offer access to outdoor spaces and fresh air from upper floors, raised planters for gardening and walkways to nearby woodland.
  • Entrance plazas and social areas, including communal dining areas, to encourage greater interaction and provide spaces for gathering and activities.
  • Design and wayfinding – en-suite rooms to maintain dignity and privacy which can be adapted to suit individual needs, use of colour, contrast, signage, acoustics and lighting to support wayfinding and  create a stimulating, warm and comforting environment
  • Inside spaces with reminiscence and memorabilia resources

Shiona Strachan, Chief Officer of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The number of people affected by dementia is set to double in the next 25 years and it is estimated that, at any one time, up to one in four people undergoing short stay assessment will experience some form of dementia. It is with these figures in mind that we have worked closely with the architects to make sure that this important new development is designed to be dementia-friendly at every level to help meet the increasing demands of an ageing population and set new standards for dementia friendly design.”

The handover of the keys marks the completion of the build phase and will enable health and council staff to fit out and equip the care areas, offices and communal areas over the next few months. Services will then transfer across from existing inpatient wards at Stirling Community Hospital and a number of short-term care and assessment facilities run by Stirling Council.

The Bellfield Centre will be the second new facility to be completed on the Care Village site as the new GP & Minor Injuries Centre and local ambulance station opened in August 2018. The remaining ambulance vehicle workshop is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Alex Linkston, Chair of NHS Forth Valley, said: “This is a fantastic new facility which will provide light, bright and comfortable surroundings to help people recover, regain their independence and, in many cases, return to live in their own homes.”

Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “This new centre will make a significant contribution to the development of local health and social care services in Stirling. Great work has gone into its design to provide a sensitive and caring environment where we can deliver the necessary care for local service users.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: ”We have worked closely with all of the partners involved to successfully complete the construction of the new Bellfield Centre on time and on budget. We are delighted to deliver such a high quality facility which has been built to meet the specific needs of patients and staff and also support the delivery of first class care in Stirling.”

The new Stirling Health and Care Village is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Joint Board and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Forth Valley College is also involved including plans to offer local young people a range of training and volunteering opportunities within the new Health and Care Village.

The Village will also support the integration of local health and social care services, making it easier for staff to work together to deliver better co-ordinated, more joined up care to local people – a key aim of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.

Work starts on new shared campus accommodating Hayshead and St Thomas Primary Schools

Construction has started on on the new £14.1 million shared campus for Hayshead and St Thomas RC Primary Schools and early years facility.

The new campus is being built on the playing fields at the current Hayshead Primary School, allowing both Hayshead and St Thomas Primary Schools to remain operational throughout the construction period and reducing the impact on pupils and staff.

Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Derek Wann said: “I am delighted that this work is underway. The new-build sees a fantastic new shared campus and early years facility in Arbroath and will serve our community now and also for generations to come.

“The new campus features a range of modern fit-for-purpose learning spaces, it marks an important chapter in the Arbroath schools project as well as taking another step in our ambitions for a school estate which provides the best quality learning environments for all of our children and young people, and which makes the best use of the resources available.”

The multi-million pound project is being managed and delivered by hub East Central Scotland and constructed by main contractor, Robertson Tayside.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland said: “It is great to see work now starting on site and we look forward to delivering another two high quality schools for the community when the campus is complete. Our team has worked closely with Angus Council to deliver their vision for education and learning, successfully completing four new schools in recent years, and now with a further four currently under construction. ”

Kevin Dickson, Managing Director, Robertson Tayside, said:  “The shared campus will have a huge impact on children of both Hayshead and St Thomas primary schools, with a modern learning environment that will be among the very best in the country. With the build now commenced, we look forward to continued engagement with the local community as the construction programme progresses.  We have built many schools across Tayside and are committed to delivering another facility of the highest quality that benefits children, staff and the wider community.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, added: “Our management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets. As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.

“When open, the shared campus for Hayshead and St Thomas RC Primary Schools and early years facility will play a vital part in the local community, with many facilities available for locals to use.”

The new shared campus will include:

  • Dedicated flexible teaching spaces to accommodate Hayshead and St Thomas Primary Schools, including classrooms, activity spaces and group tutorial rooms;
  • Shared accommodation including multi-purpose halls, general purpose rooms and a campus library;
  • A campus Early Years facility which will be shared by the existing St Thomas and Hayshead nurseries;
  • A dedicated Playgroup area;
  • An area for children with additional support needs including a multi-sensory room;
  • Community facilities;
  • 2 Grassed sports pitches, together with external areas to support external learning initiatives, and enclosed secure spaces for early years, and children with additional support needs;
  • dedicated drop-off/pick-up facility and separate car parking;

Both schools are expected to occupy the new building in February 2020.

Topping out ceremony for new £32.5m Bertha Park School in Perth

 

Scotland’s first brand new school in more than 20 years has celebrated a significant milestone.

A topping out ceremony was held for the under-construction school at Bertha Park, located on the northern outskirts of Perth. The £32.5m project is being led by hub East Central Scotland on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council with Robertson serving as main contractor.

Construction began in November 2017 with the project due for completion next summer ahead of the 2019/20 school term.

Built to cater for Perth’s growing population in its new Bertha Park residential development, the school will eventually accommodate around 1100 pupils, with 200 S1 and S2 pupils set to enrol from August 2019. Part of the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme, it is unique as it is an entirely new school and not a replacement of an existing one.

Derek Shewan, chief executive, Robertson, said: “The construction programme at the new school is progressing well and we were delighted to welcome key stakeholders to the site for the official topping out of the building.

“We have extensive experience in building new schools, not only across Tayside but throughout Scotland and I have no doubt this will be among the finest in the country. Ahead of the opening next summer, we’ll be continuing to engage with the local community – including some of the young people who will soon be attending the school.”

In addition to serving as contractor, Robertson’s civil engineering and capital projects team have also been heavily involved in the project.

Facilities at the new school will be among the best in the country, with a sports hall, gym, full size grass and synthetic football pitches and an attached multi-use games area.

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “It is impressive to see the new school building rising from the ground as work continues to progress towards completion and arrival of pupils and staff next summer.

“Bertha Park is the first brand new school to be created in Scotland for many years and will be the sixth new school that we have delivered for Perth & Kinross Council, creating another high quality purpose built learning environment in the local community.”

Council Leader, Councillor Murray Lyle, commented: “A key focus for the Council is on improving the learning and teaching environment for pupils and staff in our schools and Bertha Park High School is a significant element of that. We are creating a completely new school community here and a tremendous amount of work has already gone into planning for the school ‘going live’ from next August.”

Karen Reid, Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “This is an exciting time for Perth and Kinross and for our young people both now and into the future with such high quality learning and teaching facilities at the brand new Bertha Park High School. I am delighted that this major project for our school estate has now reached a crucial stage in its development.”

Tullibody South Campus Reaches Key Stage

The Tullibody South Campus project has reached an important milestone as Financial Close has been achieved,  clearing the way for main construction work on the £15m campus to begin.

Construction on the building is due to be completed by August 2019, and it is being delivered by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council,  with Robertson Construction appointed as the main contractor.  The project is being part funded by the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future and Early Years  programme and by the Council.

The project will deliver two schools, Abercromby Primary School, St Bernadette’s RC Primary School and a Nursery. The Campus also incorporates two gym halls, meeting spaces, an Immersive room and a new library.

Externally there will be a new artificial pitch for football, external play areas and a hard play space marked out for netball.

The new school will be built on the grounds of Abercromby Primary school and following completion, the old school will be demolished, with the area landscaped and new pitch, paths and playground area created on the site.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, Education Spokesperson at Clackmannanshire Council said: “I’m pleased that this important stage of the project has been reached, and the construction of this wonderful new state of the art campus is beginning.  We’re grateful for the investment that the Scottish Government has made in our young people, and working together with all our partners we’re now focussed on delivering our two new schools and nursery.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “Now that we have achieved this important milestone, the project moves into the construction phase and we look forward to delivering a new, high quality campus designed to meet all the needs of the community it will serve.”

David Cairns, managing director, Robertson Central East, said: “The new Tullibody South Campus will play a pivotal role in the community for a long time to come and Robertson is proud to be delivering this truly transformative project. The campus will be among the very best in the country and the provision of extensive flexible learning and external teaching spaces will allow Clackmannanshire Council to adopt the latest teaching methods and technology. With extensive experience in the education sector, Robertson is well equipped to deliver a project that the whole community can be proud of.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, added: “Our management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets. As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.  When open, the Tullibody South Campus will play a vital part in the local community.”

HUB PROJECTS WORTH OVER £600 MILLION

The value of hub East Central Scotland community infrastructure across Perthshire, Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife has grown to £617 million, of which £340 million is now open and operational.

The organisation’s latest annual report shows that during the year 5 new schools were completed across the region, along with a unique project to refurbish and rebuild the historic Perth Theatre. Hub has now successfully delivered 28 new infrastructure projects for health, education and cultural bodies as well as emergency services.

Projects worth  £108 million are currently under construction and support over 23,000 jobs, of which almost 12,000 are employees who live locally. A further £169 million of work is currently in development.  In the last year hub once again significantly increased targeted employments and skills outcomes in the region.

Public bodies in the area continued to benefit from a unique strategic development fund established by the hub to enable early feasibility work to transform initial concepts into buildings. To date, this fund has provided over £3 million to kick start community projects and without it many would not have moved beyond conceptual stages.

Ian Mullen, Chairman, hub East Central Scotland said: “hub East Central Scotland is the strategic development partner of choice for public bodies across the region and we work closely with them to support their development plans, from initial concept through to final delivery.  “Our teams continue to deliver high quality buildings which have become living social, cultural and educational hubs at the heart of the communities they serve.  “hub has made a significant contribution to the local economy in the region with £176 million of work undertaken by SME’s within the territory to date. We continue to work with companies who are suppliers on the Scottish Government’s supported business framework.”

The Carnegie Library and Galleries in Dunfermline, completed by hub last year, was named Best Building in Scotland by the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland. Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the distinctive building has also been recognised with awards from the Edinburgh Architectural Association and RICS Scotland.

hub East Central Scotland is a public/private partnership established to create a long term development programme for the creation and delivery of high quality community facilities and services at best value.

 

KEYS HANDED OVER FOR NEW GP AND MINOR INJURIES CENTRE

A young apprentice had the honour of handing over the keys for the new GP and Minor Injuries Centre, delivered by hub, which will open to patients in August 2018.

Ruairi Gallagher, an apprentice heating engineer with FES and apprentice of the year at Glasgow Kelvin College, was one of hundreds of construction staff involved in building the flagship Centre which forms part of the new £37m Stirling Health and Care Village.

The purpose-built new Centre will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services on the Stirling Community Hospital which will transfer to the new facility. These include Minor Injuries services, X-ray facilities, GP out-of-hours services and Keep Well services. It will also house three local GP practices, which will relocate to more spacious accommodation within the Centre, and a provide a base for Scottish Ambulance Service staff, including a number of specialist paramedics who will work closely with colleagues across the Centre.

The handover of the keys marks the completion of the build phase and will enable staff to fit out and equip the clinical areas, offices and staff accommodation over the next six weeks. The Centre can then welcome the first patients in August 2018, as planned.

The new Stirling Health and Care Village is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Joint Board and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Forth Valley College is also involved as it plans to offer opportunities to offer local young people a range of training and volunteering opportunities within the new Health and Care Village.

The Bellfield Centre, a 116 bed inpatient facility which will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation for older people who require additional support following an illness or operation, will be completed later in the year.  This will be followed by a new ambulance station and workshop in Autumn 2019 which will replace the existing ambulance station in the Riverside area of the city.

Other planned facilities include a café, hairdresser, landscaped areas and an information area which can be used by local community groups and volunteers.

Alex Linkston, Chair of NHS Forth Valley, said: “This is a fantastic new building which will offer improved healthcare facilities for local people, NHS staff and a number of GP practices. I’d like to pay tribute to Robertson Construction, the Project Team and Hub East Central Scotland who have worked together to ensure the Centre was completed on time and on budget.”

Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “I’m very happy to welcome the opening of this new GP and Minor Injuries Centre which will make a significant contribution to the health and social care agenda for Stirling.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: ”We have worked closely with all of the partners involved in the new Stirling Health and Care Village project to successfully manage this key phase to completion. The new GP and Minor Injuries Centre is a high quality facility built to meet the specific needs of patients and staff and also support the delivery of first class care in Stirling.”

The Health and Care Village will also support the integration of local health and social care services, making it easier for staff to work together to deliver better co-ordinated, more joined up care to local people – a key aim of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.

TULLOCH PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENED

 

The new Tulloch Primary School in Perth was officially opened by the Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney MSP.

The works on Tulloch Primary are part of a £55 million programme jointly funded by Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Government, which also includes replacement facilities for Kinross Primary School and the brand new Bertha Park High School, also in Perth.

14 open-plan teaching zones have been created in the new school building, providing for up to 434 primary pupils, as well as increasing the nursery capacity to 40 children, a new and improved Additional Support Needs (ASN) base, and nurture provision.  The school’s external surroundings, including its play area,  are also being transformed with an increased grass pitch area, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), outdoor teaching facilities and eco-features. Improved pupil drop-off facilities and enhanced parking have also been provided.

Mr Swinney performed the official opening following music, song and performance by children across the school from nursery to P7, including the school’s Glee Choir, who recently won the Perth and Kinross final of the Scotland-wide Primary Glee Choir Challenge. He commented: “It is an honour to be able to officially open Tulloch Primary School.

“The excellent partnership working with Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust has enabled the creation of this fantastic new state-of-the-art accommodation and, along with Kinross Primary School and Bertha Park High School, Tulloch has benefitted from £32.5 million of Scottish Government funding.

“This is a fantastic new school that the whole community can be proud of and I wish those who use it all the very best for the future.”

Council Leader, Councillor Murray Lyle said: “The ongoing commitment we have to enhancing the learning and teaching environment in our schools is clearly reflected in the fantastic new facilities here at Tulloch Primary School.

We are investing very significantly in the school estate in the interests of children and young people in Perth and Kinross, so that they can achieve to the fullest, academically and personally now and into the future.

It is exciting to see a major project like this develop from the drawing board to a fully operational, vibrant and busy school, and it is clear that children, staff, parents and the wider school community at Tulloch are enjoying the vastly improved provision it offers.”

Acting Headteacher, Michelle Cassidy commented: “From day one, our children, staff and families have been very positive about our new school.  We all welcome the bright, spacious and open environment, which offers lots of opportunities to enhance learning and teaching.  It is wonderful to see the ethos of the school enhanced further making it truly a place where children love to learn.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We worked closely with the team at Perth & Kinross Council to manage the project to build the new school to successful completion. It is great to see the pupils and staff enjoying their new school, which provides an excellent modern learning environment.”

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER OPENS BALDRAGON ACADEMY

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, officially opened the new £28.7 million Baldragon Academy.

Pupils celebrated the opening with music and Mr Swinney unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new Dundee City Council secondary.

Completion of the new school finalised an educational campus for the area, including the £8.1 million replacement for Sidlaw View Primary School and Jessie Porter Nursery.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:  “In the last ten years this Government has massively improved the school estate right across Scotland.  Since 2007, 751 school building projects have been completed and we have invested £1.8 billion as part of the Schools for the Future building programme.  Our infrastructure investment has ensured that teachers are able to teach their pupils in dynamic, high tech facilities, which is vital if we are to meet the future learning needs of our children young people.

“I am delighted to be at the official opening of Baldragon Academy which was given over £19.5 million of Scottish Government funding in order to help deliver this fantastic new development here in Dundee. The excellent partnership working with Dundee City Council, The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust has enabled pupils attending Baldragon Academy to be transferred into state-of-the-art accommodation.”

Councillor Gregor Murray, city council children and families service convener said: “This impressive replacement for Baldragon Academy shows how we are investing for the future of our young people through an ambitious building programme

“The new school is providing state of the art facilities to meet the challenges that our pupils will face in the years ahead.

“The new Baldragon Academy, along with the nursery and primary schools, is another major enhancement of learning and teaching facilities in Dundee

“This educational campus will provide an inspirational learning environment for pupils ranging in age from nursery children to young people preparing to leave school to take up new opportunities.”

The project was led by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with Dundee City Council, Scottish Futures Trust and Robertson.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive at hub East Central Scotland, said, ”We are proud to have managed the successful delivery of the project from initial design to completion and it’s great to see staff and pupils enjoying their new school, which has been built to the highest standards to meet the needs of the community it serves.”

Kevin Dickson, managing director, Robertson Tayside, said: “Baldragon Academy is an example of a modern school that has a clear focus on delivering the best experience possible for both pupils and staff. The project is one Robertson is immensely proud of, and our site team were pleased to receive a Gold Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme in recognition of the standards employed throughout the build. We wish everyone at Baldragon Academy well for the future, and trust that the shared campus will provide an ideal learning environment for generations to come.”

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