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Project team selected to design and build Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School

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October 2023

The ambitious plan to build a highly anticipated new state-of-the-art Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School in Alloa has passed a major milestone.

Councillors were told at a meeting earlier today that a full project team has been selected to design and build both facilities.

The Wellbeing Hub and swimming pools will be built alongside a new Lochies School, specifically designed to meet the needs of children and young people with severe and complex needs, at the Pavilions in Alloa West.

The flagship facility will offer accessible sport, health, learning and development, and leisure opportunities, providing a space where the local community and visitors can connect with each other and to the surrounding outdoor environment.

The project is being managed for Clackmannanshire Council by hub East Central Scotland with Robertson as the main contractor, JM Architects, Blyth & Blyth civil and structural engineers and BakerHicks mechanical and electrical engineers.

Green credentials and sustainability will be at the heart of the design and construction of the new facility which will be built to Passivhaus standards, where super energy-efficient measures and providing a comfortable environment are an integral part of the process.

Clackmannanshire will be one of the first areas of Scotland to have a leisure centre designed to meet this world-leading energy efficiency standard.

Councillor Scott Harrison , spokesperson for sports, leisure and active living, said: “I am delighted that a design team has been selected to deliver our ambitious plans for a new Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School.

“This is a key step on the journey to delivering these exciting facilities which will bring huge benefits to the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors to Clackmannanshire.

“I look forward to hearing from the newly-appointed team as they make progress in the coming months.”

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, Hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are excited to have passed this crucial milestone and the team will now focus on progressing work as quickly as possible to deliver this important facility for the local community.”

David Cairns, managing director, Robertson Construction Central East, said: “This state-of-the-art facility is a significant investment, and one that will bring real benefits to the local community long before it opens.

“With the Robertson head office located only five miles away, we know the local supply chain well and will engage them wherever possible to keep the pound in Clackmannanshire and support the local economy.

“I have no doubt that, together with Clackmannanshire Council, we will deliver a Wellbeing Hub and new Lochies School that the whole community can enjoy and be extremely proud of.”