Work progresses on build of £42.5m leisure centre in Bearsden

(from left): Amy McBride, social value coordinator at McLaughlin
& Harvey; councillor Andrew Polson, joint council leader; councillor Vaughan Moody,
joint council leader; and Lori Smith, marketing manager at McLaughlin &

BEARSDEN’S new Allander Leisure Centre is taking shape as work by McLaughlin & Harvey progresses on the £42.5 million build.

The East Dunbartonshire Council project is being carried out in phases, with the first – the construction of the centre – ‘on track’ for completion this autumn.

There will also be a new support facility created for adults with learning disabilities – replacing Kelvinbank Resource Centre in Kirkintilloch – which will include flexible meeting rooms, quiet spaces and an office; dementia, rebound, sensory and physiotherapy treatment rooms; arts and crafts, dance and music rooms; changing rooms; and kitchen facilities.

Phase two of the project involves the decommission and demolition of the existing leisure centre, which will temporarily reduce car parking capacity. Phase three is the construction of a new ‘Sportsdrome’ – including two football pitches and a tennis court – and final car park works.

McLaughlin and Harvey’s frameworks director, Chris Boyle, said, “McLaughlin and Harvey is delighted to be helping the Council support local communities around the Allander Leisure Centre. To date our work has provided a legacy of social and economic value of £4.46 million, including 21 new-start apprentices, 65 new-start jobs and 1,214 hours of work placements.

“Our continued work across the East Dunbartonshire Council area through the Scape Framework provides real benefits to communities, helping to deliver jobs for local young people.”

Architectural design on the project is by Holmes Miller, with support from Doig+Smith, Brown + Wallace and planning consultancy Barton Willmore.

Councillor Andrew Polson, joint leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, added, “It’s fantastic to see the new Allander Leisure Centre taking shape. Work is going according to plan and we look forward to the first phase being completed in the autumn. It has been a long road and I want to thank everyone who has helped along the way.”