Building Briefs – February 8th

  • CBES achieves Investors in People standard

Following the completion of the Investors in People (IIP) assessment process in November 2018 in which over 60 CBES colleagues we directly involved, the firm has secured IIP accreditation.

Investors in People is a standard for people management, offering accreditation to organisations that adhere to the Investors in People Standard.

Fraser Allan, managing director, said: “This accreditation recognises our commitment to becoming an industry leader in the development and growth of our colleagues who are key in supporting our growth ambitions and securing new business opportunities within an increasingly competitive market.

“I would like to thank you for your contribution and engagement in achieving IIP. This gives us a great platform for providing development opportunities for our colleagues which will allow us all to drive the future success of our business.”


  • New Halbeath super depot nearing completion

A new super depot at Halbeath which will include a gritting store, fleet services, storage facilities and office space will be up and running soon.

Members of Fife Council’s asset, property and facilities committee were recently given a guided tour of the new facility. It is hoped the facility will be fully up and running by the end of June, with a phased move starting at the end of March.

The new depot has been created by refurbishing the existing Regency House, along with the extensive re-modelling of the external areas. This will link with the former petrol station and lorry park to create space for a salt barn, gritter shed, fuel site, wash bays, operational vehicle parking, staff parking and external stores.


  • Work to conserve historic Iona Abbey

Work has been announced to conserve the Iona Abbey on the west coast.

The iconic site will undergo a £60,000 upgrade, which involves the installation of a new conservation heating system in the Abbey Church.

The new system will help protect against increasing levels of rain water penetration that have been discovered throughout the site.

The works are expected to be complete by the end of March 2019.

The Abbey Church will be closed for the duration of the project.


  • Former East Lothian go-karting site to undergo redevelopment

Plans have been approved to redevelop the former Raceland Go-Karting site at Gladsmuir into a new filling station.

The Gladsmuir development will also include a drive-through coffee shop and two drive-through fast food restaurants plus associated car parking and landscaping.

More cycle spaces will be created on the development, along with the preparation of a waste management strategy and the inclusion of tourist information on East Lothian.

Construction traffic will only access the site via the A1.

Members of East Lothian Planning Committee also granted permission for a new access junction off the A1087 at Dunbar Golf Club.


  • Care home plan for St Andrews rejected

Plans for a new care home near the heart of St Andrews have been rejected by Fife councillors.

The proposed development would have seen the property at 92 Hepburn Gardens, known locally as The White House, turned into a 40-bed care home thanks to the addition of two new two-storey extensions to the existing structure.