Work begins on build of new £42m leisure and day care centre in Bearsden

MCLAUGHLIN and Harvey has commenced work on the build of the new £42.5 million Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre in Bearsden.

The East Dunbartonshire Council project is scheduled for completion by summer 2023. It is split into three stages, with phase one bringing the construction of the centre by 2022; phase two seeing the demolition of the existing leisure centre; and phase three bringing the construction of a new ‘sportsdrome’ and final car park works.

The facility, architecturally designed by Holmes Miller with support from Barton Willmore, will include an eight-lane swimming pool and a 20m training pool with moveable floor; a sauna and steam room; a gym; spin room; eight-court games hall; changing facilities; a cafe; and sportsdrome containing two football pitches and a tennis court.

A new support facility created for adults with learning disabilities will also come as part of the development. It will include flexible meeting rooms; dementia, rebound, sensory and physiotherapy treatment rooms; arts & crafts, dance and music rooms; changing rooms; and a training kitchen for learning.

Councillor Andrew Polson, joint leader of East Dunbartonshire 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.”