Experienced design team will be working on Bearsden Hub project

Bearsden Burgh Hall
Bearsden Burgh Hall

The first step in creating a Community Hub in Bearsden has been taken - with the appointment of an experienced design team to work on the project.

The network of community hubs, including Bearsden, is a key part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s programme to deliver accessible customer services locally.

The first Hub, opened at the William Patrick Library building in Kirkintilloch in August 2012, has been a huge success with increased visitor numbers since its introduction.

Now the council has proposed to develop the Bearsden Hub at the Burgh Hall site while carrying out refurbishment of Brookwood Library to create a new enterprise centre and also redevelop Kilmardinny House.

Architects Anderson Bell Christie, quantity surveyor Doig & Smith, mechanical and electrical engineers Henderson Warnock along with civil engineer Curtins have all been appointed to work on the Hub and Brookwood Library projects. The experienced design team will be led by East Dunbartonshire Council and its development partner hub West Scotland.

The team’s first task is to help develop and test the project design brief before producing options for the site which will then be taken out to the public at community consultation sessions.

To help with this process, a site investigation will take place around the Burgh Hall car park from Monday, June 2 until Wednesday, June 4. The car park will be temporarily closed to allow the engineering team to safely access and undertake survey work.

The Burgh Hall itself will remain open for business as usual during the survey works and efforts are being made to minimise disruption to hall users during the process.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of the Development and Regeneration Committee, said: “It is great news that we have appointed such an experienced design team who have successfully delivered a variety of projects across both the private and public sectors.

“These three projects will see major investment by the council in facilities within Bearsden. We’ve held focus groups and engagement sessions in the past and the team will continue to work with existing hall and library users, along with the wider community in Bearsden, to ensure their views are reflected in the design process.”