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Design team sought to create £17m Helensburgh leisure centre

Gareth Hoskins Architects' vision for Helensburgh - pierhead design
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Argyll and Bute Council is on the hunt for a design team to deliver a new £17 million leisure centre for Helensburgh

Up to eight teams will be shortlisted for the £500,000 design contract for the centre, which will replace a 1970s swimming pool on the historic town’s pier head.

The project includes a new car park and flood defences, and featured prominently in a regeneration masterplan (pictured) for Helensburgh drawn up by Hoskins Architects four years ago.

According to the brief: ‘The Helensburgh waterfront development contract will deliver a new-build 25m, six-lane swimming pool and leisure facility, with associated car park, public realm and flood defences.

‘The aim of this procurement exercise is to award a contract in autumn or winter of 2016 for the engagement of a design team in compliance with relevant legislation, standards and other requirements.’

Helensburgh was founded as a seaside resort in 1776, overlooking the Firth of Clyde, and developed in a formal grid layout in the style of Edinburgh New Town.

During the 19th century the settlement became a popular home for Glasgow’s shipping tycoons and tobacco merchants. Landmarks built during this era include Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1903 Hill House which is poised to receive a new visitor centre and embark on an ambitious restoration.

Today the town is a commuter base for nearby Glasgow and the Clyde Naval Base, and home to around 14,000 people.

The new leisure centre will be constructed to the north of the existing waterfront swimming pool next to West Clyde Street. An existing car park south of the pool will meanwhile be raised and protected from flooding by rock boulders.

New facilities will include a competitive standard swimming pool, teaching pool, aqua-aerobic area, play space, studio, gym and enlarged changing rooms. The scheme is planned to open in 2020.

Hoskins Architects’ independent masterplan to ‘give one of Scotland’s finest planned towns a breath of new life’ was developed after the practice won contest for a waterfront pool in 2009. Key proposals in the vision included creating a new leisure centre on the pier head and upgrading Hermitage Park.

The studio – whose founder Gareth Hoskins died aged 48 this year – was chosen alongside Gillespies to deliver a £2 million revamp of the town centre in 2015.

The design contract for the leisure centre will cover RIBA Stages 3 to 7. 

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 12 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Argyll and Bute Council
PA31 8RT

Tel: +44 1546604187
Email: franksmith@argyll-bute.gov.uk



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