2013 and ongoing. The continued development of the football club facilities to achieve the SFA licensing standard. The graphic below shows some of the development phases. 

The greatest news is that Dumfries & Galloway Council and Sport Scotland have provided the finance and technical input to create a FIFA 2* synthetic pitch at St Mary's Park. The pitch project was managed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and a specialist contractor. It has provided a great boost to the club and has reduced the number of cancelled games.

2013 and ongoing: St Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club applied for a Building Warrant to demolish the existing unsafe grandstand. This was approved in February 2013 and the completion certificate issued on 6th September 2013.  We applied for Planning Approval for a replacement covered standing area for 120 people. We worked with a steel fabricator, Smith and Curtis,  to produce information for  that Planning Application and it was approved on 30th July 2013. We have now commissioned Asher Associates in Dumfries to produce the structural designs needed for a Building Warrant. The first stage of our Building Warrant for foundations, substructure and superstructure was approved in November 2013. The foundations are dug and ready.  The steelwork is up in January 2014 and we have the second stage of the Warrant approved.

We have worked closely with the Building Standards team at Dumfries and Galloway Council to ensure we meet the requirements of the Safety at Sports Grounds ‘Green Guide’.

2013 and ongoing: we have signed an agreement with a client for the construction of a timber frame kit house in Kirkcudbright. We have produced a title plan and other information to facilitate the project. We submitted a Planning Application in September 2013.

We now have Planning Approval to this project and are preparing a Building Warrant submission for January 2014. The Warrant Application was submitted in week commencing 20th January.

Unusually, the site is in a potential flood zone and we have had to provide details of the freeboard and means of egress for the future residents and access for the emergency services. This is a pretty specialised area but the Flood Authority accepted our proposals.

The timber frame kit is the product of Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd. at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

October 2013: we have signed an agreement for a commission in Aberdeen to provide all stages of a major extension and adaptation to an existing detached house in Bieldside.

We were with the client mid November to survey the property and discuss design options. 

Our visit to Aberdeen was frantic but productive and we are now working on outline design proposals for discussion with our client in advance of a  Planning Application.

The Client has agreed to commission Chartered Quantity Surveyors, McCue & Porter to provide cost planning and procurement advice. We met up with them in early January and they are currently working on an Element Cost.

Once the Element Cost is available we will discuss any necessary changes with the Client and push on to a Planning Application.

Aberdeen is a great city with a special ‘buzz’.