Building Briefs – March 26th

  • Funding secured for Hamilton Mausoleum maintenance

Close to half a million pounds of funding for repair work on Hamilton Mausoleum has been agreed.

£475,000 has been earmarked for the historic attraction under South Lanarkshire Council’s capital programme for the coming year.

In addition to being a visitor attraction, the Mausoleum also provides a unique venue that in recent years has hosted modern and classical music performances, art installations and even the recording of a suite of classical music specifically composed for its unique acoustics.

The funding for the renovation work is part of the council’s general services capital programme, which totals £91.192 million for the year 2020/21


  • Kirkcaldy cinema plan approved

Plans to build a multi-screen cinema in Kirkcaldy have been granted planning approval.

Fife Council’s central and west Fife planning committee gave the go-ahead for the long-standing proposal, which would transform the former Kirkcaldy swimming pool site, demolished in 2018.

Plans submitted by London-based Lasalle Investment Management Limited are for a four-storey facility to accommodate eight screens, as well as opportunities for four leisure, restaurant and bar outlets and a glass-fronted viewing veranda.

The development will include a widened walkway access connecting the cinema with Mercat Shopping Centre, with food and drink units and upper cinema lobby.


  • Plan for retail unit by A96

A new retail unit by the side of the A96 could create jobs and benefit residents in the Aberdeenshire village of Blackburn.

Taylor Architecture and Building Consultants Ltd have applied on behalf of Such Fornet Estates to expand the Westpark Business Park.

Options for a new retail unit – which could be a bakery, restaurant or cafe – are being discussed.

Aberdeenshire Council is yet to grant planning permission, but the applicants propose introducing 11 electric vehicle stations at the unit.

Starbucks has been operating successfully on the business park since 2017, attracting custom from Blackburn and the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road.


  • Lochgilphead active travel link online consultation opens

Argyle & Bute Council has launched a public consultation on plans to create a new active travel route in Lochgilphead.

The Corran Path would connect the Front Green to the Crinan Canal, offering a pedestrian, cycle and scooter link to meet community goals of delivering enhanced public realm and an events space.

The online-only consultation will take place until April 5.


  • Aberdeen restaurant and drive-thru approved

Plans for a new restaurant and drive-thru at an Aberdeen retail park have been given the green light.

Proposals had been submitted to Aberdeen City Council for the development at Wellington Circle Retail Park.