Helensburgh Waterfront Development

The Helensburgh Waterfront Development project is about creating a vibrant and attractive waterfront for the town.

The main feature of the £22 million development project will be a leisure facility operated by liveArgyll. Incorporating a main swimming pool and teaching pool, two state of the art fitness studios, a gym and café all under one roof, with associated parking and public realm to meet the needs of the local community and attract day visitors to Helensburgh.

The state-of-the-art leisure facility in on track to open in 2022 and set to provide residents and visitors with new swimming and studio pools and a gym and café with stunning views of the Clyde.

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Project Updates

September 2021

One year on and there is significant progress. The main building is structurally complete, with the external Lomond stone blockwork and glazing installed. There are new flood defences for the town and landscaping is well underway.

August 2021

Scottish Gas Networks have completed installation of the new gas connection.

Steady hands required to lift the 450kg panes as glazing is installed throughout the building.

Helensburgh Waterfront Development. Construction site of new swimming pool.
Crane putting glazing panes in place

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

Scottish Water commenced laying a new water main connection to supply the new leisure building. This mains water connection will commence at the entrance to the pier, run part way down the left hand side of the pier before entering the site at the new public realm ramp behind the site hoardings. Pipe work on the pier side has been completed and reinstated.

The newly created café area within the leisure building will be run by Argyll and Bute Council and will be run in conjunction with the existing Helensburgh & Lomond Civic Centre Café’.

Ongoing work

  • Lomond stone walling
  • M&E first fix
  • Intumescent painting
  • Roof install (welding of seams and penetrations)
  • Blockwork to substation walls
  • Kerbing to carpark
  • Drainage channels to the carpark perimeter
  • Installation of internal floor gullies
  • Plastering to internal walls
  • Floor screeding
  • Lift installation
  • Rainscreen cladding insulation and framing
  • Kerb and channel install
  • Tarmac surfacing to car parking bays
  • Standing streetlights
  • Perimeter and internal curtain walling
  • Installation of incoming electrical ducting
The main swimming and training pools are complete and internal works are progressing. They include:

  • Installing underfloor heating on the ground floor
  • Mechanical and electrical works throughout the building including to the changing village, fitness studios, sauna and steam room
  • Installing a new lift

Topping Out Ceremony

The Helensburgh Waterfront Development celebrated a major construction milestone with a traditional ‘ topping out’ ceremony on Friday 21st May, marking the completion of the buildings structure and roof.
Helensburgh Waterfront Development Topping Out Ceremony. 7 individuals in high-vis standing at Helensburgh Waterfront Development construction site with shovels.
Cathal Heron, Regional Director for the Main Contractor, Heron Bros added: ‘Heron Bros. is extremely pleased with the progress made to date. It is an exciting time as we ‘top out’ this leading leisure facility with Argyll and Bute Council.

The celebration represents a high point not only for the project build, but it is also testament to the entire project team, who have worked so effectively, diligently, and safely together in making such impressive progress.

Projects of this scale leave behind a legacy that goes beyond the physical construction and our team is proud to contribute to the transformation of Helensburgh’s waterfront.’

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, Policy Lead, Financial Services and Major Projects
Councillor Gary Mulvaney, Policy Lead, Financial Services and Major Projects said: ‘Topping out the Helensburgh Waterfront Development marks a significant milestone as this fantastic build really starts to take shape.

‘The new state of the art leisure facility will bring multiple benefits to the local community and is already supporting local economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic. Building a development on this scale has created local employment opportunities for tradespeople and site workers, apprenticeships and education programmes for young people, and sponsorship for local community groups and organisations.

‘We are committed to ongoing investment for our town centres, making them vibrant places for communities and to help attract new residents, businesses and visitors to the area. We look forward to the next stage of the development taking shape.

April 2021

Nearing completion of all the main steelwork, the main pool and studio walls and floors. The flood walls and rock armour defences are now in place.

Construction site of new swimming pool at Helensburgh.

March 2021

Take a bird’s eye view of the Helensburgh Waterfront Development project 6 months on.

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