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Official Opening of Forfar Community Campus

Forfar Community Campus was officially declared open as Angus Depute Provost Colin Brown was joined by one of the school’s younger pupils, first year Stephen Langdon, in revealing the ceremonial plaque before an audience that included invited dignitaries, guests and pupils.

The Depute Provost said: “Forfar Community Campus is a multi-million pound investment in all our futures – a modern campus purpose-built for our pupils and everyone in our community.

“It will provide an environment where our young people can excel and develop the life-skills that will serve them in good stead as they pass into adulthood. It is also a place where people of all ages can gather to enjoy a great wealth of sport, leisure and entertainment, as well as enjoying a variety of learning opportunities and one another’s company.

“This state-of-the-art facility is the beating heart of the Forfar community, uniting the rich 200-year history of Forfar Academy with the modern facilities provided by ANGUSalive’s exciting culture, leisure and sports provision and the various adult and youth groups that are run by our communities team.

“Partnership working has driven this project from the outset. Partnership working between hub East Central Scotland, Robertson Construction, the Design Team and Angus Council that has ensured that Forfar Community Campus is accessible to all.

“It is a place for all the community. A place we can all be proud of.”

The community campus accommodates Forfar Academy, Angusalive and the council’s communities team, along with Dundee and Angus College and the wider community.

The ambitions of all those involved in delivering the campus was to provide a modern, accessible, safe and secure environment to provide the best of culture, leisure and sport facilities for the school, local clubs and group and the wider community.

Forfar Academy’s unique and individual identity is retained and enhanced within the campus, which provides the space, resources and technology to learn and grow.

The same is true for the community, through a programme of learning activities provided at the campus, with subjects including employability, adult literacy, English for adult speakers of other languages and youth activities.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, who developed the building in partnership with Angus Council, said: “We worked closely with Angus Council to deliver this major project at best value for the community. It’s fantastic to see the Campus now in daily use providing a modern learning environment, along with excellent sport and leisure facilities for all.”

The culture, sports and leisure facilities delivered by the charitable trust ANGUSalive are extensive and superb.

Kirsty Hunter, Chief executive, ANGUSalive said: “ANGUSalive is thrilled to be able to offer enhanced sport and leisure facilities to our communities from the first-class amenities at Forfar Community Campus. As we propel our aim to inspire healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices; we are starting to achieve this through expansion of our junior and adult activities, including new events and activities such as children’s holiday camps and adult group free weight sessions. We now also have more bookable space to host group meetings and little ones’ birthday parties – as well as any group performance

“We will continue to engage closely with the school and community to maximise the benefits for all of Forfar Community Campus.”

The campus boasts an impressive range of facilities for the community ,including –  a 25m, six-lane swimming pool, a studio pool with a movable depth floor, a double main games hall, gymnasium, a 50-station fitness suite, dance studios, sauna and steam room, a squash court, grass seven-a-side pitches and two full size football pitches (one grass, one floodlit and synthetic), and a floodlit MUGA (multi-use games area) pitch, which includes three tennis courts.

There is a café operated by Madisons of Montrose, a crèche and various meeting rooms available for booking. And there is also a Theatre that provides a performance venue for drama and concerts, as well as other events, including conferences, workshops and meetings.

Deputy First Minister breaks ground on new secondary school at Bertha Park

Set to open in August 2019, Bertha Park High School will be the first additional secondary school to be built in Perth and Kinross since 1972. Perth and Kinross is one of the fastest-growing areas of Scotland and, as a result, Perth Secondary schools will be near to capacity by 2021. A review of the school estate identified a new Perth secondary school as a priority. The new Bertha Park High School reflects the projected growth in population and resulting housebuilding and infrastructure required to support this.

The new secondary school catchment area will include pupils from the Local Development Plan (LDP) housing areas at Bertha Park, Almond Valley and Perth West. They will be joined by the primary school catchment areas serving Auchtergaven, Logiealmond, Methven, Pitcairn, Ruthvenfield, Oudenarde, Forgandenny, Forteviot and Dunbarney.

Mr Swinney said: “Bertha Park marks the 100th school in our £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme and I am very pleased to get work underway on this milestone project.

“We are providing £19.6m towards the school as part of our aim to ensure our children and young people have access to inspiring environments that enable all of them to engage with their learning. We have made fantastic progress and have wonderful, award-winning schools across all parts of Scotland, which stand as testament to that.

“Bertha Park will be a very welcome addition to the school estate and I look forward to seeing the project once it is complete.”

Councillor Caroline Shiers, Convener of the Lifelong Learning Committee, added: “This project will be a unique opportunity to build a new school community from the ground up.

“We look forward to welcoming our first cohorts into the innovative learning environment that will be Bertha Park High School. The Council will work with the parents and carers of the young people who will become pupils at the new school, and continue to communicate with them throughout this process to ensure any questions are fully addressed.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive of hub East Central Scotland, commented: “It is great to see the project progressing well and we look forward to delivering a high-quality building for the community next year. We work closely with Perth & Kinross Council to support their education and learning strategy, and this is now our sixth major school project in the region.”

The project forms part of Perth & Kinross Council’s ongoing capital programme of school upgrades and improvements through hub East Central Scotland Ltd (hubco) to enhance the environment for learning and teaching across the area.

 

CARE HUB CELEBRATES NEW MILESTONE

A topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village marked the final tiles being placed on the roof of the new Care Hub building. The hub will have more than 100 beds and will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Set in a comfortable, homely environment it aims to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.

Also being built in the grounds of Stirling Community Hospital is the Primary and Urgent Care Centre which will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services including Minor Injuries services, X-ray facilities and GP out-of-hours services. It will also house a number of local GP practices, which are relocating to the centre.

The new Stirling Care Village is a £35m development, which is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Joint Board and the Scottish Ambulance Service, who plan to re-locate their existing ambulance station there from the Riverside area of the city. Forth Valley College is also keen to explore opportunities to offer local young people who are considering a career in the health and care sector, a range of training and volunteering opportunities within the new Care Village.

The 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.

Robertson Construction are the main contractors and the project is being developed through hub East Central Scotland (a joint partnership between public and private sector organisations aimed at developing and delivering better local services across East Central Scotland). The majority of facilities are expected to be completed by autumn 2018 with the ambulance station and final site works completed by autumn 2019.

Julia Swan, Vice-Chair. NHS Forth Valley said: “I am delighted that construction work on this important new facility is progressing well. A lot of detailed planning has taken place to reach this important milestone and it is exciting to see both the new buildings on the site take shape.”

Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader of Stirling Council and Chair of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Joint Board, said: “I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony for the new Care Hub building and witness another important step in the development of Stirling Care Village.  The Care Hub building will be of huge benefit to older people who require support after an illness or operation, helping them regain their independence and, hopefully, eventually return to their own homes.  It is exciting to witness the new buildings on the site take shape, as the construction of Stirling Care Village represents the future of quality care and health services in the Stirling area.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland said: “The project is making excellent progress and we continue to work closely with all of the partners, to manage its successful delivery on time and on budget.”

Bruce Crawford MSP for Stirling said: “I am delighted to attend the topping out ceremony at the Stirling Care Village with the finial tiles being fitted onto the roof of the Care Hub building. This £35 million development is a remarkable achievement and will go a long way in securing the future of care in our local area.  I commend the efforts of everyone involved in the development of the Care Village and look forward to the majority of facilities near completion over the next few months.”

Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College, said: “It is exciting to see the construction of the new Care Hub reaching the topping out stage. We can’t wait to see the entire project completed, so we can begin work on helping to train the next generation of NHS professionals who will use this wonderful facility to care for the people of Forth Valley.”

FINANCE SECRETARY SEES NEW BALDRAGON NEAR COMPLETION

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay was given a guided tour of the replacement for Baldragon Academy as the £28.7 million project nears completion.

Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander and children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray joined with head teacher Kenny Hearn and senior pupils to mark the occasion.

Pupils will move into the new Baldragon Academy in February next year in a move that will complete an educational campus for the area. This includes the already-opened £8.1 million replacement for Sidlaw View Primary School and Jessie Porter Nursery.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Investment in education is an investment in the future of Scotland’s young people and the Government is delighted to have contributed £19.5m through Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme towards these new state of the art facilities at Baldragon Academy.  This fantastic new school will provide pupils with the environment and equipment necessary to reach their potential and realise their ambitions.

“Closing the attainment gap and improving education remains our number one priority and our focus to ensure every child, no matter their circumstances, has an equal chance to succeed is unwavering.

“We can only prioritise education and ensure our schools have the funding they need to deliver these ambitions if Scotland’s budget is protected. The Autumn Budget is an opportunity for the UK Government to ensure we get our fair share of funding to deal with the continued economic uncertainty caused by impending Brexit and meet the pressures our public services are facing as a result.”

Councillor Alexander 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 will provide state of the art facilities to meet the opportunities and challenges that our pupils will face in the years ahead. This is yet another major enhancement of learning and teaching facilities across the city.”

Councillor Murray added: “This new educational campus is a huge leap forward in terms of the quality of local school buildings and it will provide an inspirational learning environment.”

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

hub East Central Scotland is managing the delivery of the project from initial design to completion and its Chief Executive, Gary Bushnell, said: ”We have made excellent progress on the project and look forward to handing over another school building in Dundee very soon that is of the highest quality and built to specifically meet the needs of pupils, staff and the local community.”

Kevin Dickson, managing director, Robertson Tayside, said:  “Working on the new Baldragon Academy has been a pleasure for the whole Robertson team and you can feel the excitement growing in the community as we near completion. The shared campus is state-of-the-art and I have no doubt it will be embraced by both pupils and staff. As a modern learning environment, it will have few rivals and I am sure it will serve many generations to come.”

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries Named Scotland’s Best building

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, delivered by hub East Central Scotland for Fife Council, has been named the Best Building in Scotland for 2017.

Richard Murphy Architects accepted the Andrew Doolan prize from the Royal Incorporation of Architects after the building was chosen from a shortlist of 12 projects.

Built by BAM Construction, the new £12.4 million facility brings an impressive new focal point to the Heritage Quarter and wider town centre.

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 kid’s library over two floors.

It is the third award for the project, which earlier this year won Building of the Year and the Large Project category awards from the Edinburgh Architectural Society.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered such a vibrant facility in the heart of the community.  It supports the regeneration of Dunfermline and is bringing new visitors to the town.”

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.

New Additional Support Needs Secondary School Opened

Scotland’s newest Additional Support Needs School (ASN), Carrongrange High School in Grangemouth, was opened by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skill, John Swinney.

Offering places for up to 190 secondary pupils, the new school boasts some of the most advanced design features and support equipment for ASN pupils. The new build is located in the existing grounds of Moray Primary School, covers approximately 6050 square metres and is a replacement for the current Carrongrange School located in Larbert.

Built at a cost of £18m, construction started in February 2016 and was completed in July 2017 with the first pupils admitted in August 2017. It is part of the Scottish Government’s £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme.

All subject areas of the Curriculum for Excellence can be taught in the school including Science, Home Economics, Art, Drama, Music, Computing and many more. Specialist facilities also have been included such as a beauty therapy suite, a bike maintenance classroom, a teaching pool and hydrotherapy pool and fully equipped modern classrooms with Smart technology.  Desks, sinks, hobs and screens are fully height adjustable.

It also has a special ‘training flat’ that will be used to develop life skills with young people.

The school has many environmental features such as lighting sensors; under floor heating; high levels of insulation; a biomass boiler to provide heating throughout the school.

Carrongrange Headteacher Gillian Robertson said:  “Pupils are thriving since coming into the new school and are building their knowledge and confidence every day with what’s on offer here. The pupils have settled in well since returning in August and the official opening marks a highlight for staff and pupils in an eventful year.

Councillor Adanna McCue, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Education said: “Carrongrange is an excellent environment for pupils to learn and achieve their potential in all curricular lead activities and much more. On my first visit I was amazed at the building and facilities. It is a fantastic place of learning. I am sure all pupils and staff will get so much from this modern designed and technological facility.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “Our team worked closely with Falkirk Council to manage the project from initial design and procurement through to successful completion on time and budget.  The new school provides a high quality learning environment that encourages pupils to ‘be all they can be’, at best value to the community.”

Donald MacDonald, Managing Director, Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are proud to have delivered a high quality building that has such an important role in the community.  We worked with staff, pupils and the Council throughout the construction process and they will now benefit from a bright, modern facility, purpose built to meet their needs.”

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “At the outset of our £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme in 2009, we originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland – we have now more than doubled that commitment and it is fantastic to see so many of these wonderful buildings, such as the new Carrongrange High School, coming into use.

“More widely, since 2007, 651 school building projects have been completed, which is almost double the amount completed over the preceding eight years.

“This is part of our aim to provide our children and young people with inspiring environments which enable all of them to engage with their learning and, which in turn, help to raise attainment. I wish staff and pupils all the best for the future in their new school.”

The Countdown is on to Perth Theatre’s Reopening Panto!

With just 75 days to go until Perth Theatre’s reopening panto, the countdown is on towards a new generation of theatre in Perth!

Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of Horsecross Arts, Perth Theatre artistic director, Lu Kemp, Council Leader Ian Campbell from project partners Perth & Kinross Council, plus other partners and supporters pressed the button to launch the 75-day countdown to the first performance of Aladdin.

The countdown will be projected onto Perth Theatre’s Mill Street façade and will be visible after dark from now until the run of Aladdin starts on Saturday 9 December.

The £16.6m transformation of Perth’s historic theatre is nearing completion with the Box Office, café and bar in the restored and redeveloped venue due to reopen on Monday 13 November. From that date, in the run up to panto time, there will be a series of opportunities for members of the public to test the restored and redeveloped theatre, peek back stage, explore the building and check out the performance spaces.

Gwilym Gibbons said: “It is incredibly exciting to reach this stage in the transformation process. With 75 days to go until our reopening production of Aladdin, we are counting the days until we welcome the people of Perth back into their restored and redeveloped theatre!”

Councillor Ian Campbell, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “It is an exciting time for Perth as so many major projects are progressing at different stages, and they all will provide a major boost to the city.  With the reopening of the theatre and the first production getting ready for an audience, it’s a welcome step forward.  Over the next few years we will see a number of positive changes happening across the city centre, and I think it is fitting that the first project to reach completion and kick things off is the renovation of one of Perth’s most iconic buildings.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, who are leading the delivery of the project, said: “We are all looking forward to handing over the newly transformed theatre, which will once again take its place as one of the city’s most unique cultural venues.”

Kevin Dickson, managing director, Robertson Tayside, said: “Being so closely involved with the transformation of Perth Theatre has been an absolute privilege for everyone at Robertson. It’s exciting to know that the theatre will reopen in just a couple of months and I am sure that once they step inside, the public will agree that all the hard work has been more than worth it.”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, commented:

“Perth Theatre plays a hugely important role in the life of the local community so it will be wonderful to see its doors open again welcoming visitors of all ages to the panto. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, they will be delighted and entertained in an auditorium which has been beautifully restored to its Edwardian heyday.”

Philip Deverell, Director, Strategy at Creative Scotland said: “The restoration of Perth Theatre’s beautiful Edwardian auditorium, and the creation of state of the art facilities for audiences, artists and staff will create a vibrant and welcoming theatre space for everyone to enjoy. The new theatre will encourage experimentation and creativity, whilst nurturing talent, and complementing its internationally recognised sister venue Perth Concert Hall.”

Perth Theatre will mark its official reopening with the first public performance of Aladdin on Saturday 9 December at 2pm.

NEW TECH ON SHOW AT CARE VILLAGE TOPPING OUT

Some of the latest building technology was on display at a topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village. The event saw the final solar panels slotted into place on the roof of the new Primary and Urgent Care Centre. The Centre will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services include Minor Injuries services, X-ray facilities and GP out-of-hours services. It will also house a number of local GP practices, which are relocating to the centre.

Also being built in the grounds of Stirling Community Hospital, is a new Care Hub with more than 100 beds to provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. A comfortable, homely environment will help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.

The new Stirling Care Village is a £35m development, delivered by hub East Central Scotland, which is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley and the Scottish Ambulance Service, who plan to re-locate their existing ambulance station there from the Riverside area of the city. Forth Valley College is also keen to explore opportunities to offer local young people who are considering a career in the health and care sector, a range of training and volunteering opportunities within the new Care Village.

The 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.

Robertson Construction are the main contractors and the majority of facilities are expected to be completed by autumn 2018 with the ambulance station and final site works completed by autumn 2019.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland said: “The project is making excellent progress and we continue to work closely with all of the partners, to manage its successful delivery on time and on budget.”

Alex Linkston, Chairman of NHS Forth Valley said: “I am delighted that construction work on this important new facility is progressing well. A lot of detailed planning has taken place over the last few months to reach this important milestone and it is exciting to see the new Primary and Urgent Care Centre take shape.”

Commenting, Bruce Crawford MSP for Stirling said: “I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony for the new Primary and Urgent Care Centre. This will be home to a number of GP surgeries along with Minor Injuries and X-ray facilities and will be a major component to the overall Care Village development.

“I look forward to the further developments of this site, piecing together the future of quality care and health services in the Stirling area.”

 Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer said: “It was wonderful to be present at the topping out ceremony for the new Primary and Urgent Care Centre, and to see how this fantastic facility will utilise some of the latest building technology to provide excellent accommodation for a range of health services.

“The Care Village is an important and big step forward in delivering health care for the Stirling area. It is vital that we invest now on a service fit for the future, and the Care Village will ensure that the best care is provided for our residents.”

Area Service Manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service, Neil Gillies said: “The new ambulance facility in the Stirling Care Village is part of our strategy to upgrade stations to better meet the needs of staff and patients. The station will be well positioned to serve the local community and provides excellent facilities for staff.”

Official Opening for Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

134 years after the world’s first Carnegie Library opened its doors, the plaque for Fife’s newest cultural hub was officially unveiled by Provost of Fife Jim Leishman MBE.

Boasting a modern, purpose-built museum and art gallery that integrates with the historic listed buildings of the town’s Heritage Quarter, DCL&G has firmly established itself as the ancient capital’s new kid on the block since opening its doors to the public in May.

Jim Leishman said: “I’m extremely honoured to be here today to officially open this remarkable cultural facility and add another significant date in its proud history as the world’s first Carnegie library.

“Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries really does win the hearts of all who visit and today’s event has been a celebration and thank you to the many organisations hundreds of people who shared this vision and helped make it a reality. They have delivered the museum that Dunfermline deserves, showcasing our unique and important place in Scotland’s history. It’s already raising our cultural profile and opening up new tourism opportunities for Fife but most importantly, it’s all about the cultural opportunities that it will give for generations to come.”

Delivering DCL&G has been a decade long journey, funded by Fife Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust. The project was managed by hub East Central Scotland.

Carnegie Dunfermline Trust Chairman, David Walker, said: “Andrew Carnegie would have been extremely pleased with the outcome of this project which has added to and enhanced his first endowed library.  In his own “Gospel of Wealth” he wrote – ‘Closely allied to [a] library, and where possible attached to it, there should be rooms for an art gallery and museum.’  All these years later, this is what Dunfermline has now achieved so successfully.”

The building is managed by Fife Cultural Trust on behalf of Fife Council. Since opening its doors to the public on 18th May, average visitor figures have held strong at 5,000+ per week.

Fife Cultural Trust Chief Executive Heather Stuart said: “Thanks to the dedication and commitment shown by the project team, staff and over 450 volunteers, we have created a vibrant visitor attraction that will be enjoyed for many generations to come. We are immensely proud of what we have all created together. It’s fantastic to see this opening plaque hanging on the wall at long last – it all starts here.”

Architect Richard Murphy, who has already won several awards for the facility and is nominated for this year’s prestigious Doolan Prize, also offered his welcome to guests. He said: “We have made a contemporary building right at the heart of the city’s historic core and, not least, made a building that is easy to use and find your way around. I very much hope that this new building – acting in tandem with the existing library – will help to regenerate the town centre, bring in visitors to Dunfermline, and most importantly, be taken into the hearts of the people of Dunfermline as “their” museum. The initial signs are all very positive.”

 

OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES OPEN NEW £3.15 MILLION NATIONAL CURLING ACADEMY

Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell today (Wednesday) threw the first stone to declare the new £3.15 million National Curling Academy open.

The world-class facility at Stirling Sports Village, the latest hub project to complete, is Scotland’s first dedicated curling academy which ensures that from now on Team Scotland, Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes and community players have year-round access to high-quality ice to train on.

As well as helping the sport develop from a grassroots perspective, the National Curling Academy provides a year-long training environment where the continuous delivery of outstanding coaching and support programmes to our world-class athletes can take place.

Welcoming the new Academy, Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell said:

“I’m delighted to have thrown the first official stone at the excellent National Curling Academy. This outstanding facility will really help the sport grow in Scotland as our world-class athletes and club members can now practice right throughout the year on the highest quality ice.”

Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer said:

“The opening of the National Curling Academy further cements Stirling’s reputation as a hub of excellence for sport and physical activity. This year round, high quality training venue will make a significant difference to both our world-class athletes and local community clubs.”

Performance Director at the sportscotland institute of sport, Mike Whittingham, said:

“We’re delighted that sportscotland and Stirling Council’s investment partnership has resulted in a world-class facility and home to curling in Scotland. The sport now has a terrific opportunity to attract new, grassroots curlers while, simultaneously, a dedicated hub for our performance athletes can help them continue to achieve excellent results on the world stage.

“The technology in the National Curling Academy is cutting-edge and a welcome addition to our Olympic and Paralympic training programmes.”

Women’s 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Team GB skip and Olympic, World and European bronze medallist, Eve Muirhead, believes the new facility gives the British Curling programme a real edge over rival nations:

“I am really impressed with the new Academy and it has made our lives easier and I know it has made the coaches’ lives easier as well. Video will be available so that you can analyse your game right down to the tiniest margins – if anyone has a facility like that I don’t know what makes it better and I can’t see anyone beating this.

“It’s fantastic turning up to training knowing that you have this facility on your doorstep and it has made a big difference to us already and I know it will right up to the Olympics and for the future of curling.”

hub East Central Scotland managed the entire project from the early development and procurement stage, to commissioning the main contractor and project team and final hand over on completion.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said:

“Our teams worked closely with sportscotland and Stirling Council to deliver a first class facility on time and budget that will ensure a bright future for Scottish Curling.”

David Cairns, managing director of main contractor Robertson Central East, said:

“Stirling is Robertson Group’s headquarters so it was a particular pleasure to work on such a major project on our doorstep. The construction phase went smoothly and I’m sure that those who use the National Curling Academy will enjoy the high-quality facility for a long time to come.”

The National Curling Academy was awarded £1,425,000 from sportscotland and £1,726,566 from Stirling Council to make a total project cost of £3,151,566.

 

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