‘Significant progress’ on town centre Hub Project

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CARNOUSTIE Centre Action Group’s Kinloch Hub Project has moved on significantly in the past week with the submission by numerous architects’ practices of notes of interest in designing the new centre.

Action group chairman Rodger Brunton said: “We are delighted with the response following our invitation to submit. We have had responses from architects’ practices from the Tayside area, other parts of Scotland and as far away as Dublin!

“The project is a great opportunity for a design which combines our requirement for great sustainability and energy efficiency as well as all the accommodation we need to satisfy the various suggestions made over the past three years by members of the public during consultations.

“There is still time for the building to be influenced by more ideas - that will be the case for quite a while yet - but we need to start the design proper in the immediate future and the list of spaces we have now will be a good starting point.”

The buildings brief includes a recording studio, a mini flexible theatre and cinema space as well as smaller lettable accommodation for offices and hobby groups

Mr Brunton continued: “Once the fee bids and CVs from the architects are received we will draw up a short leet for interview and concept sketches. That is planned for late January next year.

“After the final practice and design concept is chosen we will be applying for lottery funding for the next stage of project development with a view, hopefully, of making a formal planning application to Angus Council in late spring.

“The support we are getting from individuals and groups in the area is fantastic. We have had quiz nights organised, straightforward donations of money and calendars and artwork given for sale at no charge. Many thanks to everyone who has chipped in.

“Obviously the biggest donation so far is from the council itself with its promise of the site and huge cash pledge, but the smaller donations are all adding up and are being used to ‘grow’ our base fund.”

The site is currently being used as a site compound for Angus Council’s new housing at the corner of Dundee Street and Links Avenue.

Mr Brunton concluded: “Once the contractor is finished with the various parts of the housing and care facility being built on the site, we will be able to let the townsfolk see just where their new Hub is going to be.

“However, there is no point in taking responsibility for the site at the moment when it might be a year or so before we can lay a brick! At some time in the future the Christmas tree will be in the forecourt of the new centre! Roll on the day!”