Planning permission for the new waterfront leisure facility in Helensburgh, which Patrick Parsons has been appointed to renovate, has been approved.
Argyle & Bute Council gave the development the go-ahead in late January after a comprehensive pre-planning consultation process, which gathered well over 1000 responses.
The £18m project will see the existing public swimming pool transformed into a brand new six lane, 25m pool with 150 spectator capacity, with a larger pool installed alongside it for swimming classes.
We have been involved in the project for around 18 months and are providing civil engineering, structural engineering and amenity lighting services for the development, which will also see the existing gym space double in size to accommodate a spin and dance class studio, as well as a children’s play area.
The main concern that emerged from the public consultation process was the developments risk of flooding. Patrick Parsons will also be working closely with the Argyll and Bute flooding team to design and deliver a new car park and flood defences.
Robin McCartney, Director at Patrick Parsons, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to work on such an exciting and contemporary project alongside a wide range of award-winning design teams.
“Benefitting from the expertise of our structural, civil and building services teams, The Helensburgh development will significantly improve the leisure facility options not only for local residents, but also day visitors to the town.”
Gary Mulvaney, Argyle and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for the Capital Regeneration Programme added: “The purpose of this project was to create a vibrant and attractive waterfront for the town and to help further develop Helensburgh as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.
“As well as providing state-of-the-art leisure facilities for local people, the Waterfront project is expected to encourage additional private sector investment in the waterfront area and town centre.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this project and we are grateful for that, as well as for the feedback of everyone who took part in our extensive public consultation.”
Contractors are now being invited to bid for work on the development, with a deadline set for March 11th.
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