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£18m Helensburgh Pierhead development approved

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January 24 2019

£18m Helensburgh Pierhead development approved

Argyll & Bute Council has approved plans to deliver an £18m leisure development on the towns pierhead, replacing an existing leisure centre and swimming pool.

Proposed work will include new parking and beefed up flood defences, with potential for further shops, a play area and skate park at a later date.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney added: “The purpose of this project was to create a vibrant and attractive waterfront for the town and to help further develop Helensburgh as a great place to live, work, invest and visit. As well as providing state-of-the-art leisure facilities for local people, the waterfront project is expected to encourage additional private sector investment in the waterfront area and town centre.”

Designs prepared by DarntonB3 Architects show a simple structure contained beneath a single span roof with wet facilities arranged to form a ‘shop window’. Extensive glazing is employed for the entrance and café.

A paved walkway will connect the building to the town centre.
 

The opportunity will be taken to beef up Helensburgh's flood defences
The opportunity will be taken to beef up Helensburgh's flood defences

3 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 24 Jan 2019 at 11:12 AM
wow, a 90's leisure 30 years to late.
I hear that Gordon Brittas has been lined up for manager duties
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 24 Jan 2019 at 11:42 AM
Hmm, I wonder what it'll be like getting into that building on a wet and windy day...across the exposed sea of parking and total lack of shelter. Also, I wonder if anybody can spot the difference between the 'quality' of this design and that originally proposed by Hoskins: https://www.urbanrealm.com/news/3876/Helensburgh_Pierhead_masterplan_set_for_approval.html
Damp Proof Membrane
#3 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 24 Jan 2019 at 14:30 PM
The Place Standard report says it all. What a depressing state of affairs. £18M too. You'd hope there'd be better scrutiny within the system for high-profile work like this. Will impact the whole town in a negative way.

https://portal360.argyll-bute.gov.uk/civica/Resource/Civica/Handler.ashx/Doc/pagestream?cd=inline&pdf=true&docno=21845601

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