New £2.7m centre taking shape

Councillor Geekie with partner representatives  Andy Lambert and Debbie McNamara.
Councillor Geekie with partner representatives Andy Lambert and Debbie McNamara.

Work on an new £2.7million community centre for the people of Hillhead in Kirkintilloch is well underway and will be complete later this year.

Construction started on site in January and is due to be completed in August.

The former Hillhead Community Centre, which had stood on Meiklehill Road for over 80 years, was very popular with a range of community groups and the new development is expected to be a tremendous focal point for the area.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie and local councillors were joined on site by representatives of hub West Scotland, to see the progress being made so far.

Councillor Geekie said: “The council has worked closely with local people to get to this point and I’m delighted to see progress on the site.

“It’s great to come along and see this much-needed facility taking shape. The community centre will be a modern, well-equipped building and will provide user groups and the wider community with excellent facilities.

“It is worth repeating that while the building is important, it is not an end in itself. The aim is that it will be a catalyst for change in Hillhead, providing an opportunity for a broad range of community activity and an important social centre.”

Debbie McNamara, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “All our projects deliver real value from concept design right through to completion.

“By working in close partnership with the council and the locally based project team, hub West Scotland will make a huge impact in creating the purpose-built space for improved, integrated services as well as a valuable contribution to community benefits during the construction phase.”

The council is working with a number of partners to deliver the new centre, including hub West Scotland, the development partner appointed to manage the design and delivery of the new building through its supply chain.

Fleming Buildings Limited is the main contractor appointed to construct the new facility.

And Macmon are the architecture firm selected to design the community centre. They have proven expertise in both creating community buildings and consulting with local people to understand community needs.