Robertson begins build of new community sports complex

L-R: Project manager John Ross (Robertson Construction); Councillor Andrew Polson; Angela Gray (SCAPE Scotland relationship manager); Councillor Vaughan Moody; and Andy McLinden (Robertson Construction Central West).

ROBERTSON Construction has started work on the build of the new Kirkintilloch Community Sports Complex.

The East Dunbartonshire Council project is being built on a derelict brownfield site to the west of Park Burn, in the Southbank area of the town.

Due for completion in September, the facility will feature a 3G sports pitch with floodlighting; a main stand and VIP stand; a pavilion building with changing facilities, a café and toilets; and car parking with charging points and covered bike stands.

Robertson revealed that preparatory works have been taking place to survey and clear the site, remove debris and obstructions, and create foundations.

The council is funding the £5 million development, with an element of support from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme.

Andy McLinden, regional MD of Robertson Construction Central West, said, “East Dunbartonshire Council is showing great commitment to the local community through the provision of these new facilities. As the contractor of choice, we will become a significant part of the community in the coming months as we transform this former brownfield site into a first-class sports complex.”

The facility is being created within the Major Works Scotland & Construction Framework provided by SCAPE Scotland. Angela Gray, SCAPE Scotland relationship manager, commented, “Working in collaboration to drive economic growth is at the heart of SCAPE Scotland’s ethos. This project will be of benefit to so many people in the Kirkintilloch area and, as a great asset for the community as a whole, is something that we are delighted to be involved in.

“Our frameworks use local small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction process to keep employment in the area and boost the local economy. We can’t wait to see the transformation of this site into a facility that is both good for the community’s heath and economy.”

Councillor Andrew Polson, joint leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, added, “It’s fantastic to see work taking place on this superb new facility, which will be a first-class addition to our range of sporting assets in East Dunbartonshire. I’m delighted to see the progress being made to bring a previously vacant brownfield site back into viable use.”