New town hub revealed to the public

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A MEETING in the Carnoustie Royal British Legion Scotland function room last Wednesday night proved to be a very successful occasion for the Carnoustie Centre Action Group in getting information out to the public on the future of the Kinloch Centre Hub.

There was a considerable turnout for the presentation of the chosen concept plan by two architects from Nicoll Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry, who offered a fascinating insight into the thinking behind their design.

They said they believe that the building should be oriented towards the south allowing maximum exposure to the sun. This would mean that the garden/open area for public performances and community events would get the best of the weather during the year.

Ron Woomble , one of the interviewing panel, was impressed by their practical attitude. He said: “The Hub would be all on one floor in order to be as compact as possible, but still able because of the flexible use of space to accommodate the whole range of community activities being looked for by the Carnoustie public.

“Considerable pains will be exerted to provide the building with the latest technology in so far as energy sustainability is concerned. They have certainly taken into account the current financial climate.”

Alison Paget, another member of the interviewing panel, emphasised the heritage aspect of the Centre. She stated: ”It will be done creatively and rather than a static space allocated, it will be woven into visual displays in and around the building.”

Provision will be made in the design for a welcoming reception area, an attractive cafeteria, performance areas, areas for meetings for organisations, spaces to accommodate activities for children, and more specialised areas for an IT suite, a recording studio and possibly a dance studio.

Alison Paget continued: “Nicoll Russell Studios have offered to undertake a number of presentations to interested local groups, perhaps in the Public Library, over the summer in order to engage the wider Carnoustie public in this very exciting project and build up community support for it.”

She stressed: “Please don’t think it’s too late to have your voice heard on what you, the Carnoustie public, want. The plan is conceptual and will without doubt change throughout the process of completion. Make your views known by visiting our website or come along to one of the forthcoming presentations.”

Jim Simpson, secretary of the group, said he wished to correct a recent misconception regarding the allocation of the complete former school site. He stated: “The signage for the Kinloch Centre will be displayed shortly on the corner of Links Avenue and Dundee Street along with the other signs – and that corner is part of the where our building is going to be, hopefully in 2013.”