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Contractors Go On Site As Designs are Revealed for Kirkintilloch’s Pool

Designs for Kirkintilloch’s state of the art leisure centre, including a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool, are officially revealed today [Wednesday 10 August 2005]. The designs, unveiled exclusively in the Kirkintilloch Herald, are published on the same day as Kirkintilloch’s Initiative (KI) announces the company that is tasked with designing the leisure centre.

Barr Limited has been appointed by KI to design Kirkintilloch’s leisure facility. Building will start in late Autumn of 2005. Barr’s designs show a wide range of facilities that will appeal to all sections of the community.

The leisure centre will be designed around an entrance reception and internal “street” giving access to the various activity spaces including:

Swimming Pool

A 25 metre six-lane main pool with depth ranging from 1m to 1.8m suitable for competition swimming and an 11m x 8m training pool ranging in depth from 0.6m to 0.9m. A village-type changing room consisting of individual and family changing cubicles and lockers will serve the pool and health suite next door, comprising steam and sauna cabins. There is wheelchair access throughout.

Health & Fitness

Facilities will include a 70 workstation gym complete with consultation rooms and exercise studios suitable for a full range of health and fitness classes.

Café / retail / Crèche

With direct access from the entrance area, there will be a café and retail unit. A crèche will provide secure internal and external activity space for children whose parents are using the leisure centre.

Main Sports Hall

A multi-purpose sports hall that can accommodate four badminton courts and a full range of other sporting activities and groups. The hall will also be capable of accommodating spectator seating when required.

Five Aside Football Pitches

Four new external state of the art 5-aside synthetic pitches and two courts for multi-use including tennis.

Barr Limited, through their Leisure / Stadia Unit have successfully completed 43 leisure / stadia projects throughout the UK. Barr Limited said they were looking forward to bringing their extensive experience to the development and delivery of this prestigious project for the local community.

Andrew Robertson, Vice Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and KI Board member said: “This is an important development for the community. Having accessible leisure and recreation facilities in the area is great for local children and families. The wide range of facilities will offer people lots of ways to keep fit and have fun. We are very happy to be partners of KI and to see the first development rolling out.”

Council Leader and KI Board Member, John Morrison, said: “The plans show we have listened and responded to the views of local people. They told us they wanted a six-lane 25 metre pool and we’re pleased to be able to deliver this – alongside the fitness centre and other facilities.”

Derrick Milligan, Chair of the Board of KI and Community Representative, said: “This is a great achievement for Kirkintilloch’s Initiative and in particular the community representatives. For the first time we are going to see work happening. The leisure centre was always a key priority for the community and we are now well on our way to delivering a first class facility for the town.”

Carmen MacDonald, also community representative for the leisure centre commented: “It’s wonderful that we have got going now. There was a lot of uncertainty in the community but at last it’s happening.”

Arun Save, Community Representative for the leisure centre added: “I’m delighted that we have appointed a contractor for the design and are finally moving forward. The plans have been very well thought through and I’m very pleased with the look of the building. It’s a very iconic structure.”

Rhondda Geekie the local councillor and board member said “I am delighted with the progress being made on our new centre, Kirkintilloch needs a new leisure facility and KI is beginning to deliver”