A new purpose built community centre in Kirkintilloch, has won a prestigious
Hillhead Community Centre saw off tough opposition to claim the Community Partnership of the Year award at the Scottish Property Awards.
The £2.7M facility replaced the former Hillhead community centre, which had stood on Meiklehill Road for over 80 years and was very popular with a range of community groups.
Built as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s commitment to working with local communities and partners to improve partnership working and support the wider regeneration of the area, the new facility impressed judges with the high levels of community engagement conducted throughout the project.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and regeneration committee, said: “It is fantastic to see Hillhead Community Centre being
recognised at a national level and I would like to congratulate the local community for their positive engagement throughout this project.
“We recognised that it was important that we listened to local people when they told us what they wanted from their community centre to ensure that it met the needs of the people and groups across Hillhead.
“We engaged with local residents and groups throughout the process and the community’s involvement with the new facility was demonstrated by the number of people
who attended the opening ceremony and the 400 people who came along to a community fun day.”
Councillor Moir added: “Hillhead is the first of our communities to benefit from our new ‘Place’ approach to providing more joined-up and responsive public services that will help to regenerate communities and address inequality.”
Debbie McNamara, Chief Executive of hub West Scotland, EDC’s development partner, said: “We knew from the outset that this project should be guided by the community for the community. hWS and EDC worked to ensure that we not only delivered the custom-made building that met the needs of the community but that the project delivered wider benefits such as school events, apprenticeships and work placements during its development.
“We are proud to see this partnership approach recognised with such a prestigious award.”