RENFREWSHIRE Council has appointed Lenzie-based Fleming Buildings to deliver design and build contracts for four early learning and childcare centres.
The four centres will provide modern learning environments for 196 children located in Dargavel, Kirklandneuk, Lochfield and Houston. Fleming is already on-site with a separate early years project in Spateston, which is due for completion in April.
For the four builds, Renfrewshire Council Property Services and Early Years Team undertook design development of the project to RIBA Plan of Work Stage 3 to develop an exemplar model. Fleming Buildings will complete the technical and detailed design in collaboration with all project stakeholders.
This £6 million investment has been made ahead of increased access to early learning and childcare places in Scotland from August 2020.
Ronnie Burrows, director at Fleming Buildings said, “These projects build on our excellent reputation within the education sector and we are delighted to continue our relationship with our retained client. We feel this is an endorsement of our collaborative approach and focus on quality as we continue to grow our strong relationship with Renfrewshire Council.
“We will utilise all our strengths in the delivery of this project. As design and build partner, we will deliver this expansion through high quality, well considered new build projects, working with our timber engineering division, our own directly employed operatives alongside our robust supply chain to achieve successful outcomes.”
Councillor Jim Paterson, education and children’s services convener for Renfrewshire Council added, “Building these four new-build nurseries will help us provide young children with the best possible start in life by creating the best possible learning environment for them. We are committed to providing the best learning environments for young children and are driven to maintain quality across all early learning and childcare centres and classes. The building work will support this by creating bespoke centres and facilities that will help young children in Renfrewshire thrive for years to come.”
The early learning centres have a fabric first approach with high levels of air tightness and U values said to be 20% lower than standards require, in order to future-proof these buildings. The technology employed will include solar photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps to reduce the carbon footprint and operational running costs.