Selected by Clackmannanshire Council, alongside hub East Central Scotland who will manage the project, JM Architects, Robertson Group and Blyth & Blyth Consulting Engineers, BakerHicks will be providing mechanical and electrical engineering on the project from RIBA Stage 1 through to completion.
The Wellbeing Hub, including swimming pools, will be built alongside a new Lochies School, which is designed to meet the needs of children and young people with severe and complex needs. The project will offer the local community access to state-of-the-art sport, health, learning and development, and leisure facilities, providing them with a space they can connect with each other and the surrounding environment.
Green credentials and sustainability will be at the heart of the design and construction of the new facility, which will be built to Passivhaus standards with super energy-efficient measures and providing a comfortable environment an integral part of the design. This will make Clackmannanshire one of the first areas of Scotland to have a leisure centre designed to this world-leading energy efficiency standard.
Garry Buggy, Head of Building Services in Scotland for BakerHicks, said:
This is the latest addition to our portfolio of Passivhaus certified projects and we’re excited to get started. Buildings designed to this standard are truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable, offering space related heating and cooling energy savings of up to 75%, playing a big role in the drive to halt global warming. It takes courage to deviate from traditional approaches and embrace new techniques such as Passivhaus, we applaud Clackmannanshire Council for committing to this design approach.
Councillor Scott Harrison, spokesperson for sports, leisure and active living at Clackmannanshire Council, said:
I am delighted that a design team has been selected to deliver our ambitious plans for a new Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School. This is a key step on the journey to delivering these exciting facilities which will bring huge benefits to the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors to Clackmannanshire. I look forward to hearing from the newly appointed team as they make progress in the coming months.
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