Youngsters enthusiastic about Kinloch Centre project

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BEFORE the October school holiday, a presentation was made by representatives of the Carnoustie Centre Action Group to pupils of Woodlands Primary School who gave an enthusiastic reception to their three visitors.

They were the vice-chairman Alison Paget, and Scott Turpie and Willie Watt, of Nicoll Russell Architects, Broughty Ferry.

Mrs Paget introduced the idea of the Kinloch Centre being built in Carnoustie on the old Kinloch School site. She said that she was part of a team of people who have worked hard to bring about a hub sited exactly in the centre of the town.

She said: “The hub is to be an important building for everyone to use and we are carrying out surveys to find what people want to see in this building.

“The morning of our visit we wanted to ask the children what they would like to have included. I thought who better to show the concept building in 3D than our chosen architects, partners in Nicoll Russell of Broughty Ferry, Scott Turpie and Willie Watt.

“Their display was met with such enthusiasm when the pupils saw the ‘fly through’ from above and went off excitedly to get some ideas down on paper. In minutes there were mind maps everywhere.

“Every class completed a task round the concept and came up with some fantastic ideas. They also took questionnaires home to their families and a great many were returned adding to the data we require to eventually make a Big Lottery bid.

“Many of the pupils remarked on how great it would be to design a building from scratch so look out for a whole bunch of them taking it up as a future career.”

Mrs Paget went on: “There will be further surveys undertaken with residents and visitors after which all our data is to be given to the consultant Stephanie Tindal, managing director of Indigo Project Solutions Ltd who will produce a professional document after investigating other possibilities for the building.”

She concluded: “The ultimate objective of the hub will be a place which will enhance people’s life chances, help break down barriers and just have a fun time. It can’t come soon enough.”