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Live: Helensburgh Waterfront Development

DB3 are appointed to provide Argyll and Bute Council with design support for a new leisure centre on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development, RIBA Stages 3 to 6.

The ambitious project will see us working in partnership with civil, structural and geotechnical engineers to deliver the complex and technical project. This will involve designing and building a new leisure centre featuring a 25 metre main pool with 6 lanes, Studio Pool with moveable floor, studios and gyms.

The project also includes flood defences and additional environmental improvements. These enhancements to the current site include better lighting, public open spaces and a walkway around the pier, a prominent feature of the town.

Client: Argyll & Bute Council
Location: Helensburgh
Value: £22m

Live updates

Live updates

26 November 2021 Children from Rhu Primary – a local primary school to Helensburgh – braved Storm Arwen for a very special visit to the site today. Our DB3 Sports and Leisure team presented the design of the building and their role of the Architect to the children. Contractor Heron Bros as well as the Structural Engineer and QS also presented during the visit. We were delighted to see that the children were in particularly interested in the sustainable aspects of the building. Although slightly disappointed by the lack of climbing wall, the students were very enthusiastic about the building overall. A second school visit is taking place on the 3rd of December.
1 September Drone experts Formation 3D took some stunning footage of the site showing its current work in progress. More about F3D here https://www.formation3d.co.uk/
5 August 2021 Helensburgh Waterfront coming along nicely, with Natural stone facade and glass on the externals in place.
04 May 2021 Glulam frame within the pool hall looking good and external works are also coming together with some great wee spaces designed by Hirsts. Helensburgh’s getting something a wee bit special... still a long way to go...
19 Jan 2021 We did a Covid aware visit to the site today and pleased to see good progress despite the difficult circumstances. The views from the first floor fitness suites is stunning. Special development, good team!
7 Jan 2021

In their article Argyll and Bute Council confirm that work continues to move forward following the announcement from the Scottish Government that construction sites can remain open under the stricter Covid guidelines.

27 Nov 2020 Exciting to see the steelwork going up on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development.
29 September 2020 Autumnal feel on site at Helensburgh this morning but it’s good to see the Piling and rick armour works progress on site.
10 August 2020 Preparatory work commences, with the construction site having been set up to be Covid-19 compliant with one way site entrances and exits.
1 July 2020 Find out more about the project in this video featuring Jon Mawson, our Head of Sport and Leisure at DB3.
8 June 2020 Our design for the Helensburgh Waterfront Leisure Centre is coming to life and we are delighted to have received the following feedback from our Argyll and Bute Council ''The quality of service provided by DB3 has been exceptional, and would have no reservations in using DarntonB3 for future projects.'' ''The senior management team at DB3 constantly monitor the performance of their team and if there are any issues, perceived or otherwise, then they are quick to engage with the Client to agree appropriate measures are put in place to bring things back on track.''

The assembled team from DB3 Architecture is delighted to be involved in the delivery of this exciting and prestigious project and look forward to working collaboratively with the wider project team in all aspects of project procurement and delivery.

The assembled team from DB3 Architecture is delighted to be involved in the delivery of this exciting and prestigious project and look forward to working collaboratively with the wider project team in all aspects of project procurement and delivery.

Bob Ramage, Senior Associate, DB3 Glasgow

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