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Developing Kilncraigs Campus

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A £5.37 million refurbishment project in Alloa continues to make good progress.

The Kilncraigs Campus Development project is being implemented by Clackmannanshire Regeneration LLP and comprises the refurbishment of two existing buildings – Patons School and Kilncraigs 1936 building. Once work on the project is complete, the buildings will provide office accommodation for Council staff.

Marshall Construction Ltd is the main contractor on the project, whilst LDN Architects is providing all architectural services. Scott Bennett Associates is the structural consultant on the project, Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers is the mechanical and electrical consultant and Alan Booth of SCOT Sheridan is the development manager.

Ninian Somerville, Clackmannanshire Council, said:

“The Council own three former industrial buildings in the Town Centre in Alloa known as the Kilncraigs 1904 building, the Kilncraigs 1936 building and the former Patons School.

“The contract was to develop and re-furbish the former Patons School and Kilncraigs 1936 building in order to co-locate all Council staff based in Greenfield and Lime Tree House within one location in Alloa Town Centre by the beginning of 2013. This will provide Council offices on five levels, for 300 additional staff and work station facilities for 75 external tenant staff.”

Work began on the Kilncraigs Campus Development project in April 2012 and comprises the complete refurbishment of the ‘A’ Listed 1936 building and the derelict Patons School.

Refurbishment works in the 1936 building include the installation of a proprietary plasterboard system on the walls, the introduction of a secondary glazing system on external walls and the installation of new timber flooring.

Specialist glass partition system will be used for internal meeting rooms, whilst a new ducted air handling system will be installed in the office spaces.

The site will also benefit from new furniture – to supplement some existing furniture – and the completion of associated decorating works.

Work on Patons School includes the installation of a new reception, business staff accommodation, and offices, whilst a new first floor Council Chamber with IT presentation facilities will also be included.

External work on the project includes the creation of a new public entrance, the installation of new footways and some minor landscaping works. A more efficient car park is also being included to provide parking provisions for both disabled and able bodied drivers.

In addition, Clackmannanshire Council is currently in the process of finalising a Green Travel Plan to incorporate cycling, car sharing and electric car facilities at the site.

Whilst work is being conducted on the project the 1936 building will remain vacant, however the adjoining 1904 building remains fully operational. Marshall Construction Ltd is making all efforts to ensure that all disruptions to services are kept to a minimum during the programme of works.

Ninian said:

“The project is crucial to the Council for improving efficient services for the community, delivering property revenue savings, and improving customer service and operational efficiencies. The project investment will also serve to promote regeneration of the town centre and retains an important ‘A’ Listed building as part of the Clackmannanshire heritage.

“The refurbishment of the 1936 building completes and adds to the successful design award-winning refurbishment of the 1904 building, finally retaining in full a major building key to the Alloa heritage.”

The Kilncraigs Campus Development project is scheduled to reach completion in July 2013.

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