Groundworks begin at new Whitecraig Community Centre

Work is gathering pace on the new Whitecraig Community Centre in East Lothian after groundworks began on the site.

Due for completion in August 2019, the centre will include a multi-purpose games hall, creche and café. Changing facilities for Deantown Welfare Bowling Club members are also included in the plans as the new centre is on the site of the club’s former clubhouse.

(from left) Ross Irvine from East Lothian Council projects team, Jane Cumming from East Lothian Council community learning and development, Cllr Jim Goodfellow, and John Mackie from Hadden Group

The structural frame for the games hall is in place with blockwork beginning in that area. The timber frame for the main part of the building will be put in place in early 2019, unveiling the shape and scale of the whole project.

East Lothian Council cabinet member for wellbeing, Councillor Jim Goodfellow, visited the site to see the progress that is being made. He said: “It’s great to see the new Whitecraig Community Centre taking shape. Having the hall’s frame in place is starting to give a sense of the scale of this investment. I’m sure the community are looking forward to it opening so they can benefit from the modern facilities.”

The new community centre has been designed by East Lothian Council’s in-house team following extensive community consultation. Hadden Group was awarded the £1.4 million contract following a competitive tender process. Hadden Group previously worked on the extension to Law Primary School in North Berwick.

Steven Brady, managing director from Hadden Group, said: “We’re pleased to have been chosen to deliver this new community centre for Whitecraig which continues our excellent working relationship with East Lothian Council. Our construction team are progressing well with the build and we look forward to delivering a first-class community asset.”

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