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Steelwork creating Dunbartonshire leisure and care hub

Structural steelwork is nearing completion on East Dunbartonshire Council’s £42.5M Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre in Bearsden.

The large steel-framed complex will include an eight-lane swimming pool, a 20m training pool with moveable floor, an eight-court sports hall, two squash courts, and a separate area accommodating day care facilities for adults with learning disabilities.

The entire project, which also includes a light steel-framed ‘Sportsdrome’ that will house indoor football pitches and tennis courts, is due to complete in mid-2023.

Working on behalf of main contractor McLaughlin & Harvey, Walter Watson is fabricating, supplying and erecting 1,075t of steelwork for the project. 

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council (pictured left), said,

“I am delighted to see a new era taking shape for the Allander, with work progressing well on this state-of-the-art project. It’s an exciting time for everyone involved as we look forward to welcoming this multi-million-pound complex – including support facilities for adults with learning disabilities.

“We have worked with our partners to ensure the existing Allander Leisure Centre is able to continue to operate, where possible, while work is carried out.”

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council (pictured right), added, “It has been a long road to reach this milestone stage and I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the journey – including local residents, organisations and partners.

“Allander Leisure and Day Care Centre represents a major capital investment by the Council and will help to change local lives for the better. I can’t wait to welcome the completed project, which will offer a range of facilities to help inspire and support people of all ages.”

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