Building Briefs – June 26th

  • Work to begin on £14.5m Motherwell station redevelopment

Work on the £14.5 million redevelopment of Motherwell station is set to begin next week.

From Monday, Balfour Beatty will begin work on the initial stage of the redevelopment project with the demolition of an old building at the bottom of Platform 1 to make way for a new staff car park.

The demolition and construction of the new car park is expected to take around six weeks to complete and will have no operational impact on the station.

However, the taxi rank at the front of Motherwell station will close over the coming weeks to make way for staff portacabins in preparation for the next stage of the redevelopment works. Taxi pick up and drop off will remain available on Muir Street.

The second stage of the redevelopment will see work take place on the main station building over a six-month period, which will bring changes to how customers access to the station platforms.

The transport integration phase of the project will follow in 2021.


  • Contractor set to be named for Helensburgh Waterfront Development

Argyll and Bute Council is set to appoint a contractor to deliver the Helensburgh Waterfront Development for public use in 2022.

The council’s business continuity committee (BCC) yesterday agreed to award a multi-million-pound contract to give Helensburgh a high quality swimming pool and leisure centre. The contract will also deliver strengthened flood defences for the site and improved public realm.

The decision follows a formal tender exercise run by the council to secure best value for investment in the development.

A public report considered by the BCC sets out the schedule for construction which could see work starting on site in August 2020, and the building opening for use in August 2022.

To comply with national procurement legislation, the council must now inform tender applicants of the outcome and allow for a 10 day ‘standstill’ period for any queries about this decision.

This means that the council cannot confirm the name of the contractor or the value of the contract earlier than July 15.


  • Cruden Homes to safely reopen show homes against strong backdrop of buyer demand

Cruden Homes is preparing to reopen show homes and sales suites from June 29.

Throughout lockdown, the housebuilder has enjoyed encouraging levels of enquiries for its bespoke developments across Scotland, securing in excess of 30 sales and forward reservations. And whilst home moves were suspended for all but urgent cases, a number of new properties were handed over to NHS key workers throughout the crisis.

The decision to reopen for viewings comes following guidance from the Scottish Government as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions, with show homes opening initially for pre-booked appointments only and with strict social distancing and safety measures in place. 

Hazel Davies, sales and marketing director at Cruden Homes said: “We are delighted to be opening our show homes and sales suites again and look forward to welcoming prospective buyers, in a responsible and safe way. Based on the levels of enquiries we received during lockdown, we know that there is real demand from people looking for a change of lifestyle, as attitudes shift towards achieving a better work life balance.  The need for more space has also driven demand as many continue to work from home and home school children.

“We’ve also witnessed strong interest from the first-time buyer market with the use of Help to Buy or First Home Fund, and with interest rates at an all-time low there are some excellent mortgage products available to help people make the move. Given strong enquiry levels and limited availability on selected developments, I would urge prospective buyers to move quickly to ensure they secure their new home.”


  • Advance notice given for Nairn site investigation works

The former Community Centre Car park in Nairn will be temporarily closed on July 7 and 8 to enable site investigation works to be carried out as part of the feasibility for the proposed new Citizens Advice Bureau offices and residential flats. 

A planning application for the proposed site development is currently being considered by planning officers.


  • Renewable generation in Scotland up by 28% compared to same quarter last year

New statistics released by the UK Government show renewable electricity generation in Scotland increased by 28% compared to the same quarter in 2019.

Generation from onshore wind turbines, the cheapest form of new electricity generation, increased by 25% to 7,385 GWh, and record rainfall boosted hydro generation by 38% to 2,264 GWh.

Offshore wind saw the highest increase, with generation more than doubling (54%) to 1,262 GWh of electricity, enough to power more than 84,000 homes for a year.

There is now 11.9GW of installed renewable energy capacity in Scotland, up 4% year-on-year.


  • George Square Spaces for People work to start

Work starts today to install temporary travel infrastructure on key streets around George Square, as part of the council’s Spaces for People programme which is providing extra space for physical distancing to protect public health and suppress a resurgence of COVID-19.

These short-term measures which will include closing some roads to traffic, and the widening of footways; will make it easier for people to move around our city centre and more readily access shops, businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs including Queen Street Station.