Work starts on new Cumbernauld ‘hub’

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:45 on 29 January 2015.
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Artist's impression of the building. Picture: copyright of Collective Architecture.
ITS time to wave goodbye to Cumbernauld’s dated Muirfield Community Centre, as the starting gun was fired last week on work to construct a brand new facility.

Fencing has enclosed the current Muirfield Community Centre facility, in Brown Road, since last month. Work, however, officially commenced last week, on a multi-million pound project to replace the aging centre.

The innovative £8million development will see Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Centre, with community and office space opened next autumn. 

The Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Centre will replace the existing Muirfield Community Facility and include office space designed for small businesses, including social enterprises and third sector groups as well as a nursery, hall, café space and a range of multi-function rooms for local organisations. 

Surrounding the new centre will be brand new re-energised town centre green space, including play provision for people of all ages. The project will also mean a redevelopment of South Muirhead Road, with the existing site access on Brown Road soon to be blocked off, and a new access road created via South Muirhead Road, in between Cumbernauld Police Station and Farmfoods.

A special turf-cutting ceremony with council officials took place early last week to officially mark the start of construction works on site.

CultureNL chair and regeneration vice-convener, Councillor Heather McVey was one of those in attendance at the turf-cutting ceremony.

"The Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Centre represents a major investment by North Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government and partner organisations including Campsies Centre Cumbernauld, who are contributing £500,000 towards the project,” she commented.

When completed next year, it is anticipated that the building will be managed on behalf of the council by CultureNL, the organisation which was handed responsibility for the operation of North Lanarkshire's community facilities, entertainment venues, arts activity, libraries and museums two years go.

Councillor McVey added: "It is a bold step towards integrating the needs of the local community in terms of leisure, event and meeting facilities with providing support to community businesses and third sector groups.

"Today's ceremony is a reinforcement of the council's commitment to our communities. The new centre will be an example of how facilities can be tailored to meet local requirements and, I would hope, could provide a template for future developments."

Associated works on South Muirhead Road have also started, after North Lanarkshire Council successfully negotiated the purchase of land from Police Scotland to allow a new access road to be created, linking the development to Cumbernauld's town centre, via Cumbernauld’s fast food lane – as the road has become known.

At the same time it worked closely with third sector and local groups to develop the site as a joint community asset and business space.

Half of the money, £4million, is being made available from the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which supports major regeneration projects, with further funding from North Lanarkshire Council.
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