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

May 2022

Well done to the Heron Bros site team for achieving a rating of ‘Excellent’ (41 out of 45) in a recent audit conducted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry. Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the scheme and agree to abide by the code of considerate practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

April 2022

The final electrical connection works by Scottish Power have been completed and permanent power connection has been made to the new leisure building.

Heron Bros have been working with the Green Action Trust to assist in the installation of the new John Muir Way bench and jet washing and cleaning of the existing John Muir Way Roundel.

March 2022

February 2022

Heron Bros have commenced electrical enabling works, to facilitate cable laying by Energetics and final electrical connection by Scottish Power. This will require the temporary closure of two sections of the footpath on the Southern Side of West Clyde Street between the junction of Sinclair Street and Colquhoun Street. Vehicle and pedestrian access to the pier, public toilets swimming pool and car park will be maintained during these works.

A 4 way traffic light system and additional road crossings will be in place unitl late March.

Current work

  • Lomond stone walling continuing
  • Plant room mechanical install ongoing
  • Plastering ongoing
  • External facia and soffit works ongoing
  • Painting ongoing
  • Electrical second fix ongoing
  • Vanity units, lockers and cubicles ongoing
  • Grid ceilings being installed
  • Tiling to wet change and pools ongoing

 

  • Internal doors and finishes being installed
  • Balance tank fit out and water jet install ongoing
  • Tiling to the cafe and reception
  • Flood door and steel door install ongoing
  • Tiling to pool surround
  • Turnstiles install
  • Tiling to the health suite
  • Sauna completion
  • Architectural metalwork install

January 2022

Our team were lucky enough to visit the site of the new Helensburgh leisure centre last week on a stunning sunny day! Take a sneak peak and enjoy the incredible views from this fantastic new building in the video on the left.

liveArgyll is currently offering support to Argyll and Bute Council and business planning includes:

  • procurement process of FF&E including equipment for the new gym and studios
  • brand placement and signage
  • preparing the project plan for the move from the current site to the new leisure centre including areas such as training, marketing, health and safety, operational policies and procedures and IT.

Heron Bros will be commencing four weeks of electrical enabling works from 17th January, to facilitate cable laying by Energetics and final electrical connection by Scottish Power on the 26th January. This will require the temporary closure of two sections of the footpath on the Southern Side of West Clyde Street between the junction of Sinclair Street and Colquhoun Street. Vehicle and pedestrian access to the pier, public toilets, swimming pool and car park will be maintained during these works.

December 2021

Ongoing work

  • Lomond stone walling
  • Plantroom mechanical install
  • Plastering
  • Kerbing and drainage channels
  • Rainscreen cladding
  • Curtain Walling/ Glazing and flashings
  • External facia and soffit works
  • Painting
  • Electrical second fix

November 2021

Ongoing work

  • Lomond stone walling
  • Plantroom mechanical install
  • Plastering to internal walls
  • Kerbing and drainage channels
  • Internal joinery
  • Rainscreen cladding
  • Curtain Walling/ Glazing and flashings
  • External facia and soffit works
  • Painting

 

  • Electrical second fix
  • Vanity units, lockers and cubicles
  • Grid ceilings being installed
  • MF ceilings being installed
  • Granite paving
  • Tiling to wet change and pools
  • Rain chain installation
  • Internal doors and finishes being installed
  • Gas meter install

October 2021

Ongoing work

  • Lomond stone walling continuing
  • Fire stopping works continuing
  • Plantroom mechanical install ongoing
  • Plastering to internal walls ongoing
  • Kerbing and drainage channels
  • Internal joinery ongoing
  • Rainscreen cladding ongoing
  • Curtain walling/glazing and flashings ongoing
  • External facia and soffit works ongoing
  • Painting ongoing
  • Electrical second fix ongoing
  • Install handrails along retaining walls
  • Integrated Plumbing System (IPS), vanity units and lockers ongoing
  • Grid ceilings being installed.
  • Granite paving ongoing
  • Tiles being delivered.
  • Grading to footpaths and roads
  • Steam room tiled
  • Transferring water from the Learner pool to the balance tanks to begin final test
  • Coping stones to retaining walls ongoing
  • Learner pool testing to start
  • Reception desk complete
  • Tiling to wet change will start
  • Granite paving ongoing 

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.

Café
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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