Our Scotland planners and community engagement team received planning permission for this new state-of-the-art sports facility at East Dunbartonshire Council’s (EDC) first ever virtual planning board (23 June 2020), as part of a large project team led by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey – on behalf of EDC’s Major Asset Team who have been tasked with delivering the Local Authority’s key capital projects.
This high-profile leisure centre, originally constructed in 1977, has been earmarked for redevelopment for many years and EDC’s £40.9 million investment will see the delivery of a state-of-the-art sports complex and an Adult Resource Centre with associated sensory garden, catering for people with a range of neurological disorders, including dementia.
The new leisure centre will include an eight-lane swimming pool and dedicated teaching pool with a movable floor, hydrotherapy pool, games hall, football pitches, tennis and squash courts, gym and studio facilities, café and community meeting spaces. This project will progress on the basis of a tandem build approach to ensure that the existing building remains operational throughout the construction of the new facility.
WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE PART OF THE TEAM DELIVERING THIS PURPOSE BUILT, HIGH QUALITY LEISURE CENTRE, THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE AND ONE THAT DELIVERS HUGE HEALTH AND WELLBEING BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY.
Christine Dalziel, Associate Planner
- Adult Day Care Centre with associated sensory garden
- An 8-lane swimming pool and dedicated teaching pool with a movable floor
- Spin studio
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Games hall
- Football pitches
- Gym and studios
- Tandem build
The project, provided some challenges, including consideration of adjacent residential properties, the practicalities of the existing centre remaining open during construction, and the need to consider a long-term aspiration of a rail halt at the adjoining railway line. Nevertheless, it is testament to the successful working relationship with EDC’s Planning Department and extensive stakeholder engagement that we were able to successfully address these matters and see the application be approved within the four-month statutory timescale.
Take a look inside the new Allander Leisure Centre and Adult Resource Centre...
Images: Holmes Miller