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Kids from Carrongrange School in Falkirk managed to raise £620 for Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian with support from Hub East Central Scotland and Ogilvie Construction.

The pupils arranged a coffee morning event which raised £120 and hub ECS and Ogilvie, who are constructing the new Carrongrange school building, each donated £250 to support the initiative.

The new school building is due to open soon and will offer 190 pupils a state of the art learning environment.

Five Sisters Zoo is non-profit enterprise with a collection of over 180 different species of mammals birds and reptiles.  A large part of the zoo’s focus is to provide a home for three bears and four lions who were rescued from lives performing in travelling circuses.

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

“We are delighted to support the pupils at the school in their efforts to raise money for the zoo and look forward to presenting them with a fantastic new school building in the near future”

Donald MacDonald, Managing Director, Ogilvie Construction added:

“We work hard to support local communities on all of our projects and it was a pleasure to donate to the campaign organised by the children at Carrongrange. We have constructed a high-quality building which will meet their specific needs for the future.”


hub East Central Scotland is delivering £595 million of new infrastructure projects for communities across Perthshire, Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife.

In its first 5 years of operations hub has successfully completed 22 new buildings. Ten of those projects were new schools, with the remainder made up of health centres, care homes and social housing, as well as libraries, museums and art galleries.

Over £250 million of infrastructure is now open and operational benefitting citizens in communities across the region. A further £151 million is currently under construction with another £194 million of work in development.

Projects under construction are supporting over 16,700 jobs, of which almost 8,000 are local residents. More than half (53%) of the new project work is undertaken by SME’s within the territory and in the last year hub once again significantly increased targeted employments and skills outcomes in the region.

Public bodies in the area benefit from a unique strategic development fund established by hub to enable early feasibility work to transform initial concepts into buildings. To date, this fund has provided over £2.6 million to kick start community projects.

Ian Mullen, Chairman, hub East Central Scotland said: “As we celebrate our fifth year of operations, hub is now at the heart of the delivery of high quality public infrastructure that serves communities across the region.

“Our teams continue to deliver high quality buildings designed to meet the needs of the communities they serve. We are moving forward each year, working closely with our public sector Participants to support their strategic development plans and transform them in to high quality community facilities.

“hub has made a significant contribution to the local economy of the region with more than half of the value of work awarded to SME’s within the territory.”

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.

New Waid Campus completes

Waid Academy Headteacher Iain Hughes has been officially handed the keys to the new £21.5m Waid Community Campus.

At an official ceremony, attended by representatives of all the services the new campus will offer, Ian Rodger, site manager, passed over official ownership of the building to Fife Council.

Waid is one of six secondary schools and two primaries which make up Fife Council’s £250m+ Building Fife’s Future Programme. It is one of a new breed of community buildings which bring a number of services under one roof – with the new Waid taking the concept one step further. The project has been delivered for Fife Council by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with BAM Construction.

Headteacher Iain Hughes said: “The excitement is reaching fever pitch now as we get closer to actually moving in. The old school is a well-loved building with a lot of history behind it, but the opportunities which the new building open to us are beyond compare.

“This isn’t just a school, it is a community building which will sit right at the heart of the community.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland said: “This is a fantastic new facility that has been purpose built to meet the needs of the local community. Our teams worked closely with Fife Council, their wider stakeholders and BAM Construction to manage the project to successful completion ahead of programme and on budget.

Senior pupils were given a tour of the building this afternoon and the SQA exams will be held there in the next few weeks before the whole school moves over to the new building in June.


Awards Double for Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries


Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, delivered by hub East Central Scotland for Fife Council, has been recognised with two prestigious awards from the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Richard Murphy Architects accepted the awards for Building of the Year and the Large Project category at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

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

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.

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 Pharmaceutical Facility in Dundee progressing well

Work is progressing well on a new facility currently under construction on the Ninewells Hospital site which will house the NHS Scotland Pharmaceutical ‘Specials’ Service.

The NHS ‘Specials’ Service manufactures medicines when available licensed medicines do not meet the specific needs of patients. Examples include the provision of medicines for patients who have swallowing difficulties such as stroke patients and paediatric patients, specialist ointments and creams for dermatology patients and medicines for patients who cannot tolerate preservatives and other ingredients contained within licensed medicines.

The two current NHS Scotland manufacturing units based at Ninewells and the Western Infirmary Glasgow will be amalgamated into the new purpose-built state-of-the-art facility.

The service will also provide support to Research & Development in NHS Scotland and Scottish Universities by providing medicines for use in clinical trials.

Dr Baxter Millar, Head of NHS Scotland Pharmaceutical ‘Specials’ Service said, “This is a hugely important and exciting opportunity for establishing a national pharmaceutical manufacturing service on the Ninewells site that will contribute to the care of NHS patients throughout the UK over the next 30 years and beyond.

“The new facility will be fully compliant with the current standards demanded of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as well as allowing for future increased production capacity.  There is also an opportunity for a number of new jobs being created locally with the work of the two existing units coming together.

“As well as supporting the NHS, this new service strengthens the existing excellent relationship between the NHS manufacturing units and NHS researchers and Scottish Universities in the provision of medicines for use in clinical trials.”

The project to design and build the new facility is led and managed by hub East Central Scotland, the public/private development partner.  Construction of the building is being undertaken by Robertson Construction Group and once completed the facility will be maintained by Robertson Facilities Management.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said, “The project is making excellent progress and we are working closely with NHS Tayside and Robertson Construction to manage the successful delivery of a high quality facility for NHS Special Services.”

The building is planned to be completed in December 2018 with the service up and running by the summer of 2019.


Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP paid a visit to Levenmouth to join Fife Council Leader David Ross in officially opening the new learning campus.

The opening ceremony was also attended by special guests Mayor of Bruges and Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropole Madame Brigitte Terrazza and Fife Provost Jim Leishman.

The £50million learning campus campus is home to the new Levenmouth Academy and Fife College Levenmouth Campus and opened its doors to pupils and learners at the start of the academic year but was officially opened today.

Council Leader David Ross said: “The new Levenmouth Academy is part of Fife Council’s +£200m Building Fife’s Future programme. This is part of our commitment to delivering school buildings which equal the learning and teaching experience of our children. We are providing facilities which enable our children to take full advantage of everything that a modern education can provide.  This building is a flagship facility for the area and will benefit the whole community and help our children to reach their full potential.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “It is fantastic to see students and staff in Levenmouth Learning Campus. Such state of the art accommodation can inspire students, staff and parents, making a positive difference to learning outcomes as well as the wider community. That is why the Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland’s school estate and is investing £1.8 billion in our Schools for the Future building programme – providing almost £26 million towards the new Levenmouth Academy.”

The building uses a combination of natural lighting and ventilation, this helps with reducing the use of mechanical systems and the school’s carbon footprint. Using high frequency and LED lighting along with a biomass boiler as the primary heat source are cost effective, lowering the overall running costs of the school.

The new Fife College Campus is located on the same site as the new Levenmouth Academy, and opened its doors to students in August 2016. The campus has been built with the capacity for 350 full-time and 200 part-time learners and its approach to development has been based on the economic priorities of Fife.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “It is great to see Council’s vision to partner with Fife College and create a unique learning opportunity for the community.  The construction project delivered significant additional local benefits for the community with almost half of the workforce locally employed, as well as the creation of 25 work placements and 22 apprenticeships.”

St Ninians Primary Officially Opened


Less than 18 months since the first sod was cut the new St Ninians Primary school has been officially opened. The school’s existing Victorian section has been retained and refurbished to provide a dedicated home for the nursery class, and a new two-storey building created to accommodate primary school pupils and staff.

Now a wide, flexible ‘school street’ will allow break out from classrooms for small group learning while more flexible dining, social and PE spaces will provide better facilities for larger whole school events including assemblies and school shows.

The £8.2 million development was funded jointly by Stirling Council and the national Scottish Schools for the Future programme, project managed by Hub East Central Scotland and built by Robertson Construction Central.

Deputy Council Leader and Convenor of the Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Neil Benny, had the privilege of officially opening the school: “I was delighted to officially open the new St Ninians Primary and help celebrate this exciting new chapter in the school’s history – the performances by the pupils today were truly fantastic. It may have been the opening of a new building, but a school is so much more – it is a tool to educate our young people and give them opportunities, and I hope the pupils and staff enjoy their new surroundings.”

David Cairns, managing director, Robertson Central, said: “We are thrilled to see pupils and staff at St Ninian’s making use of their brand new building and I’m sure the facilities will serve them well over the years to come. Robertson Central was also the contractor on St Margaret’s Primary School and it has been an absolute delight to have been involved in two major educational projects for Stirling Council.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “It is great to see the pupils and staff settled into the new school and making the most of its facilities, which have been completed to the highest standards to meet the long term needs of the community. Work is progressing well on the refurbishment of the original victorian building, which will become the nursery, as well as the reinstatement of outdoor playing areas.  It is the second school that we have successfully delivered for Stirling Council, creating another high quality learning environment at best value.”

During the official opening ceremony Headteacher Carolann Morrow welcomed guests and spoke of how proud she was of the pupils. Each class then entertained guests with Scottish poems and songs, before Cllr Benny officially opened the school. Primary 7 pupils then gave guided tours of the new building.

Education Convenor Alistair Berrill said:January 2017 has been a momentous month for Stirling Council’s Education Department – two school openings! We are absolutely committed to the successful education of our children, and this investment in our infrastructure proves it.”

St Ninians is the latest in a round of recent projects Stirling Council has spearheaded to improve the school estate, including the recent opening of the new St Margaret’s Primary School and Cowie Nursery earlier this year.

Perth Museum to Receive Multi-Million Pound Investment


Perth and Kinross Council will invest £10M in Perth Museum and Art Gallery, which will result in a major overhaul to the building and see the creation of a new collection store in the city. The revamp will deliver modern facilities on par with the National Museum of Scotland and other recent major refurbishments.

The project will be managed by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with the Council.  Architectural firm Hoskins has been appointed to lead the overall design of the project, with BAM Construction carrying out work on the museum and Ogilvie Construction tasked with building the new collection store on a separate site.

Perth is currently bidding to become UK City of Culture 2021 and the museum renovation is intended to support the city of Perth’s future development. The project is anticipated to increase the cultural offerings of the city, improve the quality of life for residents and attract greater numbers of visitors.

Council Leader Ian Miller said: “The development at the Museum and Art Gallery is fantastic. The museum will be refurbished to make it more modern and accessible and it will have updated facilities with more display space. I think it will deliver tangible benefits for the people of Perth and I hope it encourages many more people in Perth and Kinross, and wider afield, to visit one of our best cultural assets.”

Chris Coleman-Smith, the Project Director of Hoskins said: “We are delighted to be working with Perth and Kinross Council and… as a part of the UK City of Culture bid in 2021 this gives an opportunity to really transform the offer that the museum and art gallery will give to its audience, both within Perth and the local area, but also nationally and internationally. I think it’s got the potential to put Perth on the cultural map.”

BAM Regional Director, Bruce Dickson spoke about the project, adding: “We were absolutely delighted to be selected as the contractor for this project by East Central Hub and Perth and Kinross Council.

We have a long track record on heritage and cultural projects and Perth Museum and Art Gallery provides a great opportunity to continue our work in this sector. It is particularly encouraging to be invited to get involved right at the outset of the project which allows the whole team to engage productively with the single aim of designing and delivering an exceptional end result for our Clients from day one.”

Ogilvie Construction will be tasked with building the new collection store which will house the museum’s 450,000 items whilst they are not on display. Out of the total investment £3M will be invested in the new building, which will provide a more suitable space for the collection. The collection is currently stored in the museum basement when not on display to the public.

Donald MacDonald, Managing Director at Ogilvie Construction said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for such a prestigious project and look forward to working closely with Perth & Kinross Council to deliver a first class facility.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are working closely with all stakeholders involved in the project and look forward to managing it to successful completion, creating a unique new home for the museum and gallery.”

Helen Smout, the Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross said:  “This is the first of many important milestones in an exciting journey which will dramatically transform our cultural landscape, not just in the city centre but throughout Perth and Kinross. The multi-million pound transformation of Perth Museum and Art Gallery will create the modern museum experience expected by the general public, allow Culture Perth and Kinross to showcase a much larger portion of Perth’s incredible collections, and attract more big name touring exhibitions. Such an enormous capital investment programme also demonstrates the seriousness of Perth’s 2021 City of Culture bid. Along with our partners, CPK welcomes the appointment of Hoskins Ltd and the construction team led by Ogilvie Construction Limited and looks forward to an exciting new era of arts and culture throughout the region.”

Perth Museum and Art Gallery will close to the public in late 2018 – early 2019, however planning is still at an early stage so exact times are yet unknown. Some services will start being reduced between now and the closure date. This will allow staff and volunteers to focus on preparing the collections for the move, however exhibitions, events and learning programmes will all continue as planned.

Before the museum closes, all items must be wrapped and transferred into the new collections store.

The museum will stage a ‘review and more’ exhibition from 14 February showing some of the objects that are being moved, beginning with costumes, and how they are packed and stored.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are working closely with all stakeholders involved in the project and look forward to managing it to successful completion, creating a unique new home for the museum and gallery.”



Enthusiasm was evident in spades when key partners involved in the development of the new Stirling Care Village got together to cut the first sods to mark the start of construction.

The innovative £35m development, which is being built in the grounds of Stirling Community Hospital, is a joint venture between Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley and the Scottish Ambulance Service. 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.

hub East Central Scotland is managing the project and Robertson Construction is the main contractor.  The majority of facilities are expected to be completed by autumn 2018 with the ambulance station and final site works completed by autumn 2019.

The Care Village will 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.

This will be achieved by bringing wide range of health and social services together in two new purpose-built facilities – a Care Hub and a Primary and Urgent Care Centre. The Scottish Ambulance Service also plans to move their existing ambulance station in the Riverside area of Stirling to a new station and workshop on the Stirling Community Hospital site.

More than 100 beds will be created in the new Care Hub to provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. These services will be provided in a comfortable, homely environment to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.  The Care Hub will also provide support for patients with dementia and those who need palliative or end of life care.

The new Primary and Urgent Care Centre will provide more modern, spacious accommodation for a number of existing health services include Minor Injuries, X-ray facilities and GP out-of-hours services. It will also house a number of local GP practices which will re-locate to purpose-built premises within the new Centre.

Deputy First Minister visits construction site of two new PKC primaries


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Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney MSP visited the sites of two new Perth & Kinross Council primary schools today to see the progress being made and meet pupils, staff and the construction team.

Mr Swinney visited Kinross and Tulloch Primary Schools, which are part of a 55 million pound programme jointly funded by the local authority and the Scottish Government in Perth and Kinross and also includes a new secondary school at Bertha Park in Perth.

Mr Swinney commented: “I have seen first-hand the transformational effect of new school buildings. Modern, state of the art facilities can inspire students, staff and parents and make a positive difference to learning outcomes.

“That which is why this Government remains committed to improving schools in Perth and Kinross and throughout the country. Our £1.8 billion Schools for the Future programme will see the construction or refurbishment of 112 schools with a new project delivered in every local authority area, benefitting over 60,000 pupils by March 2020.”

Perth & Kinross Council Education & Lifelong Learning Committee Convener Councillor Bob Band said:

“It’s fantastic to see works beginning on our two new Primary Schools in Kinross and Tulloch.

“The new primary schools at Kinross and Tulloch are part of an overall investment programme of £145m from the Council to improve the school estate.

“This is an ongoing commitment and reflects the importance we place on learning in Perth and Kinross.”

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive of hub East Central Scotland, a key partner in these projects added:

“We have worked closely with Perth & Kinross Council to reach this key milestone and look forward to delivering two new high quality primary schools that will meet the needs of the communities that they serve.

“It follows our recent successful completions of the new Oakbank and Crieff primary schools, as well as the current construction programme for the new Alyth Primary School.”

Kevin Dickson, Regional Managing Director of Contractors Robertson Tayside, commented: “This marks the first stage of what will be a transformational project for the region.

“Once complete, over one thousand young people will reap the benefits of state of the art learning facilities at the new Kinross Primary School and Tulloch Primary School. Robertson has extensive experience in delivering projects of this type and we look forward to successfully delivering both schools to the council.”

Kinross Primary School will see an increase in capacity to 566 pupils with a dedicated nursery provision for 64 children.  Along with 18 open-plan teaching zones, within the school there will also be a dedicated gym hall and separate dining facilities.

Tulloch Primary School will have 14 open plan teaching zones with capacity for 434 pupils along with an increase in nursery provision to 40 children.  A new and improved Additional Support Needs (ASN) base and nurture provision are also part of the new build.

Both primary schools will also see their external play area transformed with a grass pitch, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), outdoor teaching facilities and eco-features.  There will also be an improved pupil drop-off facilities and enhanced parking.

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