Construction work has started on the new Allander Centre
Construction work is underway on the multi-million pound Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre.
East Dunbartonshire Council is redeveloping the current Bearsden site as part of a £42.5 million investment - including a new, state-of-the-art sports and leisure complex, as well as a support centre for adults with learning disabilities.
It will be a tandem-build construction, with work forecast to be completed by summer 2023. It will be carried out in three phases - allowing the existing Allander Leisure Centre to open for residents, employees and visitors when pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Parking will be temporarily restricted due to construction, which is taking place in the northern car park area.
When works are complete, the final parking capacity will be 293 spaces - including parking for people with disabilities, electric vehicles and minibuses, as well as parent/child spaces.
Councillor Andrew Polson, joint leader of the council, said: “A new era really has begun for the Allander, with construction underway on a new, state-of-the-art, multi-million pound complex - including support facilities for adults with learning disabilities.
“I look forward to seeing the Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre take shape, and hope patrons and residents can bear with us while works are carried out.
"I am pleased that the current Allander will be able to open during construction - when restrictions presently in place due to the pandemic are eased.”
The new Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre plans include: eight-lane swimming pool and a 20m training pool with movable floor; sauna and steam vitality room; hydrotherapy pool; gym and high & low intensity studios; state-of-the-art spin room; eight-court games hall; two squash courts; wet and dry changing facilities; café; plus a ‘ Sportsdrome’ including two football pitches and a tennis court.
There will also be a new support facility created for adults with learning disabilities replacing Kelvinbank Resource Centre in Kirkintilloch.
McLaughlin and Harvey is the main contractor and architectural design is from Holmes Miller, with support from planning consultancy Barton Willmore.