Plans unveiled for Bishopbriggs community hub

Bishopbriggs Library
Bishopbriggs Library

Church leaders and council officers are in the process of thrashing out a deal which could transform part of a town centre.

At last week’s meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council councillors were presented with the first details of the “preferred option” for the creation of a new community hub at Bishopbriggs Library.

The plans would see a new two-storey extension added to the side of the library building, where the current St Matthew’s Parish Church stands.

A new church and church hall would then be built further east of the hub.

Under the plans, a new civic square would then be created at the from of the new hub and church.

The hub would include a reception, library, meeting space, flexible areas, a hall holding up to 150 people and a social work day care facility.

There would also be a police presence in the hub, as well as NHS day surgeries.

But the scheme will be reliant on church leaders agreeing to sell the council part of their land and enter into a deal to develop the site together.

The report stated: “The church has indicated their willingness to explore and integrated development solution and enter into a joint development agreement should an agreeable solution be secured.”

The overall estimated for the project is £8.8million, with the cost to the council coming in at £6.9million.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The council’s preferred option for the development of the Hub would involve a redevelopment and extension of the existing Bishopbriggs Library site and relocation of the current St Matthew’s Church and Hall onto the existing hall site and beyond.

“Discussions are ongoing with the church’s representatives regarding this option which is considered to offer the best options for a redevelopment of both our needs and enhance the regeneration of the town centre.”