Former Johnstone Police Station
Work has started at the former Johnstone Police Station. The aim is to create a vibrant new community hub for the town. The design and construction team came together with Active Communities this week for a photograph to mark the occasion.
Local Community in Mind
Active Communities are developing the site to provide a one-stop community hub. This includes event space, offices and training facilities. The whole community has access to the former Johnstone Police Station and use them for health & wellbeing initiatives. The initiatives themselves are staff-led.
Susan McDonald, CEO of Active Communities explains: “Our local community have worked tirelessly to shape the plans for the project and we are excited to see the work starting! The building will provide a focal point for the whole community, improving health and wellbeing, reducing loneliness and isolation, providing training, skills development and, creating jobs. We are so grateful for the funding for this first phase which comes from the Scottish Government Town Centre Strategy Fund and Renfrewshire Council Community Empowerment Fund.”
Delighted To Be Involved
Paisley-based Cormack Gracie Architects created plans for the project. They are also acting as contract administrators with Armour Construction Consultants. Cost consultancy and principal designer services are what they do. The principal contractor in the first phase of works is Lochlie Construction Group.
Lochlie’s Managing Director, Douglas Aitken, comments: “We are delighted to be involved in this fantastic project, and it’s great to see the first phase of work starting on site. Our team are raring to go, and the local community will already be seeing the activity around the site. Externally, the scaffolding is going up in preparation for the roof and window works, and internally we will be carrying out significant structural work to ready the building for the next phase.”
Armour’s Hunter Kirkpatrick adds: “This project will be a terrific asset for the community when complete, and the team at Armour are really proud to be involved with such a worthwhile initiative.”
The schedule of the completion is the first phase of work is February. The funding is already secured for the future phases. Architect Iain Cormack says, “It’s great to see the work getting underway, and I’m looking forward to seeing our drawings come to life as the project progresses over the coming months.”
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