20 / 11 / 2015

A topping out ceremony has been held to mark the completion of the exterior of the new £5.29 million Lennoxtown Community Hub.

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The final concrete block of the brick tower was laid by East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, Councillor John Dempsey, John Hope, Board Director from the Council's Development partner hub West Scotland and Harry Thorburn, Scotland Managing Director from contractor Morgan Sindall.

Work on the Community Hub has progressed well since work started in March and the building is on target to complete early next year. The project will now focus on completion of the interior of the building which will include features such as: the Customer Service area; private meeting rooms; PC suite and GP surgeries.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, "The progress in the build has been remarkable and is testament to all the planning and hard work that continues to be put in by the Council and our partners in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the EDLC Trust allied with our development partner hub West Scotland.

"The development of the Community Hub will see a £5.29M investment by the Council within Lennoxtown town centre and is a key element of our commitment to supporting development within the area. Community Hubs are also an important element of our long-term vision for effective, efficient, customer focussed services in East Dunbartonshire.

"Lennoxtown Community Hub will bring together Council, library, leisure and cultural services - as well as health facilities - in an exciting and innovative way making it easier for residents to access information and a wide range of services by providing them all under one roof.

"The building is on track to be completed early next year and I am looking forward to opening and delivering these key services - some of them not delivered in Lennoxtown before such as licensing and registration - to the community.

"In this way we can deliver services more efficiently to our residents and improve their experience of dealing with the Council."

John Hope, Board Director for hWS said, "The development partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council and hub West Scotland has been very successful and we are looking forward to the completion of our fourth project together."

Morgan Sindall Investments and Community Solutions are the majority shareholders in WellSpring Partnership that is the private sector investor in HUB West Scotland.