Pair of projects are progressing well in Bearsden

Bearsden Burgh Hall
Bearsden Burgh Hall

Plans for two ambitious projects in Bearsden are progressing as the council and its partners move towards financial close.

The council’s planning board gave consent last December for the construction of a new £3m-plus community hub, which is based on a reconfiguration of the Burgh Hall site on Drymen Road.

It will include the re-provisioning of the library and community archives from Brookwood, as well as involving a full refurbishment of the current hall facilities.

The hub will bring together a range of services and contain new public meeting rooms, social work facilities and public toilets.

A customer services area will deliver a new, ‘one stop shop’ approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and getinformation about a variety of different council services and make payments.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This is an exciting and innovative new way of delivering services more efficiently.”

The Planning Board also gave the green light to a £2.58m plan to develop Kilmardinny House into a wedding, conference and arts centre.

A new garden pavilion extension will provide a modern, flexible space and enhance the venue as a centre for local arts, performance and community groups. It will also create a modern, flexible space that can be used for a range of activities - including performances, exhibitions, conferences and weddings.

The existing popular Grade A listed house will be refurbished, both inside and out, including redecoration and some repairs to external stonework and windows.

Councillor Geekie added: “This exciting project promises to breathe new life into Kilmardinny House, which is a well-established and much loved local asset that is well used by many groups and organisations.

“This will enable us to continue to support the diverse range of arts, culture and leisure services the House is renowned for.”

Updates on both projects will be presented to the next meeting of the full council as part of the council’s ten-year Capital Programme and the council says residents will be notified well in advance of any works commencing.